How to Make Circle Granny Squares #grannysquares
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How to Make Circle Granny Squares #grannysquares



I love modern crochet patterns! This take with a colorful circle encased in white is modern and so fun. Who knew a circle granny square could look so cool!

This post has been sponsored Red Heart Yarn. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I've had this concept in my head for an afghan, white with loads of colorful polka dots. It had to be at least 10 years ago now that I first told my Mimmie, my grandmother, about my idea and though she didn't get as big of a kick out of it as I did, she took out her hook to help me figure it out anyway. Mimmie was a self-taught crocheter. And then when I was a pre-teen she taught me,so we both had a hard time reading typical crochet directions, finding a pattern for what we wanted, and then being able to put it to use - that was pretty much not going to work out. We drew out spokes on pieces of paper and tried to figure out how to take a granny square and plop a circle right in the middle of it. The circle itself was easy enough, but turning that circle into a square proved a bit more difficult. In the end, we got it all worked out with our hand drawn pattern that probably only the 2 of us would ever understand. :) I made dozens of circles surrounded by lovely white, well on my way. But then a move happened and, as things always seem to go for me, I lost my gallon sized zipper bag full of circle granny squares. Frustrated with the loss of work, and sort of hoping it would turn back up someday, my beautiful polka dotted afghan was put on the back burner. But guess what? I've gotten back after it, inspired by the juicy and absolutely wonderful colors of Red Heart Chic Sheep Yarn by Marly Bird. Have you guys seen this gorgeous yarn? I had such a difficult time choosing colors because I quite simply wanted them ALL! Alas I selected 6 colors that are bright and cheerful and quite literally remind me of candy! I chose Fairy Tale (pink), Mimosa (yellow), Suite (blue), Green Tea, Sunset (red) and Vineyard (purple) and when the yarn arrived, I was so pleased with it. I have never completed a crochet project with 100% wool before largely because it's dry and scratchy and it rubs my fingers raw. But this yarn is 100% Merino wool and it is heavenly soft. Seriously. You wouldn't even imagine it's wool at first touch. Rob's parents both knit and they are really good at it. They oohed and aahed over my big box of Red Heart Chic Sheep Yarn by Marly Bird just a little bit before they headed out for the evening. I told them all about how Chic Sheep Yarn is a totally new product and that I, too, was super impressed with it. Available on the Red Heart website and both online and inside of Joann stores, these skeins are not only fun with good texture, they're also incredibly reasonably priced for merino wool. In fact, if you were hoping to get to hooking some grannies today, Joann offers an inventory check so you can see what colors are available for pick up today in your nearest store. Cool, right? But back to the task at hand... want to learn how to take a circle, and then surround it with a variety of white crochet stitches to square it off? Here is how to make these circle granny squares for you pattern-loving types: Key: CH - chain SC - single crochet SL - slip stitch DC - double crochet HDC - half double crochet Round 1: Starting with a bright color, create a magic ring. CH 3 (acts as first DC), DC 11. SL round to end. (Stitches = 12) Round 2: CH 3 (acts as first DC), DC in same stitch as CH 3, then 2 DC in each stitch. SL round to end. (Stitches = 24) Round 3: CH 3 (acts as first DC), DC in same stitch as CH 3, then 1 DC in next stitch. *2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next. Repeat from * to the end. SL round to end. (Stitches = 36) Round 4: Change yarn to white. CH 3 (acts as first DC), DC in same stitch and chain 2 and 2 DC in same stitch (this is your corner). DC in next stitch, HDC in next 2 stitches, SC in next 2 stitches, HDC in next 2 stitches, DC in next stitch. *DC in next stitch, DC in same stitch and chain 2 and 2 DC in same stitch (this is your second corner). DC in next stitch, HDC in next 2 stitches, SC in next 2 stitches, HDC in next 2 stitches, DC in next stitch. *Repeat to end. (Stitches = 12 along each side + corners) Round 5: CH 3 (acts as first DC), DC in next stitch. *In gap from previous corner 2 DC and chain 2 and 2 DC to form new corner. DC along next 12 stitches. *Repeat to end. Close round with a SL. (Stitches = 16 + corners). Now if you're more of an visual type, like me, or if you are just learning crochet, here's everything in pictures... Grab an H hook and a skein of Red Heart Chic Sheep Yarn by Marly Bird in one of your favorite colors. Start a magic ring (need help, watch our video tutorial here!) and begin round 1. Chain 3 (acts as your first double crochet) and then complete 11 double crochet stitches inside of your ring. Pull the ring closed and insert your hook into the topmost chain in your chain 3 that acted as your first double crochet. Use a slip stitch to close the circle up. Leave the magic ring's tail free so that you can cinch the inner hole tightly shut later, but don't sweat the hole being perfectly closed for right now. Just because I can sometimes miss a stitch, I count the

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