Sunday, October 16, 2016

3 Inch Bi-Colored Solid Granny Square the EyeLoveKnots Way - Photo Tutorial

Oops! Thought this was scheduled to be released this past Friday. Guess I forgot to reschedule after I edited...

I am working a project to be shared over at The Stitchin Mommy, and have shared this here as part of that project. This is a fun little square that can be used in many ways from embellishing, to pixel projects, to jewelry, to larger things like scarves and blankets, to name a few. If you would like to see projects done using these little squares, drop me a line below.

The reason why I chose to work my Bi-Colored Solid Granny in this manner, as opposed to others you may have seen, is because I hate fastening off, restarting and weaving in a bunch of ends. I came up with this way of working it to avoid that as much as possible. You will still have 6 ends to weave in.

Materials:
- Small Amount of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Dark Green and Ivory
- J10/6mm Hook
- Tapestry Needle

Material Alternatives:
Some alternatives to I Love This Yarn include Red Heart's With Love, JoAnn's Big Twist, but with this tutorial, you can use any weight yarn and matching hook.

Time Spent:
Each square took me about 6 minutes to work up.

Measurements:
3" Square

Gauge:
14 DC by 8 Rows = 4"
Gauge for this project isn't essential, as long as your squares are consistent in size. Keep in mind, smaller or larger squares will produce smaller or larger projects.

Abbreviations:
DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
I hold my strands a little different and yarn over in some parts to avoid the other colored strand from being visible from the right side without having to drop it, as you will need to pick it back up later. You can see how it looks from behind in the above image.
*You may opt to work an invisible join at the end of Round 2 - I have a photo tutorial in my Chunky Baby Beanies post; or you may opt to work a slip stitch join. If you will be using the squares as they are to embellish projects or as an applique, I would suggest a clean invisible join. I knew I’d be joining mine together so I worked a slip stitch join.
Below you will find a Photo Tutorial, followed by just Instructions just in case it's easier to read it first. You can click on any image to view it larger.

Pattern - Photo Tutorial:
R1: With MC, Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2 (counts as a DC), 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, 3 DC into the ring,
R2: 

Pattern - Instructions:
With Green, Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2, 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, 3 DC into the ring, pull Ivory through, [holding Ivory over index finger and Green between middle finger and thumb, insert hook under Green to pull up a loop on hook, pull up Ivory over hook and complete chain. Move the Green strand behind the Ivory strand] 2x. Yarn over, insert hook into the ring, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, hold strands the same as before and complete the DC. Move the Green strand to the back, work 2 DC, chain 3, 2 DC over the Green tail, yarn over, insert hook into the ring, yarn over, pull through, hold the strands the same as before, pull over the Green, yarn over and complete the 1st half of the DC, move the Green strand to the back and repeat to complete the 2nd half of the DC, but don’t move the Green strand. Drop Ivory, pull through Green to complete 1 chain, chain 2. Join to the top of the beginning chain 2, and fasten off both strands.

R2: With Green, attach slip knot to hook. Chain 2. Yarn over, insert hook into the chain space just finished and complete DC,
DC into the same chain space and the next 3 stitches, (2 DC, chain 3, 2 DC) into the next chain space, DC into the next 3 stitches, 2 DC into the next chain space, pull Ivory through and fasten off Green. Chain 2, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into the next 3 stitches, (2 DC, chain 3, 2 DC) into the next chain space, DC into the next 3 stitches, 2 DC into the 1st chain space. Join to the 1st chain of the beginning chain 2. Fasten Off, and weave in ends.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! For my regular 3" Solid Granny Square, visit The Stitchin Mommy!
Please feel free to make and sell your own projects made using this 3" Bi-Colored Solid Granny Square Pattern/Tutorial, 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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