Guinevere


Guinevere


A virtuous and noble queen? 
A naive lover? 
A wicked and duplicitous traitor?  

However you view Arthur's queen, her importance to The Legends of King Arthur cannot be denied.  One of the most prominent characters in all of Medieval romance literature, Guinevere eventually contributes to the downfall of the kingdom itself.

This bold, yet feminine square is the third in a series honoring The Legends of King Arthur.  Watch for additional squares to be released over the next several months.

Please be warned - this, like most the patterns in this series, is not for the faint of heart (wink, wink).  It is an INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED pattern.  Specifically, this pattern features several rows of back posted stitches.

Huge thanks to the following Ravelry members for their help testing: 

Wuzzel, madaboutpooh, MawMawsGarden, Paradx, absintheofmalice, Kaikelasa, danika2407, and skyhookdesigns.  

Without their time and help, publication wouldn't be possible.

A FREE version of the pattern follows.  You can also download a printable PDF of this pattern for a nominal fee through my Ravelry store HERE.

I sincerely hope you enjoy!

- Lisa


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Materials:

·         Size H/5 mm crochet hook;
·         Tapestry needle for weaving in ends;
·         4 stitch markers;
·         Worsted weight yarns in the brand/color of your choice. 
I used the following Hobby Lobby colors - note Land version expressed as letters and Celtic version as numbers:


Guinevere by Land
(pictured end)

Celtic Colorway
(pictured above)
A
Graphite - HL
1
Greybeard – HL
B
Sungold - HL
2
Antique Teal - HL
C
Burnt Pumpkin - HL
3
Sea Blue - HL
D
Mid Green - HL
4
Light Sage - HL
E
Purple - HL
5
Navy - YB
F
Red - HL
6
Forest - HL
G
Mixed Berry - HL


H
Greybeard - HL


I
Aubergine - HL


HL = Hobby Lobby I Love this Ya

Hook Size/Gauge:

Using an H size hook I was able to obtain a 12” square.

Basic Terms/Abbreviations Used (US):

ch – chain                                                            BPsc – back post single crochet
yo – yarn over                                                     BPhdc – back post half double crochet   
slst – slip stitch                                                   FPdc – front post double crochet              
sc – single crochet                                              BPdc – back post double crochet
hdc – half double crochet                                  BPtr – back post triple
dc – double crochet                                       
tr – triple crochet                                            
FPsc – front post single crochet                 

For reference ease, special stitches are defined in the rounds they are used in.

Beginning Loop:

With color A/1, ch 4, join with a slst to beginning ch – beginning loop made.

Round 1:

Ch 3 – counts as first hdc and ch-1 space. [hdc in beginning loop, ch 1] 11 times.  Join with slst to 2nd ch of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.  12 hdc and 12 ch-1 spaces.


Round 2:

Special Stitch – 2 dc popcorn – 2dc pop – (2 dc) in indicated stitch or space.  Drop loop from hook.  Insert hook from front to back through beginning dc, pick up dropped loop and pull through.  Ch 1 to close.  For pattern purposes closing ch does not count toward subsequent chains. Tip – I found it easier to pull the dropped loop through if I loosened it up a bit and tightened it back up after I pulled it through the beginning dc.

Join color B/2 with a standing 2dc pop in any ch-1 space.  [Ch 2, skip the next stitch, 2dc pop in the next ch-1 space] 11 times.  Ch 2, join with a slst to beginning 2dc pop and fasten off.  12 popcorn and 12 ch-2 spaces.


Round 3:

Special Stitch – puff - Insert your hook into the indicated stitch.  Pull up a loop – 2 LOOPS ON HOOK.  YO and insert hook into same stitch.  Pull up a loop – 4 LOOPS ON HOOK.  YO and insert hook into same stitch.  Pull up a loop – 6 LOOPS ON HOOK.  YO and pull through all 6 loops.  Close stitch with a chain. Closing chain does not count as a stitch for pattern purposes.

Join color C/3 with a standing puff in any ch-2 space.  (Ch 1, puff) in same space.  [Skip the next popcorn, (puff, ch 1, puff) in the next ch-2 space] 11 times.  Join with a slst to closing ch of beginning puff and fasten off.  24 puffs and 12 ch-1 spaces.

You may be a little wavy after this round – don’t worry, it will calm down.


Round 4:

Note: In this round we will be working in the Round 3 ch-1 spaces (there are 12 of these – between puff sets only) and around the 2 dc popcorns from Round 2 only, skipping all other stitches. For simplicity’s sake we will refer to these simply as your next popcorn or your next ch-1 space without round reference.

Special Stitch – 2 Triple Cluster – 2 tr clstr – Yo 2 times, insert hook into indicated stitch or space and pull up a loop.  [Yo, pull through 2 loops] twice – 2 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo 2 times, insert hook into same indicated stitch or space and pull up a loop.  [Yo, pull through 2 loops] twice – 3 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo, pull through all 3 loops.

Join color D/4 with a slst in any ch-1 space.  *Ch 4, 2 tr clstr in the same space. Working behind your other round stitches - BPtr around the next popcorn, 2 tr clstr in the next ch-1 space, ch 4, slst in the same space. FPdc around the next popcorn, [dc, ch 1] 3 times in the next ch-1 space, dc in the same space – shell made. FPdc around the next popcorn, slst into the next ch-1 space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting last slst on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning slst and fasten off.  8 2-tr clstrs, 8 FPdc, 4 BPtr, 16 dc, 12 ch-1 spaces, and 8 ch-4s.


Round 5:

Join color E/5 with a standing hdc in the ‘gap’ between any 2 tr clstr and BPtr from the prior round.  Hdc in same gap. *(FPdc, ch 2, FPdc) around the next BPtr – corner made.  (2 hdc) in the gap between the BPtr just worked around and the next tr clstr.   Ch 2, skip the {tr clstr and ch-4}, BPhdc around the next FPdc.  BPsc around the first dc of the shell, [ch 1, skip the next ch-1 space, BPsc around the next dc] 3 times.  BPhdc around the next FPdc, ch 2, skip the {ch-4 and tr clstr}, (2 hdc) in the gap between the tr clstr and the next BPtr.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting (2 hdc) on the final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning hdc and fasten off.  4 hdc, 2 FPdc, and 1 ch-2 space per corner.  2 ch-2 spaces, 2 BPhdc, 4 BPsc, and 3 ch-1 spaces per side.


Round 6:

Special Stitch – Chain 2 Picot (ch 2 picot) – ch 2 and slst between the legs of the last stitch made (see photo below – needle is showing where to work slst for picot).


Special Stitch – puff - Insert your hook into the indicated stitch.  Pull up a loop – 2 LOOPS ON HOOK.  YO and insert hook into same stitch.  Pull up a loop – 4 LOOPS ON HOOK.  YO and insert hook into same stitch.  Pull up a loop – 6 LOOPS ON HOOK.  YO and pull through all 6 loops.  Close stitch with a chain. Closing chain does not count as a stitch for pattern purposes.

Join color F/6 with a standing FPdc around the Round 4 ch-4 and 2 tr clstr at the beginning of a corner – work this around the ch-4 and clstr together. *Returning to Round 5 – skip the next ch-2, [Sc, ch 2 picot] in the next 3 stitches – don’t miss first hidden stitch.  [Sc, ch 2 picot] twice in the ch-2 space.  [Sc, ch 2 picot] in the last 3 stitches of the corner.  FPdc around the next Round 4 2 tr clstr and ch-4 together.  Returning to Round 5 - skip the next ch-2, BPsc around the next stitch.  Ch 1, skip the next stitch, puff in the next ch-1 sp.  Ch 1, skip the next stitch, (puff, ch 1, puff) in the next ch-1 sp.  Ch 1, skip the next stitch, puff in the next ch-1 sp.  Ch 1, skip the next stitch, BPsc around the next.  FPdc around the next Round 4 ch-4 and 2 tr clstr together.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting last FPdc on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning FPdc and fasten off.  32 sc, 32 ch-2 picot, 16 puffs, 8 FPdc, 8 BPsc, and 20 ch-1 spaces or 16 stitches and 4 ch-1 spaces per side.


Round 7:

Skipping all the Round 6 corner stitches and working around the posts of the Round 5 corner stitches only  - join color G/3 with a BPsc around the post of the first hdc of a  Round 5 corner. *BPsc around the next 2 stitches of the corner.  Ch 2, BPsc around the last 3 posts of the corner.  Returning to Round 6 – ch 2, BPhdc around the first puff of the side, ch 1, skip the ch-1 space, BPhdc around the next puff, ch 1, hdc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, BPhdc around the next puff, ch 1, skip the next ch-1 space, BPhdc around the last puff of the side.  Returning to your Round 5 corner stitches and skipping all other Round 6 corner stitches -  Ch 2, BPsc around the post of the first hdc of the next Round 5 corner.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting last BPsc on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning BPsc and fasten off.  6 BPsc and 1 ch-2 space per corner, 2 ch-2 spaces, 4 BPhdc, 1 hdc, and 4 ch-1 spaces per side.


Round 8:

Special Stitch – 2 dc popcorn – 2dc pop – (2 dc) in indicated stitch or space.  Drop loop from hook.  Insert hook from front to back through beginning dc, pick up dropped loop and pull through.  Ch 1 to close.  For pattern purposes closing ch does not count toward subsequent chains.

You should have 6 BPsc and 1 ch-2 space at each corner - join color B/2 with a standing sc in the first BPsc after any ch-2 corner space,*sc in the next 2 stitches, ch 2, hdc in the next ch-2 space, [ch 1, skip the next stitch, 2dc pop in the next sp] twice.  (FPdc, ch 1, FPdc) around the next stitch.  [2dc pop in the next sp, ch 1, skip the next stitch] twice, hdc in the next ch-2 space, ch 2, sc in the last 3 stitches of the side.  Ch 2, skip the ch-2 corner space, sc in the first stitch of the next side.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting last sc on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning sc and fasten off. 16 2dc pop, 8 FPdcs, 8 hdc, 24 sc, 16 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 corner spaces, and 8 ch-2 spaces on the sides.







Round 9:

Special Stitch – Extended mini puff - xmp – insert hook into indicated stitch or space, pull up a loop – 2 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo, insert hook into same indicated stitch or space, pull up a loop – 4 LOOP ON HOOK.  Yo, pull through 3 loops, yo pull through last 2 loops.  You will use this stitch over the next couple rounds.


In Round 6, we worked 2 scs into each corner space – locate these 2 scs (see photos above) – working between these 2 scs and through the ch-2 space from Round 8 directly behind them together, join color A/1 with a standing dc.  (Ch 2, dc) between the same 2 sc and through the same ch-2 space together, again.  *Xmp in the next 2 stitches, hdc in the next stitch, ch 2, skip the next ch-2 sp, [FPsc around the next stitch, sc in the next sp] 2 times.  FPsc around the next 2 stitches, (sc, ch 1, sc) in the next sp – place stitch marker in ch-1 space, FPsc around the next 2 stitches.  [Sc in the next sp, FPsc around the next stitch] 2 times, ch 2, skip the next ch-2 sp, hdc in the next stitch, xmp in the next 2 stitches. Working between the next 2 Round 6 corner scs and through the ch-2 space from Round 8 directly behind them together, (dc, ch 2, dc).*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning dc.  DO NOT fasten off.  22 stitches, 2 ch-2 spaces, and 1 ch-1 space per side.


Round 10:

In this round and the next you will be making ch-4s that we will weave together ‘Jacob’s ladder’ style at the end of round 11.  Don’t make these chains too tight. If you tend to crochet tight chains feel free to increase these to ch-5s.

Special Instruction – Shallow Post Stitches - For a more even look and for easier access, work your back post stitches ‘shallow’ in this and subsequent rounds.  To do this, make the back post stitch at the very top of your stitches, just under the front and back loops and above the 3rd loop rather than dropping beneath the 3rd loop and working around the post itself (see photo below – hook entering stitch from back to front above the 3rd loop and arrow is showing where hook will exit from front to back above 3rd loop to complete the stitch – photo from different pattern).


Slst into the next corner space.  Ch 5 – counts as 1st dc and ch-2 space.  Dc in the same space. *Xmp in the next 2 stitches, hdc in the next stitch, ch 2, skip the next {stitch and ch-2 space}, BPsc around the next 7 stitches.  Ch 4, skip the ch-1 space, BPsc around the next 7 stitches, ch 2, skip the next {ch-2 space and stitch}, hdc in the next stitch, xmp in the next 2 stitches, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the next corner space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat. Join with a slst to 3rd ch of beginning ch-5.  DO NOT fasten off.  22 stitches per side, 2 ch-2 spaces, and 1 ch-4 space per side.


Round 11:

Slst into the next corner space.  Ch 4 – counts as 1st hdc and ch-2 space. Hdc in the same space. *Xmp in the next 3 stitches, sc in the next stitch, ch 2, skip the ch-2 sp, BPsc around the next 7 stitches.  Ch 4, skip the next ch-4 sp, BPsc around the next 7 stitches.  Ch 2, skip the ch-2 sp, sc in the next stitch, xmp in the next 3 stitches, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the next corner space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat.  Join with a slst to 2nd ch of beginning ch-4 and fasten off.  24 stitches, 2 ch-2 spaces, and 1 ch-4 space per side.


At the end of this round, you will weave your ch-4’s from Rounds 10 and 11 through your ch-1 spaces marked in Round 9 – Jacob’s ladder style (see photo below).  To do this, first pull your Round 10 ch-4 from back to front through the ch-1 space from Round 9.  Next, pull your Round 11 ch-4 from back to front through your Round 10 ch-4 space.  If you haven’t already, remove the stitch marker from Round 9.  I suggest placing it in your Round 11 ch-4 loop to keep the loops from coming apart until we are ready to fasten them in place.


Round 12:

Since Round 6, we have been forming a ‘ladder’ of chains on each side of our corners (see photo below - I have labeled round numbers to the right of the chains in order to prevent obstructing the view of the chains).  We will be working in these chain spaces during this round and the subsequent couple of rounds.  Take a moment to identify these spaces.   In Round 8 we worked an hdc into the Round 7 ch-2 space.  It should be drifting away from the corner and toward the center at this point, but if not, take a moment to slide it toward your center motif and away from the corner, thereby clearing the Round 7 space.


Join color H/5 with a standing hdc in any corner space.  (Ch 2, hdc) in same space.  *Hdc in the next 2 stitches, sc in the next 3.  Working down your ladder of ch-2 spaces from prior rounds and in front of, not over, the other round chains - Ch 1, skip the Round 11 ch-2 space, [sc in the next round ch-2 sp] 4 times.  You should have a skipped BPsc from Round 6 directly below the stitch you just worked – sc in the skipped BPsc.  Working up your ladder of ch-2 spaces from prior rounds and in front of, not over, the other round chains – [sc in the next round ch-2 sp again] 4 times, ch 1, skip the Round 11 ch-2 space, BPsc around the next 6 stitches. Ch 3, skip the next {sc, jacob’s ladder loop, and sc}, pull your chain behind your jacob’s ladder loop and BPsc around the next 6 stitches. Working down your ladder of ch-2 spaces from prior rounds and in front of, not over, your other round chains - Ch 1, skip the Round 11 ch-2 space, [sc in the next round ch-2 sp] 4 times.  You should have a skipped BPsc from Round 6 directly below the stitch you just worked – sc in the skipped BPsc.  Working up your ladder of ch-2 spaces from prior rounds and in front of, not over, your other round chains – [sc in the next round ch-2 sp again] 4 times, ch 1, skip the Round 11 ch-2 space, sc in the next 3 stitches, hdc in the last 2 of the side.  (Hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the next corner space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning hdc and fasten off - or for a more seamless look use an invisible join as we will be back posting in the next round. 6 hdc, 24 sc, 12 BPsc, 4 ch-1s and 1 ch-3 space per side.


Round 13:

Remember to work your post stitches ‘shallow.’

Special Stitch – Giant Puff – [Insert hook into same indicated stitch or space and pull up a loop, yo] 6 times – 12 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Pull through all 12 loops – close with a ch.  Note – closing ch doesn’t count as a stitch for pattern purposes.

In this round we will be working in our ladder of chains again.  We will be working between the scs already there and skipping all these scs except the one at the very bottom (see photo below – needle shows stitch we will work in).  You may want to slide the stitches already worked into the chains apart by pushing them to each side prior to beginning this round- this will expose the chains and make them easier to work in.


Join color C/3 with a standing dc in any corner space. (Dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same space.  *BPdc around the next 6 stitches.  Working down your ladder of ch-2 spaces from prior rounds, in front of, not over the other round stitches and between the scs already there – Ch 2, sc in the Round 11 ch-2 space, [sc in the next round ch-2 space] twice.  Skip the {Round 8 and 7 ch-spaces}, long sc in the sc at the bottom of your motif.  Skip the {Round 7 and 8 ch-spaces again}, [sc in the next round ch-2 space] 3 times, ch 2.  You should have 6 BPsc from Round 12 before the jacob’s ladder loop – BPhdc around the first BPsc, BPsc around the next 5 stitches, ch 2.  Giant puff in the next ‘jacob’s ladder’ loop and the ch-3 space directly behind it together.  Ch 2, BPsc around the next 5 stitches, BPhdc around the next stitch.  Working down your ladder of ch-2 spaces from prior rounds, in front of, not over the other round stitches and between the scs already there – Ch 2, sc in the Round 11 ch-2 space, [sc in the next round ch-2 space] 2 times.  Skip the {Round 8 and Round 7 ch-spaces}, long sc in the sc at the bottom of your motif.  Skip the {Rounds 7 and 8 ch-spaces again}, [sc in the next round ch-2 space] 3 times, ch 2. BPdc around the last 6 stitches of the side.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next corner space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning dc and fasten off - or for a more seamless look use an invisible join as we will be back posting in the next round.  43 stitches per side (including those worked down ladder of chains) and 6 ch-2s.


Round 14:

Remember to shallow post your stitches in this and subsequent rounds – see instruction in Round 13.

Special Stitch specific to this pattern – Triple 3 Together – tr3tog – When working these be sure to work in front of, not over, your other round chains and between the stitches already there.  Yo 2 times, insert hook into Round 11 ch-space, pull up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] twice – 2 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo 2 times, insert hook into Round 10 ch-space, pull up a loop, [yo pull through 2 loops] twice – 3 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo 2 times, insert hook into Round 11 ch-space again, pull up a loop, [yo pull through 2 loops] twice – 4 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo and pull though all 4 loops.

Join color I/2 with a standing hdc in any corner space.  (Ch 2, hdc) in same space.  *BPhdc around the next 5 stitches, BPdc around the next 3 stitches.  Skip the ch-2 space and all stitches worked into your chains,
tr3tog in the round 11 and 10 chain spaces – see instruction at beginning of round. Skip the next ch-2, BPhdc around the next stitch, BPsc around the next 5 stitches.  Skipping the ch-2 before the puff and working in front of it, not over it – hdc in the ch-3 space from Round 12 to the right of the puff already there, FPsc around the puff.  Skipping the ch-2 after the puff and working in front of it, not over it – hdc in the ch-3 space from Round 12 to the left of the puff already there.  BPsc around the next 5 stitches, BPhdc around the next stitch.  Skip the next ch-2 space and all stitches worked into your chains, tr 3tog in the round 11 and 10 chain spaces. Skip the next ch-2, BPdc around the next 3 stitches, BPhdc around the last 5 stitches of side.  (Hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the next corner space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning hdc.  DO NOT fasten off.  35 stitches per side.


Round 15:

Note – when working this round, don’t make your slsts too tight.  We will be back posting them in the final round and if they are too tight they will be difficult to work around. If it helps go up a hook size just for the slsts.

Slst into the next corner space.  Ch 5 – counts as 1st dc and ch-2 space. Dc in the same space.  *Dc in the next 12 stitches, hdc in the next 2 stitches, sc in the next stitch, slst in the next 5 stitches, sc in the next stitch, hdc in the next 2 stitches, dc in the last 12 stitches of side. (Dc, ch 2, dc) in the next corner space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning dc and fasten off - or for a more seamless look use an invisible join as we will be back posting in the next round.  37 stitches per side.


Round 16:

It is recommended that you shallow post your stitches in this round as well – see instruction in Round 13.

Special Stitch – BPdc Decrease – BPdc dec –  Yo, insert hook from back to front to back around first indicated stitch, pull up a loop.  Yo and pull through 2 loops – 2 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo, insert hook from back to front to back around second indicated stitch, pull up a loop.  Yo and pull through 2 loops -3 LOOPS ON HOOK.  Yo and pull through all 3 loops – decrease made.

Join color A/5 with a standing dc in any corner space.  (Dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same space. *Work a BPdc dec over the first 2 stitches, BPdc in each stitch of side.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next corner space.*  Repeat * to * 3 more times, omitting corner sequence on final repeat.  Join with a slst to beginning dc and fasten off. 40 stitches per side.




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This pattern was written and designed by me, Lisa Mauser, for This Little Hook of Mine. I am happy to share it with you, but this pattern belongs to me and I retain all rights.  You may not distribute, sell, or share this pattern, or any parts of it.  If you wish to share the pattern, please refer the party you are sharing it with to the original pattern link. Though this pattern has been tested, it is not perfect.  If you find a mistake, please let me know in the comments below or through the contact me button and I will fix it.
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