Before trying my hand at this granny squares crochet pattern, I had never crocheted a granny square. I have always loved the look of granny squares. This pattern is a great beginner pattern.
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Handmade Crochet Blankets
Handmade comfy handmade afghan is a joy to make. It does take time to weave in the ends and join the squares together, but it is not so bad once you get started. I have a link to the instructions that I used to learn how to do a granny square from below.
Excellent Granny Square Tutorial
I went to this site and the directions are so clear, it is amazing. I could not have done it any better. So, please if you want to know the basics of a granny square, I would strongly recommend going to visit. The Humble Granny Square
Beautiful Black and White Granny Squares
When I started making this blanket, there was no end plan in mind. Once I got the hang of crocheting a granny square, I just started pairing the black and white in different styles. I love how they turned out.
Directions: Granny Squares Crochet Pattern
- 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 chain. 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.
Rounds 4-6 or beyond:
Continue working round 2 and 3 until your project is the desired size that you wish. (I made mine 6 rounds with 2 rows of DC all the way around)
Using the yarn needle. Weave in all of the ends and cut off the excess yarn.
When you have your afghan the size you would like, finish off with two rows of DC around the whole afghan. I have another post where it shows this afghan finished. Here is another post on the completed Black and White Granny Square Afghan.
Detail on the colors used in this Granny Squares Crochet Pattern.
I just started making up the block patterns as I went along. I ended up repeating 5 patterns for this afghan.
I will talk more about each one in more detail.
Granny Square Block 1
The granny square above starts with two rows of black in the middle, then two rows of white, then two rows of black. It is finished off with two rows of double crochet (white).
Granny Square Block 2
The granny square has all white for the six rows. It is finished off with two rows of double crochet (white).
Granny Square Block 3
The granny square above starts with one row of white in the middle, then two rows of black, then two rows of white, and one row of black. It is finished off with two rows of double crochet (white).
Granny Square Block 4
The granny square above starts with four rows of white in the middle, then two rows of black. It is finished off with two rows of double crochet (white).
Granny Square Block 5
The granny square above has six rows of black in the middle. It is finished off with two rows of double crochet (white).
Picture of Granny Squares laid out ready for joining into a Blanket.
The photo above shows all of the granny squares complete and spread out on a blanket. It took about 30 minutes of rearranging to get the right amount of black and white. I think the layout is good. The next step is to use the tapestry needle and weave in the ends removing any excess yarn tails.
How to Join the Granny Square Blocks
Start sewing the blocks together. I have some photos to help show how I chose to join the granny squares. There are a number of methods that can be used to join the blanket. I show you one more in this video tutorial. If you would rather do an invisible join for the granny squares, that video tutorial can be found here.
Enjoy your beautiful crocheted afghan. I gave this one to my daughter.
Two Videos on Granny Square Basics
Here is a video tutorial on making a granny square.
Here is video tutorial on changing colors when making a granny square
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