Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the weekend. For a while now I have been wanting to add a tutorial section to my blog aimed at beginners. This will enable them to turn the basic stitches that they have learned into a blanket or throw. Something to help them on their journey from novice to pro in no time at all. I am hoping to include a variety of very easy patterns and perhaps a section on different joining methods and so on. So without further ado...
How to Make the Perfect Granny Square
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sp - space
Instructions in parenthesis [ ] are repeated the required number of times. Join new colours with a sl st.
Foundation Chain 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring
Round 1 (right side) ch 3, 2 dc into ring, ch 2, [ 3 dc into the ring, ch 2] 3 times, join with a sl st to the top of starting ch 3 and fasten off. Turn your work over.
Round 2 (wrong side) join a new colour in any corner sp, ch 3, 2 dc into same sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same sp (corner formed), [ 3 dc into the next sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same sp] x3, join with a sl st to the top of the chain 3 and fasten off. Turn your work over.
Round 3 (right side) join a new colour in any corner sp, chain 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, [3 dc in next sp, 3 dc in next sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp] x 3, 3 dc in next sp, join with a sl st to the top of the chain 3 and fasten off. Turn your work over.
Continue in this way...
...round after round...
...in the same manner...
...changing colours and turning your work over after each round (this keeps your squares nice and straight with no twisty corners and adds a lovely texture). Oh and don't forget to weave in all those pesky ends...
Now you have mastered the basic granny square you can use this for the base of many projects. Make lots of squares and join them together to make a blanket or throw. For a super easy baby blanket project just keep adding more and more rounds to your square until you get to the size you want and you can make a pretty blanket like this one...