Traditional Granny Square

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any size hook
any amount, any color, any weight yarn


For those of you who are unaware, granny square afghans may be made from one large square, or many smaller squares--joined together by crochet or some other means.

special instructions:

to work corner: (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in corner ch-1 sp
in general, sp refers to the sp created between groups of 3 sts
beg ch-3 of each Rnd. counts as dc
join all round with sl st in 3rd ch


ch 7-10 (depending on how tight you crochet, if your chain tends to be loose, use 7)
join with sl st to form ring
(sl st in ring -- optional)
Rnd 1: ch 3, [2 dc, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) 3 times] in ring; 4 corner sps -- you may wish to crochet over starting tail with this round
Rnd 2: ch 3, skip to corner sp, work corner 3 times, in last corner sp (3 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) join with sl st allowing beg ch to form 3rd dc of group; 4 sps, 4 corner sps
Rnd 3: (sl st in sp -- optional), ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, (work corner, 3 dc in next sp) 3 times, work corner, join; 8 sps, 4 corner sps
Rnd 4: (sl st in sp -- optional), ch 3, skip to next sp, (3 dc in each sp to corner, work corner) 4 times, 3 dc in each sp with last group formed by 2 dc + beg ch-3
Rnd 5: (sl st in sp -- optional), ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, (3 dc in each sp to corner, work corner) 4 times, 3 dc in each sp to beg ch, join
repeat Rnds. 4 & 5 until square is desired size (number of rounds, or measurement)
finish off.
add border if desired
weave in end if desired. if you are adding a border or joining with other squares, end may be worked in later.


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