Monday, 5 March 2012

Classic Granny Square Tutorial

This Pattern has been around for decades, and since I am such spring chicken, I couldn’t possibly get away with claiming it as my own!;D   The purpose of this tutorial is to give you a step by step photographic guide on how I do my Granny square.{ It is by no means the “right” or only way of making a Granny square :D}
I hope this Tutorial helps, stepping out in to the addictive world of Granny making an easy one :D
Ok so for this tutorial you will need to know how to chain and Slip stitch
The Main Stitch used is the UK treble (TR) stitch. {This is equivalent to the US double (DC) stitch but I will be using the UK terminology for this Tutorial}
The UK treble st, is made by firstly wrapping your yarn over your crochet hook {ignore what’s happing underneath the hook, we will come back to that later}

Now you’re going to put your hook, with the wrapped over yarn into your stich or space and pull through the yarn..Now you should have THREE stiches on your hook.
Now this time instead of sticking hook into the space to pull yarn,  wrap your hook around your yarn as if you were going to make a chain stitch only difference is your  pulling through TWO stiches leaving Two left on your hook {like in photo}
Repeat the above step again, and you should be left with one stitch on your hook! You have now completed a Tr stitch {yay} now repeat all over again a Another two times in the same space and you will have a Treble cluster!!

You should end up with something like this *please note that in this picture the chain st on the right is acting as one of my three Tr sts
Ok so now I will move on to the pattern, please note that I did the first section in a different coloured yarn, as the red doesn’t like the camera very much, I then switch back in section 2, so don’t let that confuse you lol, also i have the photos placed ABOVE each step :D

Start by chaining 4 and joining to make a circle {so once you make your chain 4, stick your hook through the last chain from the hook, and sl st}
Now chain 3 to create the height of your treble st.
Make 2 TR st into the centre of the ring {your chain 3 acts as your third stitch}, then chain 2.  {The chain 2 is to separate it from the next cluster thereby creating a space for you to work in later, also note that chain 2 makes the corners for the square.)

Make 3 TRs into the ring, and chain 2. This is your 2nd cluster.
Make two more clusters separated by 2 chains. After you have made your fourth cluster you need to chain 2.
Join your chain 2 to the, the top/Last stitch of the chain 3 we made at the start {the chain that makes one of your TR st in the 1st cluster} Join it with a slip stitch, and tie off your yarn, leaving a tail  !} Now feel free to SQUEEEEE because, congratulations you have finished round one!! :D
Join your next colour by tying it as tightly and as close to the knot as you can. Then, pull the yarn through to the front and chain 3. {Make sure after you tie your yarn, that you have the RIGHT side facing you when you pull the yarn through!}

Make only 2 TR stitches into the same space as your chain 3. This is your first cluster of this round. {All of your clusters will be made in the chain spaces, created by the chain 2 in the previous round.} then chain 2
Chain 2 (or one I just prefer the look of a chain 2) and then make 3 TR stitches into the next corner space.
Chain 2, and make another cluster of 3 TR stitches into the same corner space. This makes your corner!!.{Some folk prefer to make 3 chains in their corners have a play and see what works for you! }
Chain 2, and then make another corner {so a cluster of 3 TR stitches, a chain 2, and another cluster of 3 TR stitches} in the same space into the corner of the first round like you did previous.
 Continue around the square, making sure you remembering that the corners have chain 2 in them, and that the sides have a chain 2 space!
When you get back to the start, make a cluster of 3 TRs into the corner space where you started, chain 2, and join it to the top/last chain of the chain 3. Like you did in the previous round…{yay 2nd round complete!!}
Tie off your yarn, join your next colour, bring it through to the front (with right side facing you) and then chain 3 and make your next cluster {remembering that the chain 3 acts as one of your Tr st} and Chain 2
Now Make one TR cluster into the next space, and then chain 2. Now it is time to make a corner remembering to make 2 TR clusters with a chain 2 in the same space {I am sure you have the hang of it now!!}
Repeat this process all the way around the square. Remembering that You are now making sides as well as corners from now on, so you need to make one cluster in each non-corner space/side space. These are separated by chaining 2.
When you get back to the beginning, make one TR cluster in the corner space where you started, chain 2, and then join it to the top/ last chain of the initial chain 3 of the first cluster. Now a major squeee because you have completed 3 rounds!!
Now this is where the fun really starts, you can make your granny square as big as you want!! All you need to remember is your side clusters will increase with each round, but your corners will always stay the same! { see easy once you know how!!}
For my blanket I will be making lots of medium size squares like the one pictured and then joining them together {I will be making a Tutorial for this as well}, but you could make one HUGE square as your completed blanket, or lots of small squares in an endless combo of colours, this where you really get to turn a Classic Granny in to a unique blanket.
All the Yarn in this tutorial are made by Style craft, I like to use acrylic yarn for my blankets. Because they get a lot of use by my children, and get dirty quickly so being able to wash them for me is essential.
 I would love to see the squares you make, feel free to link your FO to my Face book Page for everyone to Admire :D
xx

24 comments:

  1. Love the colours! Very cheery! It is a lot of work to put this tutorial together, well done!

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  2. Great tutorial! So easy to follow! Going to start my granny blanket this week, so this surely helps. :)

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    1. Fab look forward to seeing your granny blanket :D

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  3. Lovely! Nice to see you making some more rainbow things :) Granny squares are so versatile, aren't they? They can look so different depending on the colours, what they are made from and also what they are made into. I love them!!!

    I am about to embark on some more granny-ness just as soon as I finish another WIP! This was my first attempt .... http://www.craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk/2011/06/crochet-ta-dah-ds-cottage-pie-recipe.html

    After that I went on to use a slightly different square for my blanket...
    http://www.craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk/2011/07/proper-granny-blanket-ta-dah.html

    I'm not sure what I'll do with the next project but I have some lovely yarn waiting - I have so many ideas I'm a bit spoilt for choice!

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  4. Wow - that is an excellent step-by-step tutorial. I KNOW that if I tried it based on this tutorial that I would feel confident starting the project. Thank you!

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  5. This is an excellent tutorial thanks for taking the time to put it together.

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  6. Unfortunately, the images don't seem to show anymore so if you get the chance to re-add them, it'd be awesome :)

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    1. Thanks for bring this to my attention, i will get it up dated with new pictures :)

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