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Crocheting Granny Squares

Photography: Jennifer Tzar

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

At their most beautiful, squares are subtle repeating designs in an overall pattern. Here, small squares of a single color are stitched together. Angora fibers soften and disguise the squares, leaving the emphasis on texture, and close stitches create a denser fabric. Use a small hook and good-quality angora. Each square works up quickly, making this a rewarding project for beginners.

To begin, ch6, then join last ch to first ch with sl st to form the foundation ring (see Abbreviations).

 

 

steps

  1. Working into ring, ch3, 2dc, ch2. Then, * work (3dc, ch2) into ring.* Repeat from * to * twice more. Join last stitch to beginning of round with a sl st into top of first ch3. (You will have 4 clusters in all when you have completed the round.) Turn your work over (traditional granny squares are not turned, but we liked the cleaner effect; turn after each round or our pattern will not work). If you stop between rounds, it's a good idea to leave your work right side up.

  2. Starting where you ended on Round One, sl st into the space created by the ch2 in the previous row. (There will be a gap there, which will make the space easy for you to find.) Work (ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc) into this space. * Skip to the next gap, and work (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into that space.* Repeat from * to * twice more. Join last stitch to beginning of round with a sl st into top of first ch3. (You will have 8 clusters in all.) Turn your work over.

  3. Starting where you ended on Round Two, sl st into space created by ch2 in previous row. Ch3, 2dc into this space. * Skip to next gap; work (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into this space, then skip to next gap and work 3dc into that space.* Repeat from * to * twice more. Skip to next gap; work (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into remaining space. Join last stitch to beginning of round with a sl st into top of first ch3. (You will have 12 clusters in all.) Turn your work over.

  4. Starting where you ended on Round Three, sl st into gap created by ch2 in previous row. (Ch3, 2dc) into this space. * Skip to next gap; work (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into that space, then skip to next gap; work 3dc into that space, then skip to the next gap; work 3dc.* Repeat from * to * twice more. Skip to next gap; work (3dc, ch2, 3dc). Finally, skip to next gap; work 3dc. Join last stitch to beginning of round with a sl st into top of first ch3. (You will have 16 clusters in all.) Stop here. After completing last round, snip yarn, leaving a little extra; make a sl st and pull end of yarn through loop; pull to tighten. Weave in outer loose end of yarn; trim loose end at center. (For larger square, turn work over and add more rounds, increasing number of clusters per side as you go and turning work over after each round.)

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