Rainbow Gumdrop Crochet Square | Free crochet pattern

crocheted granny square in rainbow colors with puff stitches

I had some yarn left over from another project and decided to design a new little square. I’m so happy with how the Rainbow Gumdrop crochet square pattern turned out! This sweet little square can be used for so many different things. From blankets to pouches and lots in between. I’d love to see how this square looks in other colors too, so please do share your makes with me (either tag me on Instagram or share it with me on Facebook).

This pattern is all about texture and color, and makes use of some fun stitches to create the overall effect. Enjoy!

crocheted granny square using crochet cotton in pink, yellow, green, blue and cream

Requirements:
DK (light worsted) cotton yarn in cream plus 4 other colors
I used Yarn and Colors Must Have in the following colors: Cream, Golden Glow, Pastel Pink, Nordic blue, Lettuce
2. 75mm crochet hook
Yarn needle

Special stitches: 
Popcorn stitch: work 5 dc into the same stitch. Remove your hook from the last dc and insert it, from front to back, into the top of the first dc of the popcorn stitch. Insert the hook into the loop from the last dc and pull it through to make the popcorn stitch puff. Change to the next color by doing a chain st.

Back loop double crochet (blo-dc): This is a regular double crochet that is worked only into the back loop.

PATTERN NOTES

How to work the corners
The corners of this pattern are all worked in the same way. In cream, work [2 dc - ch 3 - 2 dc] into the 3 ch sp from the previous round. In the case of the first corner of a round, the first dc is replaced with a ch 3.

How to change color
In color one, work a dc until there are 2 loops on the hook (yo, insert hook into stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops). Then drop color one and pull a loop of color two through the 2 loops on your hook to complete the dc. Continue working in color two.

Finished size: 9 cm x 9 cm 

This pattern uses US crochet terms. For details on the abbreviations used in this pattern, look here.

Rainbow Gumdrop Crochet Square pattern

Start with cream

R1: Into a magic ring, ch 6 {counts as dc + ch 3}, [3 dc, ch 3] repeat 2 more times, 2 dc. Slst into the 3rd ch of initial ch 3. Slst into ch-sp. Pull the ring closed (12 dc, 4 x ch 3)

R2: ch 3 {counts as dc}, *work the corner, change to color 1, blo-dc in the next 3 st, change back to cream. Work the corner, dc into the next st, change to color 1, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * Slst into the 3rd ch of initial ch 3, slst into the next st, slst into the ch-sp. (26 dc, 2 popcorns, 14 ch)

R3: ch 3 {counts as dc}, *work the corner, change to color 2, blo-dc in the next 7 st, change back to cream. Work the corner. Work the row of popcorn stitches as follows: dc into the next st, change to color 2, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next 3 st, change to color 2, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * Slst into the 3rd ch of initial ch 3, slst into the next st, slst into the ch-sp. (40 dc, 4 popcorns, 16 ch)

R4: ch 3 {counts as dc}, *work the corner, change to color 3, blo-dc in the next 11 st, change back to cream. Work the corner. Work the row of popcorn stitches as follows: dc into the next st, change to color 3, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next 3 st, change to color 3, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next 3 st, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * Slst into the 3rd ch of initial ch 3, slst into the next st, slst into the ch-sp. (54 dc, 6 popcorns, 18 ch)

R5: ch 3 {counts as dc}, *work the corner, change to color 4, blo-dc in the next 15 st, change back to cream. Work the corner.  Work the row of popcorn stitches as follows: dc into the next st, (change to color 4, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next 3 st) repeat 2 more times. Change to color 4, popcorn stitch, change to cream with a ch st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * Slst into the 3rd ch of initial ch 3, slst into the next st, slst into the ch-sp and bind off. (62 dc, 8 popcorns, 20 ch)

Weave in ends and block square.


10 thoughts on “Rainbow Gumdrop Crochet Square | Free crochet pattern

  1. Brenda Reply

    I absolutely love this square! Is it possible for you to show me the back or a video of how you change the colors?

    • caitie Post authorReply

      So glad you like the pattern, and thank you for reaching out. I used this technique for changing colors (https://thoresbycottage.com/2017/07/21/how-to-change-color-in-crochet/). You can either hold the yarn in the back and work over it (depending on the yarn, the colors can show through a bit), or you can drop the yarn to the back as “floats”. It really depends on what the project is for. Happy to share a picture with you if you need, please drop me a message through the contact form so I can share it with you!
      Happy stitching x

    • caitie Post authorReply

      You can! Although one thing to note is that the side with the puffs may become slightly wider the larger your piece is, so if you want it to be a square you may need to add a few stitches onto the sides with no puffs to even it out.

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  3. Alexandra French Reply

    At the end of Rd 1, the final stitch count reads (9 dc, 12 ch). But should we not have 12 dc, also? Not 9? If each “group” has an equal number of dc and chs, then the final stitch count should be equal as well, no? I just want to be sure I’m doing it correctly. 😘🖤🦇

    • caitie Post authorReply

      You are doing the right thing. I’ve updated the text so that it is more clear 🙂

  4. Melissa Reply

    How many balls of each color did you use and what was the size of the finished project please?

    • caitie Post authorReply

      The square is 9cm x 9cm when using the recommended yarn and hook (light worsted cotton and 2.75mm crochet hook). I used less than 1 ball of each color, so it is a great scraps buster!

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