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Patchwork Mystery CAL | #11 | Phoenix Afghan Square

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Stardust Gold Crochet!  Week 11 is here, and we are almost finished with the Patchwork Mystery CAL!  Just two more weeks to go, so exciting!  The Phoenix Square is one of 12 afghan blocks featured in the Patchwork Mystery Crochet Along.

Whether you are new to the crochet along, or have been here since the beginning, welcome to week 11, I hope you enjoy creating this square!  If you are unfamiliar with the patchwork mystery CAL, it is a collaboration project organized by Anastasia Smith of Journey Chanel Design, combining the talents of 12 individual designers.  I am so honored to be a part of this fun project.  Thanks Joey & Anastasia for including me 😊.

Week 11: The Phoenix Square

The Phoenix Square combines basic and a few more advanced stitches, but don’t fret, there is a complete video tutorial to help you work through it that I will release on Monday, June 24th around 5:30 pm CST.

There are also some photos below to help you work through the pattern.  The Ravelry PDF is also available as a neat written companion you can download for free, link is below.  While you’re there, show some <3 and send some hearts by adding it to your favorites.

A little about me:

If you are new to Stardust Gold Crochet, welcome and I’m so happy you are here!  My name is Tasha Margette Reynolds, although I design under my first and middle name Tasha Margette 😊.  I live in Memphis, Tennessee, a native Californian, and bounced around a bit between Florida & California most of my life.

I am a mother to one grown daughter, a grandson (I’m a young gamma!), and two fur babies (BeeBee & Buddy).  Although we are not married, my boyfriend and I will be celebrating 10 years in October!  Woot!  I have a bachelor of science in environmental science and an almost complete graduate certificate in bioinformatics (science nerd here).  When I am not crocheting, you can find me at the skate park with my family, enjoying the park, or gardening, but seriously, I’m mostly crocheting. lol.

I started crocheting again in 2016, while I was finishing out my B.S.E.V.S., while simultaneously caring for my elderly father, which left us both house-bound.  He was very sick with dementia, Alzheimer, and lung cancer to the point where he could not be left alone (or he would set the house on fire! lol).  I spent a total of 8 years caring for him, but the last year was by far the hardest.  I couldn’t work, so I picked up my grandmother’s (his mother) Margaret’s’ crochet hooks and starting making again.  I loved it so much and started getting requests from friends, so I started writing my patterns down.  I had no idea it would lead to where I am now and it became my new obsession.  It has truly changed my life and I felt compelled to help younger generations learn through inspiration and creating, and here we are! <3 

Connect with me! 

I am basically all over the socials.  I would love to see you in my personal Facebook group called Stardust Gold Crochet & Friends or connect with me through my Facebook page, Stardust Gold Crochet.  I am very active on all platforms, but mostly Facebook. I also started a podcast, so we can get to know each other better and talk about crochet :). The first 2 are here.

Please subscribe to my newsletter for my weekly Saturday Stitch Tutorial Series, called Stitch Explorers like exploring the universe of crochet stitches!) Check out some stitches here: Stitch Explorers

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About the Phoenix Afghan Square:

A little about this square. Anastasia asked us to create a square that reflected our personal crochet style. I wanted to create a challenging square that was colorful, and looked good in both full color and as a solid. I thought the star center would be great because I love the cosmos, hence Stardust Gold Crochet. 🙂

Phoenix is a minor constellation in the southern sky. Named after the mythical phoenix, it was first depicted on a celestial atlas by Johann Bayer in his 1603 Uranometria. The French explorer and astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille charted the brighter stars and gave their Bayer designations in 1756

I live in the south now, and though it fitting for this star project and I like to name my designs after constellations or stars. I also feel like a phoenix rising from the ashes sometimes…I know we’ve all been there.

This square is worked using basic stitches, single crochet, double crochet, as well as a few intermediate to advanced techniques like front post, puff stitches, and overlay crochet.  Overlay crochet is a technique where you work a front post stitch into a raised stitch or loop from one to several rows down.  It creates wonderful texture and color plays.  Overlay is one of those techniques that once you learn it, you will want to head over and get *all* the mandala patterns on the market. lol.  I know I did. :D. 

Below, you will find the full written pattern.  The PDF is also free on Ravelry, you can find that link here.

click photo to hook it!

The video tutorial is available here.

Get Interactive!

The main CAL will take place in the Facebook group – this is where you will post your progress photos, and ask me any questions you have about the design, click the button below to join, then come back here and grab your pattern!

Are you ready to make this baby?!  Let’s do it!

The Phoenix Afghan Square

+ Finished Measurements:

Blocked to 12” x 12”

+ Gauge:

 14 sc = 4″ (10 cm)

+ Materials:

Suggested Yarn Details:

Of course, this is the yarn I used for my squares. Any 4 weight yarn is great, just remember to match gauge!

Hobby Lobby I love This Cotton:  C1: Apple green, C2:  Pistache, C3:  Rosey, C4:  Warm blush, C5:  Ivory

Suggested Yarn Details:

100% Cotton, 180 yds/165m, (3.5oz/100g

Yardage Needed:

1 skein of each color or around 150 – 200 yds

Hook size:

6 mm

+ Abbreviations:

sc single crochet    
dc double crochet    
hdc half double crochet    
fpdc front post double crochet    
puff puff stitch    
FPdtr front post double treble    
dc2CL double crochet 2 cluster    
dc3CL double crochet 3 cluster    
sc2tog single crochet 2 together    
spk puff spike puff    
FPsc front post single crochet    
blo back loop only    
rep repeat    
cont. continue    
beg. beginning    
inc increase    
C1..C5 color 1, color 2, etc.    
sl st slip stitch    
st(s) stitch(es)    
ch(s) chains(s)    
ea each    
rnd round    
*…* rep instructions between asterisk however many times indicated.    

+ Stitch guide:

underlined stitches are clickable and will take you to a video tutorial

sc – single crochet

insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo draw through both loops on hook.

dc – double crochet

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – rep from * to * until you have one loop left on the hook.

hdc – half double crochet

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through all three loops on hook.

Special Stitches:

puff – puff stitch

Yo, insert hook in indicated st, pull up a loop, *yo, insert hook in same st, pull up a loop* 2 more times.  Then yo, pull through 6, yo, pull through 2. – 1 puff created.

puff spk – puff spk

Create puff stitch as above, except work the stitch into the base (not the center or top two loops) of indicated stitch.

FPdtr – front post double treble crochet

yo three times, insert hook around indicated st working from front to back, and out the front again.  yo, draw up a loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – rep *…* until you have one loop left of hook.

FPsc – front post single crochet

insert hook around indicated st working from front to back, and out the front again.  yo, draw up a loop.  insert hook around next indicated st.  yo, draw up a loop.  yo, draw through all loops on hook.

dc2CL – double crochet 2 cluster

yo, insert hook in indicated st.  yo, draw up a loop.  yo, draw through 2 loops.  yo, insert hook in same st.  yo, draw up a loop.  yo, draw through 2 loops,  yo, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

dc3CL – double crochet 3 cluster

*yo, insert hook in indicated st.  yo, draw up a loop.  yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat *…* 3 times total.   yo, draw through all 4 loops on hook.

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (dec by 1)

insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop.  insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through all loops on hook.

+ Pattern Notes – Please Read

  • Joins are made in 1st stitch of rnd – unless otherwise indicated.
  • 1st st of ea rnd is made in same as join – unless otherwise indicated.
  • Mark the 1st st of ea round (helps for where to make your joins

+ Pattern:

with C1 & 6 mm hook…

Create a Magic circle.

Rnd 1: C1sc 10 into circle. Join. (10)

Rnd 2: C1ch 2, dc 2 (BLO) in ea st around. Join with C2. (20)

Rnd 3: C2ch 2, *fpdc 1 around next dc. dc 1 in next dc* rep *…* to end.  Join with C3. (20)

Rnd 4: C3ch 1, *puff 1, puff 2 in next st.* – rep *…* to end.  Join with C4. (30).

Rnd 5: C4 ch 2, (ch counts as st in this round), dc2CL (blo) in same st as t-ch, dc3CL (blo) in ea st around.  Join. (30).

Rnd 6: C4 ch 1, sc 1 (in same as join).  FPsc 1 around next cluster. *sc 1, FPsc 1 around next cluster* repeat *…* to end. Join with C1. (60)

Rnd 7: C1 ch 1, *sc 1 (blo), FPdtr 1 around fpdc from rnd 3. sk st behind FPdtr. sc 1 (blo) in ea of next 3 sts, FPdtr 1 around same fpdc from rnd 3. (6, sts created). sk st behind FPdtr* – rep *…* to end, then Join in back loop. (60)

Rnd 8: C1 ch 1, sc 1 in same as ch. *sc2tog (make the first half around FPdtr just created, and second half around next FPdtr)**, sc 5 (blo)*, rep *…* to end, ending rep at **, then sc 4 (blo). Join with C2. (60)

The next rounds are less difficult, and do not have photos, however, the video tutorial will help if you get stuck, or just leave a comment in the CAL group or here on the blog :).

Rnd 9: C2 ch 2, *sc 1 in ea of next 4 sts, puff 1 in next, sc 2 in next st* – rep *…* to end.  Join with C3. (70)

Rnd 10: C3 ch 1, spk puff 1 in ea of next 4 sts, sc 1 in puff. *spk puff 6 (1 in ea st, except spk puff 2 in the 2 sc inc from previous row), sc 1 in puff* – rep *…* around (2 sts left). spk puff 2 in next sc 2 inc from previous rnd. Join with C4. (70)

Rnd 11: C4 ch 1, *hdc 1 in ea of next 6 sts, hdc 2 in next st.* – rep *…* to end.  Join with C5. (80)

Rnd 12: C5 ch 1, *hdc (blo) 19, hdc 3 (blo) in next st* – rep *…* to end. Join. (88)

Rnd 13: C5ch 3, (ch counts as st for this rnd). dc 1 in ea of next 20 sts. (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in next st. *dc 1 in ea of next 21 sts. (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in next st- rep *…* to end. Join. (100)

Rnd 14: C5ch 2, fpdc 1 around each of 23 sts. puff 5 in ch 2 sp. *fpdc 1 around each of 25 sts. puff 5 in ch 2 sp* – rep *…*, then fpdc 1 around ea of last two dc. Join. (120)

Rnd 15: C5ch 1, sc 1 in each of next 26 sts. *sc 5 in next st. sc 29. sc 5 in next* – rep *…* to end (3 sts left). sc 1 in each of next 3 sts. Join. (136) 

Rnd 16: C5ch 1, sc 1 in ea of next 28 sts. sc 5 in next st. *sc 33, sc 5 in next st* rep – *…* to end.  5 sts left, sc 1 in each. Invisible join. (152)

cut, weave in all tails.

Blocking – soak the square in water, wring it out, lay it flat and shape it to 12″ x 12″. Use rust free pins to secure it to a surface of your choice, and let it dry naturally.

Congratulations! You’re finished!

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Thanks for creating with me!


  • Tasha Margette
    June 25, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Thanks so much Marjorie! Yes, your squares are beautiful. Hope you don’t mind 🙂

  • Marjorie Brubaker Nelson
    June 24, 2019 at 11:49 am

    How lovely! I enjoy stars too xo …so looking forward to working on this square later today 🙂 and happily surprised to see some of my previous squares for this Patchwork Mystery CAL pictured here at the end of your post 🙂 thank you for sharing your great pattern with us!

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