Modern Granny Square by Emma Friedlander-Collins
Emma Friedlander-Collins from Steel & Stitch injects new life into the traditional granny square with bold and modern colours in this free crochet tutorial.
Everyone has a different reason for loving crochet. Some people use it to relax by picking up a nice, comfortable repetitive pattern, some like the challenge of tackling complex intarsia patterns, or twisty cable stitches. Some get a buzz out of seeing exactly what it is you can do with just a hook and some yarn and go all crazy, technical (that’s me!) and some people are all of the above.
Now, a traditional granny blanket isn’t for me, I get fed up and huff very loudly if I’m making the same thing for too long and the thought of making endless squares leaves me wanting to string myself up by my own yarn. There’s also something of the drearily traditional about it that makes me want to run a mile. I realise I’m not making friends here, but hear me out. I also realise that after the end of a long, stressful day there’s something extremely comforting about picking up your hook and just letting your hands do their thing, while your mind unwinds.
So as a challenge for 2017, I’m seeing if I can fall in love with the humble square, and find ways to keep things simple, but also make it feel contemporary and exciting. For me, this is where playing with colour and layout reeeeeally come in to their own. What’s brilliant about the 2-tone square is that different layouts and colours can give you completely different designs, there’s also something incredibly graphic about that bold, diagonal stripe that makes for something very modern.
With a little colour change, and a pop of neon and I’ve climbed down off my high-crochet-horse and suddenly those endless squares seem very appealing indeed.
How to make a two-tone square:
1.Ch3, ss into end chain to make a loop and ch3
2. ch 3, 2tr into the loop, ch 2, 3tr into the loop, change yarn
3. *ch2, 3tr into the loop* repeat, ch2 and slip stitch into start ch and fasten off
4. Join on in a corner with a ch3
5. tr into the corner space tr in each stitch, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) into corner, tr in each st, 2 tr and ch2 in next corner, change yarn. Work over the top of the tails from the previous row to save sewing in ends later on
6. repeat the above, ss and fasten off to finish
Turn over square and trim over all the poking out ends if you’ve worked over them, or weave ends in if you prefer that approach
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