Sunday, March 27, 2011

YARN IT ALL: Tutorial 9 [Granny Square]


Granny squares are really similar to crocheting circles... we're just going to give our circles some corners! If you are unfamiliar with crochet lingo, you may want to watch my video tutorial on how to crochet a circle. It will help with this next tutorial.

Materials Needed:
Yarn [I recommend simply soft]
Crochet Needle [I recommend size J]
Scissors




1. Chain 6.
2. Go back into your first stitch and connect with slip stitch.
3. Chain two, and then make 2 double crochets into your circle.
4. Chain 3. This is your first corner.



5. Make 3 double crochets into your circle.
6. Chain 3. This is your second corner.
7. Make 3 double crochets into your circle.
8. Chain 3. This is your third corner.



9. Make 3 double crochets into your circle.
10. Chain 3. This is your fourth corner. Connect with slip stitch.

YAY!
You've made a square!
The second row is ridiculously similar...



11. Chain 2. Then flip your work vertically.



12. Make 2 double crochets into your corner.
13. Chain 3. This is your new first corner.
14. Make 3 more double crochets into your corner.
15. Chain 1.



16. Make 3 double crochets into your corner.
17. Chain 3. This is your new second corner.
18. Make 3 more double crochets into your corner.
19. Chain 1.



20. Make 3 double crochets into your corner.
21. Chain 3. This is your new third corner.
22. Make 3 more double crochets into your corner.
23. Chain 1.



24. Make 3 double crochets into your corner.
25. Chain 3. This is your new fourth corner.
26. Make 3 more double crochets into your corner.
27. Chain 1. Connect with slip stitch

Repeat steps 11-27 to keep making more rows [each time you will have to add an extra single chain and 3 double crochets to each side of the square as your work gets larger].

3 Rows:



You can make one large square like I did for this blanket:



Or you can make a bunch of smaller squares with multiple colors of yarn and sew them together like I did for this one:



I'd love to see what you make with your granny squares!

And be sure to check out Kimberly's non-crochet yarn post today!

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8 comments:

Mhairi said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you. Finally a granny square tutorial that I can follow, understand and do. I have been searching for one of these for years and yours is brilliant.
How do you change colour without it looking messy? Would love to see that in a tutorial soon.
Once again thank you.

pennies for luck said...

Thank you, thanks you!! This is fabulous! I love being able to see it step by step. Definitely makes it way easier for me!

Terry said...

I just finished or hope that I finished making a zillion granny squares and am working to put them together to make an afghan...I'm a new follower and can't wait to check out more of your blog!

Michelle L. said...

Yay, Mandy! This is a beautiful tutorial that will be saved and traded by a billion crafters!

lisbonlioness said...

Mandy, I could TOTALLY kiss you right now. I am a very visual learner, and I needed this tutorial to FINALLY "get it". I feel like I hit the jackpot, no kidding. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Oh, My Darling said...

Wow, thanks for this! I was just talking with a crocheting pal about how we both want to master the granny square.

Beth said...

This is great! I have been trying to learn this for years!! And now I got it.

belleparas said...

i was reading the blog and i think that this information is going to help me a lot. i will also share this to my friends and i'm pretty sure they will also learn and come back often.

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