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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.

granny square instructions 2

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.

granny square instructions 3

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.

granny square instructions 5

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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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.

origami bow instructions 3

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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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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Infinity Scarf

Last night I finally finished the scarf I started nine months ago, then set aside [and totally forgot about] to make 2010 the year of embroidery. I turned it into a Möbius strip.

mobius strip

Basically it’s just an infinity scarf. Well, because of the Möbius strip shape  it LITERALLY is an infinity scarf. 😉 When I was explaining Möbius strips to Morgan last night I said “Imagine you’re a little skateboarder and you skateboard along the scarf…FOREVER!” Haha.

I love it. It is sooo warm because it is super think [thick yarn+K2P2 ribbing]. It wraps twice (probably could more if you really wanted) because it was about 6.5 feet tall before I attached the ends together.

mobius strip knit infinity scarf

However, no matter how much I love this song and video below, I doubt I’ll be wearing mine as a hood/scarf [apparently sometimes called a “snood” haha].

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In the queue

Right now I am working on/want to start these things:

  • Need to FINALLY [it’s over a year a nine month old project] finish knitting my striped scarf/cowl… [there was a brief moment this weekend when I thought I had forgotten how to knit and replaced that area of my brain with crocheting…luckily I was able to knit yesterday…phew!] This is top of the list right now because it is so cold and our heater is broken! Last night I had to sleep with my head under the covers just to keep warm enough.
  • Picked up a latch hook…have a couple of latch hook rug kits sitting on a shelf in my craft room, yet they didn’t come with the tool needed. Can’t wait to try another new kind of craft! Not sure if the finished rugs will become wall hangings [too tacky even for me], seat covers [already have those…] or what… but it doesn’t really matter–wherever I put them, they will just become cat beds I’m sure!
  • Ongoing granny square afghan project…can’t tell you how many people come over and ask “what are those orange things for?” or “are you selling coasters now?” Haha.
  • Still need one more crocheted seat cover for the kitchen. [You know, that end-of-the-project-hump].
  • Would like to cross stitch a silly little butterfly piece I have [with required friendship quote of course] to send off to a friend [who I miss very much] in the mail.

And I’m sure there are more. Now you see why I want to sit on my couch all day? There’s much work to be done there!

granny square kitten

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Paper Bunting

I wanted to make some bunting to replace the Tibetan prayer flags that flanked our living room window. I loved how colorful the flags were, but frankly I felt they belonged more in the house of a 19 year old stoner boy. So I made bunting out of 6 various scrapbook papers. I just drew a template (basically a triangle with a tab at the top to be folded over) and traced it onto the paper and cut them out, then taped them onto some white yarn left over from my Valentines Day yarn wreath.

paper bunting

It was impossible to get a good photo since it is so dreary outside in Portland recently, and also my living room doesn’t have much in the way of lights to begin with. That aside, I love the way they turned out and want to make paper bunting for everywhere in my house now!

xoxo, emma

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Valentines Day Wreath

I wanted to spruce up our house a little for Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make a yarn wreath with felt flowers.  I wish I could hang it on the outside of our front door but doubt yarn could survive the elements, so I put it on the inside of the door instead.

valentines day yarn wreath
I just wrapped a straw wreath with white yarn. Make sure to leave the plastic covering on the straw wreath so the yarn goes on more smoothly. And be prepared…it takes a LONG time to wrap the yarn over and over. I spread it out over a couple days.  Then I used 3 colors of felt (pink, magenta and red) to make the flowers–I cut wavy spirals then curled them up and hot glued them shut. I was going to hot glue them onto the wreath, but decided to just stick them in with sewing pins in case I want to change out the decorations for another holiday–because I do NOT see myself wrapping yarn around another wreath frame anytime soon! Then I just hung the wreath on some cute ribbon. Total cost was under $3 since I already had the white yarn.

xoxo, emma

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Crochet chair covers

I told you I was a granny square making machine, but I knew I needed to complete a shorter project in between the pieces of my large blanket WIP so I didn’t get bored. [Sometimes, too much time spent on a craft+nothing to show for it= losing interest]. So I decided to make some big granny squares as chair covers for our plain old boring IKEA kitchen chairs.

granny square chair cover

Simple enough! I have yet to weave in all the ends, and create little ties to actually attach the covers onto the chairs, but you can see what I’m getting at! And surprisingly, for just being one little layer of acrylic yarn, these actually do make the chairs much more comfy!

xoxo, emma

Oh yeah, I chose the colors to match my new little Goodwill table cloth, which I got simply because I loved the fabric, thinking I’d sew it into something else. When I realized it was the exact right size for our table, well… 😀

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Crochet

I made my first crochet project. Guess what it is?

Morgan: “What are you making?”

Me: “Um, a square?”

crochet potholderSo…it’s a…potholder! Or dishrag? Or trivet? Whatever, I’m just super proud of myself for crocheting for the first time.

[Shoutout to Britni for patiently teaching me, as well as to a book from my mom literally called “I Taught Myself Crochet” haha]

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