How to: Crochet a perfectly straight granny square
Have you ever crocheted a granny square and found that it looks skewed or wonky, like its being dragged to one side? If so I have a few tips for you on how to crochet a perfectly straight granny square.
My golden rule to avoid the wonky granny square is……
“Flip your work on every round”
What does this mean? Basically after finishing every round of crochet, rather than starting another round where you’ve finished, you flip your crochet over and start hooking the next round on the “wrong side”.
If you think about it if you add round, after round on the “right side” you are always crocheting in the same direction which helps create that skewed granny square look. If you use the flip method you will essentially crochet in opposite directions on each rounds which corrects any skewing!
If you don’t believe me look at these samples:
I have a few other tips which I use when hooking up my granny squares:
1. Do two chains (rather than three) in your corners
2. Start each round on a different side, so you aren’t joining the yarn in the same place on each round.
3. Never start a new round in a corner, always start your rounds on a side.
4. Don’t chain stitch between your clusters (tr uk or dc US), except on the corners see no.1
I am currently in the middle of hooking up a giant granny square blanket, thats where you make a granny square and you keep adding rounds so it spreads out into a square blanket. The beauty of the giant granny square is you keep adding rounds until it reaches your desired size, or you become fed up, whichever comes first! I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing my granny growing on each round.
I’m using Stylecraft Special DK in 10 colours: Cream, Fondant, Pomegranate, Candyfloss, Wisteria, Sage, Storm, Meadow, Sherbet and Citron.
I will keep you posted on my progress!