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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The Granny: It’s More Than Just a Square

Most of us are familiar with the traditional granny square, a longtime staple in crochet patterns. But have you ever wondered why it evolved into other shapes such as hexagons, octagons, triangles, rectangles, pentagons and diamonds? No doubt it’s because the traditional stitches and simple technique of the original granny square made it easily adaptable in creating other geometric forms, thus expanding the versatility and appeal of this much loved stitch pattern.

These new shapes could be cleverly combined in numerous “patchwork” arrangements to create crochet versions of traditional quilt designs made by our ancestors. They were also great for creating artistic borders and filling in uneven edges or odd-shaped spaces in many crochet projects.

Today we begin a six-part series on the variety of geometric shapes into which the traditional granny pattern can be adapted. First up is the rectangle, one of the most popular granny shapes after the original square.

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The nice thing about the rectangular granny motif is its versatility. You can make it virtually any size by easily adjusting the length of the beginning chain. As with the original granny square, the rectangular motif also gives you two great ways to make an afghan with it. You can simply keep building on the original motif by continually working rounds in the established pattern until your afghan is as big as you want it, or you can make as many individual motifs as you wish and join them together into an afghan.

Rectangular Granny Motif

Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size:  Variable

Materials: Small amount of medium (worsted) weight yarn in desired color(s), size G/6/4mm crochet hook

To make a rectangular granny motif that is approximately 2 inches longer than it is wide (as shown here), begin with a chain of 12 stitches and work as follows:

Note: To vary the length of the motif, chain any multiple of 4 stitches, with a minimum of 8 chains.

Rnd 1: Work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc,) in 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 chs count as first dc), ch 1, *sk next 3 chs, 3 dc in next ch, ch 1**, rep from * across until 4 chs rem, sk next 3 chs, work ({3 dc, ch 2} twice, 3 dc) in last ch, ch 1, now working in lps along back side of beg ch, rep from * to ** across to last 3 chs, sk last 3 chs, work (3 dc, ch 2) in same ch as first (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Rnd 2: Sl st in each of next 2 dc to corner ch-2 sp (or fasten off current color and attach a new color in this ch-2 sp), ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp to form corner, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 1), in each ch-1 sp across to next corner, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp, ch 1**, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, rep from * to **, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Rnd 3: Sl st in each of next 2 dc to corner ch-2 sp (or fasten off current color and attach a new color in this ch-2 sp), ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp to form corner, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp across to next corner, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp, ch 1**, Repeat from * to ** two more times, work (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp across last (short) side, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Rnds 4 & 5: Rep rnd 3, fasten off  or rep rnd 3 until rectangle is desired size.

Next Week’s Granny: Hexagon

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Crochet World Preview – August 2016

The August issue of Crochet World is now available to download and today we’re sharing a sneak peak.

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Bright colors make us happy and our Nifty Neons chapter is sure to make you smile! One of our favorite projects is the colorful Craft Caches by designer Deb Arch. These are sure to brighten your desk in your craft room as they hold all your crochet hooks and other art supplies. The raffia ribbon yarn in bold citrus colors creates fun textures and will add a pop of color no matter where you use them.

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And of course, our Kaleidoscope Throw from the cover is a real showstopper! This eye catching throw would look great in a modern living room, on a sun porch or in a teen’s bedroom. The motifs can be done on the go and then assembled later making it a perfect summer project too.

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In our Cool for School feature, we just love the adorable Panels and Points Jumper from designer, Jennifer Raymond. Jennifer’s clever use of short rows to create the wedges surrounding the lacy panels at the hem really adds to this classic design. Crocheted in an easycare acrylic/cotton blend, this is the perfect “first day back to school dress.” We’ve included a tutorial article by Jennifer explaining her short-row technique as an added bonus.

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In our Designer Spotlight, Rena V. Stevens shares a few tips to help you create her stunning Scrolling Scallops Shawl. Crocheted in cool cotton/acrylic worsted weight yarn, this shawl will work up quickly and pairs perfectly with breezy summer dresses.

You’ll find more sneaks peaks of the entire issue at the Crochet World website. The magazine will be available at your favorite craft store and at Walmart beginning June 28.
Can’t wait? Get the digital version here.
Happy Crocheting!

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Have Crochet, Will Travel

When the weather turns warm, our thoughts turn to summer vacation and time spent away from our regular routine. Some of us look forward to days at the beach or a favorite lake cottage. Others love to travel to new and exotic places. No matter where you go this summer, we think the best way to travel is with a crochet project! Crochet makes a great companion when waiting in airports or on long flights or car trips. And it’s prefect for those moments when you just want to sit and reflect on your day.

We have a few suggestions that will make taking your crochet along on vacation fun and stress free:

  1. Choose a small project that is portable. Motifs are great, or how about a shawl in fine yarn.
  2. Choose an easy pattern that is not too difficult. That way you can enjoy the scenery and conversations without constantly referring to your pattern.
  3. Or take along a favorite pattern you have crocheted before for totally enjoyable stitching.
  4. Make a copy of your pattern and leave your magazine at home. Not only does this save space, but if you lose your copy, you still have your pattern safe at home.*
  5. Get everything ready before you go. Gather your pattern, yarn, hooks and any notions you need before you hit the road.
  6. Place everything you need in a small fabric bag. That way you can grab and go, knowing everything you need is all together in one place.

Here are some of our favorite take-along crochet projects:

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New from Annie’s Summer Love Lookbook, why not make one or both of these quick-to-crochet Easy 2-Hour Scarves ? Crocheted in cotton, they add a nice touch to a summer outfit. They also make wonderful gifts for summer birthdays.

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Or try crocheting up a bunch of these super cute dishcloths. Worked in size 10 thread and worsted weight cotton you’ll have a hard time choosing from the 52 designs that celebrate all four seasons and every month of the year.

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If throws and afghans are more to your liking, consider one of the beautiful motif designs from Annie’s soon-to-be-released newsstand special, Annie’s All-Season Throws to Crochet. Motifs make great take-along projects. Crochet up a bunch of motifs and join them together when you get back home.  With over a dozen motif-style afghans to choose from you’re sure to find several to add to your “must make” list! We especially like the colorful Summermead Throw on the cover. What a great way to use up all those worsted scraps.

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Shawls also make great take-along projects and the Coquina Shawl from Creative Crochet in a Day! is not only pretty, but will be done by the time you get home! You’ll find a bunch of other great projects in this issue too, and all can be crocheted in 12 hours or less by most crocheters.

We hope you enjoy your summer whether you travel far or stay close to home.

Happy Crocheting!

*Making a photocopy of your pattern for personal use is allowed. Making copies to give away or sell is against copyright laws.

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Honoring Our Military

With Memorial Day approaching we thought we would share a way you could use your crochet talents to honor those who have served in the military.

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With the release of Annie’s new publication, Military Tartan Throws, you can crochet a throw to give to a family member or friend to honor a loved one who served and gave their life for our country. The pattern book includes a unique throw for each of the five branches of the military, including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army,  U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, plus there is even a tartan throw for West Point Academy.

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U.S. Army Tartan Throw

We first met the designer, Anita Wilburn Darras when she submitted her U.S. Army Tartan Throw that was published in the October 2015 issue of Crochet World. We loved her unique design and asked her to share the story behind her afghan. Anita told us, “I was so thrilled to see my design in Crochet World magazine as it was my first published pattern!  A lot of the credit for its creation goes to my husband, Norman.  You see, I love plaid.  And even more than I love plaid, I love the way a man looks in a plaid kilt.  So after much nudging my husband finally agreed to wear a kilt, but only if I could find a tartan to which he was “entitled”.  He did not want to wear a clan kilt or a regional kilt since he is not Scottish.  At last I came across a U.S. Army Tartan kilt.  As a Korean War draftee, my husband said he would be proud to wear the Army’s colors.  To commemorate the occasion of his first wearing o’ the kilt, I created this afghan.”

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Many people contacted us asking if we would be publishing patterns for all the branches of the military and Anita happily obliged!

Anita says, “I have heard from so many people looking forward to getting a copy of Military Tartan Throws.  Here’s what some of them have said, ‘My dad was in the Marines. I want to make one in memory of him.’ ‘My grandson has been accepted to West Point, I want to surprise him with an afghan.’ ‘My brother just joined the Navy and I am giving him one when he graduates from Boot Camp.’ ‘I plan to crochet several and take them to our local VA hospital.’

Looks like there are many, many reasons to commemorate a loved one’s military service. I have been so deeply touched by everyone’s reasons for making one of my patterns. Creating one of these throws really is a labor of love.”

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