Week 3 – Solid Granny

Who says that a granny square has to have all of those holes in it?  Some of my favorite squares start with a solid granny square and have an applique sewn on top.  This square is perfect for that kind of thing.  At the end of this week’s post, I’ve added a few links to some popular applique patterns.  Feel free to make one (or a few) to add to your square 🙂

Week 3 Completed Square

Week 3 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 2 colors (color A & B), so the pattern is written for 2 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
tc – treble crochet (tutorial links added to the Links page if you need help with this stitch)

To begin, ch 3 with color A.  Join to first ch with a sl st.

Round 1: Continuing with color A, ch 4 (this counts as a tc).  *3 dc, 1 tc into loop* 3 times.  3 dc into loop.  Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch 4.

Round 1 Finished

Round 1

Round 2: Continuing with color A, ch 4 (this counts as a tc again), 2 dc in same st as the sl st from before.  *dc in each of next 3 dcs, (2 dc, tc, 2 dc) into tc* 3 times.  dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc into base of ch 4 from beginning of this round.  Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch 4.

Round 2

Round 2

Round 3: Continuing with color A, ch 4 (this counts as a tc again), 2 dc in same st as the sl st from before.  *dc in each of next 7 dcs, (2 dc, tc, 2 dc) into tc* 3 times.  dc in each of next 7 dc, 2 dc into base of ch 4 from beginning of this round.  Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch 4.

Round 3

Round 3

Round 4: Continuing with color A, ch 4 (this counts as a tc again), 2 dc in same st as the sl st from before.  *dc in each of next 11 dcs, (2 dc, tc, 2 dc) into tc* 3 times.  dc in each of next 11 dc, 2 dc into base of ch 4 from beginning of this round.  Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch 4.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 4

Round 4

Round 5: With color B, join with a sl st to the same st as the sl st from the last round.  Ch 4 (this counts as a tc again), 2 dc in same st as the sl st from before.  *dc in each of next 15 dcs, (2 dc, tc, 2 dc) into tc* 3 times.  dc in each of next 15 dc, 2 dc into base of ch 4 from beginning of this round.  Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch 4.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 5

Round 5

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.

Optional Applique Patterns

Here are a few popular applique patterns that you can make and attach to your square.  Remember to sew them on tightly, and weave in all ends really well to secure them.

Spring Chick Applique
Owl Applique
Heart Applique
Football Applique
Ladybug Applique
Flower Appliques
Paw Print Applique

There are probably hundreds of crochet applique patterns on the internet.  A simple search for what you like may turn up several different patterns.  Find one you like and have fun adding to your 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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10 thoughts on “Week 3 – Solid Granny

  1. Yeah, I’m going to enjoy practising this one. Being a left handed crocheter, or possibly just a newbie, when I first tried this type of square they distorted so much that I gave up. With step by step instructions and patience I’m sure they are going to turn out square. And sewing on a little applique is such a good idea, you are clever, Erica!

  2. I’m really confused about this block.

    *dc in each of next 3 dcs, (2 dc, tc, 2 dc) into tc* 3 times. dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc into base of ch 4 from beginning of this round. Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch 4.

    The ( ) is it the next 3dc or is 2dc then a tc followed by 2dc?

    • The () indicates that you should do all of those stitches into just one stitch in the row below. In this case you do 2 dc, 1 tc, and 2 more dc all into the tc in the row below. Once you have completed that, you start over again at the * and dc into the next 3 dcs of the row below.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  3. I wish the illustration were in some color other than black. It’s so hard to see what’s going on…or maybe it’s just my eyes!

  4. I counted my stitches and everything seems to match up – but I feel like I must have extra stitches. My square feels “crooked” and won’t stay square. Hmm…I might need to try this one again – I frogged it twice already. LOL I’ll take a picture tomorrow and send it to you – maybe your expert eyes will look at it and say “Duh! You totally messed this up!” LOL It’s also about 6.5″ which makes me wonder what I did wrong. The last two weeks I followed along with you and ended up with perfect 6″ squares. Lessons from a Granny Square: Keep on trying!

    • Try using a smaller hook size. If you are using an I like I did, try an H. Sometimes just lowering the hook size will make a world of difference. If not, I would be more than happy to take a look at your square and see if anything sticks out to me.

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