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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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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2004 02:10:51 AM »

i love granny squares... they are so cool looking. i love it!
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2005 08:17:36 AM »

Honestly?? 1-  It would look a lot better if you used colors that matched.  2- used abbrev's that are actually used in tutorials for stitches. 
It keeps things less confusing.

Other than that, you did good.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2005 05:09:58 PM »

so about what size is it? i think it is great =)
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2005 07:59:33 AM »

Honestly?? 1-  It would look a lot better if you used colors that matched.  2- used abbrev's that are actually used in tutorials for stitches. 
It keeps things less confusing.

The colors in the picture are actually not completely accurate to what the colors looked like "in person", but still, I like bright colors, contrast, and mixing brights with neutrals.  That's just my taste!

I'm not sure what abbreviations you mean for stitch patterns other than the ones I used.  I've been crocheting for about 20 years, and those are the abbreviations I've always seen in patterns (e.g. sc=single crochet, hdc=half double crochet, sk st=skip stitch, and so on).  Are there different abbreviations that are commonly used?

Thanks for the input Smiley

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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2005 11:11:32 PM »

I think it's great!  I'm so impressed you made up a granny square.  although there is nothing "granny" about this square. 

great work as usual, xmelinda

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« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2007 07:38:38 PM »

Hello xmelinda--I just saw your made up granny square and I think it looks pretty darn good. I'm going to make it and when I do I will try to send you a pic.How is that usually done on this forum?I don't have a digital camera.I' willing to learn how if someone just xplains things.Thanks for listening.  from--sceptregirl
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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2007 09:59:22 PM »

It is a beautiful, intricate design...but as was said before, the colors are a little off.  If it's the photo, I understand...but I think so many colors make it look a little too busy.  I love the design itself, but perhaps using half as many colors would tone it down a bit while not losing the delicacy.

Know what I mean?

Awesome job, nonetheless. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2007 10:09:34 PM »

Ooo thats a pretty pattern
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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2007 10:28:08 PM »

I love your square!
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« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2007 01:50:38 AM »

That's gorgeous.  Wish I had the patience for lots of color changes; motifs look so much cooler in contrast colors.  Nice design work!
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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2007 07:21:47 AM »

It's really nice. Would make a lovely afghan or throw. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2007 08:38:31 AM »

Oooh That's funky looking. I like it! If I can master the hippie looking purse from the Happy Hooker then I'll try this square for another purse.  So far, that granny square from the Happy Hooker looks different every time I make it. Hmm. Anyway, I like your colors, too!
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« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2007 08:43:32 AM »

very  nice!!! i  love it!  now if only I could read a  pattern and do a regular granny square!
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« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2007 11:28:35 AM »

Hi-- I copied your pattern and started it this morning.But I don't know what "hdtr"means.Could you e-mail me telling me how to do this?I would appreciate it.Thanks.
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« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2007 01:44:35 PM »

It's funny to me that this OLD OLD post has gotten dredged back up!  How nice that anyone is still looking  Wink

I maintain that color choice is really a subjective thing.  I personally like a lot of different colors, and I like a couple of colors that are contrasting and unexpected.  But you know, any time you do a crochet patter, whether it's a granny square or whatever, you can choose the colors and yarns that you like.  I think this pattern would look just as nice in varying shades of blue, or if the rounds were reassigned to just a couple of different colors.  Personalize it!

About the "hdtr", it's a "half-double-triple", and I swear I didn't make it up, but I can't remember where I got it from.  I have a lot of vintage crochet patterns...  I have found a few different things online, but they're not all the same, and I can't remember exactly what I did.  Let me work on it tonight, and I'll get back to you!

Sorry for the confusion!

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« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2007 03:12:26 PM »

I love the color choices!  Compliments the stitching nicley. 

It's nice to see another Melinda here too!  There aren't many of us around...
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« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2007 10:01:17 AM »

Okay!  I think I have fixed the problem with Round 5.  It's kind of an important round, because that's where the square "rotates" so that the center square is diagonal.  If you go to the first post in this thread, you will see my changes in RED text.

If there are other problems or questions, let me know!  This inspires me to try to make up more squares, because the process of making up something and then trying to write it out so that others can understand it is a tricky (but fun) challenge.

Thanks again,

Melinda
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« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2007 11:36:21 AM »

very different! i'm going to use this pattern for my square exchange. i'm getting tired of the same ole same ole!
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« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2007 12:12:17 PM »

I really like this and I'm bookmarking it to do after I get some other projects done.

I like how you did the colours because it really shows the stitch work! Great job!
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« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2007 10:58:35 PM »

That's great...so many grannies out there are either so flowery and blech, or absolutely plain!  Good job

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« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2009 07:06:01 AM »

Thanks so much! I love this unique pattern

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