When the weather starts getting warmer I start looking for projects that don’t take up a lot of “lap room.” I mean really, who wants to crochet a huge blanket when your house feels like an oven? Certainly, not me.
Enter the granny square. These are perfect warm weather projects. Make a nice stack of them during the summer and join them all in the fall when things cool off.
Bust that Stash!
Another thing I love about granny squares is that they are a great stash-busting project! A lovely way to use all those little scrap pieces and half skeins taking up valuable space in your yarn storage.
Here’s a little tip for you: keep the last round of each square the same color, this will ensure a cohesive look to your finished project.
April Showers Bring May Flowers
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I came up with this beauty on a rainy, dreary grey day. And being true to my personality I was trying to keep on the positive side of things. All I could think of was this little saying “April showers bring May Flowers” … and the May Flowers square was born!
To make this square you will need a #4/worsted weight yarn. I chose to use Bernat Super Value in peony pink, peacock, lavender, mint and white. I will give you the measurements after the first couple rounds so you know that you are on track.
- #4 Worsted Weight yarn
- 5mm Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Finished square measures: 8.5 in Square
- I use US Terminology
- Mc: Magic Circle
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Dc: double Crochet
- Sl St: Slip stitch
- Cl: Cluster
- Sc: single crochet
- Sp(s): spaces
- Lg Cl: Large Cluster
- Tr: triple (treble) crochet
- Hdc: half double crochet
- Sc: Single crochet
- Cluster (Cl): To make a cluster you will dc3tog all in the same stitch. *Yo, insert hook into st, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. repeat from * 2 more times. Yo pull through all loops on hook.
- Large Cluster (lg cl): To make a large cluster you will dc4tog all in the same stitch. *Yo, insert hook into st, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. repeat from * 3 more times. Yo pull through all loops on hook.
Rnd 1: With First color, Mc. ch 2 (does not count as dc), 12 dc in ring. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. Cut yarn and Finish off. (12) Measures approx. 1.5 in across
Rnd 2: Join a new color. Ch 2, dc2tog in same st as ch 2, ch 1, * make Cl in next st, ch 1. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st dc2tog with sl st. Cut yarn and Finish off. (12 clusters, 12 ch 1 sps,) Measures approx. 2.75 in across
Rnd 3: Join new color with sl st in any ch 1 sp. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 2 dc in same sp as ch 3, ch 1, skip 1 st, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1, sk 1 st. Repeat from * around. Join to top of beginning ch 3 using sl st. Cut yarn and Finish off. (36 dc, 12 ch 1 sps) Measures approx. 3.75 in across.
Rnd 4: Join new color with a sl st in any ch 1 sp. Ch 1, sc in same sp as ch 1. Ch 4, sk 3 sts, *sc in ch 1 sp, ch 4, sk 3 sts , repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Cut yarn and finish off. (12 sc, 12 ch 4 sps)
Rnd 5: Join new color in any ch 4 sp using a sl st. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), (dc, ch 1, 2dc) in same ch 4 sp as ch 3. *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 4 sp. Repeat from * around. Join to top of ch 3 with sl st. Cut yarn and finish off. (48 dc, 12 ch 1 sps)
Rnd 6: Join new color to any ch 1 sp. Ch 2, dc3tog in same sp as ch 2. Ch 2, sk 2 dc. Make a Lg Cl in sp before next (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) group. Ch 2, *sk 2 sts, make a Lg Cl in ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk 2 sts, Lg Cl in sp before next (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) group, ch 2. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st dc3tog with a sl st. cut yarn finish off. (24 Large Clusters)
Rnd 7: Join new color in any ch 2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp as ch 2, continuing to work in ch 2 spaces, *(3 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in next [Corner made], 3 dc in next, 3 hdc in next, 3 sc in next, 3 hdc in next, 3 dc in next. Repeat from * 3 more times. You will end the last repeat with 3 hdc. Join to top of beginning ch 3. Cut yarn and finish off.
Rnd 8: Join new color to any corner ch 3 sp. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). (2 dc, ch 3, 3dc) in same sp as ch 3. 3 dc in each space along sides of square being sure to place (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in each corner ch 3 sp. Join to top of beginning ch 3. Cut yarn and finish off.
Weave in your ends and voila, you’re all done!
What are you going to make?
I am planning on making a blanket out of my squares! I will keep you updated with my progress as I go along.
If your thinking of making a blanket out of these lovelies, here is a handy chart I put together for some standard blanket sizes: Blanket Size Chart
I can’t wait to see your squares! I bet they are going to be so pretty.
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Leave me a comment! What is your favorite warm weather crochet project?