Granny square tutorial
As promised, here is the granny square tutorial! I am sorry it’s taken me a little while to get it to you, but here it is at last! The best thing about the granny square is that you don’t have to fiddle with trying to get the hook into stitches (only a tiny little bit, anyway), it is all crocheting into chain spaces. Which makes it very quick to do once you get the hang of it.
This is of course just one method of doing it – there are plenty others to be found on the interwebs and in books (and maybe from your actual granny?!). But it’s the method that works for me. I hope the explanation makes sense. If not, please leave a comment or email me and I’ll try to make fix it.
Also, I have included both the US and the UK terms (in italics) for the stitches. Normally, I’d use abbreviations for the stitches, but I know a couple of you might want this in other languages, so I have written it all out to make it a bit less confusing (I hope!) when it goes the likes of Google’s translator.
Join with slip stitch/single crochet in the top of the original chain and then slip stitch/single crochet your way through the top of the double crochet/treble stitches – as indicated by the arrows. Make sure you go through both of the ‘legs’ of the V of the stitch.
However, if you are changing colour, make the slip stitch/single crochet into the first chain stitch, then make a slip stitch/single crochet around the chain and then chain 3. This should ensure that your second colour is fastened properly.
Make 2 double crochet/treble in the chain space, then chain 2. Make another 3 double crochet/treble in the same chain space. That is the first corner completed. For the following corners, make 3 double crochet/treble, chain 2, 3 double crochet/treble in each chain space.
You should now have something like this. Slip stitch/single crochet into the top of chain 3 you did at the beginning of the round. Then, like you did in the last round, slip stitch/single crochet through the top (arrow) of the double crochets/trebles to get you to the first chain space.
Repeat the first corner of the previous round, then make 3 double crochet/trebles in the next space and continue like this until you get to the end of the round. Every other round will be like this one, but with an increasing number of space between the corners. You should not make chain stitches anywhere else but in the corners.
I hope the explanation was clear enough that you now have something fairly like this. Please keep going! Make it as huge as you possibly can. Or stop now and make more little ones that you can stitch together.