Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday - Granny Square/Circle?

granny circle?
Happy WIP Wednesday! Our first in 2012!

So as I mentioned in a previous post of mine, I've decided to learn how to crochet. I saw a beautiful Granny Square throw on Ravelry and decided I MUST make one. This was going to be my year long project. You know, make a square a day or something like that, then have a throw by the end of the year. I thought Granny Squares would be easy. Hahaha...was I wrong!

See that square up there? Yeah, me either. That would be a circle and my zillionith time trying to make a square! I thought this was going to be easy! The videos online made it look easy enough. I get the concepts, even know how to do the technique, but I CANNOT make mine look like a square!

I'm going to learn how to Granny Square if it kills me! I WILL have my bright colored throw!

I am determined!

Granny square no more

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19 comments:

Karen said...

You'll get there! I know a tiny bit about crocheting granny squares. There should be a couple (or 3) chain stitches at the corners. I can't remember exactly.

Nicky said...

I agree with Karen. You'll get there. I've tried to learn crochet on my own and I get the concepts too, but the samples don't turn out the way they should. LOL!!!

For that reason and because I'm gamed to learn, I'm going to a class later this month. We'll be crochet newbies together!!!

Lee Ann said...

Hey there! You are so brave for starting with a granny square. I have been crochetting for years, and just learned the granny square. The blanket I just finished is basically 1 giant granny square (well, kind of ;) )

So, here is what I know (or at least how I did it)...on the side of the granny square, you do one chain stitch inbetween each of your crochetted gathers (I would do gathers of 3 double crocheted stitchs).

On the corners, you stitch 3 double crochetted stiches into the corner, then 2 chain stitches, and then another 3 double crocheted stitches into the same corner space.

I hope that makes some sense...I wish I could draw a picture.

Good luck!!

paula said...

I am awful at the whole crochet thing, so I feel your pain. But I have faith that you'll figure it out -- that yarn is *meant* to be a granny square throw, for sure. Good luck!

Traci Sumner said...

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who can't do a granny square. Not that I'm happy that it isn't working for you, just that I'm not the only one! I can do stuff that is supposed to be "harder," but those darned granny squares. ugh.

Hazels Crochet said...

That so looks like a granny circle, although I had trouble with granny squares at first but now they are easy peasy :D

Tamsin North said...

That makes me laugh because I too have attempted the Mighty Granny Square. And in my case I failed miserably and made a granny blob: http://tamsinnorth.blogspot.com/2010/06/30-days-of-29-day-2-crocheting-mighty.html

Chrisknits said...

I always think RIP when I see WIP, and it seems your project needs to RIP. Hope it comes to you!!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Poke your fingers into the holes at the "corners" where there are chain stitches and tug the whole thing into a more squarish shape. That's how I do it anyway!

Lovely cheery colours!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I love grannies! I highly recommend a tutorial with step by step pictures, rather than a video. Or, like this tutorial by Crochet Cabana, that has both. Good luck!

JNCL said...

Can I just recommend this YouTube video, which saved my life and sanity on a similar project? Crochet Granny Square It's a four-part series, and SO helpful. (The link is only to part 1, but the others should be advertised right there in the side bar.) Good luck!
JNCL
The Beauty of Eclecticism

Wendy said...

I love how the colors are coming out in what you have crocheted so far. Good luck learning the granny square!

Danielle ~ AstashAddict said...

Your Post made me smile. I can Remember how Frustrating i found my first Granny square! your get there in the end!! it will just click :D x

OrangeBlossom said...

Re-check your pattern if you want squares ... but what's wrong with Granny circles? You could start a whole new trend. :)

Love, love, love the yarn

Anonymous said...

Awesome colours! Great photos!
Don't worry you'll master it. My crochet looks like an ameoba too. lol
Willow4

SarahFay said...

I thought that I would try and help as best as I could. So, I made up a little tutorial for those wanting to make a basic granny square. http://knitpurlhooked.blogspot.com/2012/01/basic-granny-square-tutorial.html I do hope this helps. Good luck!

autumngeisha said...

It's great that you are learning how to crochet. Granny squares are tricky at first, but keep on with it. I just learned how to make one a few months ago after many failed attempts. I rather like your granny circle and that yarn is too cool.

KT said...

Can I recommend bethintx1 on youtube? She has done a back to basics series and taught me to crochet basic stitches in an hour or two. I know she has granny square videos too. And if there is anything you don't understand she is bethintx on Ravelry too and answers PMs quite quickly.

River Glorious said...

Hi there. If you need someone to talk you through it, I can help you. You're probably making a simple mistake and you might even correct it yourself, but if not, you can reach me here:

riverglorious@yahoo.com

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