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How to crochet a granny square

Since I’ve been crocheting up a storm lately, I thought I’d show you all how to make your own granny squares so you can get hooked (see what I did there?) too.

First-make a slip knot and chain 5.

granny square instructions 1

Join together with a slip stitch in your first round, creating a ring. Chain 3, which will count as your first DC for this shell.

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YO, and DC twice into the center of your ring. Your first shell is complete! Now, chain 2 and DC 3 times into the center of the ring again.The chain of 2 becomes a corner of your square.

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Chain 2 to make another corner, DC 3 times, chain 2, DC3, and chain 2. Now you have 4 shells and 4 corners, creating a square. To join, slip stitch into the top chain of that “chain 3” you created. Now you could change colors if you wish, but for the purpose of this tutorial we will continue with a single color.

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Now we need to move from the top right corner over to the top left corner. Slip stitch your way over there, making a slip stitch in between each DC in your top shell until you reach the chain 2 upper left corner. Once there, chain 3.

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Just as in the last round, make a shell of 3 DC. Then chain 2 for a corner and 3 DC again in the same hole.

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Now, chain only once before you create your next 2 shells in the next hole. Always chain 2 when turning a corner, and chain 1 to separate shells not on corners. Continue until you have 8 shells, and join together with a slip stitch again.

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Repeat as for the last round- slip stitch to the corner hole, and continue the 3 DC shells. Two shells when turning a corner, and one in the other holes, as shown below.

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Ta-da! That’s all. Finish with a slip stitch, pull tight and cut off your yarn.

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You can make the granny squares as large as you want, like I did for my granny square chair covers. Just have fun with it! But be careful, these little guys are super addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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120 Granny Squares

So this is what 120 granny squares (8 skeins of yarn) looks like:

120 granny squares

I’ve reworked the dimensions, and now I think I need just 30 more-2 more colors-before I start joining them together. This afghan is so close I can feel it.

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Origami Bow

Origami bow

I saw this super cute kawaii origami bow on a blog called Zakka Life and decided to make it. The pattern is from Tweety Atelier and written in Korean. Luckily origami diagrams are only slightly harder to understand than Ikea instructions, so it was doable.

origami bow instructions 1

Number 4 was the hardest step for me.

origami bow instructions 2

Steps 7-8 are sort of misleading from the pictures. 7 is instructing you to open up the paper, so the image in 8 is 4 times larger than the image in 7.

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Step 9 is instructing you to cut along the 4 lines. I still always feel like cutting origami seems a little blasphemous for some reason! (Perhaps it is just because I’m such a beginner at origami, and when you cut it you can’t open it back up and start over when you mess up!)

origami bow instructions 4

Steps 13 and 15 involve cutting again.

That’s it! Mine sort of looks like a clown’s tie because of the paper I used. I just want to put these cute bows on everything! I used this first one to girlify the fiance’s computer. 🙂

origami bow on computer

I love the way Tweety Atelier made a garland out of the bows. And that red gingham paper?? I have origami paper envy now!

origami bow garland

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Crocheted Dishcloth

Friday I finished crocheting an entire skein of yellow yarn into granny squares, and made even more on Saturday. So I knew I wanted to crochet something that whipped up quick for the gratifying feeling of actually finishing something-the feeling that won’t come for many months with this afghan project. [There isn’t anything gratifying about having piles of granny squares taking up space in my living room, even if the colors ARE pretty…]

crochet dishcloth

So I made a dishcloth! I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Twists in Barnboard. Surprisingly it was the first 100% cotton yarn I think I’ve ever used. [Ok, sidenote: I should totally order yarn online, there are sooo many more colors available on yarn companies’ websites than in stores. I may have just set myself on a dangerous path of contributing to my yarn addiction though…] [Ok, side-sidenote: That Lily Sugar’n Cream company has scented yarns! Whhaaaa??]

Anyway, back to dishcloths. I don’t know how practical they are for us to use since we don’t own a washer/dryer and therefore only do laundry about once a month [sorry if that’s gross/TMI. The key is to just own a lot of underwear. 😉 ] This is just a super simple square square-ish shape worked in double crochet. It only took about 20 minutes or less, and was very gratifying. So I’m not sure I really care how practical it is. 🙂

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Granny Square Progress

I’ve been plugging away at my granny squares for a planned afghan(s?). Currently working on Red Heart Super Saver “Gold.” One thing I love about crocheting granny squares is that it uses cheap acrylic yarn. Yarn for knitting garments has gotten so expensive!

red heart super saver gold yarn

Yesterday I made one on the bus on the way to work, and one on the way home. Bundled up in a handknit scarf, handcrocheted (by Britni) mittens, and with a big ball of yarn on my lap, I felt like an abominable yarn lady, similar to the pigeon lady in Home Alone 2. <Sigh>

If you can believe it, that picture above shows 90 granny squares! I’m going for about 200-250 though, and I’m starting to doubt my original colorway. I envisioned it much more orange-y, but its easier to find varying shades of yellow than orange. I currently also have a very light yellow, an orange that is very bright (but looks too similar to the most “orange” one pictured above I think) and red yarn to use. Should I still add in pinks? I can’t exactly double up on the colors because some of them are vintage one-offs. Gah. I tend to overthink these things.

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Grape Crocheted Bottlecap Trivet

At an antique store in Texas I saw a cool antique trivet that looked like a bunch of grapes. It was crocheted onto metal bottlecaps, and looked like this one on Etsy:

Crochet bottlecap trivet grapesIt looks pretty easy, and a perfect beginner project for crocheting with thread instead of yarn, one of my craft goals that I want to achieve this year. And I will have no problem collecting bottlecaps seeing as how the fiance loves to homebrew.

Here are some instructions from a 1955 magazine. This is definitely going into the craft to-do queue. Wish me luck!

1955 grape crochet bottlecap trivet instructions

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Cross stitch kitchen items

There are quite a few cross stitches around my grandparents’ house, made by my Aunt Ann. My favorites are these ones: an oven mitt and potholder.

crosstitch oven mitt

I actually just picked up a blank potholder for crosstitching just like this last week at S.C.R.A.P. and can’t wait to make it and put it to use.

crosstitch kitchen potholder

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