Learning to Crochet – Lesson 3 Granny Squares

Are you ready for this weeks lesson?? You already know double crochet, so this lesson should be pretty easy. It will be the first “in a round” lesson, and that can be a little tricky, but you got this! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite tea, and let’s get started!

Let’s get started with chaining 4, and then slip stitch to the first stitch. You should have a small circle now. Sometimes I can’t actually see it being a circle, and I have to feel for the center of the circle.

When you have the circle, chain 3 and then do 2 double crochet in the circle. The will form your first “cluster”. Chain 2, and then do 3 double crochets, repeat that 2 more times until you have 4 “clusters” with a chain 2 spot in between each one. Chain 2, and slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 at the beginning. That should make a circle thing that kind of looks like it could be a square eventually. I like to slip stitch over to the beginning of one of the corners, it makes it a little easier when making the next row.

First row is done, to start the second row, chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet. That will be the first corner. In between the corner just chain 1, and then find the next corner and 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 1, and then repeat that 2 more times until you’re back around to the beginning of the row, then slip stitch to join and over to the corner.

For the granny square, you’re pretty much just doing the same things. Doing the corners, and then more and more in the straight part. Everything will be done in the chain spots, and not in any actual stitches. For the next 2 rows you’ll chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 1, and then do 3 double crochet into the chain 1 from below.

After 4 rounds, I had a decent sized square for the blanket we’re working on. You can continue as much as you want, I’ve recently seen a couple afghans made where the person just goes on and on, around and around until they have a granny square the size of a blanket! It looked really cool!

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