Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Granny Squares

A few months ago I did a guest post for Kara at Petals to Picots when she did her Granny Month. I had a couple of questions about the patterns so I reworked the presentation into what I hope makes it easier for all.
All 4 start with the same first 2 rounds and then I made it up from there. I used size 3 crochet thread and an F hook, but they would work in yarn with an appropriate size hook.
So here are the first 2 rounds.




Round 1 - Using a magic circle to start ch 3 then 15 dc before closing the ring with a sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3. (16 total dc counting the ch3 as 1dc).
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{If you do not know how to use a magic circle, Kara has a tutorial on it. This really is the best method for beginning any circle, but if you just don't like it then do this instead.}
Round 1 - Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring, then ch 3, 15 dc in ring, sl st to join first ch 3.
Round 2 - Ch 3, (always counts as 1 dc),(dc,ch2,2dc) in same sp ( first corner made),dc in next 3 dc, *2dc, ch2, in next dc* (2nd corner made), dc in next 3 dc then repeat 2nd corner. Continue in this manner around then sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3 beginning. (7 dc on each side)
Use these first 2 rounds to start each square then follow the directions below for round 3 or more for the square you have selected.
SQUARE 1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
It is 4 little squares of only the first 2 rounds (above). Then
Round 3 - hdc in each dc and the corners are: 2 hdc, ch 2, 2hdc.
I used hdc so that when they are assembled, the resulting square is the same size as the other three.



SQUARE 2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Round 3 - sl st in the next dc and in ch 2 sp. Ch 3, repeat 1st corner in same space, ch6, sk next 7 dc, make 2nd corner. Continue around ending with a sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3 beginning.
Round 4 - sl st to and into first ch 2 sp, ch 3, work 1st corner, dc in next 2 dc, ch 6, sk ch 6 sp, dc in next 2 dc, make 2nd corner. Continue around using 2nd corners, sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3 beginning.
Round 5 - sl st to and into next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner,dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, dc around ch 6 of both rnd 3 and 4 into 4 th of 7 sk dc st in rnd 2, ch 2, dc in next 4 dc, make 2nd corner in ch 2 sp. repeat around musing 2 nd corners, join with sl st in 3 rd ch of beginning ch 3.
Round 6 - sc in each st around, making , corners same as rnd 5, but in sc.
Round 7 - repeat rnd 6.



SQUARE 3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Round 3 - sl to and in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, dc in next 6 dc,* make 2nd corner, dc in next 6*, continue around, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. (10 dc on each side)
Round 4 - sl st to and in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, * dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, V st (dc, ch 2, dc),ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, make 2nd corner * , repeat ** 2 more times. Join as usual.
Round 5 - repeat Rnd 4, making V sts in V st of previous round.
Rounds 6 and 7 sc in each st around making corners as above, but in sc.



SQUARE 4~~~<<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Round 3 - sl st to and in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, dc in next 6 dc,* make 2nd corner, dc in next 6*, continue around, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. (10 dc on each side)
Round 4 - sl st to and into next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, V st between next 2 dc of previous rnd, 5 dc in next V st, V st between next 2 dc of previous row, make 2nd corner (13 dc on each side) continue around. Join as before.
Round 5 - sl to and into next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, 5 dc in V st of previous row, V st in 3rd dc of 5 dc in previous row, 5 dc in next V st, make 2 nd corner. Continue around and join as before. (16 dc on each side)
Round 6 - sc in each stitch around, making the corners as before, but in sc.
Round 7 - sc in each st around except do 5 sc in each corner.



I hope this post is easier to understand. As usual, it's a little push for you to experiment and maybe inch a little closer to free form.
Boo