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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.

What Hooks do I use?

Hey All! I wanted to share a question that I get asked a lot.  “What Crochet Hooks do I use?”  Well I use many of them Boye Brand was what I started out with many years ago along with Susan Bates. But I have found a New Brand “Clover”.  I was looking for something with a little more comfort as I do crochet A LOT!  I tried Clover Soft Touch it was comfy BUT I fell in LOVE with Clover “Amour” – These are my all time FAVORITE Hooks!  If you watch my videos I use them ALL the time! I love the soft grip and I do crochet much longer with them. I have one more set to collect but I’ve got just about ALL of them!  Below I’m adding the ones that I do have (Amazon Affiliate)

If you are looking for something new and crochet a lot TRY them – I tried the “J” Hook first then ordered my set!   You won’t be disappointed!  I’ve got more goodies to share with you all a little later as things have slowed down here. I plan on Blogging more and doing more videos in 2018!

As always thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
Yvonne Metz

Clover Pom Pom Maker Tutorial

Happy 2018!  So thought I would do a quick video on how I make my Pom Pom’s. I am also going to show you a little trick!  I don’t like how the strands from the Pom Poms pull out to easy. No matter how tight I would tie the string in the middle. So I’m going to show you what I did to help with that. Now you’ll still get a few that might come out BUT not so many.  I’ll adding the links below to the Clover Pom Pom Maker that I’m using along with a few other sizes. This Video was done at the end of last year and totally forgot to blog about! I mean it’s not like I was busy or anything! LOL!  Enjoy the video and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

 

 

Clover Small Pom Pom Maker

New Crochet Bella Rose Hat

Hello All! Just wanted to share this New Hat Design by my friend Diana called the “Bella Rose”. It’s a great pattern and very versatile! It’s a closed hat or you can open it at the top and put your hair up in a “Messy Bun” also. If you hair is thick or thin it really doesn’t matter as the opening is big enough and the ties will close up to the size you need! I think this is just brilliant!  I made a video for this and am posting it here!  What do you think? I LOVE this color! It’s Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in Gold. But looks like a Mustard Color! I just LOVE the Design on this Hat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is in this FB Group – HERE – Don’t have Facebook and would like the pattern?  Just message me and I’ll get it to you!
As always thank you for stopping by and
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

 

 

 

Time to get your Jolly on….

How adorable are these Santa Hats?  Super FUN and Perfect for the Holidays!  That’s right it’s that time to get your Jolly on!

This pattern was shared on a Facebook Group by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me.  You can find the pattern HERE.

UPDATED: I used Clover Amour L Hook – (Amazon Affiliate Link)
I did modify it to fit a Teen/Adult hat. Here is what I did -With the L Hook I started with a chain of 44 and that measured 20″ –  I switched to M Hook when it changes to Red. After round 3. Then after 4th round it says to Repeat it 4 more times – I ended up doing 8 more times for Adult size. Giving me a total of 12 rows –
Then when we get to the Shape top: This is what I did (You’ll see in the pattern is says next rnd: I changed it up)
R1 – ch1 *(Sc2tog), sc in next 20, repeat* once, join, ch 1 (42)
R2-3 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (41)
R4 – (sc in next 5, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (36)
R5-6 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (36)
R7 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (30)
R8-9 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (30)
R10 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (25)
R11-12 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (25)
R13 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (20)
R14-15 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (20)
R16 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (16)
R17-18 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (16)
R19 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (12)
R20-21 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (12)
R22 –  (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (10)
R 23-32 – sc in each around (10) From here you’ll follow the pattern Even though you’ll have 20 stitches instead of 16. It will still work out fine!
Should you have any questions please let me know – If you are not a crocheter and would like to order a Santa Hat click on the Etsy link in the top right hand corner.  OR message me and I can send you a Paypal Invoice.

Thanks for stopping by and as always,

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, Ca.

A New Design “Just Chillin” Beanie

Seriously, not sure what’s gotten into me. I’m no Designer but these just keep coming! Totally inspired by ALL the AWESOME talent out there!  So here is my latest “Just Chillin'” Beanie! It’s so laid back and it’s got that slight Slouch to it and of course a POM POM!  I’ve got a video in the works and will post it as soon as it’s loaded.

But for now here is the Free PDF pattern – Just Chillin Slouchy
As I said I’m not a Designer by any means and this was made to fit a Teen/Adult I’m sure you can do any size just by measuring the length of the band.  I’ll try and experiment with different sizes later OR if you have any ideas leave me a comment!  Questions about the pattern let me know this too!

Well Grandson is here so I’m off! Thanks for stopping by and as always…..

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

The BoHo Messy Bun Beanie

So as promised here is my new Messy Bun Hat Design! So this is very rare that I create a Design I normally test patterns for others! LOL! But here they are straight from my brain and inspired by so many hats I’ve seen!  Super warm and cozy.

I’m calling this The “BoHo Messy Bun Beanie”.  Which was inspired by a member of a FB Group I’m in. I originally thought “Bohemian” but was like hmmm. I thought BoHo then as I saw a comment on my post suggesting the same name! Great minds think alike right?  Anyway I’m working on a video for this hat. Hopefully this week! It’s super easy and FUN to make!

This one I used Red Heart with Love yarn #4 worsted in color Mango! Doesn’t it just POP!  You can’t tell from the photo but it’s super squishy!  I’m just in love with this look.  It’s got that casual but also Elegant look about it.  I’m thinking I see a matching scarf to go with maybe?  Oh yes I see it and Infinity style?  Hmmmmm…..sounds like another Design pattern in the making!

If you are interested in purchasing a Beanie these will be in my Etsy soon. If you are a fellow crocheter you can download your copy here! BoHo Messy Bun Beanie If you have any questions about the pattern or you find mistakes please let me know. Once you get the hang of it they are pretty fast to make.  As mentioned above I’ll be doing a video soon so if you want to see the video (some of us are visual – I LOVE videos) then subscribe to me on YouTube so you know when I load the video.  The link is up above on the right.

Lastly, here is a Messy Bun version which is in the pattern.  I mean you can’t make a hat now a days without it being a Messy Bun too right?  This one uses Red Heart Essentials  yarn!

Stay tuned for the next one I’m going to share it’s another one that was in my brain.  I will be sharing this a little later today so come back and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by & as always…
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

Crochet 3 Color Katniss Hat

May already! So much going on! It’s just never ending here in my household! I’ve also had my Grandson come and visit and well everything else goes out the window! That one has got this “Nana” wrapped around his little finger! I just can’t get enough of him!

I’ve had many Baby Gifts in the last few weeks that I’ve been doing and am still not done! I’ll share those a little later this week! I wanted to share the last video that I did which is the 3 Color Katniss hat! I’m so in Love with this texted hat!  The color combos are endless!

Enjoy the video and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Craftin’,

Yvonne Metz

 

 

Want to learn how to Crochet?

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

 

Doll Size Mermaid Tail Blankets

Doll Size Mermaid TailsSo here are my 18″ Doll Size Mermaid Tails I created!  I was totally inspired by MJ’s Off the Hook Creations as I mentioned in another post! I LOVE how fast as easy these are to work up!  I’ve had some of crochet friends test the pattern for me and made a few changes and it’s ready!  So here is it FREE for all my “Hookin’ Friends” to enjoy! 18 inch Doll Mermaid Tail Blanket Pattern  If you have any problems loading it from here please let me know.

These will fit an American Girl doll or any 18″ Doll plus I’m sure it will for sure fit those little blessings that decide they want to come into the world just a little sooner they are suppose to!

Don’t crochet and want to Order? Check out my Etsy Shop Link to the right. Order a matching one for your “Sweet Little Mermaid” how cute to have matching ones!  I’ve added many new sizes to my shop. I’ve got new colors coming too!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be sharing some more goodies very soon!

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, Ca.