Granny Square of the Month #2 February 2016

Vicki Hodge

Posted on March 04 2016

It's Granny Square time again!  This one is a favourite of mine for blankets and bags as it's reasonably close knit.

granny Square of the Month

I promised you the instructions so this is how you make it:

Round 1

I prefer to start with a magic circle as you can close the the central hole tightly.  If you'd rather start with a chain: chain 5 and join with a slip stitch. Next, chain 3 to count as the first double crochet and work 15 more double crochet stitches into the ring. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain 3. (16 double crochet stitches in total) Fasten off.

Round 2

Attach next color with a slip stitch to any dc, chain 1, puff stitch* in the same stitch and in each dc around. Join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch. (16 puff stitches in total) Fasten off.

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Round 3

Attach next color with a slip stitch in the chain 1 space of any puff stitch, chain 2, (cluster stitch**, chain 2) in the same space and in each chain 1 spaces around. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning cluster stitch. (16 cluster stitches in total) Fasten off

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Round 4 

Insert hook into the ch-2 space and pull through a loop of the new colour, then chain 6 (counts as 1 dtr, plus a ch-2 corner space)

In this round we will be using 3 different stitches to form a square around the sunny circle. It's important that you follow the pattern closely with this round. We will be using htr (half trebles), tr (trebles) and dtr (double trebles). These are UK terms.

We start with a double treble, so yarn over twice 

Insert your hook into the ch-2 space, yarn over and pull a loop back through. You should have 4 loops on your hook.

Complete the dtr stitch as follows : yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops. This makes a tall crochet stitch.

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In the same ch-2 space, work 2 tr

Work 3 htr in the next ch-2 space, 3 htr in next ch-2 space

In the next ch-2 space you will make a corner group, as follows - (2 tr, 1 dtr, chain 2, 1 dtr, 2 tr)

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Work 3 htr in the next ch-2 space, 3 htr in next ch-2 space

+In the next ch-2 space work (2 tr, 1 dtr, chain 2, 1 dtr, 2 tr)

Work 3 htr in the next ch-2 space, 3 htr in next ch-2 space+

Repeat between ++ once more

You now need to complete the first corner group. See where my needle is in this picture? It's the very first ch-2 space you crocheted into.

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Work 2 tr's into this space so that they sit next to the beginning ch-6.

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Slip stitch into the 4th chain of the beginning ch-6 to close the round 

THAT'S IT!!

 * Puff Stitch Instructions

These are similar to bobbles but are worked, using half treble crochet, into the same stitch or space. However, because of the way a half treble crochet stitch is constructed, it cannot be worked until one loop remains on the hook. The puff stitch is not closed until the required number of stitches have been worked.

To make a three half treble crochet puff stitch:

Yarn over, insert the hook in specified stitch, yarn over again and draw a loop through (three loops on hook).

(1) Repeat first step twice more, inserting the hook into the same stitch (seven loops on the hook); yarn over and pull yarn through all seven loops on the hook.

Puff Stitch Figure One

(2) As with popcorns and bulky bobbles, an extra chain stitch is often used to secure the puff stitch firmly. The pattern will tell you if this is necessary.  (In this pattern I would use it)

Puff Stitch Figure 2

** Cluster Stitch Instructions

Any combination of stitches may be joined into a cluster by leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook until they are worked off together at the end. Working stitches together in this way can also be a method of decreasing.

Be sure to read the instructions carefully to see how and where the hook should be inserted for each "leg" of the cluster. The "legs" can be worked over adjacent stitches, or stitches can be skipped in between the "legs".

Clusters can be worked in half treble, treble or longer stitches.

Three treble crochet cluster: work over adjacent number of stitches in this example.

(1) Work a treble  into each of the next three stitches, holding the last loop of each treble on the hook.

Cluster Stitch Figure 1

(2) Yarn over and pull the yarn through all four loops on the hook.

Cluster Stitch Figure 2

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