Crochet Granny Squares – General Directions – Different Shapes

Changing Colors: You can change colors after each round, every other round or as you desire. When changing colors, break off yarn after the joining at end of the round has been worked. Then make loop on hook with new color and sl st in the joining st of previous round or in the space specified in the directions.

If you do not wish to change colors but the next round starts in a space or stitch a few stitches from where you just ended, don’t break off. Just sl st over those intervening sts and into the space or st where the next round should start. Then ch 3 (or whatever the directions call for) and you’re all set to go on.

You can save yourself time and effort by working over the cut ends of yarn, so you won’t have to weave them through the stitches later.

Right Side: Always work each round with the right side of work facing you, unless otherwise specified. The right side is the side facing you as you work the first round.

Blocking: Block all matching squares together so they will be the same size. If there are too many, block one and draw a pattern of it. Then block all others to the pattern. When squares of different sizes have to match, such as the small ones on the Rugged Hearth Rug (pattern will follow in a later post) that fit around the 3 large ones, block the large squares first, then block the small ones to fit. Sometimes they have to be stretched or pulled in a bit.

Block pieces on the wrong side. Use a steam iron or damp cloth and do not put the weight of the iron on the piece, but pat it lightly with the iron and allow the steam to do the work. Let the crochet dry completely
before moving it or it may pull out of shape.

After joining you can give your creations one final light steaming on the wrong side.

Gauge: Some crocheters tend to work tighter than others. If you find your square is popping up in the middle or cupping, try working a little looser. Or you can add an extra ch st between each shell as necessary to keep square flat.

ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMS
Beg—beginning;
ch—chain;
cl—cluster:
dc—double crochet;
dec—decrease;
hdc—half double crochet;
lp—loop;
rnd—round;
sc—single crochet;
sl—slip;
sl st—slip stitch;
st—stitch;
tog—together:
tr—treble crochet;
y o—yarn over hook.
*—means to repeat instructions following asterisk as many times as specified in addition to the first time. ( )—means to repeat instructions in parentheses as many times as specified, or indicates changes in size.

PENTAGON

SIZE: Pentagon measures approximately 6″ across when worked with knitting worsted and size G crochet hook (or Canadian hook No. 9).

Starting at center, ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 1 dc in ring, (ch 1, 2 dc in ring) 4 times; ch 1; join with sl st to top of ch-3. Break off.
Rnd 2: Sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, in same sp work 1 dc, ch 1 and 2 dc (first corner), * ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 2 dc, ch 1 and 2 dc (another corner). Repeat from * 3 times more (5 corners); ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 3: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, work first corner in same sp, * ch 1, 2-dc shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, corner in next corner sp. Repeat from * 3 times more; ch 1, shell in next sp, ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 4: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, work first corner in same sp, * (ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp) twice; ch 1, corner in next corner sp. Repeat from * 3 times more; (ch 1, shell in next sp) twice; ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 5: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, work first corner in same sp, * ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp *. Repeat from * to * to next corner, ch 1, corner in corner sp.
Continue around in pattern, ch 1; join.
Break off.
Repeat last rnd for desired size.

HEXAGON





SIZE: Hexagon measures approximately 7″ from a corner to opposite corner if worked with knitting worsted and size G crochet hook (or Canadian hook No. 9).

Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc in ring, (ch 1, 2 dc in ring) 5 times; ch 1; join with sl st to top of ch-3. Break off.
Rnd 2: Sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, in same sp work dc, ch 1 and 2 dc (first corner). * ch 1, in next sp work 2 dc, ch 1 and 2 dc (another corner). Repeat from * 4 times more; ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 3: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, work first corner in same sp, * ch 1, 2-dc shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, corner in next corner sp. Repeat from * 4 times more ( 6 corners); ch 1, shell in next sp, ch 1; join Break off.
Rnd 4: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, work first corner in same sp, * (ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp) twice; ch 1, corner in next corner. Repeat from * 4 times more more (ch 1, shell in next sp) twice; ch1 , join.
Break off.
Rnd. 5: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, work first corner in same sp, * ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp *. Repeat from * to * to next corner. ch 1, corner in corner sp. Repeat from * to * to next corner, ch 1, corner in corner sp. Continue around in pattern, ch 1; join. Break off.
Repeat last rnd for desired size.

OCTAGON





SIZE: Octagon measures approximately 6 1/4″ when worked with knitting worsted and aluminum crochet hook size G (or Canadian hook No. 9).

Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 2 dc in ring, (ch 1, 3 dc in ring) 3 times; ch 1; join with sl st in top of ch-3. Break off.
Rnd 2: Sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, in same sp work 2 dc, ch 1 and 3 dc (first corner), * ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 3 dc (another corner). Repeat from * twice more (4 corners); ch 1; join with sl st in top of ch-3. Break off.
Rnd 3: Sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, in same sp work dc, ch 1 and 2 dc for first corner, (ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 2 dc, ch 1 and 2 dc for another corner) 7 times (8 corners); ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 4: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, in same sp work first corner as for 3rd rnd, * ch 1, 2-dc shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, corner as for 3rd rnd in next corner sp. Repeat from * 6 times more; ch 1, shell in next sp, ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 5: Sl st in any ch-1 corner sp, work first corner as for 3rd rnd in same sp, * ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp *. Repeat from * to * to next corner, ch 1, work corner as for 3rd rnd in corner sp. Continue around in pattern, ch 1; join. Break off.

RECTANGLE

SIZE: Rectangle measures approximately 3 3/4 ” x 5 3/4 ” if worked with knitting worsted and size G crochet hook (or Canadian hook No. 9).

Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 1, 3 sc in ring, ch 1, 3 dc in ring, ch 1, 3 sc in ring, ch 1; join with sl st to top of ch-3. Break off.
Rnd 2: Sl st in first ch-1 sp made on last rnd, ch 4, work dc, h dc and sc in same sp (first corner made), ch 1, in next sp work sc, h dc, dc, ch 1 and dc (2nd corner), ch 1, in next sp work dc, ch 1, dc, h dc and sc (3rd corner), ch 1, in next sp work a 2nd corner, ch 1; join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch-4. Break off.
Rnd 3: Work first corner as for last rnd, ch 1, 3 sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, work 2nd corner in next ch-1 corner sp, ch 1, 2 dc in next sp, ch 1, work 3rd corner in next corner sp, ch 1, 3 sc in next sp, ch 1, work a 2nd corner in next corner sp, ch 1, 2 dc in next sp, ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 4: Work first corner as for last rnd, (ch 1, 3 sc in next ch-1 sp) twice; ch 1, work 2nd corner in next ch-1 corner sp, (ch 1, 2 dc in next sp) twice; ch 1, work 3rd corner in next corner sp, (ch 1, 3 sc in next sp) twice; ch 1, work a 2nd corner in next corner sp, (ch 1, 2 dc in next sp) twice; ch 1; join. Break off.
Rnd 5: Sl st in first ch-1 sp made on last rnd, ch 4, work 3 dc in same sp (first corner), * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp *. Repeat from * to * to next ch-1 corner sp, ch 1, work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc in corner sp (2nd corner), ** ch 1, 2 dc in next sp **. Repeat from ** to ** to next corner sp, ch 1, work dc, ch 1 and 3 dc in corner sp. Repeat from * to * to next corner sp, ch 1, work a 2nd corner in corner sp, ch 1. Repeat from * * to * * to end, ch 1; join. Break off.
Repeat last rnd for desired size.





TRIANGLE A (HALF OF A TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE)

Row 1: Starting at center of one edge, ch 5; in 5th ch from hook work 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 2: Sl st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, work 3 dc in same Ip, ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 3 dc (corner), ch 1, in last sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 3: Sl st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, 3 dc in same Ip, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, corner in next ch-1 corner sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, in last sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 4: Sl st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, 3 dc in same Ip, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice; ch 1, corner in ch-1 corner sp, (ch 1, 3 dc in next sp) twice; ch 1, in last sp work 3 dc. ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 5: Work si st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, 3 dc in same Ip, * ch 1, 3 dc in next sp. Repeat from * to corner, ch 1, work corner in corner sp, ** ch 1, 3 dc in next sp. Repeat from ** to last sp, in last sp work
3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Repeat last row for desired size.

TRIANGLE B (ONE QUARTER OF A TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE)

Row 1: Starting at one point, ch 5; in 5th ch from hook work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 2: Sl st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, work 3 dc in same Ip, ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 3: Sl st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, 3 dc in same Ip, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, in last sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 4: Sl st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, 3 dc in same Ip (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice; ch 1, in last sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Row 5: Sl st in first ch-4 Ip, ch 4, 3 dc in same Ip, * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * to last sp, ch 1, in last sp work 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc. Break off.
Repeat last row for desired size.

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