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Granny Square Day 2022

On the 15 August each year we celebrate Granny Square Day. Using the hashtag #grannysquareday2022 we fill the pages of social media of beautiful granny squares making a virtual blanket. This is my design for 2022, which accidentally became the start of a new crochet along, it is 6.5 inches / 16.5 cm square.


Difficulty

Using American (US) terms throughout with double, single, treble and half double crochet stitches worked in places in the back loop and around the post this pattern has both written and photographs of the round to assist.


Yarn and Notions

I have used Stylecraft Special Double Knit with a 4mm hook in the following colours: Mustard, Gold, Sherbert, Turquoise, Cornish Blue, Petrol and Cream


Abbreviations

bl – working into the back loop only slst – slip stitch into the next

bp – working around the back post st(s) – stitch(es)

ch – chain tr – treble crochet

dc – double crochet (_____) – corner instructions

hdc – half double crochet [_____] – repeat instructions between the stated times

sc – single crochet *____* - repeat instructions between the stated times


Pattern Notes

Apart for round 4, all rounds are started in corners, alternate which corner you start to give an even finish to the square. Corners are started with a ch. Where you use a ch1 this does not count as a stitch, all other ch starts are counted as stitches.

Stitch counts are per side including corner stitches, unless otherwise instructed.

Yarn colour is changed at the start of each round.


Method

1. ch2, working in the first ch, ch3 (dc) dc2, *ch3, dc3* repeat 3 more times, ch3, slst – 3 sts



2. ch2, hdc in same space, *bp dc next 3, (hdc 2, ch2, hdc 2)* repeat 3 more times, omit the last hdc 2, slst – 7 sts


3. ch1, sc same corner, sc next *skip 2 sts, in next tr7, skip 2, sc last st before corner, sc2 in corner* repeat on all sides, omit last sc, slst


4. starting on the 4th tr – bl ch, blsc in the same st *blsc next 2, blhdc, dc next 4, blhdc, blsc next 2, (blsc, ch2, blsc)* repeat to end, omit last blsc, slst – 12 sts


5. ch3, dc in same space, *ch1, skip 1, [dc next 2, ch2, skip 2] repeat twice, dc next 2, ch1, skip 1 to corner (dc 2, ch2, dc2)* repeat on all sides, omit the last 2dc, slst


6. ch1, sc same corner, *sc next 2, dc into the skipped stitch below, [sc next 2, dc 2 into the skipped sts below] repeat twice, sc next 2, dc into the skipped stitch below, sc next 2 to corner, (sc, ch2, sc)* repeat on all sides, omit the last sc, slst – 18 sts



7. ch2, blhdc all sts to corner (hdc, ch2, hdc), repeat on all sides, omit the last hdc, slst – 20 sts



8. ch3, dc same corner, dc all sts to next corner (dc 2, ch2, dc2), repeat on all sides, omit the last dc2, slst – 24 sts


9. ch2, hdc same corner, bpdc all sts to next corner (hdc 2, ch2, hdc2) repeat on all sides, omit the last hdc2, slst – 28 sts


10. ch1, sc same corner, sc all sts to next corner (sc, ch2, sc), repeat on all sides, omit the last sc, slst – 30 sts


11. ch3, dc all sts to next corner (dc, ch2, dc), repeat on all sides, omit the last dc, slst – 32 sts


Blocking and Finishing


After sewing in ends, I have lightly blocked my finished square, as I used acrylic I steam blocked. Please refer to the fibre content of your yarn and if in any doubt ask at your local yarn shop or check on the internet for advice on blocking. It is entirely up to you whether you block, crochet is quite good at flattening itself out.


Further information and Use

This is a free pattern (yay!). Please however credit me with the design when you use it or post it on social media. There is a free pdf version on my Ravelry Store if you would like to print one out https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-square-day-2022

If there are any issues please contact me via email: tracey@bluebirdanddaisy.com


Sneak peek!!

I've always loved these colours since I bought them, this granny square has expanded and is slowly becoming my next crochet along blanket.



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