A granny square is a crochet motif worked in the round from a center circle. Clusters of stitches are worked into the center and connected by chains. A square is formed when a group of stitches are worked into the connecting chains (chain spaces).
I know that it seems crazy, but it works! Continue adding rounds of clusters and chains and the square grows and grows!
If you search "Granny Square" in Google you get more that 3 million results. There are tutorials, blog posts, YouTube how to's and pictures galore. But there's not a standard pattern.
That's about all they agree on. Each shows the classic worked in a different number of rounds (3.4 or 5), using a variation of the elements that define a granny.
Since I am a novice when it comes to making squares of any kind, and my mission is to learn, explore and share what I find, the easiest way to get started is jump right in. I set to making a classic granny following Margaret Hubert's pattern from the Granny Square Book. I'm happy to say that success was achieved and Granny #1 was born. But I still didn't understand why there isn't one, standard pattern. I decided to see what happens when I try my own variations. Add a chain, use a different corner you get the idea. I wonder, how much will changing one little element effect the overall look of granny?
What Does it all Mean?
Join me next time for Part III. I'll be taking a look at color and the impact it has on granny. The books that I used to help put together this post are: The Granny Square Book by Margaret Hubert, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman and The Woman's Day Book of Granny Squares and Other Carry-Along Crochet from Fawcett Publications, 1975.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Before you go, do you have a go-to granny pattern? Who taught you how to make granny squares? I'd love to hear your favorite pattern story!
Until next time friends,
Be blessed and stitch & read with love!
In case you missed it, here's a link to The Granny Square Project - Part I: Born of Necessity, Raised to an Icon