Granny Square Variation
My first crocheting experience was a making a granny square. There was an older lady named Kaysee who lived in the building across the way from where I lived. I would go to her house quite often and sit and talk with her. She would give me coffee with lots of sugar and cream. We would sit at her little table in her little dark kitchen where she would do word searches, I would do crosswords and smoke up a storm. She was probably not the best influence on me, but she was someone I could talk to and never feel judged. When you are 12 and in a new place, that was important.
One day, I went to her house and she was crocheting. I asked her what it was and she told me. I asked how to do it and she had me sit next to her on the saggy couch. She gave me a needle and some yarn and began showing me how to crochet. She set me home with the hook and yarn and let me tell you, I made the worlds longest chains. Next time I went over I brought it back and I learned single crochet, then double and one day I went to her house and she proclaimed ready to make a blanket. The granny square became my everything and I did indeed make a blanket.
Over the years I have made many granny squares. Some I hooked with patterns, others I just made up only to find out there was a pattern for that. I do believe they will never go out of “style”. With a granny square you are able to create everything form the obvious blanket to clothing to home decor. You can change up any granny pattern by using unexpected colors or textures. With today’s yarn, texturing is fun and easy. Have fun with the following pattern. It is simple but adds a little interest with its circle star and wider corners.
Things you need to know to finish this pattern:
You need to know how to create a chain and double crochet to finish this pattern.
There is no gauge as the size of hook and yarn changes the size of the finished Square. I created my 4” x 4” square with a size G hook and 4-Medium (or worsted weight)Yarn
SL ST: SLIP STITCH
DC: DOUBLE CROCHET
GRANNY SQUARE VARIATION
Ch 4, join with slip stitch for form a ring.
RND1: Ch4, (dc in ring ch 1) 15 times, Join with sl st to 3 ch of beg ch 4.
RND2: Sl St in first ch -1 sp, ch 6 *(dc in next ch 1 sp, (ch 1, dc, in next ch1 sp) 3x, ch 3: repeat from * 2 more times, (dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1) 3x, join with sl st to third ch of beginning ch 6
RND 3: Sl st in first corner Ch 3 sp, ch 3 ( 3dc , ch 2, 4 dc ) in same sp, ch 1, (dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1) 3x, * (4 dc , ch 2 , 4 dc) in next ch3 corner, ch1, (dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1) 3x: repeat from * 2 more times. Join with sl st to first dc, finish off.
RND 4 Join with sl st in any corner space. Ch3 ( dc, ch3, 2 dc) in same sp, sk next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1 ( dc in next dc, ch1)3 x, dc in next 3 dc, *(2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in next corner sp, sk next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1(dc in next dc, ch1)3x repeat from * 2 more times. Join with sl st to first Dc , finish off.