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Friday 8 August 2014

Happy Days Cal (3): Tic-Tac-Toe Square

Welcome to Part 3 of our Happy Days Blanket Crochet Along! 

It is not too late to join in the fun!     The patterns will remain on my blog - so you can crochet along at your own pace.      

These are the links to:

PART 1 (Hakuna Matata Mandala Square) (where you will find all the necessary info about this project)

Part 2 (Sunny Flower Square)

Some of the lovely ladies who are crocheting along were kind enough to share their photos with us: 

Our third square is the Tic-Tac-Toe square - a nice relaxing square to crochet consisting of an alternating mesh row (the noughts) and a crossover dc row (the crosses).    We will be making FOUR of these!


YARN:  DK (8ply / light worsted weight) 100% acrylic 

HOOK:  5.00mm

SIZE:  28cm x 28cm


I will include this conversion chart with each pattern to make it easier for those using UK terms

crochet terms conversion chart


Rows 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 are crocheted with the right side of the square facing you.  

Rows 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 are crocheted with the wrong side of the square facing you.

Special Stitches:

Crossover dc (crdc) - is made by crocheting your first double crochet to the left of the dc in the previous row; and then a second dc to the right of the dc in the previous row

Foundation:    ch 4, sl st to join OR make a magic ring

Row 1:   4ch (counts as 1dc, 1ch);  (1dc into ring, 1ch) x7 (8 x 1dc, 1ch);   sl into top of 3ch at start to join.

afghan square

Row 2:  sl st into 1ch sp;   4ch (counts as 1dc; 1ch);  [2dc, 2ch; 2dc into next 1 ch sp (corner formed);   1ch, 1dc into next 1ch space, 1ch] x 3;   2dc, 2ch, 2dc into next 1ch sp, 1ch, sl st into 3rd of 4ch at start

afghan square

Row 3:
Join yarn in 2nd 1ch space on any side of your square;   3ch (counts as 1 dc)

 afghan square

1dc into 1ch sp directly to the right (i.e. the first 1ch sp (crossover dc made)

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Note:   As the square grows there will be more 1ch spaces.    Always start your row at the 2nd 1ch sp   Repeat until a crdc has been made into each 1ch space

Your corners will be worked as follows:

1crdc into space between first 2dc at corner

afghan square

afghan square

into corner 3ch work 2dc, 3ch, 2dc

afghan square

1crdc into space between 2nd 2dc at corner

afghan square

Repeat this around your square, ending with a sl st into the centre of your start crdc to join

afghan square

Turn work so that the wrong side is now facing you 

Row 4:   Slip stitch into centre space of crdc

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4ch (counts as 1dc, 1ch);   (1dc into centre of next crdc; 1ch) into the centre of each crdc;  

1dc into space between first 2dc at corner, 1ch

2dc; 3ch; 2dc into corner 3ch sp, 1ch

1dc into space between 2nd 2dc at corner, 1ch

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Repeat this around your square, ending with a sl st into the 3rd of start 4ch

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Row 5:  Repeat Row 3 

Row 6:  Repeat Row 4

Row 7:  Repeat Row 3 

Row 8:  Repeat Row 4

Row 9:  Repeat Row 3

Row 10:  Repeat Row 4

Row 11:  Repeat Row 3

Row 12:  Repeat Row 4

Row 13:  Join yarn in any 1ch sp;   3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same 1ch sp as join;    2dc into each 1ch space;    2dc, 3ch, 2dc into each corner 3ch,   sl st into top of start 3ch to close.   break off yarn

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(This pattern is great for a giant granny square.    Just keep repeating rows 3 and 4 until your square is the required size)

Two of my Tic-Tac-Toe squares for the Happy Days Blanket! 

afghan square

I had planned to lay all the squares out on the grass for a photo shoot but the wind has been blowing like crazy all day (think we might be getting a cold snap).   

I did manage to take a photo of the designs I have made so far (you can see Part 4's square peeking out under the Tic-Tac-Toe Square).     This is going to be SUCH a happy blanket!!

I will post the pattern for the fourth square - The Saturday Morning Square - on Friday, 22 August 2014.

Don't forget to post photos of your progress on my Zooty Owl Facebook page so that I can share them with my next post!

Happy crocheting!

(Part 4 - Solid Granny Squares can be found HERE)


  1. On number 2 square you had us create ten of them in a smaller size. Is it possible that you have a smaller square version of number 1 and number 3 that would come out to be the same size as square 2? I prefer to do the smaller squares. I am designing larger squares as a design on the hook with crochet in common group at the moment so having smaller squares would be nice being the ones we create on the hook are large ones. Let me know if there is a way to make a smaller version of the two squares or not. I just love all your work!!!

    1. Hi Kathryn! On Square 3 - If you crochet Rows 1 - 6; and then Row 13 (giving you 7 rows in total) the square will be the same size as Square 2. Square 1 is a bit tricky as the Mandala Part in itself is a bit larger than Square 1. You could substitute my "Circle in Square Pattern" http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/03/circles-in-squares-baby-groovyghan-cal4.html for square 1. Please post photos on my Zooty Owl Facebook page if you would like to be included in the next line up!

  2. Hi Zelna! thankyou so much for all your trouble! How many must we make of square 3? I'm actually too ashamed to ask because you are going through so much trouble with the patterns but is it possible to do a summery at the end to make it easier to copy and paste for printing? i still like to print the patterns i'm making. At the moment i have to do a lot of editing to save on ink.. xxx

    1. Hi Adele - we will be making four of the Tic-Tac-Toe Square! Thank you for being so considerate. I am happy to help. The little dramas caused by a few people are probably unavoidable, so please never feel ashamed to ask for help or clarification! I want you to enjoy crocheting my patterns as much as I enjoy designing them!! There are a lot of exciting improvements to my blog in the works - one of them being "easy print PDF's". I still have a bit of work to do on this, and as soon as it is up and running I will post a notification on my Zooty Owl Facebook Page! Please bear with me in the meantime! xxx

    2. thanx Zelna! Can't wait! I haven't started yet but hope to join in soon!

  3. It is s fun square to make !
    How many of them are we making? 4?

    1. Hi! Four of these! Don't forget to post a photo on my Zooty Owl Facebook Page so that your photo can be included in the next line up!

  4. I have always enjoyed your Zooty Owl blogs. You are one of my favorite crochet bloggers!

  5. love these they are so pretty

  6. love these squares and your pics are so clear!

  7. Very excited for your next square.. I'm still trying to finish these to catch up with you all. I can't wait to see the final product!!