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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Solid Granny Square Video Tutorial

The Traditional Granny Square that most people know is the one that has clusters of double crochets worked around the block, forming holes between each cluster. The Granny Square I am going to show you today only has holes at the corners, and one in the middle. The sides of the square are solid double crochets. This makes a much firmer and cozier blanket, and it is a square I prefer over the traditional granny with all the holes.


Crocheted Solid Granny SquareHere is a picture of my sample square that you will see me making in the video below. It has 3 rounds of stitching and it begins the same way as the Traditional Granny Square. The difference starts at the second round when each double crochet from the previous round gets a double crochet stitched into it. You can see in the sample that the first round has 3 stitches on each side. The second round has 7 and the third round has 11. You can make this square as big as you want it, ending after only 3 or 4 rounds and stitching a border onto it, or continuing until it is as big as a full size blanket. It is a very versatile square.

Take a look at this video to see just how easy it is.


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I must apologize if this video seemed to end abruptly. I cut off the last portion of what I had taped and saved it for a future post since it seemed to be a good topic on its own. Plus the video was getting a little too long with that last segment included! So I will show you how to change yarn colors on this square, either from row to row, or within the same row, on the next post. You can get some nice effects with color changes on this block, so you won't want to miss that.

If this Solid Granny Square block seems familiar to you, it should be if you've poked around Hooked On Needles a bit. It is the pattern I used for my Pastel Squares Baby Blanket. You can find the written pattern in that post, but I noticed one difference. In the video, I used two chain stitches in each corner, but in the written pattern there is only one. For the Pastel Baby Blanket I did use only one chain in the corners. That is why the holes in the corners of each round don't show up much at all. You can practice this pattern each way and see what you like better.

Joining your Granny Squares with single crochet is a nice way to achieve a sturdy seam, but you can also whip stitch them together which is a technique I will be showing you in a near future video.

Happy Stitching!


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2 Comments:

  • I would love to learn how to crochet it... but the video has disappeared :(

    By Blogger sev, At April 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM  

  • Hello sev! Sorry you can't see the video. It shows up for me. You might want to try using a different browser, or if you are on an ipod, you might have to switch to a laptop or desktop. Most people who have trouble viewing my videos have success switching to a different browser. Good luck!

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At April 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM  

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