Free Bonding Square Crochet Pattern

Many hospitals are using bonding square to help mom and her new baby to bond while apart. Now, with this bonding square crochet pattern, you can make pairs of them (1 for mom to wear, 1 for baby).

Check with your local NICU department to see if they are accepting bonding squares and what their specific regulations might be.

I’m excited to be taking part in the 1st Annual Preemie Crochet Challenge and am offering the Little Sprout Bonding Square pattern as part of the challenge!

What is a bonding square?

If you haven’t heard of a bonding square, they are used for babies in the NICU. Mom is given 2 squares – mom wears one against her body and then every 12 hours or so she swaps them out. The smell will help baby bond to mom when they can’t physically touch each other yet.

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Finished Sizes: 5″ square

Yarn: #3 DK/light worsted (1 oz./86 yds will make 2 squares)
Sample used: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Slate Grey & Pale Lilac

Hook: Size 7 (4.5 mm) – Change hook size to get correct gauge if needed.

Notions: Yarn Needle

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner – You will need to be familiar with chains, dc, and the puff stitch (or be comfortable trying new stitches), as well as minimal shaping.


dc – double crochet
BPdc – Back Post double crochet <– click link for tutorial
FPdc – Front Post double crochet <– click link for tutorial
sc – single crochet
yo – yarn over

For a full list of abbreviations, please see my LIST OF ABBREVATIONS.

Litte Sprout Bonding Square Crochet Pattern

ch 23,
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped 2 chs counts as dc), dc in each ch across, turn. (22 dc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st, repeat from * across to last st, sc in last sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, repeat from * across to last st, sc in last sc, turn.

Rows 4 – 16: Repeat Rows 2 – 3, until approx. 5”.

Border (optional)

Round 1: Sc in each st around working 3 sc in each corner stitch, slip stitch in 1st sc.
Fasten off. Tie in ends.

To get the matching Preemie Blanket pattern visit THIS POST.

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Happy Crocheting!

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