Granny squares can be used for so many purposes, one of the more popular ones being the grannysquare blanket. However, I my patience wasn't up for that challenge so instead I made a pair of oven mitts for my step mom. If you want a pair for yourself - or maybe just inspiration for a grannysquare pattern - I hereby present to you this free and quite thorough grannysquare-oven-mitt-pattern with pictures.
If you try the pattern please share and/or leave a comment :-)
For one pair of mitts you'll need:
Hook size E
Approx. 5 oz of cotton yarn that goes with a hook size E or maybe G - like this (I made both layers of the mitts in this yarn, but frankly I think it would both look and feel better if you use a smaller hook and thinner yarn for the back piece)
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
ch st = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
loop = there will be a lot of stitches in the loops made by chain stitches - I'll just refer to these as "loops"
Ch 5 and join ends with 1 sl st
1) Ch 1, do 12 sc in the ring, end the round with 1 sl st in the first sc
2) Ch 4, *1 dc in next st, ch 2* Repeat *-* throughout the round, end with 1 sl st in the 2nd ch st
|By now you're "square" should look|
|A square is born...|
Basically this is all you have to know to do the following rounds. Working round 4 you'll probably notice how the technique and procedure is very similar to round 3.
|This is what the square looks like|
after round 4
Do you see now how round 3 and 4 is almost exactly the same? Only round 4 has an extra *ch 2, 1 sc in next loop* - that's because there's an extra loop (each round an extra loop is added). In the next 2 rounds (round 5 and 6) begin with *1 sl st, 1 sc in next loop* (this part is different from 3 and 4), mark your first sc in which you'll do a sl st at the end of the round. From here on do as in round 3 and 4: in the "regular" loops of ch st do *ch 2, 1 sc* and in the corners you *ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc*
When you've made round 5 and 6 as described above, your square should look like this:
7) Now you have to do the edging of the square (this is where I made a change of colors).
Ch 3 and then make 1 dc in every sc, 2 dc in every regular loop and do the corners as previously (*ch 2,3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc*). End with 1 sl st in 3rd ch st. Fasten off and weave ends.
It can be a bit difficult to spot some of the sc between the loops of ch st: If in doubt look back and remember where you put the sc in round 6 - and/or use these pictures for help:
|This is the beginning after you've ch 3 and mad 2 dc|
in first loop - next dc goes in the sc at the arrow
|The ring in the picture marks the sc you|
just made (left pic) - the next 2 dc goes
in the loop at the arrow
Now you have the front of your mitt (or just a grannysquare):
Btw... I myself wasn't able to get a dc in the first sc after each corner, but it's not noticeable - if you manage to do it pleace link and comment! :-)
I've made the back piece with the same yarn as the front piece - if you use thin cotton yarn for the back piece you'll have to adjust the pattern and probably chain a few more ch st in the beginning and make a few more rows if it's going to fit.
Ch 30 (and then ch 1 more to turn with - as will you do at the end of each row from now on)
1-29) 30 sc on each row (I made all the sc in back loop only or a ribbed effect but that's a matter of taste)
30) 30 sc, then ch 12, 1 sl st in the first ch st
Now you can either fasten off, weave ends and sew the two pieces together. However, I think it looks better when you just continue to crochet around the back piece as you crochet the two pieces together using sc
The difference between these to methods looks like this: The left/front one is crocheted together and the other one is sewn together:
If you try this pattern please notify me on firstname.lastname@example.org or upload the result on instagram with hashtag #garnkusserne - I would LOVE to see and (if I may) share with other readers :-)