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Bavarian Crochet

Bavarian crochet is also known as the Bavarian square.  It’s a beautiful, unique square usually crochet with different colors for a vivid, bright look.

The Bavarian square have groups of circles in the center that are outlined with the second color.  These outlines are created by working back post stitches around the outside of the circles.  With each round, more circles are added and the previous round of circles is outlined.

These squares can be joined together or, like granny squares, you can add rounds to them to make them as big as you’d like.

This is considered an intermediate-advanced stitch.  You will be working backpost stitches and pulling through 9 loops at one time at certain points.  So it may take some extra practice to master, but you’ll like the results.

Let’s give it a try and make a Bavarian square.

Bavarian Crochet Square


Chain 6.

Ss into the 1st ch to form a ring.


Round 1


Ch 1.  

Sc into the ring.


*Ch 5 (counts as the 1st tr)

Work a 4 tr cluster into the ring.

Here’s How:

4-Treble Cluster

Tr into ring until the last step, leaving the last loop on the hook. (There should be 2 loops on the hook.)
Work 2 more tr into the ring, leaving the last loop on the hook. (There should be 5 loops left on the hook.)
Yo and pull through all 5 loops. 4 tr cluster complete!


Ch 5.

Sc into the ring. *

Repeat * to * three more times.

Ss to beginning sc to join.

You should have 4 clusters.


Round 2


Ch 1.

Sc into the same stitch. (sc from previous round)


*Ch 2.

We will now be working into the top of each cluster where all the tr were joined together.

Work 4 tr into the top of the same cluster.

(ch1, 4 tr) two more times into the same cluster. (There should be 12 tr.)

Ch 2.

Sc into the sc of the previous row*

Repeat * to * 3 more times.

Fasten off.


Round 3


Join the new color into the 1st ch-1 space of any corner of the previous round.

Ch 1.

Sc into the ch-1 space.



*ch 5. (counts as 1st tr)

We will now be working a 4 tr cluster into the back post of the stitches of the previous round.

Here's how:

4-Backpost Treble Cluster

Work a Bptr around the next tr of the previous round leaving the final 2 loops on the hook.
Work 3 more Bptr in the next 3 tr of the previous round, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook. (There should be 5 loops on the hook.)
Yo and pull through all 5 loops. 4-Bptr cluster complete.

Ch 5.

Sc into the ch-1 space of the previous round.


Ch 5.

Bptr 8 stitches together.

Ch 5.

Sc into the ch-1 space. *


Repeat * to * around, ending with the last    ch-5.

Ss into beginning sc.


Round 4


Ch 1.

Sc into same stitch.

*Work 4 tr into the top of the 4 Bptr cluster of the previous round.

(ch 1, 4 tr) 2 more times into the same cluster.

Sc into the sc of the previous round.

(Work 4 tr, ch 1, 4 tr) all into the top of the 8-tr cluster.

Sc into the sc of the previous round. *

Repeat * to * around, ending with (4tr, ch 1, 4tr).

Ss into sc of the previous round.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

That’s it, the Bavarian Square!



If you’d like to make it larger, repeat rounds 3 and 4, adding an extra 8 tr cluster to each side of the square.



A similar stitch to this Bavarian Crochet technique is the Catherine Wheel Crochet Stitch.  Here’s a photo walk-through for it.


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