photo ftom: knitgarden
I am still learning to crochet. I am hummin’ along with my crochet blanket -but I am still dropping and adding the odd stitch at the turns, its good practice I keep telling myself, but dam it’s disappointing when ya hold up the thing and it veers off into oblivion. If I read my stitches like tea leaves I can see clearly that I am fighting my nonconformist personality with this exercise.
I was thinking that I would learn how to do a granny square so I have a small project (not like the huge, but lovely one in the photo) that I can then take anywhere and then assemble into a nice blanket at a later date. My search began for a good, simple pattern to start with. I actually do have a great book called Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting . It’s very good at showing all kinds of interesting stitches clearly and with lots of photos. The pattern in this book is clear, but it suggests you start with an adjustable ring by creating a “loop”. The adjustable loop part was not so clear. So I looked on the net for more photos of every step of the process. I found a good visual tutorial here. The photos are a bit small, but you can see clearly a step-by-step process of starting an adjustable ring. Just what I needed.
So I searched for a simple GS pattern that uses a chain loop. Yes I could have used that info from my wonderful book as well –as it does describe all loop methods very well. It is a great book. I wanted to share online resources with you lovely readers.
I dunno -sometimes I think that I just love reading creative books. Knitting and crochet books are kinda like cookbooks to me. I can actually sit and read them and think of all the nice things I could do if I had all the time in the world to do them. I will look at beautiful plots of waterfront land on MLS also -and dream about building that beautiful, but simple and eco friendly 1 room cabin that I saw years ago in a Harrowsmith mag. I think I have an attention disorder. Anyhow -crochet.
Simple Granny Square Pattern
from this page at Geocities.com
This pattern contains the following: chain stitch, double crochet, use of circles, slipstitch, repeats, and spaces.
Chain 5 (chain stitch 5 times)
Slip stitch in first chain (this makes a circle.)
Chain 3 (this will be considered a double crochet)
DC twice in circle. (think of the circle as a space)
DC three times in circle)*
Repeat twice * * (do what is between the asteriks two more times. Here is what you will do. Chain 2. DC 3 times in circle. Chain 2 again and DC 3 more times.)
Slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 (remember the chain 3 at the begining of the row? The third chain is where you need to slip stitch)
I promise they will all fit. It looks and feels cramped now, but will look good later!!
Chain 4 (the first three chains are considered a double crochet, the fourth chain will be a space.)
*Skip the next 3 dc, work 3 dc in next space, chain 2, work 3 dc in same space as the previous 3 dc.
(to skip 3 dc, look at your previous row and count 3 dc that you would have normally stitched in, now skip those. The next thing on your previous row should be the chain 2 you did. That is your space. DC three times in that space, then chain 2, and DC three times in that same space. We are making a corner.)
Skip the next 3 dc, work 3 dc in next space, chain 2, work 2 dc in same space.
Slip stitch to the chain 4. (the chain is counting as a double crochet to the set of two dc making it 3 dc)
Chain 3, work 2 dc in space. (chain 3 counts as one dc. In that space you will have “3″ dc)
*Chain 1, work 3 dc in chain 2 space. Ch 2, DC 3 times in same ch2 space.
Chain 1, work 3DC in next 1ch space.*
Repeat * * twice.
Ch 1, Work 3 DC in next 2 ch space, ch2, work 3 DC in same 2 ch sp.
Ch 1 and slipstich to the top of the chain 3.
Can you see the square now? Can you see how the pattern works?
Ch 4, work 3 DC in next ch sp, *ch1, work 3 dc in next ch2 sp, ch 2 , work 3 dc in same ch2 sp, ch 1 work 3 dc in
next ch 1 sp, ch 1 work 3 dc in next ch sp*, repeat * * twice, ch 1, work (3dc ch 2 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, work 2 dc in next ch sp, slipstitch to ch4.
I am trying to prepare you for reading the patterns. I use different words and directions that all mean the same thing so you can get use to the terminology.
Ch3, dc twice in ch sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp*, **ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch sp, ch 2, work 3 dc in same sp**,
(Repeat * * 3 times, Repeat ** **), Repeat pattern between ( ) three times. Ch1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1 and slipstitch to top of ch3.
Cut and tie off yarn and weave in.
Thanks to a reader I’ve added a post with a great tutorial from YouTube that shows you how to change colours and weave in the ends while you go! Enjoy!