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Crocheting Lesson: A Granny Square with Double Crochet

Previously,  I had a blog teaching you how to make a granny square with single crochet.  I explained that there were lots of thing you can do with granny squares, and I ended up making a Christmas stocking with the granny squares I made.  This time, I have begun making multi-colored granny squares with double crochet, and I plan on making a scarf to give to someone for Christmas.  However, first, I know I need to show you how to make the granny square with double crochet, and then you can make whatever you want with your granny squares. You could even make them in red, green, and white and make a Christmas stocking. You could makes lots and lots of them and make an afghan or a sweater.  Use your imagination. There are so many, many things that can be made with granny squares.  Here is how I made this granny square:

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chain 2

 

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8 single crochets into the chain next to the hook
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I slip stitched into the first single crochet I did.

I began by chaining 2 with white yarn.  After I chained 2, I did 8 single crochets in the second chain from the hook to for a circle.  If you don’t know how to chain or single crochet, look back through my blogs because there are blogs explaining both. When I make the last single crochet, next, I slip stitched in the first single crochet I made.  (Again, if you don’t know how to slip stitch, look back through my blogs.)

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Chain 3
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I put the yarn around the hook.
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I put my hook into the same space where I slip stitched.
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I put the yarn around the hook again.

 

 

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I pulled the yarn through the work and had three stitches on the hook.
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I put the yarn around the hook again, and pulled it through 2 stitches on he hook, and two stitches are left on the hook.
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I put the yarn around the hook again and pulled it through both stitches on the hook leaving me with one stitch on the hook, and the first double crochet is finished.  You can see that I have begun weaving the end of the white yarn back through the work.
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I did another double crochet, then I chained 3.

Next, I turned the work around, and I chained 3.  After that, I put the yarn around my hook, put the hook in the same place that I slip stitched, put the yarn around the hook, and pulled the yarn through the place I made the stitch.  there will be three stitches on the hook at this point,  Put the yarn around the hook again. Pull it through two of the stitches on the hook, then put the yarn around the hook again, and then pull that yarn around the last two stitches on the hook to leave you with one stitch on the hook.  You have just made your first double crochet.  Do the same thing again in the same space again,

 

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I have finished all four corners and slip stitched into the first chain three I made in that round, but I didn’t need to slip stitch with white, so I took that slip stitch out and redid it with red yarn.

Next, chain one, then don’t work in the next single crochet, but in the second single crochet from the hook.  You will be working in the back of the chain you see along the edge. First, put the yarn around the hook again, then put the hook through the second single crochet from the hook, then put the yarn around the hook, and pull it through the single crochet.  You will have 3 stitches on the hook again. Next, put the yarn around the hook again and pull it through 2 stitches on the hook, then put the yarn around the hook again and pull it through the 2 remaining stitches on the hook, and you are left with one stitch on the hook. Do this two more times in the same space you did the double crochet you just did.

Next, chain 3, then do 3 double crochets in the same space you did the least 3 double crochets.  Chain one, then skip the next single crochet.  Go to the second single crochet from the hook and again, work only in the back of the stitch.  Repeat the 3 double crochets, 3 chains, and 3 double crochets in the same stitch that you did before.  You are making corners.  Repeat what you did until you have four corners.

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I changed to red yarn. I slip stitched, chained 3, and then did 2 double crochets in the chain space of the previous round.  That first chain three counts as a double crochet.

When you get all four corners, you should be back where you began this round.  Next, you are going to change colors, so take another color. I took red.  I put my needle through the top of the chain three that was used as the first double crochet for the round I just finished.  I put the red yarn around my hook, and I pulled it through the top of the chain three from the last round and the chain on the hook.  This way, you can change colors evenly, and it will look nice. Now, you will be working with red. Cut the white of a little ways from the hook, and you will want to weave the end if the yarn back into the work.

Next, chain 3 with red.  You will no longer be working directly into a double crochet, but in the spaces where you chained.  Double crochet 2 times into the space closest to the chain three you just made.  Chain one, then double crochet into the corner 3 times, then chain 3, then double crochet into the corner 3 times again. You have just turned the corner.

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Since the last picture, I chained one, then I did 3 double crochets into the corner space.  Next, I will chain 3, then make 3 more double crochets in the same corner space to turn the corner.
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I went all the way around doing the same thing.

Next, chain one, then make 3 double crochets into the next chain one space.  Chain one, then 3 double crochets into the corner space, chain three, and 3 double crochets again into the same corner space. You have just turned the corner again. Next, chain one, and 3 double crochets in the chain one space, chain one, then do the 3 double crochets, chain 3, 3 double crochets into the next corner. Continue until you have done all 4 corners and are back to the beginning.

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I changed to blue and went all the way around doing the same thing I did on the previous round.  This granny square is finished.

Next, I changed the color of my yarn again. I used blue this time.  I put my hook into the top of the first chain three I used as a double crochet in the round I just finished, I put the blue around my hook, and I pull the yarn through both stitches on the hook to have only one stitch on the hook.  I cut the red off a little way from the hook. I wove the end of the red yarn back into the granny square.

Next, I chained three. I double crocheted 2 times in the single crochet that was right there where the chain three was. I chained one, then I double crocheted 3 times in the next chain one space. I chained one, then I double crocheted 3 times, did 3 chains, and then did 3 double crochets again in the corner space. I turned the first corner. I did the same thing all the way around. I only double crocheted into the chain spaces.  when I got to the end, I slip stitched into the first chain three I made with red, tied a knot, and cut my yarn. The double crochet granny square is finished.

 

 

 

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