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Creeping Granny Square Pattern

WatermarkJoin us over on the Stitched In Love Crocheting Community Facebook Group for our first Crochet-a-Long!  We’ll be making my Creeping Granny Square, and I can’t wait to see how many different variations everyone comes up with, the joining methods you use, and what you end up making with all your motifs!

If you prefer to add the pattern to your Ravelry library, you can find it Here!

Or you can just Download the PDF.

Pattern:

Difficulty: Intermediate
Finished Size: 7” x 7”
Required Materials:
• Yarn – Two colors worsted weight yarn
• Hook – Size H (5.0 mm)

Stitch Guide:

Long Double Crochet (ldc): YO, working over the stitch indicated, insert hook in top of next stitch two rows below, pull up a loop even with hook, YO and pull through two loops on hook, twice.

Body:

Round 1: With color A, ch 3, join with sl st to form a loop (or magic loop), ch 2, 2 dc in lp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) 3 times, join with sl st.

Round 2: Ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, *dc in each dc across to next corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc) in corner, repeat from * twice, join with sl st in beg ch 2.

Round 3: Ch 2, *dc in each dc across to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, repeat from * three times, dc in each dc to beg ch 2, join with sl st in beg ch 2. Finish off.

Round 4: Join color B with sl st in any corner, ch 2, (dc, ch2, 2 dc) in same sp, *(dc in next 2 dc, ldc over next dc) 3 times, dc in last 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, repeat from *twice, (dc in next 2 dc, ldc over next dc,) 3 times, dc in last 2 dc, join with sl in beg ch 2. Finish off.

Round 5: Join color A with sl st in any corner, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *(dc in next 2 dc, ldc over next dc) 4 times, dc in last three dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, repeat from *twice, (dc in next 2 dc, ldc over next dc) 4 times, dc in last 3 dc, join with sl in beg ch 2. Finish off.

Round 6: Join color B with sl st in any corner, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, *dc in next 3 dc, (ldc over next dc, dc in next 2 dc) 4 times, ldc over next dc, dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, repeat from * twice, dc in next 3 dc, (ldc over next dc, dc in next 2 dc) 4 times, ldc over next dc, dc in next 3 dc, join with sl in beg ch 2. Finish off.

Weave all yarn ends.  Wash according to yarn label and block.

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Wrapped Up

RuthieAnd here it is! This is my Aunt Ruthie with her Granny Square Project afghan.  Ruth has made my family and I several quilts over the years including when my Husband and I were married and when our Daughter was born.  She also tells me that she has a quilt on the machine right now for my son! I wanted to send her something in return so she was the first person I thought of when deciding who to give the finished Granny Square Project to.

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The Granny Square Project Complete

I am so excited to be posting this.  I have finished The Granny Square Project!  I got the pictures I wanted of the final afghan taken today, and now it is all packaged up and ready to ship out tomorrow!

TGSP

 

Of course, when I was packing it up I realized that my tissue paper has been moved over to the new house. So I wrapped it up in an old doily instead and I ended up liking that more anyway.20150323_211609_2_1

I can’t wait for the surprise recipient to get this!

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The Granny Square Twist

I have a twist to The Granny Square Project!  During the past year as I’ve been making the two squares for each month, I’ve actually been making four squares – two of each.

My initial plan was to make two separate afghans to give to two different people.  But as I worked on it over the year I realized that I wanted to keep the second one for myself as a keepsake because I had made it during my son’s first year.

So now I am blocking the squares for the second afghan.  As soon as I’ve got them all joined and edged I’ll get a picture of them together and finish this project up!

Alternate Squares

Most of the squares were exact duplicates. However, I made alternate squares for some of them by switching up colors or just the order that I used them in.  I love the differences-some of them very subtle, others quite bold!

July 13

July – Square Thirteen

July - Square Fourteen

July – Square Fourteen

August – Square Sixteen

October - Square

October – Square Twenty

November – Square Twenty-one

November – Square Twenty-one

November – Square Twenty-two

November – Square Twenty-two

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Granny Assembly

I got a lot done on the assembly for  The Granny Square Project last night.

Placement

Placement

First I laid all my squares out on the table in the planned 4×6 order and started swapping them around to determine placement.  I didn’t want similar colors or squares with the same yarn too close to each other.  I stood there moving squares for about 45 minutes and then asked my husband to come take a look and we made a few more adjustments.

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Joining

 

 

 

Then I started joining.  I used the slip stitch method of joining on the wrong side in the two outside loops of the last round of the square.  There is a good tutorial here for this and I really like how it looks on the front side.  I’ll get a close-up of that tonight.

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Vertical Edges Joined

I finished joining all of the vertical sides and tonight I’ll go back and do the horizontal edges.  Then I’ll do a few rounds of single crochet edging to finish it out.  I really do like the continuity the grey yarn has brought to the squares.

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Blocking Squares

I’ve had to pause only slightly on the Granny Square Project because I got another Etsy order for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Beanie.  But it really hasn’t set me back much for two reasons.

Blocking

Blocking

  1. I’ve actually been blocking my squares and haven’t really been having to crochet much anyway.  I found this great idea for blocking on Pinterest where you drill holes in a board (plywood in this case) and use small knitting needles to shape the squares. It has worked perfectly! So most of my time on the project lately has been waiting for the squares to dry.
  2. When I went to get the yarn for the cocoon, I found that I already had a completed beanie and a half completed cocoon!  So all I had to do was finish the cocoon and make the pieces for the eyes, nose and antennae and assemble them!

    Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Beanie

    Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Beanie

The blocking is all finished now and the last squares came off the block this morning.  So I am very excited that tonight I will be able to lay all the squares out and start deciding placement!

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Twenty-four Squares

Squares

Squares with Edging

I’m getting very close on this project. Here are most of the squares with two rounds of light grey edging on them.

After I snapped this, I decided that I wanted to actually do four rounds of edging so I am currently going back and adding two more rounds. And I was right. They look much better with more around them. I think it will give the finished afghan more uniformity.

two squaresIt is not taking too long to do this and I’m getting ready to block all of the finished squares!

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