Sunday, July 11, 2010

Circle-y Granny Tutorial.....

I just love making Granny Squares but last night I was in the mood for something a little different..... Seen as thought it's been a really long time since I did a tutorial I thought I'd do one for my new 'Circle-y Granny'......
This square is super doper easy and was designed with beginners in mind.... You'll need 4 colours of yarn (go wild here, the more colour the better :P) and a hook to match.... I'm using 8ply Color Works from Heirloom in a blue, pink, green and brown and a 3.5mm hook as I tend to crochet loosely (I wanted this square to be fairly tight)....

I'm writing this pattern in U.S terms. A good stitch converter if you need it can be found here (scroll down a little to find it)....


LETS GET STARTED!!!!!

Attach your first yarn to your hook using a slip knot. Chain(ch) 5. Slip stitch(sl st) into the 5th chain from hook to form a ring. The ring will be very small but don't worry, once you start working into it it'll free up and you will find it plenty big enough.

Next, ch 3. This ch 3 will count as your first double crochet (dc). You now need to work 11 dc into the ring (12 dc in total including your ch 3).
Join with a sl st into the 3rd ch of your starting ch3. You have now finished your first round and it's time to change colours. Cut your yarn, pull it through the loop, from back to front, and pull tight. You've now fastened off...
Attach the next colour to your hook with a slip knot. Sl st to the top of any of the dc's from the first round making sure you insert your hook under both loops like so.
Your new colour yarn is now attached.
Ch3.
Dc1 into the same space.
Dc2 into the top of each dc round (24 dc in total including starting ch3).
Join with a sl st to the top of your starting ch3. You have now finished round 2, time for another colour change. Cut your yarn and fasten off. Attach the next colour (same as before). Ch3, dc1 in same space. Dc1 in next dc.
(dc2 in next dc, dc1 in next dc) repeat round (36 dc in total including starting ch3).
Join with a slip stitch to the top of the starting ch3 and fasten off.
Now it's time to turn our circle into a square. Join a new colour (same as before) and chain 3.
Work the first corner, (dc1, ch2, dc2) all in the same space (where your sl st and ch3 are). We are now going to work our first straight edge. Dc in next dc, half double crochet (hdc) in the next dc, single crochet (sc) in each of the next 4 dc, hdc1 in the next dc, dc1 in the next dc. Have I lost you yet??? Hang in we're nearly done...Work your next corner, (dc2, ch2, dc2) all in the next dc. Work another straight edge as follows; dc, hdc, sc1 in each of the next 4 dc, hdc, dc. Continue working round until you have 4 corners and 4 straight edges worked.
Join with a sl st to starting ch3. For the next round we are going to continue working in the same colour so don't fasten off. Sl st in the next dc and then into the first corner space. Ch3.
Work the first corner. (dc1, ch2, dc2) all in the same corner space.
Miss the next dc, dc in each of the next 11 dc.Work the next corner. (dc2, ch2, dc2) in the next corner space.
Continue round until you've worked 4 corners and 4 straight edges. Join with a sl st to the top of the starting ch3, cut yarn and fasten off.
You have now finished your first Circle-y Granny.....

How did you go???? Did you make it????? Wasn't that hard now was it???? I'd love to see any pics if you give this super simple granny a go...

Hugs............... Jodie xx-xx

30 comments:

  1. love the tute thanks so much, I will be sure to try a circle granny. My problem is my work is tight. Making a scarf for DH, and wanted the stripes verticle, but I just could make the first row all the way through the long chain. So I have undone it and am working vertical. That first row after the chain is the worst!

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  2. Thanks for such a great tutorial Jodie. It's clear and so straight forward and easy for me to follow, who is new to crochet. Thanks again :)

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  3. Great tutorial Jodie!! Love the circle style - looks really effective! I don't have a current crochet project ... perhaps I had better stock up on more yarn tomorrow:)

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  4. Great tutorial Jode! I think I'll have to give it a go!!

    Ellie :)

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  5. thank you for the step by step, LOVE the pics..but why is it that I can never "get it"!! I am a crochet dummy.
    I am inspired now, need to get myself a hook.

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  6. They look great; good tute too...but I don't know if crochet is my thing, still getting my head around the idea of knitting something other than a scarf :-)

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial -- I love the colors you've used for your blocks!

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  8. Hi! I've been so busy recently that I've not been reading. Just had a vey pleasurable time checking back through all the posts that I'd missed! Love the tutorial - a lot of people seem to think that Granny Squares are kinda old-fashioned but with contemporary colours,modern yarns and a little imagination they seem to have made a wonderful re-entry into the crafting community! xxx

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  9. How wonderful, I am going to have to sit down tonight snd try doing that Jodie. Your circley squares look fantastic, and I like the fact you show each stitch with each step.

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  10. Thanks for this. WHen I finally get around to teaching myself crochet I will definitely have a go at this. xo m.

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  11. Ahhh - so that's how you do it. Very clear description. Can't wait to try it once I finish my current project.

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  12. Oh Jodie thank you for the great lesson.. I love crocheting and generally just do squares but I just love the circles in the square and the colour choices got my creative juices flowing.. next time I am in Perth I will be getting some wool...

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  13. thank you! your instructions and photos make this seem easy enough even for me to try. Now I'll have something to do on the bus trip into work...

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  14. AMAZING! Thank you so much for showing me something new and exciting... and showing me how to do it on top of it!

    I just discovered your blog via the wonderful Amanda Brooke - love your blog and the beautiful window into your world.

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  15. I can't wait to try this, I love the way they turn out!

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  16. heres a line to the pics I posted of my attempt http://mcmawblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/love-love-love-these.html

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  17. However did I miss this great pattern when it was posted months ago? I just love how tight and round the center is and that it turns into a square so neatly. What a wonderfully colorful afghan these squares could make using up all those leftover scraps of yarn! I'm bookmarking this one!

    MGM

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  18. Am very late with this but am dropping in to say that I loved your tutorial and have just managed to post photos of the grannies I've been making from your pattern. I love the pattern, thanks so much Jodie......

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  19. thank you so much for sharing this great pattern and tutorial.
    It´s so easy to make!pf

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  20. Hi there, i absolutely love your granny squares and i want to use them for a baby blanket. Unfortunately i am a beginner when it comes to crocheting and i am missing some more explanation between photo3 & phot4.
    I have no idea how to get there!
    I would appreciate if you (or anyone else?) could help me out here.
    thx, Miri

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  21. Thank you for this great tutorial! I am new to crochet and was having a heck of time figuring out granny squares - the corners where throwing me off. These design is just as cute (cuter?) and easy to follow. Awesome!

    One question, if I wanted to add 2 or 3 more rounds to make it big enough to be a dishcloth, how would I do that? Thanks!

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  22. Thank you for the tutorial, It is very easy to follow and I will make one and post of picture of it once it is finished. Again, thank you. Minerva.ruiz71@gmail.com

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  23. I love this tutorial! I love the colors you used& I especially love the pictures. Thanks for the inspiration, this is next on my list. :)

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  24. Can you repost the pictures? They aren't showing up anymore.

    Thanks!

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  25. Love this Granny Square!! I have been looking for a crochet square with a circle and the ones I have found were so complicated and not that pretty, but your circley granny square is beautiful and easy,easy to make! The photos did not show up on the website but it did not make a diffrence because your instructions were so very clear! thank you so much for sharing!

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  26. tried to view your tutorial on this granny post,but the pictures are not available,even though I have joined your site;please advise
    Regards,H

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  27. tried to view your tutorial on this granny post,but the pictures are not available,even though I have joined your site;please advise
    Regards,H

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  28. hi,

    love the look of this- was redirected from pinterest, however the photos are no longer shpwing. is there any way around this? thanks :)

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  29. I'd love to try this - but no photos are showing! Can you fix this PLEASE?

    I adore Granny squares and would love to learn a new one.

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  30. Jodie, I was so excited when I saw your beautiful circle-y granny squares! I followed the trail from tumblr to websites to finally finding you! I am a beginner level crocheter, & I would be so very grateful if you could post the pictures that go with your tutorial again. Is this possible to do? Thank you so much for your help & inspiration!

    Lisa in Lake O., Oregon
    smithpark2@gmail.com

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