The wide holes of a thick granny square are the perfect canvas for a simple weaving technique. Use this technique to create a simple but beautiful wall hanging to decorate your home.
The easiest way to weave is to just go up-down-up-down, weaving yarn horizontally to create textured fabric. In traditional weaving, you have a series of vertical strings, called the warp. What you weave is called the weft. Here, we've altered that idea slightly, so that you weave your "weft" up and down into the open spaces of the granny square.
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Step One: Crochet a Granny Square
First, crochet your granny square. Here are instructions if you don't already know how to make the classic granny square.
You can make your granny square any size that you want, which means that you can use any yarn and crochet hook that you want. That said, a thick granny square worked with a large crochet hook will give you wide open spaces that are perfect for weaving.
You can crochet your granny square using any (and as many) colors a you'd like. Try making 5-10 rounds for your first granny square. This is large enough to give you several spaces to weave through in each column but small enough that it shouldn't get overwhelming.
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Cut Yarn for Weaving
Once your granny square is complete, you are ready to weave. Switch to the yarn that you'll be using for weaving. You can use the same fiber or a completely different one. The example shown here is a lighter weight yarn for the weave than for the granny square.
Cut a length that is 2x the height of the granny square plus a few extra inches for fringe. For example, if your granny square is 9" then cut approximately 25" of yarn.
Cut all of the yarn that you'll need to complete the piece. You'll need as many pieces as there are vertical columns across your granny square (perhaps minus one; see Step 7 for further explanation.)
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Weave Your First Strand Vertically Upwards
Begin in the bottom left corner of the square and weave up to the top, pulling the yarn up through the first chain space, down through the second, etc. It's a simple motion - up down up down - and you should get the hang of it quickly.
Note that you can use a sewing or tapestry needle to do your weaving. However, if your yarn is thick enough and the granny square spaces wide enough then you might be able to just work with your fingers.
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Weave Your First Strand Vertically Downwards
When you reach the top, you will switch directions, working down into the same line of spaces that you worked up into. If you go over the top of the granny square, bring the yarn back under and through the opening. This secures it. You are always going over-under.
The over-under process of weaving that used here is very similar to the ribbon weaving sometimes used in sewing projects.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Take a Closer Look: Detail of Vertical Weaving in First Column
Note that you are weaving just to they right of the yarn you just wove through, in the same chain spaces. However, where you went "over" before, you'll go under now. This creates a staggered strong line of weaving vertically on your square.
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Knot for Fringe
Knot the two ends of the weaving yarn together at the bottom in a double knot to secure it as fringe at the bottom of your wall hanging.
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Repeat Weaving Across Square
Repeat across, working one strand up and then down into each vertical of your granny square.
You may choose to skip the vertical column in the very center of the granny square. You can opt to work through the center but you have to fiddle with it a bit more because of the unique placement of the center hole. You can either:
- Crochet through the center hole.
- Crochet up and down in the spaces above, skipping the center hole by carrying the yarn right across it in your weaving.
Either of these options works fine but does throw off the symmetry of the piece, which is why another option is to skip this center column completely. That's why as mentioned in Step 2 above you may need as many weaving yarn strands as you have columns across the granny square or you many need one less than that number.
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Alternatives for Weaving: Placement
There are many different ways that you could manipulate the simple steps in this weaving to alter the outcome of your wall hanging.
In this photo, we see some other examples. The first two show that you can weave vertically up through one column then down through the next column, leaving either the center or end verticals empty to get the right number of up-down "stitches."
The next two granny squares show what you already learned in this DIY tutorial, except that one shows that you can choose to skip columns rather than weaving in every single column.
On the bottom of the image here, you'll see an option to weave both horizontally and vertically, rather than just vertically, leaving fringe on two corners, which creates an interesting effect.
You can also see what happens with thicker weaving (three strand) or when you change up the yarn so that the thinner yarn is used for the granny square and the thicker yarn is used for the weaving.
In other words, once you basically understand how to weave through the open spaces of a granny square, you can play around a lot to create different effects.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Alternatives for Weaving: Yarn Color
Here's what happens when you use a DK weight yarn for a thinner granny square and a bulky weight yarn for the weaving. It's a completely different style. You really need to play around with different options to find out what you like when it comes to the unique technique of weaving into your crochet.
You can also see in this example that simply by adding a second color, your options for creating patterns using the weaving open up dramatically. On one example he colors are simply alternated across. In the other there is a half-and-half triangular pattern. You can do many, many different things when working with additional colors as your weaving yarn.
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Alternatives for Weaving: Variegated Yarn
Of course, you can also achieve changes in color with variegated yarn. Here is an example of what that might look like; in this case both of the yarns used (for the weaving as well as for the granny square) are worsted weight yarn and both are variegated.
Note: You can see here an example of weaving across the center vertical (which happens to be a horizontal in this case, but the point is the same) where we have skipped over the center hole and made a long line of yarn carried from the space before the hole to the space above it. This was discussed above in Step 7.
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Alternatives for Weaving: Yarn Choice
Here's an additional example showcasing how changing your yarn can significantly change the look of your weaving. In this example, the granny square is made using recycled silk sari yarn and the weaving is done with Red Heart Cordial, which is a braided polyester cord.
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Advanced Granny Square Weaving
Once you have mastered the basics of weaving into a granny square, you can let your imagination run wild. Not only can you change the yarn type that you use but you can change the shapes that you work with. For example, you could weave into a granny triangle instead of a square! Or you could weave into a granny rectangle, which is what was done in this granny cowl tutorial.
In the example pictured here, we have layered one crochet granny square cockeyed on top of another (creating a diamond shape atop a square) and used weaving to secure the two together with an interesting decorative appeal. This example uses Cordial yarn as the weave again, with worsted weight acrylic for each of the granny squares.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Make Your Own Granny Square Wall Hanging
This tutorial taught you all that you need to know to easily weave yarn through a granny square to create a unique wall hanging. The rest is up to you. Choose your yarn, choose your weaving technique, choose your size, and make your own unique project! Have fun with it!