Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Basic Granny Square Pattern (for the beginner)

The Granny Square is a good starting point for any beginner to crochet.  I love them because they can be very simple, they are quick to make, and if you only have a few minutes a day where you can pull out your hook & wool, you can make a few of these and in the end you will have a great afghan to show for your stolen moments :)

ROUND 1:  Begin with a magic circle.  CH 3, 2 DC in circle.  *CH2, 3 DC in circle:  Repeat from * to * 2 more times.  Connect to top of first CH3 with SL ST.
You should now have something like this:
Now, either bind off and switch to a new colour or SL ST to the first CH2 space (from round 1)
ROUND 2:  CH 3, 2DC, *CH2, 3DC, CH1,*   This should complete your 1st corner for Round 2.  (IF you want a rounder corner, just CH1 instead of CH2 in between your group of 3DC's)  
Repeat from * to * 3 more times until you arrive back where you started.  Join with a SL ST and bind off to begin with a new colour or SL ST to the first CH 1 or 2 space if staying with same colour.
 ROUND 3:  I'm sure you have now discovered the pattern.  Round 3 is the same as Round 1.  It's plain & simple; just groups of 3DC with a CH1 or a CH2 in between.  The only reason I ever CH2 instead of 1 is on the corners in order to make it a more square shape.  (This makes it easier to sew them together; rather than working with rounded edges).
 ROUND 4:  (Optional)  You make want to stick with little granny squares, but if you want one a little larger (see photo below) then continue with Round 4, or add a Round 6 or 7.... Totally up to you :)
 Now time to have fun with combining colours!  Here's a few strange-ish combinations I've put together today.  I'm hoping that when sewn all together it will look pretty cool - if not blinding! lol  But what a great family heirloom!  I'd love to have an afghan like this in a chest in our family room, to pull out for cozy movie nights, etc.  I'll be sure to post a photo when I finish!!  If you have any questions or need clarifications on this pattern, please feel free to ask away in the comments below.
Enjoy!

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