My first project after my mom’s passing came shortly after her passing–I’m thinking it was the next day. A local senior center was looking for volunteers to make granny squares for an afghan to raffle.
I had no shortage of yarn because Mom had left me with a bedroom full of yarn of every color imaginable.
I also knew how to make granny squares. It was the first pattern I learned to make after I learned all the basic crochet stitches.
So off I went, making 6 inch granny squares. 2 day until the deadline, which coinidentally has not passed yet. My goal is 48 and I arrived at 32 last night. My deadline to deliver is February 15.
So, here come my first bit of wisdom…how to make a granny square (assuming you already know how to make some basic crochet stitches)
Step one: chain 4 stitches.
Step 2: slip stitch into the chain furthest from the hook to make an itty, bitty loop.
Step 3: chain 3 stitches
Step 4: Now, make a double crochet by going through the loop.
Step 5: Make another double crochet through the loop.
At this point, you should have a chain 3 (this counts as your first double crochet), and 2 more double crochets
Step 6: chain 3 again. This will form the loop for the corner and make your block square.
Step 7: Make 3 double crochets through the loop.
Step 8: Continue to make 3 double crochets and three chains twice more.
You should have 4 clusters of 3 double crochets and 4 chains
Step 9: slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3 that made the first double crochet.
Yay! Round one is complete!
Step 10: this part is a little tricky. Slip stitch in the top of each of the double crochet stitches to the first corner hole.
Step 11: chain 3. This will count as the first double chain
Step 12: make 2 more double crochets I. The corner hole, chain 3, then 3 more double crochets in the corner hole.
Step 14: chain 2.
Step 15: In the next corner hole, make 3 double crochets, 3 chains, and 3 more double crochets.
Step 16: continue 3 doubles, 3 chains, and 3 doubles for the next 2 corner holes making sure to chain 2 in between corners.
Step 17: chain 2, then slip stitch into the top chain of the first double crochet. Round 2 is over!
Step 18: Like at the beginning of round 2, slip stitch in the top of each double crochet to the corner.
Step 19: the corners are going to be worked like the last round… 3 double, chain 3, 3 doubles. After the corner, chain 2.
Step 20: Make 3 double crochets in the chain 2 hole made in last round. Then chain 2.
Step 21: continue around the block, in the same manner. Corner (3 doubles, chain 3, 3 double), chain 2, 3 doubles, chain 2, corner, so on around. Slip stitch into the top chain to end round 3.
Rounds after that continue in the same manner as round 3. These blocks can be as big or as small as you would like them to be…although I don’t usually make blocks much smaller than 3 rounds.