Granny Squares Tutorial: The Timeless Classic

Sometimes with a repetitive pattern my mind might wonder and I start drifting. Has this ever happened to you? I do not necessarily mean about cares of the world but about the hobby I love. For example, have you ever wonder when crocheting where the pattern came from? Some have been around so long they are like an old familiar friend. That is what the Granny Square is like to me. It has been around ever since I could remember. So being the person I am, I had to look up the history on this pattern that has had so many endless uses.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A granny square is a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward. Granny squares are traditionally handmade. They resemble coarse lace. Although there is no theoretical limit to the maximum size of a granny square, crocheters usually create multiple small squares (called “motifs”) and assemble the pieces to make clothing, purses, Afghan blankets, and other household textiles.
Granny square apparel is a cyclical fashion that peaked in the 1970s. Debbie Stoller The author of a crocheting series describes:
If you grew up in the seventies, as I did, you might fear the granny square–if only because, for a while, clothing was made of nothing else. Granny square vests, granny square shorts, granny square hats. Heck, I bet there was some kid out there who was forced to go to school wearing granny square underwear.
Although particular color and pattern schemes for granny squares change with time, this class of motif is a staple among crocheters. Multicolor granny squares are an effective way to use up small amounts of yarn left over from other projects and basic granny square motifs do not require advanced skills to execute.

I also discovered on another blog: http://sayraphimlothian.com/history-of-the-granny-square/

The Weldons Company from the mid 1800s. released what was known as “Patchwork Squares” which was created for using up scrap pieces of yarn. Used in making rugs, baby’s blankets and etc.

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As you can see Granny Square is one of the most popular pieces to crochet. It is one of the most versatile and easier patterns to crochet. It is as diverse in it uses as much as it is in it’s color schemes. The Granny Square is a great first project to teach a beginner and because of this I just could not imagine having a crocheting blog without doing a tutorial on this timeless classic.

Basic Granny SquareTutorial:

I am using an H hook and worst weight yarn. To complete a Granny Square you need to have mastered a chain stitch (The Chain Stitch ), double crochet (Double Crochet) and slip stitch (Slip Stitch).

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Ch 5; join with slip st to form ring.

Note: When you are crocheting the next round make sure you crochet around the tail.

Rnd 1 (Right Side): ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout) 2 dc in ring, ch 3, (3 dc in ring, ch 3) 3 times; join with slip st to first dc. 12 dc

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Note: Now hold the yarn on flat on your fingers with the tail hanging between. Now pull the yarn tight. I love this part. That little hold in the center slowly disappears into a nice tight circle.

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Before you pull the yarn tight.

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After you pull the yarn tight.

Note: Loop a short piece of yarn around any stitch to mark Rnd 1 as right side.

ImageRnd 2: Turn; Slip st in first corner ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2d, ch-1,

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* (3 dc, ch-1, 3 dc) in next corner in next sp, ch-1; repeat 2 times; join with slip st to first dc.

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Rnd 3: Turn; Slip st in ch-1 sp ch-3 sp, 2 dc, ch 1,

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* (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner ch-3 sp, ch-1, ( 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to next corner ch-3 sp; repeat from * 2 times ; join with slip st to first dc.

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Repeat Rnd 3 until desire size. (making sure you do 3 dc in each ch-1 sps across.  With each round it will increase.

So if you are an experience crocheter easily bored crocheting Granny Squares, just remember its interesting history and how great this pattern really is.

Or maybe you didn’t grow up in the seventies and have never crocheted a Granny Square take the time to try it. I think you will find many uses for this classic pattern.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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