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Basic instructions for solid granny squares

US terminology:
Round 1:
Chain 4, join in a ring.
Chain 3.
2 double crochet in ring.
Chain 2.
Repeat three times:
(3 double crochet in ring.
Chain 2.)
Join with a slipstitch in the top chain of chain 3.
(This gives you something that looks mostly circle-ish, with four sets of three double crochets separated by chain-2 spaces.)

For each of the following rounds, you double crochet into existing double crochets. When you get to the chain-2 space you do this:
2 double crochet into chain-2 space.
Chain 2.
2 double crochet into chain-2 space.
(and then you continue onwards, working a double crochet stitch into each double crochet in the previous round.)




UK terminology:
Round 1:
Chain 4, join in a ring.
Chain 3.
2 treble crochet in ring.
Chain 2.
Repeat three times:
(3 treble crochet in ring.
Chain 2.)
Join with a slipstitch in the top chain of chain 3.
(This gives you something that looks mostly circle-ish, with four sets of three treble crochets separated by chain-2 spaces.)

For each of the following rounds, you treble crochet into existing treble crochets. When you get to the chain-2 space you do this:
2 treble crochet into chain-2 space.
Chain 2.
2 treble crochet into chain-2 space.
(and then you continue onwards, working a treble crochet stitch into each treble crochet in the previous round.)




If you count the number of double crochet stitches on a side per round, it looks like this:
Round 1: 3
Round 2: 7
Round 3: 11
Round 4: 15
Round 5: 19
Round 6: 23
Round 7: 27
Round X: 4X - 1

One thing I've noticed is that as the number of rounds gets higher, the square starts to get ruffly. I don't have the increases set up quite right. However, since the extra seems to be taken up nicely when the squares are put together, I don't worry about it.

I have made blankets where the squares have 3 rounds, 4 rounds, 6 rounds, and 7 rounds.

I use worsted weight yarn (4 ply), and hook that is US size H8 (5mm). When I make squares with that hook and my standard tension, I can estimate fairly accurately the amount of yarn I need.

3 round squares: 35-36 per 8oz skein: 273 (13*21) to make coverlet for single bed
4 round squares: 21 per 8oz skein: 279 (17*17) to make 7' square blanket for father
6 round squares: 11-12 per 8oz skein: 77 (7*11) to make coverlet for single bed
7 round squares: 8 per skein: 60 (6*10) to make coverlet for single bed




I have a love/hate relationship with hand-sewing. It is either completely relaxing or completely frustrating. Since the first blanket I made was meant to be a birthday gift, I had to made sure that I got the thing assembled.

I hit upon the idea of crocheting the squares together. I put two squares together (right sides facing), and crochet them together with a row of US single crochet/UK double crochet. I make "scarves" of however many squares, then join the scarves in the same way: with right sides facing, I crochet their edges together.

I typically join the squares with a variegated yarn that echos the colors of the solid squares. I then frequently use this variegated yarn to make a row or two of USsc/UKdc around the edge of the blanket. This helps reinforce the edge, and gives a nice "finished" look to the blanket.
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