Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Free Pattern: Frilly Granny Crochet


© 2013 Reyna Thera Lorele
Ravelry: captainhook


This easy pattern puts a frilly spin on the traditional granny square.  If you can chain and double crochet, you can make the Frilly Granny.  The pattern is adaptable to any size yarn or hook, to make any size squares you want.
The pink blanket pictured has been donated to charity.  The white and yellow squares were donated to Yarn-Bombing L.A. for their 2013 project to cover the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles with granny squares.



ABBREVIATIONS
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
beg = beginning
st, sts = stitch, stitches
sp = space
sk = skip
rep = repeat
3-dc-group = 3 double crochets in same spot

Finished size:  varies--it’s up to you!
Gauge:  varies; with worsted weight yarn and H hook, 3 (3 dc, ch 1) groups = about 4 inches, and each round = 1/2 inch
Materials needed:
For an example, 1 skein Plymouth Encore will make several squares.  You can use the same color throughout, or mix and match your colors.
You can add as many frills on as many rows as you want...


... or add only one around the edge, as pictured in the yellow square.




BASIC SQUARE DIRECTIONS
Ch 4.  Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1:  ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, *3 dc, ch 2* three times in ring.  Join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Round 2:  sl st in next 2 dc and into first ch 2 sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 2 sp, ch 1*, rep from * to * twice more, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Round 3:  sl st in next 2 dc and into first ch 2 sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 1, *3 dc in ch 1 sp in row below, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 2 sp, ch 1*, rep from * to * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Round 4 and all remaining rounds:  sl st in next 2 dc and into first ch 2 sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp in row below, ch 1*, rep from * to * across to corner ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch 2 sp, ch 1, continue pattern as established around to beg ch 3, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

FRILLY EDGE
So, let’s say you have finished your last round, and you have just joined with sl st to top of beg ch 3 on that last round.  Let’s add the edging:

Ch 3, join with sl st to third dc in same 3-dc-group.
Ch 3, sl st into corner ch 2 sp, ch 3, sl st into first dc of next 3-dc-group.  Ch 3, sl st into third dc in same 3-dc-group.
Continue around as instructed above, in other words, chaining 3 in between slip stitching into first and third dc of each 3-dc-group, and into corner spaces.
At the end of the round, join with sl st to beg sl st.
Cut yarn, weave in ends.

ADDING INNER FRILLS AS YOU CROCHET THE SQUARE
Let’s say you’ve done Round 4 and you’re planning to do 6 rounds, and you want a frill on Round 4:

Follow “Frilly Edge” directions above.

Then proceed with Round 5 (which is just like Round 4), working behind the ch 3 “frills” you have already created.  It’s that simple!  Note that in the corners, you have two “frills,” so just work behind them to create your two corner 3-dc-groups.

ADDING INNER FRILLS AFTER YOU FINISH THE SQUARE
Suppose you’ve finished the square, and you wish you had put a frill on an earlier round.  No worries.  Join yarn with sl st to the first dc of any 3-dc-group of the round to which you want to add a frill.  Follow “Frilly Edge” directions, working in front of the sts in the round above.  In the corners, you will sl st in between the two 3-dc-groups to make your frills.

FINISHING
Block squares if desired.



You can use whatever technique you like to join the squares to make a blanket or scarf.  Here’s one suggestion for a lacy join:

Right sides facing up, join yarn with sc to ch 3 “frill” in corner of 1st square.  Ch 2, join with sc to corresponding corner “frill” of 2nd square.  Ch 2, join with sc to next frill on 1st square.  Ch 2, join with sc to corresponding corner “frill” of 2nd square.  Continue to end of side, fasten off yarn.

Once you have joined enough squares to make strips, you can join the strips using the same technique.

Weave in ends.

Hooray!  You’re done!


If you like this pattern, you might also like the inexpensive Granny Paints The Town pattern.
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