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PopUp Square – Free Crochet Pattern

Granny Square Day celebrates us crocheters’ obsession with squares, and to celebrate Granny Square Day I give you a free pattern for a quick to make, slightly textured, crochet square. I have named this square PopUp Square, because of the textured pops on the surface. In this post you find the free pattern and everything you need to make this square.




If you use Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, and your gauge is similar to mine, your squares will be about 14cm (5.5inch).


This square can be made with any 3 colors. I have made 3 sample squares, which have the following colors.

Video Tutorial

I have a video tutorial available on my YouTube channel to show you step-by-step how to make this square. Hope the video is of added value to you.


This pattern uses US crochet terms. If you are more familiar with UK crochet terms, please see this conversion table for the most common terms.

  • ch – chain
  • ch-sp – chain space
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • sc – single crochet
  • sp – space
  • ss – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • tr – treble crochet
  • BLO – Back Loop Only
  • tr5tog – 5 tr sts worked together

PopUp Square – Free Crochet Pattern

Round 1

With Color A, ch4, close with a ss. in the first ch to form a ring. Ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in the ring, (ch3, 3dc in the ring) 3 times, ch3, close to the top of the ch3. Fasten off.
[3 dc]

Round 2

With Color B, start in any second dc with a standing dc, 3dc in same st, ch2, 4dc in same st, skip next st, *ss in ch3-sp, skip next st, (4dc, ch2, 4dc) in next st which will be the second dc, skip next st; repeat from * two more times, ss in last ch3-sp, close with ss in first st. Fasten off.
[8 dc, 1 ss]

Round 3

With Color C, start in any ch2-sp with a standing dc, dc in same ch2-sp, ch2, 2dc in same ch2-sp, *dc in BLO of next 3 sts, ch1, skip next st, tr5tog in ch3-sp from Round 1 covering the ss from Round 2, ch2, skip next st, dc in BLO of next 3 sts, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-sp; repeat from * 3 more times omitting corner on last repeat, close with an invisible join. Fasten off. The square will be very wobbly at this point.
[10 dc, 1 ch1-sp, 1 ch2-sp, 1 tr-popcorn]

Round 4

With Color A, start in any ch2-sp with a standing sc, 2sc in same ch2-sp, *sc in BLO of next 5 sts, skip next ch1-sp, fpdc around tr5tog, skip next ch2-sp, sc in BLO of next 5 sts, 3sc in ch2-sp; repeat from * 3 more times omitting final st on last repeat, close with ss in first st. Fasten off.
[12 sc, 1 fpdc]

Round 5

With Color B, start in the second of any 3 sc made in the corner with a standing hdc, 4hdc in same st, *hdc in next 13 sts, 5hdc in next st; repeat from * 3 more times omitting final 5 sts, close with invisible join. Fasten off.
[17 hdc]

Have a happy Granny Square Day, and if you make my PopUp Square, please share your work on my Facebook page or Facebook Group, or tag me in your post on Instagram. I would love to see your squares. You can also use the hashtag #itsallinanutshell to help me find your post.

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