More on making granny squares! Remember there are a squillion ways to make a granny – so don’t be scared of ‘doing it wrong’ – maybe your wrong will end up great! Do it bit of research and practice a lot and it’ll all work out fine! So, here are some more tips on grannying…
The Handmade Dress also has a really great photo tutorial on how to make a Granny Square over here. Her lovely tute is in the US terminology. So when she says DOUBLE Crochet, you need to treble (see link below) – unless you want to learn the US way. Making sense?!
US – DOUBLE CROCHET is the same as ENGLISH/AU – TREBLE CROCHET
Between those two (and my previous post here) you should be able to bumble along and get some Granny results. Perhaps you are not sure about Treble Stitch, though? Find a video how-to here. Ignore the fact that they are calling it DOUBLE Crochet. In Australia we call this stitch Treble. So put your fingers in your ears when they say DOUBLE. It’s treble. Okey doke!? It’s the same stitch, but different regional terminology. Silly – but simple enough to work around – don’t let it befuddle you!
Now, if you don’t want to use those two tutorials, then there are plenty more online. Or you can use the plain-English instructions in my book (above). Or you can buy a lovely book full of different ways to make a granny square – like this one.
The basics you must know are: How to Chain. How to Treble. How to Slip Stitch (or loop the loop that’s on your hook into the one you want to join it up to). How to Change Colours – see Attic24’s tute for that.
Then you’re away. So get practicing. A combination of the following will get you Afghani-ing along in no time! Learn How to:
- Hold Your Yarn and Hook.
- make a Slip Knot.
- Learn to Chain.
- Learn to Treble.
- Slip Stitch.
- Change Colours.
Some other important things:
- Keep your tension consistent – but your arms and shoulders relaxed!
- Use your hook to loosen up any tight stitches gently!
- Fasten off ends tightly – I knot them and hide the knots under the treble stitch clusters.
- Be careful to choose yarn that doesn’t separate and is smooth and slippery when you are learning!
- Keep trying – you’ll get it eventually – and you’ll work out the weird language of crochet too! It’s just a series of patterns (and knots) – and once your learn the basic structure it’s super easy, I promise!
I’ll be back with an easy to follow granny square pattern in the coming week – and some photos too. And I’ll be back tomorrow with some further exciting news about Granny Squares! It’s something good – and you might want to join in!