The Granny: It’s More Than Just a Square, Part 6

Our final pattern in the granny motif series is the diamond. Now, while it’s true that some crochet patterns simply create a diamond design by joining squares “on point,” often a truer diamond shape is needed to create the desired effect in a design. This can be achieved by making two triangle motifs and joining them together to create a diamond, as does our pattern included here.

Depending on the arrangement of colors in your motif, you can create all kinds of interesting patterns, such as pillows or afghans, for example, when these granny diamonds are joined together in off-setting rows. Or, with a choice of fun, trendy yarns, you can join these diamond granny motifs end-to-end and make a cool, funky scarf. Add a sassy tassel to each end for extra pizzazz!

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Diamond Granny Motif

Materials: Medium (worsted) weight yarn: small amounts of various colors as desired, crochet hook size G/6/4mm or size needed for gauge, yarn needle

Gauge: Row 1 of triangle motif measures 1½ inches in length.

Make 2 small triangle motifs, as follows:

Row 1: With first color, ch 5, sk 4 chs, in last ch work (3 dc, ch 1, dc), fasten off.

Row 2: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Row 3: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Row 4: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, [3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1]  across to last ch-1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Rep Row 4 for desired size.

Sew triangles together at center.

Optional: For a finished edge, work a simple single crochet border around the entire diamond, increasing the number of stitches equally at each corner as needed to keep corners flat.

We hope you enjoyed this series on different-shaped Granny motifs. We would love the see what you create with these not-so-square grannies!

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The Granny: It’s More Than Just a Square, Part 5

This week’s granny motif is the pentagon. This interesting 5-sided shape can be useful in a variety of projects. It can make a great fill-in piece to create a unique border on a project with an edge that has large, triangular points. One point of the pentagon motif could fit nicely into the space between two large triangles on the project edge.

If joining pentagon motifs at only one side point to create a strip, a triangle-shape motif can often be used to fill in the spaces between them (another great use for the triangle granny motifs we previously featured!). Pentagon motifs as stand-alone pieces are great for making unique-style dishcloths, pot holders, table mats, coasters — almost anything you like.

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Pentagon Granny Motif

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: Medium (worsted) weight yarn: Small amounts of various colors as desired, crochet hook size G/6/4mm or size needed for gauge, yarn needle

Gauge: Rnd 1 of motif = 1½” in diameter.

Rnd 1: With first color, ch 5, join in beg ch to form ring, ch 3, dc in ring, ch 1, [2 dc in ring, ch 1] 4 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off. (5 2-dc groups)

Rnd 2: Attach next color in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, ch 1, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 4 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off. (5 corner groups made)

Rnd 3: Attach next color in any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1**, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next corner ch-1 sp, rep from * 4 times, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Rnd 4: Attach next color in any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] across to next corner group**, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next corner ch-1 sp, rep from * 4 times, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Rep rnd 4 for desired size.

Next Week’s Granny: Diamond

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The Granny: It’s More Than a Square, Part 4

Up this week in our blog series is the triangular granny motif. Triangles can add an eye-catching border to crochet patterns that have a chevron-style edge by filling in the open spaces. Afghans, skirts, tops, shawls and many other projects are some examples of where this technique could create a great look.

We have included patterns for two different styles and sizes of triangular granny motifs to give you options in creating a variety of projects. The small triangle is one-quarter of a granny square and the large triangle is one-half of a granny square.

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Small Triangle Granny Motif (One-Quarter Granny Square)

Materials: Medium (worsted) weight yarn: small amounts of various colors as desired, size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed for gauge, yarn needle

Gauge: Row 1 of motif = 1½ inches in length.

Row 1: With first color, ch 5, sk 4 chs, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch, fasten off.

Row 2: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Row 3: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Row 4: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, [3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] rep across to last ch-1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Rep Row 4 for desired size.

Optional: For a finished edge on all sides, work a simple single crochet border around the entire triangle, increasing the number of stitches equally at each corner as needed to keep corners flat.

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Large Triangle Granny Motif (One-Half Granny Square)

Gauge: Row 1 of motif = 1½ inches in length.

Row 1: With first color, ch 5, sk 4 chs, work ({3 dc, ch 1} twice, dc) in last ch, fasten off.

Row 2: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp for corner, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Row 3: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in corner ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Row 4: Attach next color in beg ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, [3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] rep across to corner, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in corner ch-1 sp, ch 1, rep bet [ ] to last ch-1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, fasten off.

Rep Row 4 for desired size.

Optional: For a finished edge on all sides, work a simple single crochet border around the entire triangle, increasing the number of stitches equally at each corner as needed to keep corners flat.

Next week’s Granny: Pentagon

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The Granny: It’s More Than Just a Square, Part 3

This week’s granny motif is the octagon. This is a great shape that makes a beautiful crochet piece. One slight drawback is that when these eight-sided motifs are joined together, it creates large, open spaces between them.

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Depending on what the project is and how large the octagon motifs are, this can be a great look. But if, for example, you want your cozy afghan to not be quite so “holey,” an often easy solution to filling these open spaces (depending on the pattern) is to crochet smaller motifs using only the first few rounds of the large octagon motif (while it’s still square – before it changes to eight corners). If the motif is still a little too small to fill the open space, work another round of even stitches to bring it up to size. The fill-in motifs can be made in matching colors or in contrasting or solid colors for a more eye-catching look.

If the center of your octagon motif is a large flower, the flower alone often makes a lovely fill-in motif for the open spaces. The petal tips can easily be joined with a slip stitch to the four sides and/or corners of the open spaces as the flowers are worked.

Enjoy exploring the versatility of the eye-catching octagon granny motif!

Octagon Granny Motif

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: Medium (worsted) weight yarn: Small amounts of various colors as desired, crochet hook size G/6/4mm or size needed to obtain gauge, yarn needle

Gauge Rnd 1 of motif = 1½ inches in diameter.

Rnd 1: With first color, ch 5, join in beg ch to form ring, ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 1, [3 dc in ring, ch 1] 3 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off. (4 3-dc groups and 4 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 2: Attach next color in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 1, [(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 3 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off. (4 corner groups made)

Rnd 3: Attach next color in any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, ch 1, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 7 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off. (8 corners)

Rnd 4: Attach next color in ch-1 sp bet any 2 corner groups, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1**, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, rep from * 7 times, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Rnd 5: Attach next color in any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] across to next corner group**, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next corner ch-1 sp, rep from * 7 times, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Rep rnd 5 for desired size.

Next week’s Granny: Triangle

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The Granny: It’s More Than Just a Square, Part 2

Next up in our continuing pattern series featuring various shapes of the granny motif is the hexagon. During my years as a crochet designer, hexagon-shape motifs were always among my favorites, especially in creating afghans, and when combined with the wonderful granny design, what’s not to love?

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Hexagon Granny Motif

Materials: Medium (worsted) weight yarn: small amounts of various colors as desired, crochet hook size G/6/4mm or size needed for gauge, yarn needle

Gauge: Rnd 1 of motif measures 1½” in diameter.

Rnd 1: With first color, ch 5, join in beg ch to form ring, ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 1, [3 dc in ring, ch 1] 5 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off. (6 3-dc groups, 6 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 2: Attach next color in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, ch 1, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 5 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off. (6 corners groups made)

Rnd 3: Attach next color in any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1**, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next corner ch-1 sp, rep from * 5 times, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Rnd 4: Attach next color in any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] rep across to next corner group**, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next corner ch-1 sp, rep from * 5 times, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Rep Rnd 4 for desired size.

Next week’s Granny: Octagon

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