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Monday, March 23, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Hawaiian Granny Square Video Tutorial

At last I have been able to make the video showing how to crochet the Hawaiian Granny Square which I showed you recently. It's one of those crochet-along videos where you can work along with me, pausing the video to finish a round and then playing again. When the video is finished, you should have yourself a fun new granny square. The written pattern is included below the video for your reference.

Traditional Granny Square and Hawaiian Granny Square
This is the Traditional Granny Square shown along side the Hawaiian square for comparison. After 3 rounds, they are both the same size, but they have clear differences between them. The Traditional square is very flat, being made from only chain stitches and double crochet. The Hawaiian square is quite thick and full and even feels heavier since it is made with the Pineapple stitch which uses quite a bit more yarn than the double crochet.

After taking this picture, I took out the last knot and unraveled both squares so I could measure how much yarn each used. I crocheted both squares with a size J hook and Red Heart worsted weight yarn. The traditional square used up just short of 12 yards of yarn. The Hawaiian square, on the other hand, used up 15 yards of yarn for the same size square. That's quite a difference in such a small piece. So if you plan to use this square in place of, or in addition to, the traditional square in an afghan or other project, you will need to take into consideration the difference in yardage requirements and purchase a little more for the Hawaiian square.

Hawaiian Granny Square Pattern

NOTE: Pineapple Stitch is worked like this -- (yarn over, insert hook, draw up a loop) 4 times, yarn over, draw through all 9 loops on hook.

To begin, chain 8. Join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1: 1 Pineapple stitch in ring. (Chain 2, 1 Pineapple stitch) 7 times for a total of 8 Pineapple stitches in center ring. Half Double Crochet (hdc) into top of first Pineapple stitch.

Round 2: 1 Pineapple stitch in hdc space. *Chain 2, 1 Pineapple stitch in next space, chain 2, (1 double crochet, chain 2, 1 double crochet) in top of next Pineapple stitch to form corner, chain 2, 1 Pineapple stitch in next space.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with corner stitches. Hdc into top of first Pineapple stitch.

Round 3: 1 Pineapple stitch in hdc space. *(chain 2, 1 Pineapple stitch) in each space up to the corner, chain 2, (1 double crochet, chain 2, 1 double crochet) in chain 2 space of double crochet corner stitches from previous round.* Repeat from * to * around. Either end block with 2 chain, slip stitch in top of first Pineapple stitch OR continue making the block bigger by adding as many rounds as you like following Round 3 instructions.

Happy Stitching!

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  • I love your video on the Hawaiian Granny Square it really is a beautiful. It would look good to with left over yarn in my stash. Your video is great very clear and direct which I like going to try this square. Been crocheting for 50 years and I am always looking for something different.Thank you for sharing I will be back. I have bookmark your page. Thank you.

    By Blogger Carol, At October 18, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

  • hello love your videos. ive been trying to find video of the ripple stitch which would be very usefull.i have learnt so much from you thankyou very much

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 11, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

  • Hi I want to know if you have made any Doilie tutorials? In crochet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 14, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

  • Hello Anonymous. I would love to respond directly to your question, but you are...well...anonymous. So here's a tip...if you ask a question in a comment to which you would like an answer, please provide your email address.

    Now on to the question. If you look at the top of my sidebar, you will find a "Crocheting" link which will take you to a list of all the posts I've done on crochet. There you can peek into posts that look interesting and perhaps you will find what you're looking for. I did not do any tutorials on crocheting doilies specifically, but I did do one on 3 dimensional crochet which shows some doily-like crocheting, and I also did some posts about doilies I have crocheted, but not tutorials. If you are familiar with basic crochet stitches and how to follow a pattern, you should be able to make a simple doily. Start small. And don't give up! If you have a local yarn shop close-by, someone there might be able to help you with a particular instruction if you are having trouble.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At November 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

  • Thank you very much for the pattern! I have mismatched rolls of yarn left over and im making a granny square afghan for my toddler. I love your video and written directions. The written comes in handy because I crochet while the baby's asleep. Thanks again!

    By Blogger Unknown, At March 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM  

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