The basic square is usually one of the first things one is taught to crochet. It's often seen as potholders, blankets, and - in an elongated form - scarves. Now, here's the breakdown of this most basic shape.
To make a square like the one shown, just make a chain of the desired width, and make a single crochet into the second stitch from the hook and each chain across. *Chain one, turn, and single crochet across. Repeat from the * until the height nearly matches the width. Presto! You have a square.
The great thing about such a basic shape is that it lends itself to many different stitches and stitch patterns with little fuss. It can be done in single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, shell stitches, filet crochet, ribbed stitches, colorwork, or post stitches. It can be adapted to all sizes, from just large enough to serve as a drink coaster to the size of a bedspread. Customizing a square is a great first project for the aspiring pattern designer - remember, practice makes perfect!
If you've mastered squares and rectangles, why don't you check out Working in the Round?
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