Reinventing the GRANNY SQUARE 2

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I just love granny squares and I’m always looking for an excuse to inject a bit of colour in any project so… here’s the second modern granny square in my ‘Reinventing the GRANNY SQUARE’ series [I should really name it ‘how many ends can I create in one square’ series ;)]! Granny Square pattern + a lot of colour changes = a geo rainbow square (with a lot of ends to sew in :P)

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To see the first square click here

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Let’s get started!

To get the full effect of the square you’ll need 4 different colours – 1 light and 1 dark shade of each.

This will mean you will need a total of 8 different coloured yarn.

1(i) COLOUR A
1(ii) COLOUR H
2(i) COLOUR B
2(ii) COLOUR G
3(i) COLOUR C
3(ii) COLOUR F
4(i) COLOUR D
4(ii) COLOUR E

(number represents colour (eg. pink) and numerals represents shade: i= light, ii=dark

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I’ve used the following colours:

Light Pink: Stylecraft Special DK* – Candyfloss (1130)
Dark Pink: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK* – Bubblegum Pink (150)

Light Orange: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK* – Peach Orange (154)
Dark Orange: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK* – Mandarin Orange (117)

Light Yellow: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK* – Daffodil Yellow (121)
Dark Yellow: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK* – Buttercup Yellow (122)

Light Green: Stylecraft Special DK* – Spring Green (1316)
Dark Green: Stylecraft Special DK* – Aspen (1422)

Light Blue: Stylecraft Special DK* – Sherbet (1034)
Dark Blue: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK* – Marine Blue (133)

Light Purple: Stylecraft Special DK* – Clematis (1390)
Dark Purple: Stylecraft Special DK* – Magenta (1084)

You’ll also need

– crochet hook
I’ve used a 3.5mm hook.

– Yarn needle
– Scissors
– Blocking equipment


THIS DESIGN USES US CROCHET TERMS

ABBREVIATIONS

– st(s) stitch(es)
– rnd round                        
– ch chain
– dc double crochet
– slst slip stitch
– ch-sp chain space
– RS right side
– WS wrong side


Colour changes

I’ve used a method called ‘intarsia crochet’. It’s a bit like tapestry and fair isle crochet but rather than carrying your yarn throughout your square, you drop and pick up your colour when required.

Joining a new colour:

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Join new colour by pulling yarn through loop on hook- this will count as a chain 1 st.

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Switching between colours:

For this project you’ll be using multiple colours of yarn at at time (max of 4 at any one time). Juggling a few colours at once requires patience – but it’s not as hard as you might think!

When the pattern says to ‘switch colour’, follow the same method used to join a new colour (see above).

Don’t cut your yarn after changing colours – drop the yarn you’ve just finished working with to one side of your piece (make sure all your yarn balls are kept on the same side – any side is fine, just keep it consistent). You will pick it up on the following row.

Notes:

  • Start off by making a bobbin (small amount of yarn) of each colour.
  • Tangles are inevitable- stop every so often to untangle them (as this is a small pattern, the tangles won’t be too bad).

Written Pattern:

Round 1: (RS) {start with Colour A} Working into a magic circle, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc throughout), 2 dc, ch 1,

Join Colour B (counts as 1 ch throughout)3 dc, ch 1,
Join Colour C, 3 dc, ch 1,
Join Colour D, 3 dc, ch 2,

Slst in 3rd ch of initial ch 3.

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Round 2: (WS) Turn, slst into ch 2 sp, (ch 3 + 2 dc) in same sp, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,

Switch to Colour C, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,
Switch to Colour B, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,
Switch to Colour A, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 2,

Slst in 3rd ch of initial ch 3.

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Round 3: (RS) Turn, slst into ch 2 sp, (ch 3 + 2 dc) in same sp, (3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,

Switch to Colour B, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,
Switch to Colour C, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,
Switch to Colour D, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 2,

Slst in 3rd ch of initial ch 3 and fasten off.
Cut all yarn and weave in ends.

Turn square so WS is facing.

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Round 4: (WS) {Attach Colour E with a slst in the last ch 2 sp made [Rnd 3]}
(ch 3 + 2 dc) in sp, [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 2 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,

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Join Colour F, (3 dc) in same ch sp, [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 2 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,
Join Colour G, (3 dc) in same ch sp, [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 2 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,
Join Colour H, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in sp [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 2 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 2,

Slst in 3rd ch of initial ch 3.

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Round 5: (RS) Turn, slst into ch 2 sp, (ch 3 + 2 dc) in same sp, [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 3 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,

Switch to Colour G, (3 dc) in same ch sp, [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 3 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,


Switch to Colour F, (3 dc) in same ch sp, [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 3 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1,
Switch to Colour E, (3 dc) in same ch sp, (3 dc) in sp [(3 dc) in sp between groups of 3 dc] 3 times, (3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 2,

Slst in 3rd ch of initial ch 3 and fasten off.
Cut all yarn and weave in ends.

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square chart
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If you have any questions, or notice errors in this pattern, please feel free to contact me at crochetbycraftycc@gmail.com

-Celine
@crafty_cc

7 thoughts

  1. This is brilliant! I love using lots of colors, too. I love it so much that I don’t mind taking care of all the yarn tails. You are truly a fiber artist!

  2. I join with the other colour-lovers! Your grannies are so refreshingly new & delicious!! Your intarsia method is just so simple, straightforward & immediate that I’m going to have to drop everything to try it out. Now! Many thanks for sharing your ideas 🤗

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