I learned a lot about trying to teach someone else how to do something that I can do fairly easily. It occurred to me that perhaps it isn't as straightforward as I think it is. I have plans to share some crochet basics and then more advanced things as time goes on, and having granny squares on my mind after this recent experience I though that today we could look at the basic granny square and next week I will show you a couple of variations.
Before I go any further, please can I ask that you don't pin any of these pictures to Pinterest - or any other pictures from my blog. Thank you.
A couple of notes. In my sidebar under the heading Crochet patterns and tutorials you can find a chart which explains the UK versus US terminology for different crochet stitches and another chart which allows you to convert your hook sizes. I will therefore explain this in UK terms, but you can refer to the charts to make the conversion if you need or want to do that.
I will also assume that you know the basics of the stitches, but if not, I will be explaining this in more detail in the future, so when I have done that, come back to this post. It will be linked to in the sidebar where those charts are. In case you just need a quick reminder though, CH is worked by putting yarn round hook, pull through the loop on the hook. TR is worked by putting yarn round hook, hook into the stitch or ring that you are working into, yarn round hook, pull through two loops on hook, yarn round hook, pull through two loops on hook. SS is worked by hook into stitch, yarn round hook, pull through loop on hook.
I think that a basic granny square is the easiest thing to start to crochet. You don't have to work "into" any stitches, you work into the spaces between stitches so that makes it a bit easier. Also you only need to know three things, how to chain, how to make a treble and how to slip stitch.
This is what the finished square looks like.
SS into first CH (where the pin is) to form a ring
CH2 - this will count as the first TR
TR into ring twice
You now have the first group of three TR's. You will be making groups of three TR's all the way around the square.
CH 2 - this will form the corner of the square
TR into ring three times to give your second group of three TR's
TR into ring three times to give your third group of three TR's
TR into ring three times to give your fourth group of three TR's
SS into the top of the CH that is counting as your first TR (where the pin is). The first round is now complete.
To make the square bigger CH2 which will count as your first TR
TR into the space between the CH that you have just made and the group of TR's in the previous round (where the pin is).
This is different to the way that most patterns will tell you to work a granny square, but I find that it gives a much better result.
TR again in the same position. This now completes the first group of three TR's in the second round.
You will now work three TR's into the next corner of your square - where you had CH2 in the previous round.
CH2 to make the corner and work another three TR's into the corner.
Continue repeating this all around the square. When you reach the start again - where you did the CH2 and the two TR's - SS into the CH that is counting as the first TR and the second round is complete.
To make a third round of the square CH2 and work two TR's as you did to start the previous round. Instead of then working the next group of three TR's into the corner you work them into the space between the TR groups of the previous round. Then you work a group of three TR's into the corner and proceed all the way around as you did in the previous round.
You can them carry on working round and round until the piece is as big as you want it to be. The first granny square that I made ended up being a big blanket!
Here is a chart for you to follow.
Give it a go and let me know how you get on!