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Video:How to Crochet: Make a Basic Granny Square

with Yvonne

Learning a basic granny square is essential for crochet beginners. Watch this About.com video for step-by-step instructions on how to crochet a basic granny square.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Crochet: Make a Basic Granny Square

Hi my name is Yvonne, and I'm here with About.com to demonstrate how to crochet a granny square.

Start a Granny Square With a Slip Knot

How I prefer to crochet my granny squares is to have them start in the corner. But as with all things we start with a slip knot. Granny squares are worked in the round. So what I'm going to need to do is to chain six and I'm going to join in the first chain, which is the one just above the slip knot. Yarn over and pull through with a slip stitch to make a ring. For my first corner I'm going to chain five and that is going to serve as the first double, with a chain two space.

Create Blocks for a Granny Square

Now I'm going to work my blocks, which traditionally consists of three doubles, and to start my next block I'm going to need a space of two chains. For granny squares, you need a total of four blocks to begin with. That is the second complete block. Now you can see where it starts to look like it might actually be a square. Chain two to begin that last block. And you're only going to do two doubles because as I stated at the beginning, this chain three is going to substitute for a third double of that block. So to end the round slip stitch into the chain three, and you're going to pick up both loops to make that secure. So now you have your first round of a granny square.

Create a Second Round for a Granny Square

Each block has three doubles, and each corner space has two chains. To work the second round, I'm going to borrow a round that's already been done and use a different color. Go into the first chain of the chain two on my corner. Put the slip knot for the new color back on the hook, pull that through just enough, and then I start my first corner, which is a chain three, two doubles and again that first chain three is going to serve as one of the doubles in the three double block. And work three more doubles here to complete a corner.

Create Bridges in a Granny Square

To bridge over this area of this block here, chain one, and now you'll work a corner in this chain two space. And that will be three doubles, chain two, and three doubles all in that space. And once you get familiar with the pattern, it'll be easy to do from memory. And you chain one for your last bridge and slip stitch into the top of your chain three. And now you have two rounds of granny square. Thank you for watching, and for more information please visit About.com.

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