Granny Square Hack
There are many ways to make a granny square, but let this hack change your life!!
See the above photo, do you notice anything?
Traditionally, when you finish a round on a granny square, you usually join with a slip stitch, then chain to begin the next round, giving you an obvious seam throughout the square.
But what if I told you that you could make a square without an obvious seam?! I know, too good to be true. No, too good not to be true! It’s a game changer and something that you can use for all of your future crochet squares.
Let’s dive in…
The written instructions first: US TERMS
Stitches and Abbreviations used:
MR – Magic ring
Ch – chain
Sp/s – Space/s
Rnd – Round
3 dc groups – the groups of double crochet
Hdc – Half double crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into st or sp indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through all three loops
Dc – Double crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2
Make a MR or ch 4, join to 1st ch to form ring, ch 3 (counts as dc) 2 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) x 3, join to top of ch 3 with hdc (this replaces the last ch 2 and slip st AND brings you into the correct position to begin the next rnd).
[12 dc, 3 ch-2 sp, 1 hdc]
Ch 3, 2 dc over hdc, sk 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next 3 ch-2 sps, join to top of ch 3 with hdc.
[24 dc, 3 ch-2 sp, 1 hdc]
Ch 3, 2 dc over hdc, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in sp between 3 dc-groups, [(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, 3 dc in sp between 3 dc groups] around, join to 1st ch of ch 3 with hdc.
[36 dc, 3 ch-2 sp, 1 hdc]
Continue in this manner till you’ve reached the desired size.
See the following for photos.
What do you think? Is it something you can use for your squares? It doesn’t have to be used in traditional granny squares either. Anywhere on a square where you have to join the last corner. As long as you begin and end in corner, this will work and save ugly seams.