Idea #4 – a Twist on an old Favorite

Today’s project is an easy, little idea for experienced granny-square makers. If you’d like to try it, but have never done a granny-square (or even crocheted), there are lots of You-tube videos to get you started. Here’s one that looks straight-forward, for brand new beginners:

My project is a granny-square afghan made of one large square, with the addition of points on each side that create a star-shape.

All those extra points are beautiful when draped over a chair or sofa, and they’re fun to make!

After completing one, large granny-square big enough to snuggle into properly, you can make the extra points. They are made very simply by crocheting a corner onto the center of a side.

So, start by finding the chain space (ch-sp) in the center of any side. Join the working yarn to the ch-sp on either side of center, depending on if you are right or left-handed. You will begin each row on this side.

Ch 1, then into the center space (3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1), Slip stitch into the next ch-sp. Finish off the yarn. You have completed the starting row, which consists of one corner. From here, the corner will grow outward. Each new row will begin in the next empty chain space to the right of the just completed row. (to the left, if you’re left-handed).

From now on, you will join the yarn into the next empty ch-1 sp on the blanket’s edge and ch1, as before. Then, into each ch1-space, make (3dc, ch1). When you reach the ch2-space at the peak, do (3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1), continue down the other side with (3dc, ch1) in each ch1 space. When you reach the original edge, join with a slip stitch and finish off. Repeat as many times as you like, but don’t go all the way to the original square’s edge. Then, repeat on the other three sides.

I realize there are little details that I did not discuss. I did that on purpose to leave room for your imagination, and to give you a chance to solve some problems (which I find very satisfying!!). If you are ever stumped, please write me, and we will figure it out together!!


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