Sunday, 15 April 2018

How to Make the Perfect Granny Square (without twisty corners) - Crochet Tutorial

Everyone loves a granny square and there are many different ways to make them and many tutorials available on the web.  This tutorial particularly focuses on avoiding that "twist" you get after working a few rounds in the traditional method.  This is particularly helpful when making large granny squares or a giant granny square blanket.



The Perfect Granny Square


Abbreviations  (US terms)
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
 ch - chain
 sp - space


Other notes: I used a 5mm (H) hook with Aran weight cotton yarn to make my squares, but you can use any yarn you like, just use a hook recommended on your yarn ball band.  I like to start my rounds with a chainless dc, you can do this too if you wish, or just stick to the traditional ch3.  Join new colours with a sl st, if you wish to make your squares a single colour, sl st into the corner sp to start next round.

 Foundation Chain 4 and join with  sl st to form  ring

Round 1 (right side) ch3, 2dc into ring, ch2, [ 3dc into the ring, ch2] 3 times, join with  sl st to top  ch3 and fasten off.  Turn.


Round 2  join new colour in any corner sp, ch3, 2dc into same sp, ch2, 3dc into same sp (corner formed), [ 3dc into next sp, ch2, 3dc into same sp] 3 times, join with sl st to top ch3 and fasten off.  Turn.


Round 3  join new colour in any corner sp, ch3, 2dc in same sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp, [3dc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp] 3 times, 3dc in next sp, join with sl st to the top ch3 and fasten off.  Turn.


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...


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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...

The Beginners Blanket



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Enjoy!
Catherine
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12 comments:

  1. Nice! What a good idea! I'm sure many people will appreciate this.
    And you've learned me something too, although I thought I wasn't a beginner anymore. At least, if I understand you correct. With the colourchange I always went on where I ended, but you can start in any corner ofcourse! That I never thought of trying that! This makes the square much prettier. Thank's!

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    1. Thanks Sigrid. You certainly aren't a beginner, your crochet is stunning!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. The blanket is so beautiful. One of these days I will start a granny square :)

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    1. Your'e welcome Ginny and you must be sure to share a picture when you make one...

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  3. Ah! I learned to make my first Granny. And it is perfect!

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  4. I have to admit I only start turning my granny square from round 3 or 4 on, but it might be a good idea to do so right from the start... Thank you for the tutorial, dear Catherine. BTW: It's featured at this month's Link-Up Party!

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  5. You can't beat the granny square for charm and a must-have for all homes! I love the soft colours you've used!

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    1. Yes they are so addictive and can look so different depending on the colours you choose...

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  6. A beautiful blanket, with nice colours.

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