In case you didn’t know, a bunch of us have been crocheting a bit of a no-brainer blanket together and sharing our work on Instagram.
The project is called the Easy Peasy Blanket aka #EPBlanket and it’s a fun and simple one to work on during hard or quiet days.
The Easy Peasy Blanket is just a simple granny square worked in a series of prescribed colour changes:
8 rounds of the base colour
3 rounds of the next colour
3 rounds of the final colour
Crochet as many as you like and then join in your favourite way.
How to crochet a tight granny square
Lots of people have asked me how I get my granny square to look so ‘filled in’ and neat. So let me tell you that.
I take the usual granny square pattern and make some ‘tightening up’ changes. It’s kind of like botox for granny squares, if you will.
Let me explain, for those who are not keen on the usual relaxed granny square and want my to try my more uptight version.
- The hook size I use – 3.5mm
- The yarn I used – DK or 8ply. I prefer to use acrylic because the colours are brighter and it’s softer.
- The middle of the square – it’s nicely ‘cinched in’ thanks to a simple technique. I start with slip knot. Then I chain four stitches and join them to form a ‘ring’. I then crochet into that rather tight ring to make my first round. I don’t crochet the loose yarn end in. Once I’ve progressed a few rounds I pull the loose yarn end and it pulls the centre closed even more snugly.
- The sides of the square – often granny square patterns suggest a single chain stitch between each cluster of 3 treble stitches. I don’t do that here. I just crochet clusters of trebles with NO chain stitches to space them out.
- The corners of the square – While most granny square patterns will suggest the corners are made up of three treble, three chain, three treble, for my tighter squares I do the following: three treble, TWO chain, three treble.
And that’s it. Just three small tweaks will result in more ‘solid’ granny squares (although they still have lots of gaps, so know that!)
That yellow middle looks a bit too snug, doesn’t it. Never fear because it will right itself, under the weight of the others, when I join the squares.
Of course, you don’t need to make your squares ‘snug’.
You can just make a lovely loose granny square instead. I love those too. I guess I am just feeling a bit … tight at the moment?! And was making my squares to unwittingly mimic my feelings!!
Feel free to join in, if you fancy. If you don’t know how to crochet a basic granny square yet, there are video lessons on my blog.
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