This beautiful black and white granny square afghan was made for my daughter. I made her a baby afghan many years ago. This will be the second afghan that I made for her. She liked the black and white granny squares that I was making. So, I decided to have her help me lay it out. We had fun doing that. I posted about how to make this afghan previously and those directions are available either using the link here or I have also reposted them below. Granny Squares Pattern
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This black and white granny square afghan is finally done.
Remember this picture from a previous post?
I had all the squares stacked up and kept procrastinating, which is not like me. Finally, weeks later, I made the push to get started in not only weaving in the yarn ends, but to join the squares.
Joining the squares
I chose to use a yarn needle and weave the yarn through both yarn loops. Here is a close-up photo showing how I joined the squares.
Caution: be careful to align the squares evenly, otherwise, you will have to do what I had to do on one and start all over. However, it is easy to remove the yarn. It is not like having to remove stitches from sewing a garment.
Here are two squares joined together. Note: I am nervous that one yarn running through the join would not be enough for the wear and tear that this will get. I went from one edge to the other and back again with the same yarn. Then I tied it off and weaved in the strands. It just feels more secure to me.
After joining one end of each square together, I had six rows of squares, which I laid next to each other to join the rows.
Once all the squares were joined together. I did two rows of double crochet around the whole thing in the white yarn.
Here is a few pictures of the finished product.
I thought it turned out pretty good.
Directions for this granny square afghan:
- J Boye hook
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn White color (3 skeins)
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn Black color (2 skeins)
- Tapestry Needle
CH = chain
DC = double crochet
SL = slip stitch
SP = space
YO = yarn over
Begin by making 5 chains (ch), join with a slip stitch to the 5th chain from hook to form a ring.
For this round, you will be working inside the ring. chain 3 and count this chain 3 as your first DC of this round and throughout the entire pattern. Continuing working in the ring, work 2 DC. Then chain 3. 3 DC, CH 3. 3DC, CH3. 3DC, CH3. Join into the top of the beginning CH 3. This join completes the first shell of the first round. (note, you should have 4 clusters of 3 DC with 4 areas of CH 3 between)
Make 4 CH, this will count as your first DC plus a 1 CH. Then in the first CH 3 space, work *3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1*. Continue the stitch pattern between the * until the last 3-ch space. In the last CH 3 SP, work the 3 DC, 3 CH, then work only 2 DC and join with a SL into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH. This join will complete the last shell of the round. You should have 8 shells and 8 chain 3 spaces.
Make 3 CH, then Insert the hook into the SC from the previous row, (should be right where the previous row ended). YO and work a DC, Insert hook again, YO and DC. (This completes your first 3 DC in the round). CH 1. In the corner CH 3 SP work *3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC. and 1 CH. In the next 1-CH space work 3 DC and 1 CH. Repeat from * until all 4 sides are complete. After the last DC in the CH 3 space CH 1 and SL ST into the top ST of the first DC of this round. You should have 12 shells and 12 spaces after the completion of this round.
Continue Rounds 2 and 3 until the granny square is the size you wish. I made mine 6 rounds and finished it off with 2 rows of DC.
Two Videos on Granny Square Basics
Here is a video tutorial on making a granny square.
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Here is video tutorial on changing colors when making a granny square
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