Granny Square Wall Hanging

This project was a bit of fun – it was good to try something different and I had some odds and ends of 4 ply cotton that I wanted to use up.

This is also the first wall-hanging that I have ever made, and I really just winged it. It is not perfect, but thought I would share the process with you.

Granny Square Wall Hanging

Equipment

Crochet Hook: 2.5mm or size needed to achieve gauge, gauge is not critical for this project, just have some fun! 

Yarn: 4ply yarn

The sample uses 10 different colours of Scheepjes Catona (I had 25g balls but only a small amount is required). This could be a good project to use up some scraps of cotton yarn.

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Needle to weave in ends 
  • Wooden dowel/rod approx 30cm long

Finished Size: 23cm x 32cm excluding the tassels

Skill level: Suitable for beginners

Gauge: 3 rounds in pattern = 4.5cm x 4.5cm, adjust hook size as necessary 

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology: 

UK terms are used throughout. 

Ss  – slip stitch

Htr  – half treble crochet

Ch  – chain

Beg-ch – beginning chain

*to* instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified in the instructions

UK/US Stitch Conversion Chart & Stitch Description:

Notes on the Granny Square

The pattern is based on the traditional Granny Square.  However, instead of the usual groups of treble crochet to form ‘treble clusters’, this pattern uses half-treble crochet instead. This pattern has one chain stitch in each corner. This produces a ‘tight’ and slightly stiff granny square with small holes – this lends itself for use in a wall-hanging as the squares keep their shape and they are not floppy. This is also why I have used a 2.5mm hook. The pattern also suggests you turn the work over after each round – I find this helps to keep the square even.

Pattern for first square

You will need to make 20 Granny Squares. Each Granny Square has 3 rounds and involves changing colour after each round. To make the first square follow the pattern below.

Foundation Using yarn colour A, ch4, join with ss in first ch to form a ring (alternatively you can use a magic ring).

Round 1 Continue with yarn A, Ch2 (counts as first Htr), 2Htr in ring, (ch1, 3Htr) 3 times, ch1, join with ss in 2nd ch of beg-ch.  Fasten off. [4 Half Treble Clusters]

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Round 2  Turn work over.  Change to yarn colour B. Pull up a loop in any ch1 corner space.  Ch2 (counts as first Htr), 2Htr into same space, *(3Htr, ch1, 3Htr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3Htr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 2nd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off. [8 Half Treble Clusters]

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Round 3. Turn work over.  Change to yarn colour C, pull up a loop in any ch1 corner space Ch2 (counts as first Htr), 2Htr into same space, *3Htr in space formed between the half treble clusters from round 2, (3Htr, ch1, 3Htr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3Htr in space formed between the half treble clusters from round 2, 3Htr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 2nd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off. [12 Half Treble Clusters]

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Subsequent Squares

For subsequent squares you make them as described above, however you will need to join the new square to the previous square just completed. This is done by replacing the chain 1 in the relevant corner space with a slip stitch and join to the adjacent square. For the first column of squares this will mean attaching to the one square above.

Complete two sides of the second square.

Granny Square Wall Hanging

Replace the chain 1 in the corner with a slip stitch to the square above.

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Continue with completing the second square.

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The two squares are now joined together.

Complete the first column by joining a total of 5 squares.

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For the second column attach the top square to the first square of the previous column. Do this by completing the first side.

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Then replace the chain 1 in the corner with a slip stitch to the adjacent square.

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Now you have joined the first square of the second column.

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For subsequent squares you will need to slip stitch to both the square above and also to the square to the left.

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Complete two sides, then slip stitch to the square above.

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Complete the third side.

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Slip stitch to the square to the left.

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Complete the remaining side.

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Continue adding each square so you have 4 columns (each of 5 squares).

Granny Square Wall Hanging

Add tassels to the bottom square of each column as follows:

  • Step 1: Cut 3 strands of cotton approximately 30-40cm each
  • Step 2: Feed a loop through the corner space of the square (do not pull it completely through, as you will be feeding the ends through this loop).
  • Step 3: Feed the ends of the tassel through the loop
  • Step 4: Secure top by pulling gentle to tighten the loop
  • Step 5: Repeat for the other three squares
  • Step 6: Trim off tassels
  • Step 7: Make sure the tassels are all the same length.
  • Step 8: Block the work by pinning and spraying with water and leave to completely dry
  • Step 9: Take a dowel
  • Step 10: Tie the top squares to the dowel
  • Step 11: Attach some string to the dowel
  • Step 12: Hang your wall-hanging in your chosen location