Skill Level: Easy
You can use just about any yarn or crochet thread for working this square, but I recommend using thread or very fine yarn. I make this recommendation because the pattern has some large open spaces in it. These open spaces are okay when you use thread or fine yarn, but they could get to be huge gaping holes if you use fatter yarns.
So far, I've tried this pattern using three different materials:
- Size 3 Crochet Thread: You can see this version pictured above. I'm pleased with the results, although I think I'd like this even better made up in size 10 crochet thread.
- Knitpicks Simply Cotton Sport Yarn: (not pictured) -- I used a size C / 2.5 mm hook to crochet a sample, and was happy with the results.
- Bernat Softee Baby Yarn: I was not really thrilled with the results of this sample. It's pretty enough; I like the way it looks, I just have concerns about the functionality. Because the holes are so large, I would not recommend this particular design for use in a baby blanket unless you are willing to use thread or lace weight yarn to make your squares. That's my opinion, but feel free to use your own good judgment when you decide how to use these squares in your own projects.
- Other: Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
You can work granny squares at any gauge; there's no need to worry about matching my gauge exactly. The finished sizes given below are for reference only. Be aware that yours may turn out to be a different size.
My finished squares each measure about 3 inches when crocheted using either size 3 crochet thread or sport weight yarn and a size C hook.
Ch 3 takes the place of the first dc st in round 2 below.
- Round 1: [Ch 9, sc in 6th ch from hook, work 3 more sc for a total of 4 sc.] Rep sequence in brackets 3 more times. Join with a sl st; this forms the criss-cross in the center.
- Add a ring of 8 decorative surface crochet sl sts around the inside center ring. If you are not familiar with how to do this, see this tutorial for more info.
- Next, you’re going to work up one of the “spokes” of the criss-cross. Work 3 sl sts into the sc sts formed at the beg of the round, and then work 1 more sl st into the ring at the tip of the spoke, which was formed by the ch sts at the beg of the round.
- Round 2: [Work 3 dc in ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring, ch 3] 4 times. Join work to beg of round with a sl st. Work several sl sts to travel to the corner space.
- Round 3: ch 3, dc in corner space, ch 1 to form corner, [*2 dc in corner space, work 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 3 dc in next sp, work 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, * 2 dc in corner space, ch 1 to form corner.] Rep sequence in brackets 2 more times, then work the sequence between *s once. Sl st to join the work to the 3rd ch from beg of round. Sl st in next dc, sl st in corner space.
- Round 4: Work 1 round of sc sts all the way around as follows: Work 2 sc in each corner sp, then ch 1 to form corner, then work 2 more sc in the same corner sp. Work 1 sc st in ea dc st. At the end of the round, work a sl st to join work to the beg of the round. Sl st in next sc, sl st in ch 1-space.
- End off. Weave in ends.