08 March 2013

Rosie Posie Grannie Square Tutorial

What you'll need...

Various colours of yarn (I used Patons Smoothie DK)
Appropriate size crochet hook for your yarn (I used a 4mm - USA G)
Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Difficulty:

Easy -  ★☆☆

Crochet Terms:

This pattern is written in UK terms. 
American terms are given below in green.

British (American)
sp - Space
ss - Slip Stitch (Slip Stitch)
ch - Chain (Chain)
dc - Double (Single)
htr - Half Treble (Half Double)
tr - Treble (Double)
dtr - Double Treble (Treble)


WRITTEN PATTERN:  Abbreviated instructions for the pattern can be found at the end of the post, if you're happy to work from them alone, free feel to jump to the end right now.



ROUND ONE

Start by making a magic loop and chaining 1.  (If you're not too sure on making magic loops, check out the beginning of my Mix and Match Flowers Tutorial, that'll show you how.)

Then make 8 double crochet stitches into the loop.


Pull the tail end of the loop up tight so the dc's come into a circle shape.

Then make a slip stitch into the 1st dc that you made to close the circle.

ROUND TWO

Next, chain 1 and make 2 dc's into the same stitch you just made your clip stitch into.

Continue round the circle, making 2 dc's into each stitch.  You should have 16 stitches.

Make a slip stitch into the first dc of the round to complete the circle.

Fasten off and row one is complete.


ROUND THREE

Join a new colour and chain 2.

Then make a treble stitch into the same stitch.  This is a 2 treble cluster stitch.


Chain 1, then we'll make another cluster stitch into the next dc, like this...

Make a treble stitch as usual, by wrapping the yarn around the hook, inserting the hook into the stitch, wrapping yarn and pulling through the stitch, then wrapping the yarn and pulling through 2 of the hooks on the hook.  Then you stop at this stage, before completing the treble stitch.  It should look like this (above right), with 2 loops still on your hook.


Then into the same stitch, start making another treble.  Wrap the yarn around your hook, insert the hook into the stitch, wrap again and pull through, like the picture above on the left.

Then wrap the yarn and pull through 2 loops on the hook and stop there without completing the treble stitch.  It should look like the picture on the right.


To complete the cluster stitch, you wrap the yarn around the hook once more and pull the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook.  (Above left)

Make 1 chain and then make another 2treble cluster stitch into the next stitch.  Continue in this way, right around the circle, making 2 treble clusters with one chain between each cluster.


Once you are right back to the beginning and have finished your last treble, we need to close the circle by chaining 1 and then making a slip stitch into the top of the first cluster.  (Where my hook is on the picture above left.)

Once this is done, fasten off you yarn and round two is complete.

ROUND FOUR

Join a new colour yarn into one of the chain spaces of the row below and chain 2.

We're now going to make another cluster stitch, so make a treble into the same chain space, remembering not to complete the treble stitch, just like we did before.  You should stop at this stage (Above right)


But this time we're going to make another treble into the same chain space, again stopping before the stitch is complete.  (Above left).

Then wrap the yarn for the last time and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.  This counts as a 3 treble cluster.  Then chain 2.


We now need to make a 3 treble cluster into the next chain space.  So make you first treble to this stage .(above left)

Then make your second unfinished treble, like this. (above right)


Then make a third unfinished treble stitch and you should have four loops on your hook.

Wrap the yarn again and pull it through all of these 4 loops to complete the cluster stitch.  Then chain 2.

Carry on in the same way, making a 3 treble cluster stitch into each chain space and chaining 2 in between each cluster until you get round to the beginning   Then ended on 2 chains, make a slip stitch into the top of the first cluster stitch as shown in the photo, above left.

Fasten off this yarn for the end of round 3.




ROUND FIVE

Join a new colour yarn in a chain space and chain 3.  

Then make a treble into the same space.  (That's a normal treble, we've finished making cluster stitches now.)



Now we're going to be making a half treble stitch into the next chain space.  So you'll need to wrap the yarn round your hook, insert your hook into the space and pull the yarn through.  (above left)

Then to finish the stitch, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.  This makes a half treble (htr), which is a bit shorter than a treble stitch. 


Make another 2 of these half treble stitches into the same chain space.

Then move to the next chain space and make 3 normal treble stitches.


In the next chain space, we are going to make a double treble stitch, that's the one where you wrap the yarn twice around the hook before you insert the hook into the chain space.  (Above left)

It should look like this when you're done.  (Above right - It's longer than a normal treble stitch)



Make two more double treble stitches into the same chain space.

*** Then, because this is going to be a corner, we're also going to chain 2 then make a further 3 double treble stitches, all into that same space.  It should look like this when it's done.  (Above right)


Into the next space you need to make 3 treble stitches.

Then into the next space, 3 half treble stitches.


Into the next space, 3 treble stitches.

Into the next space you need to make 3 double treble stitches.  This completes one whole side of the square.


Go back up to the step marked *** above and repeat the steps to this point.  This will make another corner and a second side of the square. (Above left)

Go back and repeat the steps from the *** once more, to complete the third side of the square. (Above right)



To finish off, we need to make the last corner.  So chain 2 and make 3 double trebles into the same chain space.

This brings us back to the first chain space again.  Work a half treble into the same space that your first chain of 3 was made.




To finish the square, make a slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain of 3 (shown with my hook in the picture).

And there you have your square.  It still looks a little dishevelled at this point, so weave in the ends and straighten it out a bit.

That's better!

Now you can go on and make as many as you like.  All different colours or all one colour.  Leave them separate and use them as coasters, attach them together to make blankets, scarves, cushions or whatever takes your fancy.

I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with.

WRITTEN PATTERN:

Round One:
Make a magic loop, chain 1 and make 8 dc into loop, ss to first dc to complete round.

Round Two:
1ch and make 2 dc's into each stitch, ss to first dc to complete round.  Break yarn. (16 stitches)

Round Three:
Join new yarn, 2ch, 1 tr into same stitch, *1ch and 2tr cluster into next stitch, repeat from * to beginning of round, 1ch, make ss into top of 1st cluster.  Break yarn.

Round Four:
Join new yarn to chain space, 2ch and 2tr cluster into same space, *2ch and 3tr cluster into next space, repeat from * to beginning of round, 2ch, make ss into top of 1st cluster.  Break yarn.

Round Five:
Join new yarn to chain space, 3ch, 1tr into same space, 3htr into next sp, 3tr into next space, then into next space work (3dtr, 2 ch, 3dtr), *3tr into next sp, 3htr into next space, 3 tr into next space, then into next space work (3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr), repeat from * twice more then, 1tr into first sp, then ss to top of beginning chain of 3.  Break yarn.


Why not come and share your creations with us in Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner, my Ravelry group.  It's a great place to go if you've got any questions too!


S x


43 comments:

  1. Brilliant tutorial Sandra - so clear. I will definitely be bookmarking this one!

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  2. What a beautiful pattern and I love the colour combination, especially that last row in ice-blue. Thank you for the lovely clear tutorial! It's so clear with the photos! Now I will use your new comments system!

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  3. P.S.
    Why do I look like a man with a cap on?!!!!

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  4. It's so nice, I am definitely going to try, thanks for sharing :)

    Have a great weekend!!

    http://spinningyarn74.blogspot.com.es/

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  5. Oh my gosh, these are beautiful! I'm new to crochet (only a few months) and I'm absolutely loving the learning process. Your tutorials are wonderful, I find them so easy to follow, thank you for taking the time to write them! :) xx

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  6. beautiful!!! thank you so much Sandra, xxxx Ale

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  7. Great tutorial!!! So nice! Thank you, Sandra and have a wonderful weekend! :) Jolana

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  8. Well now you've done it! Saturday I my birthday Guess what I'm getting? another obsession with grannies I thought would never happen!

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  9. Lovely granny square. Thank you xxx

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  10. Gorgeous motif!!! I have been playing with the Sunburst too, because a niece wants a blanket with it. I made a few adjustments...very similar to yours. What a sweet coincidence! I am pinning it right away. Thanks for sharing, Sandra.
    ♥ Ana BC

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  11. Gracias, muy útil.
    Saludos y buen día.

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  12. Very pretty!! Thank you for sharing the pattern! :) xo Holly

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  13. It's a very cute square - you've reminded me of my crochet blanket circles that I've neglected to do for a while :)
    I was watching with interest to see how you dealt with your ends. I try to crochet mine in as a go and then weave in the bit that remains after that. But, I'm with on getting rid of them square by square. I couldn't think of anything worse than weaving them all in hundreds of squares in one go!

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  14. Love this little square. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I know what was a lot of work. Love your colors too.
    Take care,
    Eileen :)

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  15. Okay, so I don't really crochet and yet even for me this tutorial was easy to follow. Nice one Mrs Cherry Heart!


    That yarn looks splitty though Sandra, is it?

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  16. Just trying to sort out my Disquis comments so they link back to the blog and not facebook, if this doesn't work do you have any tips Sandra please.

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  17. Okay, so I don't really crochet and yet even for me this tutorial was easy to follow. Nice one Mrs Cherry Heart!

    That yarn looks splitty though Sandra, is it?

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  18. wow another tutorial:) Ya know I was thinking of making something spring. Perfect tutorial thanks a lot Sandra. I will be starting this at some point. As usual you always do lovely things for us:)

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  19. I'll definetely be using this pattern, it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial xx

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  20. I haven't made granny squares for years but I think your post has just inspired me to make some again. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Wow Sandra the tutorial for the granny square is so nice and I am looking forward to crocheting one in the future. Thanks for also showing the US terminology. Julie USA

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  22. Hi Annie,

    Glad you like the tutorial. Maybe I'll even tempt you into crocheting, eh? ;) The yarn is gorgeous and yes, it is a little bit splitty when using it for crochet, but really not too bad at all. I've certainly used a lot, lot worse and now I've crocheted with it for a while, I must have refined my technique because it happens very infrequently now!
    Just so you know, you did sort out the linking. The first comment (as you realised) linked to Facebook, but the second comment did link nicely back to your site. :)
    Sandra x

    PS I'll reply to this on my blog to, so other people can see the answer to the yarn question too

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  23. oh I LOVE these! And I need, Need, NEED to make smaller projects! I'm working on another afghan (because I need another afghan? *lol!*)
    I was just telling my daughter about your fabulous stripey wristies (and how I'm going to make them next). Now I want to make these gorgeous grannies too! Thank You Sandra!

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  24. Such a lovely pattern. Your color combinations are inspired--they really make the posies pop. Thanks for sharing I definitely think I will be trying this.

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  25. A beautiful grannie and wonderful tutorial!! Can't wait to make some! Thank you for sharing! Have a beautiful weekend! xo Heather

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  26. Great tutorial, beautiful colors, thank you!

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  27. Thank youfor sharing! I really really love this square :-) xxxx

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  28. What an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing this :)

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  29. Thank you, needed some inspiration.

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  30. This pattern is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Beautiful colours. Paton's Smoothie so so lovely to work with. Best wishes, Pj x

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  32. Magnifique et bien expliqué, le choix des couleurs est très réussi, merci beaucoup de ce joli blog.

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  33. Beautiful colors and square. i've never used patron's yarn but after seeing this i might just have to give it a try.

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  34. Thanks for sharing..love the block..

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  35. Thanks for sharing....easy step by step...love it!! ;)

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  36. Love this! It is so adorable! I just have one question because I think I made 16 circles wrong.... After you make the centre circle in double crochet and you start he first round in the treble clusters, you say to make a treble cluster by wrapping the yarn, inserting hook, pulling through two and continuing.... but I was taught that to make a treble stitch you wrap the yarn twice, then insert into space, and pull through two, then pull through two, then pull through the remaining two.... Am I wrong?

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  37. If you go back and look, they are using UK terms, so where they are doing Treble it is really a double in the US....I know this is late and I hope it helps. I realized all of this after I completed the whole thing and it isn't square, but it works as a good coaster

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  38. thank u so much for sharing. i just tried it out and it was wonderful. step were so easy to follow. thanks again :)

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  39. Hi,

    Thanks so much, so glad you like the pattern. As to treble stitches, I guess it depends where in the world you are. In the UK the treble is wrap yarn once before inserting into stitch. In the US that stitch is known as a double. Are you the in the US, if so, that'll explain it!
    I write all my patterns using UK terms and just have the translations to US terms at the top of each tutorial.
    Hope that helps

    Sandra x

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  40. Thanks Cathy! You're quite right, I work to UK terms I'm afraid. I know it's confusing when you're used to US terms. I wish they'd just standardise things, it'd make life so much easier!
    Sandra x

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  41. This is the first granny square I ever made! I just started crochet and after a few trial and errors I found your tutorial on Pinterest. With a little help of YouTube for some of the stitches I ended up with a really great first ever granny square. Wish I could add a picture as I am so proud! Thank you Sandra!

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  42. Hello! I found you through Pinterest. I'm very new to crochet, and I'm very addicted! Thank you for sharing the UK/US translation. To be honest, the UK terms make more sense, and I'm in the US. I just finished my first try. I can't get it flat enough, but I plan to try again. Have to work through my beginner mistakes. I plan on using brown, gold, yellow, and green to make a sunflower-ish afghan for my mom. Thank you so much for sharing your genius!

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  43. I have been trying to learn to crochet for years, I am a leftie who was taught to knit right-handed so I am a mass of confusion and chaos when I do craft! BUT after all these years I have found that perhaps crochet is my "thing" my first attempt was crocodile stitch which (amazingly) I found quite easy...not so with granny squares??? But I think the Rosie Posie Granny may break that glass ceiling for me...your instructions are fab thank you for sharing :)

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