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xmelinda
« on: August 25, 2004 02:15:28 PM »

*** CORRECTED! April 2007 ***

I realize it's silly that I posted this pattern and then later couldn't remember what exactly I did  Roll Eyes  But I've tried it myself and it seems that Round 5 just doesn't make any sense, so I'm re-writing it.  I'll put the corrected bits in RED.
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I don't know about anyone else here, but I'm always fascinated by granny squares.  I love how you can make a zillion variations, intricate patterns, all compact in a repeatable motif.

Anyway  Wink I made up my own granny square pattern last night, and I think it turned out really cool, so I tried to write up directions for the pattern.  Because it's the first time I'ver ever tried to write up a pattern like that, I thought I would post here and see if anyone wanted to give it a try and tell me if my instructions make sense and work!  The pattern looks daunting at first, but it's really a lot easier than it looks.  I don't really know how to do a lot of fancy-shmancy stitches.  It took me no time at all to work it up.

Here is the pattern, and at the bottom of this post, I'm going to make my first attempt to post a picture.  For the record, I worked this square with regular worsted-weight acrylic with a fairly small hook, size E, and it came out 6x6 inches.  I'm sure it would work with a larger hook, too, but would obviously be a larger square.

NOTE: htr is sort of a cross between a half-double and a triple.  YO 2 times, insert the hook into the stitch and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook).  YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through ALL of remaining 3 loops on hook.

1.  Ch 6, join with sl st to form ring

2.  Ch 1 (counts as first sc), 15 sc into ring, join with sl st to first st (16 total)

3.  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each of next 2 sc, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next sc (corner made).  * dc in each of next 3 sc, (dc, ch 3, dc), repeat from * 2 more times. 

4.  Sc in each st around, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner sp.  Fasten off color A.

5.  Join color B with sl st into the left-side chain stitch in any corner (at this point, treat each corner as 2 stitches, rather than as a chain-space).  Slip stitch acts as first sc.  (hdc, dc, htr) in next 3 st.  (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (htr, dc, hdc, sc) in next 4 sc.  * (sc, hdc, dc, htr) in next 4 stitches.  (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (htr, dc, hdc, sc) in next 4 sc.  Repeat from * 2 more times, join with sl st.  Fasten off color B.

6.  Join color C in any corner sp, ch 1 (counts as first sc).  Sc, ch 2, 2 sc in corner sp.  Sc in each st across, working (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color C.

7.  Join color D in any corner sp, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), ch 2, hdc in corner sp. Hdc in each st across, working (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color D.

8.  Join color E in any corner sp, work as Row 5, but do not fasten off.

9.  ch 2 (counts as first sc, ch 1), sk 1, sc in next stitch, continue with (ch 1, sk 1, sc) pattern around, working (2 sc, ch2, 2 sc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color E.

10.  Join color F in ch sp of Row 7 Row 10 is worked into the spaces between the hdc in Row 7.  Draw up a loop across rows 8 and 9 to make sc, * (ch 1, sk ch sp, sc in row 7 ch sp), repeat from * around, making ch 4 at corners.  Fasten off.

11.  Join color E to any post on row 4, sc around each post, making ch 1 at each corner, join with sl st.  This will make a raised chain outlining the center square.



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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2004 02:21:24 PM »

I think it's great and I am so jealous because I can't read a pattern and follow it to save my life.
Nice work!
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004 07:08:51 AM »

That's an awesome pattern! I wish I'd brought yarn and a hook to work so I could try it right now. I'll definitely try it later and tell you how it goes...
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2004 08:56:48 PM »

I'm not going to try it b/c then I would get hooked (pun intended LOL) and I have too many other projects to finish!  HOWEVER, *that* is CUTE! 
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2004 01:02:36 AM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2004 04:03:36 PM »

this is really cute but i'm not very good at crocheting and if you could somehow explain how you make a hdtr please   Cry
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2004 07:12:56 AM »

Yeah, and actually, I tried myself to make this square again, and I think I should edit the instructions a bit.  I just sort of forgot about it, but I'll do it.

hdc = half-double crochet and hdtr = half-double-triple crochet.  I know, I know, it makes no sense, but that is how I've seen it in patterns.  If I'm remembering wrong, someone please correct me!  It seems like it should be called "half triple" but that's tricky because in European charts, "half triple" is the same as American "half double".  Confused yet??

Basically, there's a trick to "rotating" the square.  If you look, the first inner square ends up rotated a half turn so that it's diamond-shaped.  The royal blue section is where you do the trick -- you make a line of stitches in a row increasing each stitch by a half-stitch, like slip stitch, then single crochet, then half-double, then double crochet, etc.  and then in reverse order to go back down.

Here's a good diagram about how to make half-double:
http://www.stitchguide.com/stitches/crochet/stitch_pages/cro_hdc_crochet.html

I can't find anything online that explains hdtr but here's a diagram about how to make triple crochet, and just like the half-double, what you do is instead of taking off the loops 2 at a time 3 times, you'll take off 2 loops and then all of the remaining 3 at once.
http://www.stitchguide.com/stitches/crochet/stitch_pages/cro_treble_crochet.html

Hope that makes a bit more sense.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2004 07:22:51 AM »

Thanks for explaining the hdtr - I figured you meant a sort of half triple kind of stitch, but I got thrown off by the "d" in the abbreviation, too. I got up to that part in the pattern, scratched my head a couple of times, and then put it down. Now I can finish! Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2004 11:16:46 AM »

it's darling, I'm going to try it out. I'll probably need my mom's help- I'm not very good at following crochet patterns Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2004 03:13:08 PM »

I love your granny square! Smiley
I'm not good at following patterns though Tongue
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