This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, and I’m a little nervous. I have spent all day taking photos for this and I *hope* that this all makes sense. Wish me luck!
So, this is the pattern I used to make the above squares which currently form the front of a cushion cover I’m making. I was inspired by several images on Flickr, but I haven’t seen any other patterns – I just made it up as I went along based on seeing those photos.
I used Rowan Handknit Cotton DK with a 4mm hook to make these squares but you can just use whatever materials you like to suit you.
You need to know how to make a US double crochet “DC” stitch/UK treble crochet “TR” stitch, chain stitch and a slip stitch. I’ll be using the UK “TR” stitch throughout the pattern. If you don’t know how to make a TR stitch, this is how:
The writing is a little small I’m afraid, but you need to:
1. Yarn over, and insert hook into the centre of the ring.
2. Yarn over and pull back through (giving you 3 loops on your hook)
3. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook (giving you 2 loops on your hook)
4. Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.Voila – you have made a treble stitch!
I’m sorry for the amount of photos.
Enough dawdling. On with the pattern!
Granny Square Pattern
1. Chain 4 stitches
2. Join to make a ring
3. Chain 3 stitches – this counts as your first treble (tr) stitch
4. Make two TRs into the centre of the ring, and then chain 2. (The 3chain and the two TRs make up a cluster, and the 2chain is to separate it from the next cluster. The 2chain makes the corners for the square.)
5. Make 3 TRs into the ring, and chain 2. This is your 2nd cluster.
6. Make two more clusters separated by 2 chains. After you have made your fourth cluster you need to chain 2.
7. Join your chain 2 to the last stitch of the initial chain you made. You remember – the very first chain 3 that you made which equals the first TR of your first cluster? Yep, that one :) Join it with a slip stitch, and tie off your yarn, leaving a tail. Congratulations – you have completed round one!
8. Join your next colour of yarn to the tail you have left, as tightly as you can.
9. Put your hook through the corner space, and yarn over to bring the yarn through to the front.
10. Chain 3, and then make 1 TR into the corner space. This makes a cluster of 2, and is the first part of making a corner for your squares.
11. Look at your first cluster of the first round. There are 3 TRs in each cluster, right? But in this one the first TR is made from a chain 3. So, we are going to IGNORE this chain 3 in this cluster, and to make it even we are going to ignore the first TR of every following cluster. We are working out of the stitches themselves in these rounds, not the spaces between the stitches or anything like that.
So what you need to do here, is make a TR in the top of the stitch from the previous round. I’m not too good at explaining this, but have a look at the picture and you should see what I mean:
Do you see? good! Now, make another TR in the top of the next stitch along, like this:
12. Now you need to make 2 TR stitches into the corner space, like in the photo below. Have a good look at the photo because you need to understand what’s going on here to understand the whole pattern. Do you see 2 TR clusters in each corner space? (just on the one side of the square obviously!) and the, do you see that inbetween these 2 clusters there are 2 stitches in the tops of the stitches from the previous round?
Good. Because for this pattern, you have a cluster of 2 TRs at each end, and then a number of TRs in the stitches in between.The number of TRs in the tops of the stitches increases with each round, but you always have a cluster of 2TRs at each end.
13. Now, to make the corners: You have already made your cluster of 2TRs (as above). Now you need to chain 2, and then do another TR cluster in this same corner space, like this:
14. Do you remember how we ignored the chain3 of the first cluster, and how we are therefore ignoring the first TR of every subsequent cluster? Excellent. So, make your next TRs into the 2nd and 3rd TRs of the previous round. I’m demonstrating with my needle just incase you aren’t sure where to make the stitch:
15. Now make a cluster of 2 TRs into the corner space…
16. … and then chain 2, make another TR cluster in the same space and then repeat all of this until you have completed this round. Join into the last chain of your initial chain 3, and then tie off your yarn.
So, Round 2 is completed – hurrah. Now you should be able to clearly see that for each side, there is a TR cluster of 2 at each end, and then 2 TR stitches in the tops of the stitches of the previous round. I’m going to show you rounds 3 and 4, but much more briefly because you know the score now. The only thing that changes is the number of stitches that you make in between the TR clusters. This round, you make two. In Round 3, you will be making five. So, join your next yarn and bring it through to the front like I showed you earlier.
Make your first cluster by chaining 3 and making 1TR into the corner space. Now, ignore the first chain 3 of round 2, and make TR stitches all along that red side, and then do your TR cluster in the corner. Like so:
Sorry for the dark photo. It got darker and I didn’t notice and failed to change my flash settings in time.
Can you see that there is a 2TR cluster at each end, and then 5 TRs inbetween them? Good stuff – now repeat this all the way around.
Then join to your inital chain 3, tie off your yarn. Round 3 – done! This round has FIVE stitches in between the two end clusters.
Again, sorry for the dark photo!
Round 4: Join your 4th colour, and make your first TR cluster of a chain 3 and a TR into the corner space. This round has EIGHT TR stitches in between the two end clusters.
Continue all the way around like you have done for all the previous rounds, and then join.
And that’s it! I have only made them four rounds big, but there is no reason that you can’t make these as big as you like.
I hope this has all made sense, do give me a shout if you need me to explain anything differently and I’ll do my best.
You will probably want to block these squares. I haven’t blocked mine, because I’m lazy, and don’t have anywhere to do it. Also I’ve never tried: blocking is the next thing I must master.
Oh and if you can think of a decent name for these squares please let me know because I can’t think of one.
Lots of love xxxxxx