How to Make a Granny Square Scarfcomments (1) September 1st, 2015
This project was originally featured in Sweet & Simple Granny Squares (The Taunton Press, 2015) by Beth Wolfensberger Singer.
Did you ever have one of those days when you just wanted to swaddle yourself in the softest blanket in your house, but you couldn't stay home? This scarf affords the wearer that hugged-and-snuggled feeling. But here's the magic: It's also stunning, wearable art that will elevate even the simplest outfit.
Approximately 42 inches long and 4 inches wide
165 yards each of 2 colors of medium-weight (CYCA 4) yarn
Lion Brand® Martha Stewart Crafts™ Extra Soft Wool Blend, 65 percent acrylic, 35 percent wool (3.5 ounces/100 grams, 165 yards/150 meters) in #5400-506 Igloo (blue) and #5400-550 Gray Pearl (gray)
16 single crochet = 4 inches
U.S. size J (5.5 mm) hook
To Make Scarf
1. The squares in this scarf are a modified granny square, but they begin the same. With the color of your choice, follow steps 1 and 2 of the Classic Granny Square Recipe (see "Techniques"), except do not cut the yarn. You're going to keep going to the next round without changing colors. After the sl st that joins the last ch-3 to the 1st st in round 1 to finish the round, sl st 1 or 2 across the top of the 1st cluster in round 1 until you reach the 1st ch-3 corner space. Dip your hook into that corner space, yo, and sl st 1 more time. Now your hook is ready to begin the next round.
2. For the 2nd round, ch 2, then dc 2 into that 1st open corner ch-3 space of the previous round. Dc 3 into next corner ch-3 space. Repeat for the final 2 corner ch-3 spaces. Join last st to 1st st (top of ch 2) in round with sl st.* This round consists of 3 dc sts (cluster) in each corner ch-3 space of previous round, with no ch sts between them. The 1st cluster, of course, is 1 ch-2 and then 2 dcs. To get in position for the next round, sl st 1 or 2 across the top of the 1st cluster in the previous round until you reach the 1st ch-3 corner space. Dip hook into that corner space, yo, and sl st 1 more time.
3. Final round for 1-color square: Ch 2, then dc 2, ch 3, dc 3 all into that same space between clusters of the previous round. Ch 1, then dc 3, ch 3, dc 3 into the 2nd space between clusters. You have formed 2 corners of the square. Repeat ch 1, dc 3, ch 3, dc 3 in the final 2 spaces between clusters of the previous round to finish the square. Ch 1, then join to 1st st in round with sl st, cut yarn, and lock st as in final step of the recipe.
4. If making a 2-color version of the squares, work the 1st 2 rounds in 1 color, and at the point marked * in the directions for step 2, break off yarn by locking it as in the final step of the recipe. Go to any of the spaces between the clusters of round 2 and attach there your 2nd color by dipping the hook into the space, putting the slip-knotted yarn onto the end of the hook, pulling through to the front, YO from the back, and pulling through. Ch 2, dc 2, ch 3, dc 3 in that 1st space, ch 1, then dc 3, ch 3, dc 3, ch 1 in the final 3 spaces between clusters. This forms the edge of the square. Join to 1st st in round with sl st as in step 3.
For the scarf as pictured, make 10 solid blue squares, 8 solid gray ones, 4 gray with blue centers, and 2 blue with gray centers, for 24 total squares. Using a tapestry needle, weave in all ends as invisibly as possible. Then lay out the squares in the following pattern: For the top row, with each square positioned like a diamond and bottom point touching top point of the one below it: gray, gray, gray with blue center, blue with gray center, blue, gray with blue center, gray, gray with blue center, blue, gray, gray with blue center, blue. For the bottom row, positioned as with top row but with 1st diamond nestled with side point touching place where 1st and 2nd diamonds in 1st row meet: blue, blue, blue, gray, gray, gray, blue, blue, gray, blue, blue, blue with gray center. Using a tapestry needle, sew edges between the 2 rows you've laid out (you can do one seam that zigzags) so that the scarf takes shape.
There are many ways to make a granny square, but here's the classic method used most often in this book. It looks complicated when written out, but it's really not, because granny squares follow a predictable pattern. Do you think Granny wanted to look at instructions constantly? No. She was no fool.
1. Make a slip knot 6 inches from the end of your yarn. With whatever size hook the pattern designates, put your hook into that slip knot and chain (ch) 3. Now put your hook back into the 1st ch stitch (st) you made and slip stitch (sl st) to form a ring of 3 ch sts.
|2. Round 1: Chain 2 (ch 2). While holding the 6-inch tail of your yarn along the edge of the back of the ring from step 1 (so you can enclose this tail in the base of all the sts in this round), double crochet (dc) 2 sts into the ring (forms 1st cluster of sts when counted with ch 2 at beginning of round), ch 3, dc 3 into ring (2nd cluster), ch 3, dc 3 into ring (3rd cluster), ch 3, dc 3 into ring (4th cluster), ch 3, sl st to top of 1st dc in round to finish the round (which is a square, ironically). If the next round will be a new color, pull the loop of the last st on your hook for this round up high, cut the end of the yarn going to the ball of yarn, and pull that cut end through the loop. Pull on the cut end to tighten the loop. This action is called locking the stitch.|
These squishy diamonds are so inviting, you might want to make them into a throw instead. Oriented more traditionally as squares, they can also make a more rectangular scarf. It's neat to think that the dimensional quality here comes solely from skipping a few stitches in a regular granny square pattern. Less can be more.
Nobody said granny squares had to be flat. A few alterations to the usual granny square pattern yields a shape most might not even recognize as being granny-like. Sewing them on the diagonal disguises them further, but trust us: They're all granny.
For more granny square projects, be sure to purchase your copy of Sweet & Simple Granny Squares.