Granny Squares are so easy to crochet, great for beginners, and can make a super cheerful cosy scarf.
a) It's beautiful
b) It costs nothing (as its a stash buster only made with wool I already had)
c) It only took 2 weeks
d) It's really pretty...
Originally I was going to do a real sampler of all different granny square patterns but then I realised I couldn't possibly find enough different squares that would all be the same size so half of the squares are the most traditional pattern I know, the rest are a mixture of different ones.
Do you want to make one? Here's how:
- DK Wool (worsted) - whatever colours you like, I had 7 different bright colours and plenty of at least 1 more colour for edging (mine is black)
- Crochet hook, mine was 5mm
My scarf measures 23cm/9" x 224cm/87"
Make 38 granny squares.
I mostly used patterns* from Little Tin Bird (her tutorials are so clear) using basic granny square, circles in squares, a tweaked version of bullseye squares where I only did 2 rounds then in my 3rd round just grouped the stitches I had so I would end up 12 "bunches" with a couple of chain in each corner, and a few I just made up as I went along.
As long as they come out the same size you can do whatever patterns you like. There are hundreds out there on 'tinternet (and even in books - remember them! )
*Just remember the patterns from Little Tin Bird are UK terminology, if you are in the US then where it says Treble you do Double. I print out patterns and write all over them if they are not UK versions so I don't forget what I'm doing half way through.
I did each square with 3 multicoloured rounds then joined them all together at the end with this joining technique from Make My Day Creative using black wool. I strongly advise saving this job for the daylight if you use a dark colour - If I ever make anything with dark colours at night I see all my mistakes in the cold light of day!
Once all the squares were joined I went round the whole thing with DC (SC in US terms) in black, doing 3 stitches in the same stitch on the corners. Then another round in pink, then a last black round. It curls a little bit but I don't care!
On reflection I think it would be better if I'd turned the work over and done the pink row from the other side, I have a feeling that would stop the slight curling.
Have fun, make your favourite granny squares or try a load of new ones.
If you don't crochet already then this is a great way to start, it's quick and easy, and you could make your scarf half as long if you get fed up - it will still be lovely!
My hilarious son took the outside pictures, I said "take some close up so people can see the scarf" so he did:
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