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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.
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. Different brands of 4 ply cotton brands are available at Lovecrafts.
- 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
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:
|UK term||UK abbreviation||US term||US Abbreviation||Description|
|Half treble Crochet||Htr||Double Crochet||Hdc||Yarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through all three loops|
|Slip Stitch||ss||Slip Stitch||ss||Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch and through loop|
|Chain||ch||Chain||ch||Yarn over hook, pull through loop|
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]
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]
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]
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.
Replace the chain 1 in the corner with a slip stitch to the square above.
Continue with completing the second square.
The two squares are now joined together.
Complete the first column by joining a total of 5 squares.
For the second column attach the top square to the first square of the previous column. Do this by completing the first side.
Then replace the chain 1 in the corner with a slip stitch to the adjacent square.
Now you have joined the first square of the second column.
For subsequent squares you will need to slip stitch to both the square above and also to the square to the left.
Complete two sides, then slip stitch to the square above.
Complete the third side.
Slip stitch to the square to the left.
Complete the remaining side.
Continue adding each square so you have 4 columns (each of 5 squares)
Add tassels to the bottom square of each column as follows: