Week 3: Twisted Times Patchwork Square

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Step by Step Video Tutorial by Sammi Leighton of Hook, Wine & Stitches.

Free PDF Download Available on Ravelry.

Welcome to the 3rd week of the Patchwork Mystery CAL! I’m Courtney and I will be your Patchwork Mystery CAL hostess for the week, you can hear more about me in my Meet the Maker post! It has been quite the experience coming together with other designers to create a design that I am so very proud of. I am very grateful to have been included in this beautiful community project, to share with so many others that have the same passion. I discovered the online fiber arts community just a few shorts months ago and I am amazed with the relationships that are beginning to blossom over a simple common interest like yarn. Myself as a busy mommy of 2 small children find that I often get caught up in the everyday monotonous grid, get up way to early, drink coffee, clean, make snacks, change diapers, calm tantrums, take care of everyone else and don’t blink to many times because the day is gone! Sometimes it is difficult to find happiness and joy in our everyday tasks, I mean who finds joy in washing dishes, right? But the happiness is always there, between the moments, you just have to watch for them, find them, notice them twisted and weaved into our lives like stitches in our projects.


When I first came across the wonderful group of ladies putting together the Patchwork Mystery CAL I was feeling quite drained and defeated. The Christmas season had just ended and both my children had birthdays all within a month of each other. Between party planning, gift wrapping and social overload I was suffering a serious case of mom burn out and lack of inspiration. Though my first reaction was to avoid more work and tell myself I am not experienced enough for a big project like that, I didn’t listen to my inner voice. I jumped in with both feet, and I am so glad I did because It was just what I need to get my creativity flowing!

img_3992When I began designing my square my hubby and I were a few seasons deep into watching Grey’s Anatomy and I was having a particular difficult week emotionally. If you have seen the show, you know the main character often refers to herself as “Dark and Twisty”. That’s kind of how I was feeling at the time and it inspired me to try “twisting my stitches” together. When I held up my first example, I could see the twisted stitches were there, but subtle. They added a little character but I had to look for them, just like the little moments of happiness in our lives. They are there, but you have to notice them between the simple everyday, sometimes difficult or boring moments. When all is said and done, you step back and look at what you made, what you learn and the beauty that you created. Find the joy in your life and your projects. Focus on the things that make you feel happy and realize that is happiness is in you, not out there!

My square represents the ”Dark and Twisty” times that come together to create something beautiful. It made me think of twisted stitches and this is what I came up with! I sure hope you enjoy!



• At the end of each round, slip stitch to join to the first stitch, unless specified.

• Chain at the beginning of each round only counts when specified.

• Chain space in the corners DOES NOT count in the stitch count at the end of each round.

Materials & Supplies:

Medium Worsted Weight Yarn, the pattern indicates changes with 2 colours as shown in the samples. You are free to use any number of colours and change colours as you choose.

Colour A – Light Colour

Colour B – Dark Colour

5mm Hook

Gauge: 4” square = 13 sc x 16 rows


Abbreviations: For help reading patterns and a free crochet pattern abbreviations printable, check out this post.

Rnd – Round

MR – Magic Ring

St/sts – st/sts

Sl st – slip stitch

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Inc – increase

Rep – repeat

Skp – skip

Ea – each

Sp – space

FP – front post

Prev – previous

Special Stitches


X-st: used with dc or tr and Front post sts, skp st, dc in the second st, dc behind st into skp st, the 2 sts should cross.


Twisted Inc: used with sc, hdc and dc, dc in the next st, insert hook behind st into the same st, similar to an X-st except both are in the same st, resulting in an increase stitch


Reverse join: Complete last hdc of the rnd, remove loop from hook, insert hook into the backside of the first st of the rnd, pick up loop and pull through, the loop will now be at the back, continue with the 3rd loop sts.


3rd Loop hdc: instead of working through the top 2 loops of a half double crochet, work into the 3rd loop at the back, this leave a knit like ridge, be sure to end the previous row with a reverse join to create a less obvious join.



Rnd 1: Colour A,  6 sc in MR, Sl St to join. (6)

Rnd 2: Colour A, ch 1, sc inc in ea st, Sl St to join (12)

Rnd 3: Colour B, ch 2, *hdc, hdc inc* rep around, reverse join. (18)untitled design

Rnd 4: Colour A, ch 1, *work into the 3rd loop of prev rnd, 2 sc, sc inc* rep around, Sl St to join. (24)

Rnd 5: Color A, ch 3 (counts as a st), 2 dc, twisted dc inc, *3 dc, twist dc inc* rep around, Sl St to join. (30)

Rnd 6: Color A, ch 1, *4 sc, sc inc between the posts of the dc twist from row 5, skip the second St of the twist inc* rep around, Sl St to join. (36) untitled design-11

Rnd 7: Color B, ch 2, 2 hdc, *FP tr around dc in rnd 5 directly below the last hdc, do not skIp a stitch behind, 2 hdc, hdc twisted inc, 3 hdc* rep around, skp last 2 hdc on last rep, Sl St to join. (48)

Rnd 8: Color B, ch 1, *7 sc, sc inc* rep around, Sl St to join. (54) untitled design-1


Rnd 9: Colour A, ch 2, 2 hdc *FP tr around sts before FP st in rnd 7, twisted hdc inc, FP tr around st after FP st in Rnd 7, 6 hdc* rep around, finish with 4 hdc in last rep, slst to join. (60)

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Rnd 10: Color A, ch 2, *9 hdc, hdc inc*, reverse join. (66)

Rnd 11: Color B, ch 2, working in 3rd loop *10 hdc, hdc inc*, sl st to join. (72) untitled design-4

Rnd 12: Color B, ch 1, 2 sc, *2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 tr inc, ch 2, 2 tr inc, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 4 sc* rep around, skip the last 2 sc of the final repeat, slst to join. (22 per side – 88) untitled design-6untitled design-5

Rnd 13: Color A, ch 1, *sc in ea st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch sp corner*, rep around.q, Sl st to join. (24 per side – 96)untitled design-12

Rnd 14: Color A, ch 3 (counts as a stitch), *X-st, 2dc* rep twice, X-st, dc, [(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch sp, dc in first st, *X-st, 2dc* 5 times, X-st, dc] rep 3 times, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the ch sp corners, dc, *X-st, 2dc* twice, X-st, dc in the last st, slst to join to 3rd ch. (26 per side – 104) untitled design-7Rnd 15: Color A, ch 1, sc in ea st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch sp corners ch 2 sp. (28 per side – 112)

Rnd 16: Color B, ch 2, FP tr around starting ch in row 14, FP tr around prev st in rnd 14 to make a tr X-st, *2 hdc, tr X-st around FP in rnd 14* rep twice, [2 hdc, FP tr around rnd 14, 2 hdc, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch sp corners, 2 hdc, FP tr around rnd 14, rep between * 5 times], rep between [ ] 4 times, on the last rep between * only twice, 2 hdc, skp last st, slst to join to the top of the first treble, be sure the first two sts cross and you are not joing the second stitch you made. (30 per side – 120) untitled design-9

Rnd 17: Color B, ch 2, *hdc in ea st, (hdc, ch2, hdc) in the ch sp corner,* rep around, reverse join. (32 per side – 128) untitled design-8

Rnd 18: ch 1, work into the 3rd loop, sc in ea st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch sp corners, slst to join. (34 per side – 136) Color A

Rnd 19: ch 1, sc in ea st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch sp corners, slst to join. (36 per side – 144) Color B

Rnd 20: ch 1, sc in ea st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch sp corners, slst to join. (38 per side – 152) Color Auntitled design-10

Step by Step Video Tutorial by Sammi Leighton of Hook, Wine & Stitches.

Free PDF Download Available on Ravelry.

Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart for participating in the Patchwork Mystery CAL. I thoroughly hope you enjoyed my Twisted Times Square and that you are able to step back to see the beauty in everyday. To share your square or if you have any questions about this or any of the patchwork squares, head over to our Facebook or Ravelry group. Don’t forget to use #patchworkmysteryCAL all the designers love to see and share your work! If you’d like to see and hear my take on the other squares you can find that HERE. For more from Made with Love & Yarn, be sure to add your email address to the mailing list to be the first to hear about new patterns and posts. You can also find me hanging out on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest, so head over and give a follow on your favorite social media for more fun and inspiration.

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7 thoughts on “Week 3: Twisted Times Patchwork Square

  1. Loved this square, learned a new stitch and had fun. Thank you for the hard work tgat went into creating it.

  2. In round 6, you work the increase between the posts of the DC twisted increase in row 5 instead of into the second sts of the twisted increase. You can not see it in the photo because it is hidden behind the increase you worked between the posts.
    In round 8, this should not affect your count but keep in mind the increases are off center to the following rows and it will emphasize the increase.

  3. I’m liking this square! I do have a question on Round 6. It says, “Skip the second st of the twist inc.” When I look at the photo tutorial above, there is no skip of a stitch. If you don’t put a stitch in each round of Round 6, plus the 2 sc between the posts you do not get the stitch count of 36. Please advise.
    Also, on Round 8 I put the increase between the posts of the twisted hdc inc because I liked the look that doing that on Round 6.

  4. Thank you SO much for this inspirational post and Square. I know exactly what you mean when you say dark & twisty! Congratulations!

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