When I first learned how to crochet I was a teenager, around 14 or 15 years old. My maternal Grandmother, Gramma, taught me how to knit when I was 7 or 8 years old. She had to teach me to knit right handed, as she couldn't find anyone that was left handed to teach me.
Knitting was my first yarn craft, and I have loved all things yarn ever since. As a young teenager, my paternal grandmother, Nana taught me the basics of crochet. The first thing I learned to make, besides a chain, was a granny square. From that moment on, I was quite literally hooked!!
Today I am going to show you how to make a solid granny square. ***Disclaimer*** This is not my pattern, I did not invent the Granny Square, this is the one that is in my head from when Nana taught me to crochet. I will show you in another post, the more traditional granny square.
What you will need to make this block:
Small amount of worsted weight yarn or cotton.
A crochet hook, the size is up to you. I used an H/8/5.00 mm hook
Double Crochet (dc)
Slip Stitch (ss)
To begin, make a chain 5, join with ss to form ring; or ch 4 and begin your work in the 4th chain from hook.
Or you can make a magic ring; if you don't know this method I have included a video tutorial from Yarn Obsession. You can find many learning tutorials on Sedie's website. She also has patterns, tips and tricks for selling your crochet and many other business related information. She is a business coach and is my go to for many of the questions that I may have on the crochet/blogging journey that I have begun.
Round 1: Chain 3, in ring make 3 dc, ch 2, *4 dc, ch 2, repeat from * twice more, this should give you 3 sets of 4 dc and one set of 3 dc and a ch 3. (15 dc, 1 ch 3, 4 ch 2 spaces) Join with a slip stitch to top of ch 3. (Do not turn)
Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as dc) dc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, in next ch 2 space, *1 dc in next 4 stitches; 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in the next chain 2 space, repeat from * two times more, join with ss to top of ch 3.
Rounds 3 through ? (I have left this with a question mark, as you can make you square a big or as small as you wish. *1 dc in each stitch until you reach the corner, work the corner as follows, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Repeat from * around, join with ss in top of ch 3.
Finishing round: You can do a round of sc with 3 sc in each corner space or you can leave it as is. There are so many different options for finishing. The crab stitch, also called reverse sc, small shells, or picots. It is entirely up to you. These blocks can be used as dish/wash cloths, blocks in a afghan, I have even seen them used to make slippers with!
What will you use your block for??
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