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Free Granny Square Pattern – Circle of Hope

Updated July 19, 2023
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Crochet a beautiful rainbow with my ‘Circle of Hope’ granny square pattern. Rainbows are an ever popular symbol of hope, so I took inspiration from that and the amazing community (symbolised by the circle) to create this granny square. This stunning granny square is a beginner friendly pattern which will look amazing now matter which colours you choose. I chose to take inspiration from a pastel rainbow (of course!) and I just adore how it’s turned out.

3 Circles of Hope granny squares in progress, one with 3 rounds, one with 4 rounds and one completed with the 5th round making it a square. A pair of rose gold scissors lays beside them.
Making up the Circle of Hope Granny Square

what will I learn?

Looking to experiment with a new granny square now you’ve mastered the basics? In this blog, you will learn how to crochet the Circle of Hope granny square with a written pattern and step by step video tutorial to help. There’s also a printable PDF pattern if you’d like to make the squares into a blanket project.

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materials and tools

Here’s the materials and tools you’ll need to create this project. This is the yarn and hook I used in the video but feel free to mix it up with different yarns and their co-ordinating hooks.

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pattern Notes

  • Chain at the beginning of each round will be classed as a stitch.
  • Round 1-5 will join with a slip stitch, changing colours at the same time.
  • Finished size, 5 inches x 5 inches approx

terms and abbreviations

  • Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, then yarn over and pull through the stitch and loop on hook
  • Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, then pull through
  • Double Crochet(s): dc(s):  Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop and then you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, then pull through remaining two loops.
  • Half Treble Crochet(s): htr(s):  Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop and then you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over and finally pull through all three loops.
  • Treble Crochet(s): tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will then have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over and then pull through remaining two loops.
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Cream blanket with pastel rainbow circles on a white bed.
Circle of Hope Blanket

the pattern

  • Make magic circle with Colour A
  • Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as stitch here and throughout) 11tr in magic circle and then join with a ss changing to Colour B. Tie off Colour A. (12 sts)
  • Round 2: Ch 3, tr in same st. Work 2 tr in each st all the way around. Join with a ss changing to Colour C. Tie off Colour B. (24 sts)
  • Round 3: Ch 3, tr in same st. Tr in next st. *2 tr, tr in next st; repeat from * around. Join with a ss changing to Colour D. Tie off Colour C. (36 sts)
Circle of hope granny squares using cream, purple, turquoise. yellow and peach coloured yarn.
Circle of Hope Granny Square
  • Round 4: Ch 3, tr in same st. Tr in next 2 st. *2 tr, tr in next 2 st; repeat from * around. Join with a ss changing to Colour E. Tie off Colour D. (48 sts)
  • Round 5: Ch 3, tr in same st. Ch 1, 2 tr in next st. Htr, dc in next 8 sts. (Htr, 2tr in next st, ch 1, 2 tr in next st. Htr, dc in next 8 sts) twice more. Htr in next st and join with a ss. Do not tie off.
  • Round 6: ch 3, tr in next st. *(2tr, ch 2, 2tr) in ch-1 sp from previous round. 1 tr in next 14 sts; repeat from * three times. (2tr, ch 2, 2tr) in ch-1 sp from previous round. Finally, 1 tr in remaining 12sts.

Video Tutorials

You can find the step-by-step video tutorials below which will help you along if you prefer to watch video instruction rather than using a written pattern. I have created a left handed and right handed version for you. Don’t forget to subscribe if you like me videos, it’s FREE!

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Want to try some other granny square designs? Take a look at the blogs below for further inspiration!

 
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Circle of Hope Granny Square

Circle of Hope Granny Square

Crochet a beautiful rainbow with my ‘Circle of Hope’ granny square pattern. Rainbows are an ever popular symbol of hope, so I took inspiration from that and the amazing community (symbolised by the circle) to create this granny square. This stunning granny square is a beginner friendly pattern which will look amazing now matter which colours you choose. I chose to take inspiration from a pastel rainbow (of course!) and I just adore how it’s turned out.

Materials

  • Here’s the materials and tools you’ll need to create this project. This is the yarn and hook I used in the video but feel free to mix it up with different yarns and their co-ordinating hooks.
  • Yarn: Paintbox Simply DK in Peach Orange [154] (Colour A), Daffodil Yellow [121] (Colour B), Washed Teal [132] (Colour C), Pale Lilac [145] (Colour D), Champagne White [102] (Colour E)

Tools

  • Hook: 4mm
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle

Instructions

    1. Make magic circle with Colour A
    2. Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as stitch here and throughout) 11tr in magic circle and then join with a ss changing to Colour B. Tie off Colour A. (12 sts)
    3. Round 2: Ch 3, tr in same st. Work 2 tr in each st all the way around. Join with a ss changing to Colour C. Tie off Colour B. (24 sts)
    4. Round 3: Ch 3, tr in same st. Tr in next st. *2 tr, tr in next st; repeat from * around. Join with a ss changing to Colour D. Tie off Colour C. (36 sts)
    5. Round 4: Ch 3, tr in same st. Tr in next 2 st. *2 tr, tr in next 2 st; repeat from * around. Join with a ss changing to Colour E. Tie off Colour D. (48 sts)
    6. Round 5: Ch 3, tr in same st. Ch 1, 2 tr in next st. Htr, dc in next 8 sts. (Htr, 2tr in next st, ch 1, 2 tr in next st. Htr, dc in next 8 sts) twice more. Htr in next st and join with a ss. Do not tie off.
    7. Round 6: ch 3, tr in next st. *(2tr, ch 2, 2tr) in ch-1 sp from previous round. 1 tr in next 14 sts; repeat from * three times. (2tr, ch 2, 2tr) in ch-1 sp from previous round. Finally, 1 tr in remaining 12sts.

Notes

  • Chain at the beginning of each round will be classed as a stitch.
  • Round 1-5 will join with a slip stitch, changing colours at the same time.
  • Finished size, 5 inches x 5 inches approx


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14 Comments

  • Cheri
    June 8, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Instructions do not include the amount of yarn required. Can you please advise?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 9, 2020 at 9:49 am

      Hi Cheri I will be releasing the pattern details soon you can sign up here to receive the details:- ttps://view.flodesk.com/pages/5edbf75e2eacb0002609eaea 🙂

      Reply
  • Ruth Ann
    June 17, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Hey Cheri, Is there a list of yardage requirements for various blanket sizes for the Circle of hope? This is a beautiful block and the Paintbox Yarn is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  • Rebecca Rice
    August 20, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I was unable to find the amount of yarn needed – I saw reply to Cheri.
    Could you please give the amount yarn needed – I am wanting to buy yarn, but want to make sure I have enough. Thank you.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      August 27, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      You can find all the information you need on my blog at blog.bellacococrochet.com however here is the information you need:- Yarn: Paintbox Simply DK in Peach Orange [154] (Colour A), Daffodil Yellow [121] (Colour B), Washed Teal [132] (Colour C), Pale Lilac [145] (Colour D), Champagne White [102] (Colour E)

      You will need 1 ball of A, B, C & D and 2 balls of E

      I hope this helps 🙂

      Reply
  • Washiela Maged
    October 19, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I like the border of the circle of hope blanket and would like to know if you have instructions for it.

    Reply
  • LauraLee Rose
    May 5, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Sarah:
    I wanted to let you know how therapeutic this Hope Circle Granny Square became in my life. I came across it in June, 2020, at the time of the George Floyd demonstrations. Near the end of that June, our neighborhood experienced several wildfires in the foothills near our homes. No one was hurt, and the fires was controlled quickly. However, the event brought out the neighborhood for many blocks around as we watched the firefighters work. People were gathering, safely 6 feet apart, wearing masks, but very happy to see and visit with other people. As I returned home later that evening, feeling rejuvenated and uplifted, I saw the pattern for the Hope Circle. Immediately I saw it as a metaphor for society. I adapted the circles to be random colors, with the square boarder being either black, white, brown, or tan. It spoke to me about how I hoped that different people in our world could learn to live together in peace and love. I made up an afghan and entered it into an art contest with the theme “All are alike unto God.” I am not expecting to win anything, but it was a very therapeutic experience for me. I learned to watch out for and care for others more intentionally. Thank you for creating this design. Laura Lee Rose

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 6, 2021 at 8:21 am

      Hi LauraLee You are very welcome and I wish you luck with your blanket 🙂

      Reply
    • Ada
      October 28, 2022 at 1:20 am

      Dear, if only everyone would learn to crochet/knit, the life in this world would be peaceful and happier… Looking for patterns, free and paid, I am so impressed how designers share their items for free or for a small price – ‘Sharing Is Caring’! This way people, who cannot afford to buy patterns, can enjoy and crochet beautiful designs such as this beautiful Circle Of Hope granny square. I’m retired so have time to crochet mainly for charities and friends.
      Yes, the title of this square has a deep meaning. The Circle Of Hope has no end so let’s us keep hope for a better, happier, and healthy time for all!

      Reply
  • Bolaji
    July 23, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Hi, I’ve really enjoyed completing this blanket, but I’m struggling to find a video about how to complete the border.
    I’m not sure if you can use any border to complete the blanket. Could you point me to a video tutorial you’ve done that I could use please. Your video tutorials are absolutely amazing…I’ve completed two blankets already ! Thank you

    Reply
  • Jen
    January 13, 2023 at 4:37 am

    is there a printable version?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 2, 2023 at 4:25 pm

      I don’t have a printable version of this, however I do have a low cost PDF pattern for the circle of hope blanket 🙂

      Reply

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