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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
…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!
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.
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.
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
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