Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Learn how to Crochet a Solid Granny Square and What to Make With Them...

Hello and welcome to Tutorial Tuesday, a new series I am starting aimed at beginner crocheters and people wanting to learn new stitches or improve their skills.  This series will include lots of tips, tricks, how to's and ideas and inspiration.  This week I will be showing you how to make a solid granny square and include ways to use them...





 

Solid Granny Square


Materials

Yarn
Darning needle
Scissors

Abbreviations / Terms

US terms are used throughout (UK terms)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(s)


Notes:  I used Stylecraft Special Aran in colours Baby Mint, Baby Pink, Fondant, White and Aspen, with a 5mm (H) hook to make my squares;  but you can use any weight yarn you like, just be sure to use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band.  Thinner yarns will make smaller squares and subsequently, thicker yarns, bigger squares.  The finished size of my 3-round squares is approx 3 ½ inches (9cm).

I like to use a chainless dc to start my rounds instead of the usual ch3, so feel free to to substitute this for yourself if you wish.

With chosen yarn and hook, ch4 and sl st to form ring.







Round 1 ch3, 2dc into ring, [ch2, 3dc into ring] 3 times, ch2.  Join with sl st to top ch3.


Round 2 ch3, dc in next 2 st's, 2dc in corner sp, ch2, 2dc in same sp.  [dc in next 3 st's, 2dc in corner sp, ch2, 2dc in same sp] x3.  Join with sl st to top ch3.


Round 3 ch3, along each side, dc in each dc across.  In each corner, 2dc, ch2, 2dc.  Join with sl st to top ch3.


Repeat round 3 until square is desired size...



Make a whole bunch and you can use them for anything from granny square blankets, to hot water bottles, to wall art.  This stunning bag is designed by the late "Wink" and features a ton of gorgeously colourful solid granny squares.  The pattern is still available on her blog, A Creative Being.

Squares Bag



Kristen from Cozy Things, made this super comfy cushion with her solid granny squares and you can read all about it on her blog here...

Crochet Patchwork Pillow - Farewell to the scraps






 




Why not mix your solid granny squares with these daisy motifs and make a pretty baby blanket.  The pattern for this blanket is available in my online stores.

Thank you for reading and I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  If there are any tutorials you would like to see please let me know in the comments below and be sure to subscribe and follow (in the sidebar) so you don't miss any new posts.


Take care for now...
Catherine
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7 comments:

  1. I love the solid granny squares, but I find the chainless dc very difficult to master (even with the video link). I can manage perfectly a standing stitch at the start of a new row when I change colours.

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    1. Chain 3 to start a round is perfectly fine, it's just my personal preference to use the chainless stitch. I am afraid I am a little OCD and don't like the way it looks. The trick with the chainless dc I think is to keep your finger on the stitch...

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  2. Thanks for replying to my query. I can manage the chainless stitch perfectly when I start a new colour. I prefer this way too! The Chain 3 at the beginning of the row does stand out in a skinny kind of way! I will persevere and maybe it will turn out to my liking with practice!

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  3. Very nice. I shared this link in my crochet group as I have lots of newbies always asking how.

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  4. I've always had a mental block when making solid granny squares for some reason. Just tried your tutorial. Thanks so much for publishing. You made it so easy for me.

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