Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Granny Style Basics

by M. J. Joachim
Our latest patterns on the website are solid and multi-color granny style hexagon motifs. Both patterns consist of three rounds. However, you can easily decrease or add rounds to your motif as required for the pattern or project you have in mind.
A few basic principles apply when making granny style motifs. Once you understand these, you can apply them to make numerous multi-sided granny style shapes and motifs.
Granny style is also known as traditional or classic American, so when you see a pattern titled traditional square or American square, chances are you’ll be seeing a pattern following basic granny style rules.
  • Most granny style begin with a short chain joined with a slip stitch to form a ring.
  • Corners for granny style are created by making {3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc}. Beginning corners start with chain 3, which counts as the first dc in the round.
  • Once the corners are made, each round adds chain 1 spaces between them, subsequently making 3 double crochet stitches in the previous chain 1 space.
  • Sides are increased by adding chain 1 spaces between corners and groups of 3 double crochet stitches.
  • Rounds are joined with a slip stitch to the top chain of the 1st double crochet.
  • Single color granny style requires slip stitching over to the nearest corner, to begin new corner for round.
  • Multi-color granny style requires finishing off, then joining new color in a chain 2 corner space.

Granny style motifs make fabulous coaster sets. I have them all over the house, in various shapes and sizes. Whenever anyone needs a coaster, they simply grab a granny motif to set their glass down.
Anyone desiring a more finished look on their coasters can easily single crochet around the motif. You can also make a small granny style table runner or doily, to make a matching set for your tabletops and wood surfaces.
How would you rate crocheting granny style on a scale of 1 – 10? Is it one of your favorite’s because it’s quick and easy, or is it something you fall back on, to use up old yarn scraps?
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing.
M. J.
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