Double Triangle Granny Square Tutorial

As my Crochet Heart Tutorial went down so well with you guys I thought I’d try my hand at another tutorial.

Now, I don’t like to make things easy for myself so I’ve gone for a Double Triangle Granny Square. It’s really simple to do, it’s just that actually trying to put it into words was a little trickier than I thought it would be.

I’ve been using a larger version of this square on the latest phase of my Crochet Mood Blanket and if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook then you will have seen this picture before.

CrochetMoodBlanket2014 Triangles

This tutorial is written in UK terms. I used a 4mm hook and the yarn is Stylecraft Special DK.

Abbrieviations (And an explanation for the benefit of my sister who can do the stitches but doesn’t know the names of them xxx)
ch = chain (yarn around hook, pull hook through the loop on the hook)
sl st = slip stitch (put the hook through the space or stitch that you are working into, yarn round hook, hook back through the stitch/space and through the loop on the hook)
tr = treble crochet (yarn around hook, hook through the space or stitch that you are working into, yarn round hook again, hook back through the stitch/space, yarn around hook again, hook through 2 loops, yarn around hook again, hook through the next two loops)

Yarn A = the blue yarn in the photos.
Yarn B = the high-visibility orange – sunglasses may be required!
Yarn C = white for the border.

So, here goes…

Using Yarn A, chain 6
Triangle Granny 01

and then, inserting the hook into the first chain (the one furthest away from the hook), slip stitch to form a ring.
Triangle Granny 02

Chain 3 as in the picture above (counts as 1 treble) and then working into the ring 2tr, ch3, 3tr, ch3 as in the picture below.
Triangle Granny 04

Change to Yarn B – sunglasses at the ready!
Triangle Granny 05

Now still working into the ring, 3tr, ch3, 3tr.
Triangle Granny 07

Next ch1, then sl st into the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 3 that you made with yarn A.
You will find that your square isn’t quite square and looks a but wonky because you only have a ch1 in the corner instead of a ch3, but I’ve tried it with a ch3 and I’ve found it didn’t work as well for me – stay with me on this, it’ll look right in the end.

Triangle Granny 08

Turn your work and ch3 (=1tr) and then working into the first space 2tr, ch1. In the next space 3tr, ch3, 3tr, ch1. And in the next space 3tr, ch1. Remove your hook and pop a stitch marker into the loop. I don’t own anything as sophisticated as a stitch marker so I’ve used a piece of yarn. You can purchase stitch markers at Deramores though if you’re a bit more sophisticated than I am.
Triangle Granny 10

Now we need to start working with yarn A again. Pick up the thread of yarn A by popping your hook through the chain 3 space – the one shown in the photo below.
Triangle Granny 11

Put the yarn around the hook and then bring the hook back through the chain 3 space.
Triangle Granny 12

And then chain 3 (=1tr)
Triangle Granny 13

Now, into the same space 2tr, then ch1. In the next space 3tr, ch3, 3tr, then ch1. And then 3tr into the space where yarn A and Yarn B join from the previous round.
Triangle Granny 15

Chain 1 and sl st into the 3rd chain in of the yarn B chain 3 that you made earlier.
Triangle Granny 16

Now turn your work again. Still working in yarn A, ch3 (=1tr)
Triangle Granny 17

Working into the same space as your ch3, make 2tr and then ch1. In the next space 3tr, then ch1. In the next space 3tr, ch3, 3tr, then ch1. And in the next space 3tr.
Triangle Granny 18

Then remove your hook and pop a stitch marker into this loop.
Triangle Granny 19

Turn your work again and returning to the yarn B stitch that you put a marker in earlier, remove the marker, pop your hook back in and sl st into the 3rd chain of the 3 chains of yarn A.
Triangle Granny 20

Now turn your work and ch3 (=1tr). Make 2tr into the same space and then ch1. 3tr in the next space, then ch1. In the next corner space 3tr, ch3, 3tr. Then ch1 and make 3tr into the next space. In the next space – the space where yarns A and B of the previous round join – 3tr. Then ch1 and sl st into the 3rd chain of the 3 chains of yarn A.
Triangle Granny 22

Cut the yarn and fasten off yarn B.
Triangle Granny 21

Now, rotate your work so that you can pick up the yarn A stitch that you marked earlier. We aren’t turning our work here.
Re-insert your hook…
Triangle Granny 23

…and ch1. Then make 3tr into the space where yarns A & B join in the previous round. Ch1 and then sl st into the 3rd chain of the 3 yarn B chains. Cut the yarn and fasten off.

I think this is a good time to add a border but you can continue adding rounds to your square by following the stages above and working 3tr, ch3, 3tr, ch1 in each corner space and 3tr, ch1 in the side spaces.

The square will still look a bit wonky because of those ch1 spaces in the corners where the two colours join, but when you add the border it will transform into a lovely straight edged square – I promise!

So, to add a border start in any corner space and put your hook through from front to back. Loop yarn C over the hook and bring the hook back through the space.
Triangle Granny 24

What I like to do now is wind the tail end of the white yarn over the working yarn (you know, the yarn still attached to the ball) so that it kinda anchors the new colour in place. It’s a lot easier to do than to explain! But you can almost see what I mean in the picture below.
Triangle Granny 25

Then, yarn over hook and ch3 (=1tr)
Triangle Granny 26

In the same space make 1tr, ch3, 3tr. Then ch1. In the next space make 3tr, then ch1. Then 3tr in the next space and ch1. In the next corner space 3tr, ch3, 3tr. Then ch1. Continue adding your border around the square, working 3tr into the side spaces, with a ch1 between. And 3tr, ch3, 3tr, ch1into the corner spaces. When you get back to the corner that you started on make 1tr into the space (next to the chain 3 that you started with) and then sl st into the 3rd chain of that chain 3. Cut the yarn. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Triangle Granny 27

And there you have it – a Double Triangle Granny Square. For my Crochet Mood Blanket I’ve been using the Join As You Go method to link my squares. I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out and I’ll definitely be using this square for other projects.

Do let me know if you use this tutorial. I’d love to see your finished squares. And please do let me know if I’ve missed anything in the tutorial or if anything isn’t clear. I’m still very new to this tutorial malarky so any advice on how to improve would be very much appreciated.

Ta muchly x

http://www.deramores.com/blog-awards: This blog entry is my submission to the Deramores Blog Awards 2014. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies.

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20 thoughts on “Double Triangle Granny Square Tutorial

  1. Shelly Pearman says:

    I now understand what stitches i’ve been doing for all these years, this sounds very complicated but the photos really help, i’ll give it a go and let you know how it turns out.

  2. sue says:

    I’ve just had a go at your square – it’s amazing your tutorials are fab. You must write to a crochet magazine and get published as you explain things so well. Hope you have a fun Sunday planned x

    • PatternPiper says:

      My goodness Sue, what a lovely comment! Thank you. I would love to have a pattern published. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to contact a magazine. I have a relaxed Sunday planned…normal mum stuff (cooking Sunday lunch, baking for this week’s packed lunches and ironing) and then some planning for my first crochet workshop in April. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your workshops they sound like they’re going really well.

      I hope you have a lovely Sunday too x

  3. Patrica says:

    Thank you for this pattern and very clear instructions – first time I have done something on computer – love my granny square – sorry do not know how to send a photo

    • PatternPiper says:

      Oh Patricia! Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m really pleased you liked the pattern and thought the instructions were clear. It means a lot to me that you’ve taken the time to comment x

  4. charissa says:

    Sam i just love this square! and once again your tutorial is fantastic! i agree with sue, magazine publication should definitely be your next goal! ill make sure to share as soon as i work it up!

  5. Paulette says:

    I am looking forward to trying this out. I think this would make one awesome starting point for a giant granny square baby blanket! Have you done video tutorials? I sometimes have a hard time following written patterns, but yours looks clear and easy plus photos are such a helpful bonus!

    • PatternPiper says:

      Thank you Paulette. No video tutorials yet….maybe one day though. I’m glad you like my pattern and hope you find the pictures helpful. Let me know if you get stuck and I’d be happy to try and help x

  6. Cr Mania says:

    Someone one the Crochet Addict group on FaceBook pointed me to your tutorial. Thank you soo much for all this work.For the past year I have been putting off doing a graphed afghan with maple leaves because the instructions had me changing colors back and forth every few stitches to make this type of square. I just didn’t feel the construction was sound and would last through washing. You have solved my problem with this method!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I am one happy camper!!

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