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Granny Square Tutorial

30 Oct

The ubiquitous granny square is a crochet staple. Probably one of the first things that most people learn to crochet – and one of the most versatile. As soon as you’ve mastered this granny square tutorial, you can crochet a blanket (with lots of squares joined together or a single giant square), a potholder, a bag or a baby’s cube toy. In fact, anything with flat sides could be considered as, despite the name, granny squares don’t actually have to be square! You can turn them into most simple geometric shapes. Granny square triangles look lovely, strung together, as colourful bunting.

Note: In this granny square tutorial, treble refers to UK treble (tr) or US double crochet (dc).

Granny Square Tutorial Instructions

1. Start with a suitable size hook for your yarn; perhaps 4mm (US 6) for DK (US: light worsted) or 5mm (US 8) for Aran (US: worsted).

2. Make the usual slip knot and chain 4 or 5 stitches. Join the last stitch to the first stitch with a slip stitch, to form a circle.

3. Chain 3 stitches (counted as your first ‘treble’) and work 2 trebles into the chain space of the circle. (Try going over the tail, as well as the chain space; this is easier and neater than weaving in the tail later.) This is your first ‘side’, formed out of your first ‘shell’ (the 3 trebles).

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Form a circle; ch3, 2tr into ch-sp.

4. Chain 3 stitches (which form your first ‘corner’) and work 3 trebles into the circle chain space. This is your second ‘side’.

5. Again, chain 3 and work 3 trebles into the circle chain space. Then, once more, chain 3 and work 3 trebles into the circle chain space.

6. At this point, trim the end of the tail; you might need to weave it in first, if you didn’t crochet over it. Chain 3 stitches for your last corner and join to the top of the first ‘treble’ of the round with a slip stitch. Work a further 2 slip stitches to move your working yarn to the start of the first corner. You now have a little square!

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Join round with sl st, then sl st to corner and begin next round.

7. From this point, onwards, either use the same yarn or change colours for each new round. Chain 3 (for the first ‘treble’) and work 2 trebles into the corner chain space. Then chain 3 (for the corner) and work 3 trebles. This is how you’ll crochet the first corner of each round.

8. Chain 2 and work 3 trebles into the first available chain space. If the chain space is on the ‘side’, then keep going (chain 2, treble 3) until you reach the corner space. If you worked those trebles into the corner chain space, you then chain 3 (for the corner) and work 3 trebles. Keep repeating this until you’ve gone all the way around the square.

9. After your last 3 trebles, chain 2 and join to the top of the first ‘treble’ of the round with a slip stitch. Finish off your work or start a new round. You can keep going till you run out of yarn or patience!

Granny Squares and Granny Triangle

Granny Square Variations

To make a larger granny square, simply use a larger hook and thicker yarn. Alternatively, instead of trebles, use a taller stitch. Try using double trebles (US: triple crochet) and doing 4 chains for the corners and 3 for the sides.

If you want to make different shapes, vary the ‘sides’ and number of shells (the groups of trebles). Instead of 4 shells for the first round, work 3 shells and turn it into a triangle! The principles are exactly the same – short chains for the sides and longer chains for the corners. Whatever you do, you always start with a joined circle, work the same number of tall stitches for each shell, and, typically, work (x) number of stitches to join the side shells and (x+1) number of stitches for the corners.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this granny square tutorial; I’d love to hear about your granny square shapes!

Magic Loop Photo Tutorial

16 Apr

This photo tutorial will walk you through casting on for crochet with a magic loop – also known as a magic circle or magic ring. (Not to be confused with the magic loop method of knitting! This is just for crochet.) It’s a great way to start crocheting in the round, for seamless projects. It is also heavily used in amigurumi projects, for shaping and to avoid unnecessary seams.

Magic Loop Instructions

1. Make a large, loose loop with your yarn.
2. Insert your hook into the circle, wrap and draw the working yarn through.

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3. Now wrap the working yarn around your hook and draw it through the new loop on your hook.
4. This forms your slip knot (which would be your usual starting point, if you were making a chain).

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5. Insert your hook into the circle, wrap and draw the working yarn through.
6. Wrap and draw the working yarn through both loops on your hook; this forms your first double crochet st (US: single crochet).

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7. Continue hooking as many dc sts as required for your cast on.
8. When you’ve finished casting on sts, unravel and detangle the yarn tail from the circle.

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9. Pull the yarn tail to close the circle.
10. Closing the magic loop will form a neat circle.

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Teeny Tiny Circles

You could start your first round, at this point… or you could close the circle with a sl st, before starting the round or fastening off…

Magic Loop Photo Tutorial Step 11

Crochet i-Cord

Or you could use a small magic loop, 4 or 5 sts, to make a crochet i-cord.

Crochet i-cord

You know, whatever takes your fancy. Anyway, voil√†: that’s how to do a magic loop for circular, in-the-round crochet. :)