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How to Crochet a Basic Granny Square

So the Basic Granny Square pattern has been around forever!  I would say it’s a Classic!  I just LOVE  how versatile it is!  It’s perfect for beginners too!  You can make so many cute things with it.  I learned along time ago how to make it.  I was also in several what they called “Friendship” Square swaps. It’s where you would make a certain amount of squares and send them out to the person Organizing the swap and in return you would get Squares from others. The Friendship Square blanket. I’ve got about 3 of them. One was a Christmas Theme, Spring and Any Occasion theme.  They were fun to make.  Once you got them all you’d crochet them all together to make your  Blanket.  You could also make Baby “Lovey’s”, you could just keep going and make one Big Giant Square til it’s as big as you want it to be. Change colors etc….ideas are endless!

Well my first video of the  year is “The Basic Granny Square”.  At the middle school I work at we have a Crochet Club and at the end of last year I had promised them a video and I finally got around to making it.  So I’ll share it here also.  I’ve got many more projects that are in the making so stay tuned.  Below the video I’ve got the Basic Instructions for The Granny Square.

As always thanks for stopping by and…
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

The Basic Granny Square

Materials:
Yarn
Hook
Scissors
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
Slst = Slip Stitch

NOTE: Ch 3 counts as your 1st DC unless otherwise noted

Instructions:

There are a few ways to start – here are my 2 favorite

  1. Do a Magic Circle/Ring
  2. Start with a Slip Knot, ch 4 and join to make a circle
    Either one is fine to do, your choice

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC into the ring ch 2, (*3 DC into the ring, ch 2) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*I call these 3 DC – Clusters*

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*We just made our 4 Corners

Round 3:  Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1 (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*We are now growing our Square

Round 4: Round 3:  Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1  (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1  ) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.

Repeat the process til you get the desired size you want.

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Happy Saturday All and it’s April Fool’s Day!  Well no fooling around here! LOL!  I had been asked to do some Beginner Crochet Tutorials for some time now. So I have finally done a Crochet Mini Series!  I’m posting the play list that I created below.  I’ll be sharing more things I’ve been working a little later today!

As always thanks for stopping by!

Yvonne Metz

 

The Mindless Messy Bun Hat

Happy Saturday all! Well just had to share this extremely easy Messy Bun Hat I made the other night! I wanted something that I totally didn’t have to think about while crocheting and this is what I came up with!  The “Mindless” Messy Bun Hat.  Click for pattern – Mindless Messy Bun Hat

This one is done from the Brim up and is all HDC’s (half double crochet) except the brim which is done in sc’s (single crochet). This works up extremely fast which is another Woo Hoo! Oh there’s also a video below the instructions.

 

Mindless Messy Bun Hat
Teen/Adult Size – fits 19 – 22 inch head

Materials Used:

Yarn: Loops & Thread Charisma – Chocolate Cupcake #5 Bulky
Hook: L/8mm Hook
Extras – Tapestry/Yarn Needle

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
sc – Single Crochet
hdc – Half Double Crochet
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together or also called HDC Dec – half double crochet decrease
YO – Yarn Over
sl st – slip stitch

Note: HDC2TOG – YO insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, YO insert hook in next stitch, You’ll have 5 Loops on your hook – YO and pull through all 5 loops on your hook. This is your HDC Decrease or HDC2TOG.

Instructions:

Brim: Ch 6
Row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch1, turn (5 sc)
Row 2: sc in next sc, sc in BLO in next 3 sc, sc in last sc, ch1, turn (5 sc)
Row 3 – 48: Repeat Row 2
Note – This for me worked up to about 19″ – my head is about 21 1/2 – this stretches so make sure you MEASURE around your own head as you go along. It will also stretch with wear.  If you are making for a child – there are many charts out there with basic head measurements.

Closing the Brim – Bring both ends together and sl st down going through both thicknesses. This is your seam so make sure you turn it inside before you start your Hat part. If you choose to.

Hat Part: ch 2 doesn’t count as a stitch unless otherwise noted
Row 1: ch 2, HDC evenly all around the brim, join to hdc, ch 2 (48 hdc)
Row 2 – 7: HDC in each across, join to hdc, ch 2 (48 hdc)  ***From Brim to here measured just a tad over 5″

Decreasing:
Row 8: (hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog) – Repeat () around, join to hdc, ch 2 (26 hdc)
Row 9: (hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog) – Repeat () around, join to hdc, ch 2 (27hdc)
Row 10: (hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog) – Repeat () around, join to hdc, ch 2 (21 hdc)
FO – and weave in all yarn ends with your needle.

Hope you enjoyed this SUPER easy “Mindless” messy bun hat!  Questions comments leave me a comment!

 

 

 

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