Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How to Crochet a Granny Square with Photo Tutorial - Free Crochet Pattern

Many of you know that I have quite a soft spot for granny squares and projects made from the granny square pattern - especially if you are a participator in our Yarn Fanatic Parties!

Usually, I just provide the written pattern for the granny squares, but I thought it was time to have a photo tutorial! Also included is a photo tutorial for working the invisible join.

What will you make with the Granny Square? The possibilities are endless! I know my list for granny square project ideas is quite large and still growing.

Some Examples:

~ You can use thread or perhaps a sock weight yarn, and attach the square to the front of a card or make some jewelry with them.

~ You can use it with cotton yarn to make a set of coasters. You could even add a larger one as a placemat, or trivet.

~ With cotton yarn and it larger, it will also make a great washcloth.

~ Making it larger and using worsted weight or chunky weight yarn, it would make a nice pillow.

~ You could join the squares to make a scarf, or table runner.

~ With a smaller weight yarn, you could make these into a belt, or headband.

The possibilities are truly endless. If you would like to see a tutorial for creating any of these items using the granny square/s before I get around to it, feel free to leave me a comment below :)

Materials:
     - Small Amount of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Vanna's Choice in Dusty Rose (see Material Notes for more details on Yarn)
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook (See Material Notes)
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I like to use a #18 or #20

Material Notes:
     I originally worked this granny square using Vanna's Choice yarn, but I wanted to see if I could produce the same size square with other worsted weight yarns I had on hand. Each yarn is a little different. To meet the same size, I found:
     - For Red Heart Super Saver, use a G6/4.5mm Hook
     - For Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, use a I9/5.5mm Hook
If you are going to be working a project mixing yarn types, it is important to check your gauge so all squares come out to be the same size.

Time Spent:
     One granny square can be finished in about 15 minutes.

Measurements:
     6" across

Gauge:
Gauge:
With Vanna's Choice and an H8/5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

With Super Saver and a G6/4.25mm Hook = 4" x 3"
     Chain 18, DC in 4th stitch and across (16 DC)
     R2 - R6: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

With Super Saver and an H8/5mm Hook = 3" x 3.75"
     Chain 12, DC in 4th and across (10 DC)
     R2 - R7: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     The pattern of a granny square can also vary a little depending on your yarn choice and hook size. Using Vanna's Choice with the H8/5mm crochet hook, I found it necessary to work a chain one in between each cluster, however, if I were using Red Heart's With Love, I would leave out the chain one. You will need to experiment a little if using a different yarn type and hook.
How can you tell if you need the chain 1, chain 2, or none? You will notice one of three things:
1.) Square will take on a butterfly-like look with the corners pointing out and the insides caving - you will need to add in a chain space;
2.) Square will take on a rounded look with the insides bulging - eliminate chain space.
3.) Square will be nice and crisp - Perfect!

Pattern:
R1: Chain 5. Join to form a ring.

*For anyone who hasn't done so before, lay your chain flat (see #2),
insert hook into the first chain and complete a slip stitch. Ring completed! 
      R1 cont'd: Chain 2, work 2 DC into the ring, chain 3 [first corner created], (3 DC into the ring, Chain 3) 3x. 

Join to the first DC, not the beginning chain 2 [#3].

At the end of each round, you will slip stitch over two spaces 
into the next chain space.

R2: Chain 2, work 2 DC into the same chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, (3 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join, slip stitch over.

R3: Chain 2, work 2 DC into the same chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join, slip stitch over.

*Continue working in the same manner until you have reached your desired size. If you are following this pattern to the end, you square will measure 6" across.

R4: Chain 2, work 2 DC into the same chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join, slip stitch over.

R5: Chain 2, work 2 DC into the same chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join - I did so with the Invisible Join.

Invisible Join:
1 - You should currently be right before the final join.

2 - Trim your yarn.

3 - Pull up on the loop so that the yarn tail comes through it.

4 - Thread your tapestry needle with your tail. 
1 - Insert the needle under both loops of the first DC.
This will create the first leg of the stitch.

2 - Pull yarn tail so the leg looks consistent - you want it to look like the rest.

3 - While keeping the tension on your tail, insert the needle back down into the center of the stitch that it originally came from.
This creates the second leg of the stitch.

4 - I also like to take my needle down a few stitches on the back to apply tension from the weave to hold the stitch in place.

5 - Pull on the slack from the tail to shape your stitch. Don't pull too tight. You want this to look just like the rest of your stitches.

6 - Ta Da! Try to find the invisible join stitch :) 
Looks great, and it's seamless!
And there you have it! A finished Granny Square.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny Square using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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Don't Crochet but Interested in a Project Made with Granny Squares?
     You can check out EyeLoveKnots on Etsy to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, such as "Blue Blanket", "Granny Square", etc.
Also feel free to send me a message on Etsy, or email with your custom request.

You can find search some color options: Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice (100% acrylic, wool-like feel), Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn (soft, 100% acrylic), Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton (soft, lightweight, 100% cotton), Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky yarn (soft, bulky, warm, mostly acrylic).
*These are just suggestions though, as yarn type does vary on the project itself.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for doing this fantastic Tutorial! It is so easy to follow and I love the invisible join you did! I have purchased a pattern for a Lalylala, Kira the Kangaroo. That is what I have trying to work on, been hectic here. Have a wonderful week Alexandra!
    Hugs, Kim http://acitywithoutaswing.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sounds cute. I just love Kangaroos! Can't wait to see it :)

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