Friday, September 1, 2017

Magic Granny Square





From time to time, I sit down between large projects experimenting new small crochet pieces, such as coasters and granny squares. Sometimes nothing interesting comes out.
But I think this time it really turned out well. A magic granny square that turned from circle to almost square without the usual angles made of number of chain stitches.

Materials

  •             Yarn: I used cotton yarn, worsted yarn, the choice of yarns depends  on the project you want to make.
  •      Hook size suitable for the yarn.
  •      Tapestry needle.


The instructions are written in US terms

Super easy level

Crochet terms used in the coaster design:

ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
dc: double stitch
mr: magic ring



Making the granny square

make a magic ring, or if it is hard for you, you can chain six and sl st to the first st.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc, ch 1, repeat 8 more times from *, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc in the ch1 space, ch 1, dc in previous round dc, ch 1, repeat 8 more times, dc in ch1 space, ch 1, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 3: ch 2 (counts as dc), (2 dc in the ch 1 space, dc in dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 3 more times), repeat between brackets 2 more times, 2 dc in the ch1 space, dc in dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 2 more times, ch 2, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 4: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each 3 dc, 2 dc in the ch 2 space, dc in dc, *ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * 2 more times), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each 3 dc, 2 dc in the ch 2 space, dc in dc, *ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * 1 more time, ch 3, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 5: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each 6 dc, 3 dc in the ch 3 space, dc in dc, *ch 4, dc in next dc, repeat from * 1 more time), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each 6 dc, 3 dc in the ch 3 space, dc in dc, ch 4, dc in next dc, ch 4, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 6: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each 10 dc, 4 dc in the ch 4 space, dc in dc, ch 5, dc in next dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each 10 dc, 4 dc in the ch 4 space, dc in dc, ch 5, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.
Cut yarn and weave in loose ends and block.



Baby blanket
made of the magic granny square



 Since I fell in love with this magic granny square, I decided to come up with a project made of a number of it. I found this nice alize cotton baby yarn, I chose two pastel colors, for they are my favorite, and here it is.

Because the yarn I used is too thin, I used two strands of the yarn to crochet

Materials

Yarn: Alize cotton baby soft, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 100 g. / 270 mt. (3.53 0z. /295 yds), four skeins of color winter sky 514, two skeins of color light yellow 643.
Hook: 5 mm, US. H/8
Tapestry needle

Level: easy

Granny square dimensions: (5.5 * 5.5) “2, (14 * 14) cmapprox.

Blanket dimensions: (32 * 25) “2, (84 * 64) cmapprox.

Instructions: make 20 magic granny squares

How I joined the granny squares:

Because the square I made has round corners, I had to come up with flexible joining method, to make the blanket look nice and tidy, I should thank The Patch Work Heart for the great help and inspiration, I used the method but had to make minor changes to suit my granny square round corners.

(follow the pattern below)


First row: start making the roller coaster row from the corner of a granny square and follow the arrows I've drawn, or the full instructions in the link. But make the numbers of chain stitches I mentioned at the corners.

- Remember when you finish this row, all the granny squares will be attached and the rectangle blanket is complete.

- Only the corners attachments need care 


Second row: it is simpler, and goes only around the border of  the blanket, just follow the drawn pattern, or you can make your own design.



Click Here For Full Size Image


4 comments:

  1. Is that a single crochet that connects them internally?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, the squares are joined together with a single crochet.

      Delete
  2. From what I can see on the chart, it does indeed look like a single crochet stitch is what attaches them together (internally)... on the chart it states X = 1 single crochet stitch.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yes. If you enlarge the aqua-colored circle, you can see the sc. Thanks for pointing it out or I might not have noticed it!

    ReplyDelete