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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Granny Type Pattern

I have seen several patterns like the one below, but have been disappointed with the way they have turned out. Ever happen to you?  Well, I decided to work with the square to see how I could improve it.  I was getting an elongated corner and it drove me nuts!!

The original design had a chain one between each shell, and chain two at the corner.  I changed that to no chains between shells, but was still ending up with the corner stretching out too much.

The third try produced this square above.  I like it best. I went down a size in my hook which helped to make it a little less floppy and 'holey' (also helped by eliminating the chain between shells).  Lastly, I ended up doing one chain in the far corner, and one time doing NO chain in the corner, just six dc's.  I think it helped quite a bit. It has a tendency to want to "grow" so eliminating just the one chain once helped pull it in.  

Now I LOVE this square.  I hope the recipient will too - especially as I made her two, but patterned you can see. ;o) The one below is the 2nd try, and as you can see it is a tad elongated, but I wove in the ends to tighten it a little in order to keep it square.  It will be perfect once joined to other squares in an afghan. I did add a "stripe" of sorts in the red just to try something different.  I think I like it best with all shells.


  1. Oh, I really like it too. Good job.

  2. Well done! I do like you on the corners, reduce the ch's and even the dc's, it helps to keep the squarness