Crochet Basics: How to do Crochet Granny Square

 

One of the first things a beginner to crochet should learn how to make is the ever versatile crochet granny square. Variations of this pattern appear in just about any type of crocheted items – from sweaters and ponchos to bedspreads and tablecloths. It is an especially popular pattern for afghans and baby blankets.

The best thing about a granny square is that it will teach you three of the crochet stitches that you will use extremely often in your crochet projects. The stitches are the slip stitch, which is used most often to finish rounds of crochet; the chain stitch, which is the foundation row for nearly every crochet project; and the double crochet, which will give you the basic idea for how to do a number of other crochet stitches.

A crochet granny square can be worked to any size and with as many colors as you would like to see in your finished project. You can work from a pattern to create an item, or use your imagination to fashion your own individualized piece.

Crochet Granny Square 101

The basic pattern for a crochet granny square is very simple. Chain six stitches, and slip stitch together to form a ring. Make three chains that will act as your first double crochet on this round. Stitch two more double crochets into the original ring you made, and then make three more chain stitches. Next, stitch three double crochets into the ring and make three more chain stitches.

You will repeat this process two times more, and then finish off your first round with a slip stitch in the top of the chain three at the beginning of the round. Pat yourself on the back! You just completed the first round of your first crochet granny square. This process is repeated for as many rounds as you choose to add to your square. You can make many little squares and sew them together to make an item, or you can make a blanket or throw with one square that simply grows in rounds until it is the desired size.

 

Attaching Your Crochet Granny Square

If you choose to make a number of smaller squares for an item, you will need to sew them together to create your finished piece. Some crocheters prefer to do this as they complete squares, and some will wait until all the squares are finished to assemble the item all at once.

You can join your squares by sewing them together with a simple whip stitch, or you can actually crochet your outside rounds together by slip stitching through the back of each stitch on the last round. The second option will give you a ridge between squares along the back of your piece, and may be more durable on items like blankets that might go through the wash frequently.

A crocheted granny square is a great way for a beginner to try her hand at a crocheted creation. So grab a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, and start crocheting!

 

The Charming Crochet Tablecloth

Making a crochet tablecloth is a lot of work. Most hand made tablecloths are lace work or filet. The reason that people still make tablecloth by hand in the post-manufacturing age is that you just can’t beat the extravagance or luxury of a hand-made crochet tablecloth. The tablecloth is made to order for the table, is always exactly the right color, pattern and style to suit your taste. Really, the work is worth it.

Building With Air

In spite of all the thousands of stitches contained in a crochet tablecloth, the main ingredients are usually air and light. To start the construction project, decide what type of crochet tablecloth you want. Don’t start looking at the patterns until you know whether you want a cloth that will drape to the floor, hang halfway to the floor or just be a few inches longer than the table to sit on top of a solid-colored cloth.

Now you can start looking at the patterns. Remember that the point of making it yourself is that you can have exactly what you want. Crochet patterns are pretty simple to adjust to taste.

Whatever pattern you choose, it will likely fall into one of a few general categories. It might be a motif style that starts a pattern in the center and continues outward. Your crochet tablecloth could be a medallion style with a fancy piece in the center surrounded by elegant stitches. Lacy crochet can be combined with cloth.

The table area can be nearly covered by a cloth with crochet stitched into the cloth and airy rows fall away to the chosen length. The tablecloth can even be mostly cloth with insets of lacy motifs and the cloth cut away to expose them. Whichever of these styles you choose, you can find a wide choice of patterns to suit your taste.

Whether you want to do this kind of work for your everyday crochet tablecloth or not, you might not be able to resist making one for special occasions. Filet crochet allows pictures to be part of the tablecloth. You can have turkeys cavorting around the border of your Thanksgiving crochet tablecloth or a stylized monogram for your family name for family occasions.

This kind of crochet tablecloth makes a great gift for newlyweds, too. You don’t have to stop at the crochet tablecloth, either. You can repeat the tablecloth border for edging on the shelves of the china cabinet. If you have a dining room table, you might as well have a formal dining room. Nothing says formal dining room like a crochet tablecloth.