A couple weeks ago, I was posting on my Instagram account about these rainbow granny squares. The response was immense! I had crocheters and non-crocheters alike messaging me on Instagram and Facebook, asking me to make y’all a tutorial.
Well, I did. It took a lot of effort, between filming, editing, and uploading the videos, so please be kind about how weird my hair looks in the video, or the fact that my sound isn’t great. (Full disclosure, my microphone died but still looked like it was recording, so I didn’t even know there was a problem until I went to edit it into the footage!)
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If you’re a beginner crocheter, don’t know the basic crochet stitches, can’t read a pattern, or just want to hear the dulcet tones of my voice, this video is for you. Yes, it’s a little bit long, but I go through each thing step by step. I’m always around on Facebook if you need any help! ^_^ Ch-ch-ch-check it out:
INTERMEDIATE AND EVERYONE ELSE
If you took one look at that video, and thought, “Ughhhh that’s way too loooonnnnngggg,” then never fear, because I preempted your annoyance at a 36 minute video. I also made a 2 minute and 20 second drilled down version! You don’t even have to listen to my voice! You could have it on mute the whole, entire time (though you’d then miss my background music which I composed for a string ensemble)!
Intermediate and Everyone Else Tutorial
Now, if you’re someone who hates videos and just needs some pictures and a pattern, well then, I have NEWS FOR YOU.
I thought of that too.
You can either chain 4 and join into a ring, or make a magic ring and use the round one instructions. It’s up to you. You have the power!
Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as one double crochet, or treble if you’re British), 1 DC. *Chain 2, 2 DC.* Repeat between * and * until you have 6 sets of 2 double crochet stitches, 12 in total. You should have 6 chain 2 space gaps.
Round 3: Into every chain 2 space from the previous round, 3 DC. Chain 2 to get to the next space, and repeat all the way around.
Round 4: This round is exactly like round 2. Yay! The same! Into every chain 2 space from the previous round, 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC. Chain 2 to get to the next space, and repeat all the way around.
Round 5: Into every chain 2 space from the previous round, 2 DC. Chain 2 to get to the next space, and repeat all the way around.
Round 6: This round is exactly like round 3. Yay, less to remember! Into every chain 2 space from the previous round, 3 DC. Chain 2 to get to the next space, and repeat all the way around.
Round 7: (in the video tutorial I didn’t switch colors, but here I did: it literally does not matter because you don’t see this round, it just serves as a foundation for round 8). *Chain 3, single crochet into the next chain 2 space from the previous round.* Repeat between * and * all the way around, creating those beautiful chain 3 spaces.
Round 8: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: This round is slightly more involved, but I promise it’s not hard once you see what you’re doing. We will be squaring off the circle now!
Join into any space.
3 single crochets (SC) into the first space, 2 SC and 1 half double crochet (HDC) into the next space, 1 HDC and 2 DCs into the next space, 4 trebles (TR) and 4 chains and 4 TR into the next space.
Congrats! You made a corner! Now to decrease back down:
Into the next space, 2 DC and 1 HDC, 1 HDC and 2 SC into the next space.
Right, now repeat all that three more times to make the remaining 3 corners!
If you didn’t watch the long video, you might be wondering what yarns I used. In the video, I used Lana Grossa Cotone and a 3.5mm hook. The colors are pretty good, and the yarn isn’t splitty, which is good for you beginners out there.
In this picture tutorial, I used Lang Yarns Baby Cotton and a 3mm hook. Both yarns are the same weight, but I typically prefer a tighter square. I used a bigger hook in the video so it would be easier for beginners to see where the chain spaces are – it’s entirely up to you.
You could, of course, use this pattern with any weight of yarn and a corresponding sized hook, it will just affect the size of your finished square.
GO FORTH AND CROCHET!
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