Week 1 – Simple Granny

For the first week, I decided to complete a traditional granny square.  There are so many variations on this simple design, so I thought it would be good to start with the very basics.  Here is the square that I completed:

Week 1 Completed Square

The Pattern, With Tutorial Photos

I used a size I hook to complete this square.  It measures 6 inches by 6 inches, as all squares will need to measure.  Please select the appropriate size hook for your squares to measure 6 inches as well.

I used 5 colors (color A-E), so the pattern is written for 5 colors.  If you use less colors, make the appropriate adjustments.

Abbreviations (for a tutorial of each stitch, see the links page in the menu):
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet

To begin, ch 4 with color A.  Join to first ch with a sl st.

Beginning

Round 1: Continuing with color A, ch 3, 2 dc into loop.  Ch 3 counts as the first dc in each round.  *ch 2, dc 3 into loop* 3 times.  Ch 2 and join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 1 Finished

Round 2: With color B, join with sl st to corner ch-2 space.  Ch 3, 2 dc into space, ch 2, 3 dc into same space (this creates the  beginning corner).  *(Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next ch-2 space* 3 times.  Ch 2 and join with a sl st to the top of beginning ch 3.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 2 Beginning Join

Round 2 Beginning Join

Round 2 Finished

Round 2 Finished

Round 3: With color C, join with sl to to corner ch-2 space.   Ch 3, 2 dc into space, ch 2, 3 dc into same space (this creates the  beginning corner).  *Ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2.  (Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next ch-2 space* 3 times.  Ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 space, ch 2 and join with a sl st to the top of beginning ch 3.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 3 Beginning

Round 3 Beginning Join

Round 3 Finished

Round 3 Finished

Round 4:  With color D, join with sl to to corner ch-2 space.   Ch 3, 2 dc into space, ch 2, 3 dc into same space (this creates the  beginning corner).  *Ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2 twice.  (Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next ch-2 space* 3 times.  Ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2 twice and join with a sl st to the top of beginning ch 3.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 4 Beginning Join

Round 4 Beginning Join

Round 4 Finished

Round 5: With color E, join with sl to to corner ch-2 space.   Ch 3, 2 dc into space, ch 2, 3 dc into same space (this creates the  beginning corner).  *Ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2 3 times.  (Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next ch-2 space* 3 times.  Ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2 3 times and join with a sl st to the top of beginning ch 3.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 5 Beginning Join

Round 5 Beginning Join

Round 5 Finished

Round 5 Finished

Finishing: Weave in all ends, making sure that they are very secure.  You do not want the ends to come unraveled when you wash the blanket.  If you need help with weaving in the ends, check out the tutorial posted in the links page above.

 

And that is it!  Here is my finished square with a tape measure showing that it measures 6 inches square.

6 inches Square

6 inches Square

Feel free to send a photo of your finished square to littlebirdknits0@gmail.com to have it added to the photos page.

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12 thoughts on “Week 1 – Simple Granny

  1. I’m heading out for a business trip tomorrow – but will catch up on this one when I get back! What a great idea! I’m also sharing with my blog followers and hope to recruit some new crocheters to join us! What a great idea!

  2. I just finished my first square.I hope I sent the picture to the right place!!!
    If anyone is interested in joining a wonderful group of ladies on FB please come check out Crafters By Choice….

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