Just poppin in to share with you this first pattern of the new year!
As you may all be aware, I swap squares with people all around the world for friendship blankets.
Well, whilst looking on ravelry I round a square I liked but there was sadly no pattern. So I decided to design my own granny square!
Here is the pattern.
1. Chain 6 and slip stitch into first ch for foundation ring.
2. Sc 8 times into the ring then join with a ss.
3. Chain 8, then ss into the next sc. Repeat for 8 petals or 8 ch. Ss into first stitch of round, then up the first 4 chains, so you can start the next round in the middle of the first petal.
4. Chain 8, then ss into the 4th chain of the next petal. Repeat to end of round. Join with a ss into the first stitch, then a ss into the first 3 chains so you can start the next round just off center of the first petal of the round.
5. *Sc into the first petal 3 times. Chain 3. In the next petal, Sc 3, Ch 2 then Sc 3 to create a sort of corner*. Repeat 3 more times. You should now have something that looks vaguely like a square. At this point you should fasten off.
6. Join your yarn in to the top left Ch 3 Space. Chain 3 (for your first Dc) then Dc 4 more times into the chain 3 space. Stitch 1 Dc into the second Sc of the previous round. Dc 5 into the next Ch 3 space. Then into the Ch 2 space at the corner of the previous round, Dc 3, Ch 3, Dc 3. *Dc 5 into the next Ch 3 space, Stitch 1 Dc into the second Sc of the previous round. Dc 5 into the next Ch 3 space. Then into the Ch 2 space at the corner of the previous round, Dc 3, Ch 3, Dc 3.* Repeat 2 more times, then Ss to join up the round.
7. This is the round where this square becomes more like a traditional granny square. Basically, you should do 3 Dc into each space between thr clusters of stitches. That is, 3 Dc between the 3 and 5 Dc cluster, the 5 and 1 Dc, the 1 and 5 Dc and the 5 and 3 Dc. In the corner (where in the last round you chained 3) you should do 3 Dc, 3 Ch then 3 more Dc. In total you should have 6 sets of 3 Dc along each side.
8. For the final round, just place a sc into each stitch of the last round. At the corners, Sc 4 times into the Ch 3 space.
And there you go! All done. Done with DK yarn and a 5mm hook, this wlrks out to be around 6 ins in size, but this may vary depending on your tension. You can always make it larger by adding more traditional granny rows between round 7 and 8.