Monday, 11 April 2011

Granny Square before the Spider!

I love Granny Squares!
They link me to some of my happiest memories.
Memories of me learning Craft Work at my Grandma's side.
Craft Work which sustains me every day of my life.
How Granny Squares have changed -- I will not make judgements but they are no longer made from unpicked clothes to keep you warm in a Victorian house heated by 1 coal fire!
Now they are a riot of matching ,blending and favourite colours.
BUT whichever way they are, I love them!!

I have been loving teaching my friend crochet and I have learnt so much about my own crochet by blogging about it here in Chalky's World.
A spin off has been that other people have been inspired to try a bit of hooky magic and before the happy go lucky spiders I want to just post about iconic Grannys!

So here goes!
Basically you are changing an initial circle into a square.
The square can be as big as you desire --- After all Granny's come in a variety of sizes!

Chain 4 and slip stitch into first chain to make a circle/loop..
This is your foundation row and it is a circle.

Chain 3 and in my Granny Square this is counted as the first stitch.

Work 2 more Trebles into your central loop  and chain 1 -- These chains become your corners.

Work 3 more Trebles and Chain 1 ( Your second corner)

Work 3 more Trebles and Chain 1 ( You've guessed it your 3rd corner!)

Finally work 3 Trebles and Slip Stitch into the top/first stitch of your initial 3 Chain.I have put my needle through the Chain to show you where it should go.

Never be afraid to pull your crochet work out to count your stitches.

I have on many occasions found myself trying to work into a 3 cornered square!
Now all is set!

2nd Round

Working into the space your Slip Stitch has just made ( Your 4th Corner in your first round) You almost need to work a little bit behind your hook.Work 3 chains which again counts as your first stitch, 2 Trebles. Chain 1 and to complete the 1st corner on your second round. 3 Trebles.

Miss 3 Trebles and look for the next Chain space from your previous row. Work 3 Trebles, Chain 1. 3 Trebles  ( This is your 2nd corner on your 2nd round)

Miss 3 Trebles again looking for the Chain Space from your previous row and again work 3 Trebles Chain 1. 3 Trebles ( Your 3rd Corner)

To complete your second round and 4th Corner---Miss 3 Trebles and  work 3 Trebles, Chain 1, 3 Trebles in the remaining Chain Space.

Slip Stitch again into the top of your 3rd Chain from your initial 3 Chains.

Have a look -- You have a Square now! Of course 4 corners made up of 6 Trebles with a Chain in the middle of each set. You also 1 space between each group of Trebles.

These spaces allow the Granny square to grow!

3rd Round!
Chain 3and working a little bit backwards work 2 more trebles into the middle space. ( This is the first time we have worked into the space rather than the corner)

Now we are going to the first corner --Work  3 Trebles. 1 Chain, 3 Trebles.
Work 3 Trebles in the next middle space.
Moving on to the 2nd Corner 3 Trebles, 1 Chain, 3 Trebles.
Work 3 Trebles in the next middle space.
Moving on to the 3rd Corner 3 Trebles, 1 Chain, 3 Trebles
3 Trebles in last middle side space
Working 4 th Corner 3 Trebles, 1 Chain, 3 Trebles and slip Stitch into top of 3rd Chain.

Have a look at your work again and you will I hope see a lovely pattern forming.

 The corners stay the same and the amount of sets of 3 trebles in the spaces grows all the time

So now it is " The Worlds Your Crocheted Oyster!"
You can choose how big you want your Granny to be!

You can choose how many colours you want to use.!
One little tip is that when you change colour it is a good idea to do it in a different place in your square. This stops a join line. If you always start with 3 Chain which represents your first stitch your square will stay true and straight!
Oh! Good Luck and as always " Thank You" all for your encouraging comments and I would be delighted to try and help if you have any problems with your Granny's!!


  1. Thank, thank you for this lesson. This is my next, and second, crochet project. I'm so glad I found your blog.

  2. I love your blue and white granny squares and I love seeing the little grannys growing. Hope your friend is enjoying learning to crochet!

  3. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I hope you enjoy your crochet and I too love the blue and white together --- it reminds me of happy days at the beach.Love Linda

  4. Another great tutorial, Linda, thank you. I found when I started crochet that my work was quite tight, and found that the corners didn't curl up as much if I did 2 chain on the corners.

  5. I will have to give this a go. I've always wanted to know how to do granny squares and I think I can remember the basic stitches enough to have a crack at it.

  6. Thank you again Janet. I am glad you found a way of stopping your corners curling and as you so rightly say you can work 2 Chains in the corner to help with tight tension.
    Hannonie -- Be prepared to get totally " Hooked " and the plethora of projects using Granny Squares is amazing. Have a look on Flikr and you will be amazed and delighted. Thank you both for "popping" by.
    Love Linda

  7. Thank you so much for the brilliant tutorial, it's exactly what I need and you have explained it so well. When I have perfected my first square, I'll show you! :-)

  8. Bluebell I will really look forward to that and then you will be able to go to the Library and but the Jan Eaton 200 squares book!!! My Daughter In Law loves it and has made some beautiful squares
    Thanks for popping in again.
    Love Linda

  9. Another great tutorial. Love love love granny squares! :)

  10. Thanks Sara -- Lovely to see you popping in!

  11. Perfect, just what I need. Thanks for posting from a keen novice.

  12. linda thank you so much for your visit to my space. you have no idea how much this tute helps me! i am going to comment on my blog with a link back to you here,,,,i still cant seem to get a square. you have helped by marking the different 'spaces'.happy easter !

  13. It makes me want to crochet, too! I am AMAZED by your header! I can't wait to find a post to tell me more about these! ♥

  14. Thank you! I can now crochet a granny square! Never thought I would be able to do it amazing tutorial.

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