Stash Enjoyment Granny Square

4 granny squares lie on a stone background. They vary signifcantly in color

One of my themes this year has been to enjoy the yarn that i’ve already purchased in the past and to be more intentional about my purchasing (you can read more about that in my post here, or by searching “stash enjoyment” in my blog search bar). Have I been 100% successful at it? Nope! This project, however, has brought me lots of joy and allowed me to use up lots of scraps & partial skeins of yarn, which I’ve enjoyed a lot.

Because this square is about enjoying your stash, it’s possible to work it up in either dk weight held single, or with two strands of fingering weight held together. You can even use both in one square – I have!

This pattern is for the squares as written in this post. At my gauge it comes out to about 8″x8″ (20 cm x 20 cm), which is what sizing and yardage estimates (below) are based on. If you use a larger hook/thicker yarn or smaller hook/thinner yarn, your yarn requirements will change.

If you prefer to learn by video, there is a start-to-finish YouTube video for this square here: Link to Stash Enjoyment Tutorial Video

If you want the ad-free PDF, which includes help choosing when to change colors, you can find it on:
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Materials
– 4.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to achieve a gauge you are comfortable with
– Yarn (see below)

Yardage required per square: approximately 34g of yarn. The sample squares use a combination of dk yarn held single and fingering weight yarn held double. 1 square requires approximately 70 yds (64 m) of dk weight yarn, or 150 yds (137 m) of fingering weight yarn.

Blanket Sizing & Squares Needed

Size Size (Inches) Size (cm) Square Layout Total Square Count
Stroller 32 x 32 81 x 81 4 x 4 16
Baby/Child 40 x 40 100 x 100 5 x 5 25
Throw 56 x 64 140 x 160 7 x 8 56
Twin Bed 72 x 96 180  x 240 9 x 12 108
Full Bed 96 x 96 240 x 240 12 x 12 144
Queen Bed 104 x 104 260 x 260 13 x 13 169
King Bed 112 x 112 280 x 280 14 x 14 196

 

Yarn Required

­Size Yds/M (Fingering) Yds/M (DK) Total Grams (both)
Stroller 2,377 yds / 2,173 m 1,257 yds / 1,149 m 544
Baby/Child 3,715 yds  / 3,396 m 1,964 yds / 1,795 m 850
Throw 8,321 yds / 7,605 m 4,398 yds / 4,020 m 1,904
Twin Bed 16,047 yds / 14,667 m 8,482 yds / 7,753 m 3,672
Full Bed 21,396 yds / 19,556 m 11,310 yds / 10,337 m 4,896
Queen Bed 25,110 yds / 22,951 m 13,276 yds / 12,134 m 5,746
King Bed 29,122 yds  / 26,618 m 15, 394 yds / 14,070 m 6,664

**Yardage requirements are estimated off yarn that is 437 yds / 400 m per 100g for fingering weight and 231 yds / 211 m per 100g for dk weight.

Notes
– Since you may choose to join colors as you please, I use “begin” as an instruction for starting a round.
“Begin” with a new color means to put a slip knot on your hook and act as if your yarn has been joined the entire time.
“Begin” without a new color means to slip stitch to the indicated stitch, which is usually the center of the corner.

– A number before a stitch (eg: 3dc) means to work all those stitches in the same indicated stitch. In this example you would work 3 double crochets in the same stitch.

– A number after a stitch (eg: dc 3) means to work one of that type of stitch in each of the next stitches indicated. In this example you would work 1 double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches.

Yarn used per round                                       
Round 1: 1 g
Round 2: 1 g
Round 3: 2 g
Round 4: 3 g
Points after Round 4: 1g each, 4g total
Round 5: 2g
Round 6: 6 g
Round 7: 4 g
Round 8: 4 g
Round 9: 3 g
Round 10: 4 g


Stitches Used
(see video tutorial if you are unsure about stitch placement)

Ch = Chain
Ch Sp = Chain Space; the space created by a number of chains in the previous row/round.
CSDC = Chainless Standing Double Crochet:  https://youtu.be/XFK1tTRBugQ
Dc = Double Crochet
3dc Cluster = a group of 3 dc in one space
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
FPTR = Front Post Treble Crochet
Magic Ring = a cinchable circle to begin a motif (see tutorial video)
PS = Puff Stitch: (yo, insert hook, yo, pull up loop) x4, yo, pull through all 9 loops on hook.
Sc = Single Crochet
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Sp = Space


Pattern

Make a magic ring. Ch 2, dc 12 in the ring. Join with sl st to first dc of round. (12 dc, counts as Round 1)

Round 2: (CSDC, dc) in first dc, 2dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to first dc of round. (24 dc)

Round 3: Pull the current loop on your hook up to the height of a double crochet, PS in the first dc, ch2, (skip next dc, PS in next dc, ch 2) around, join with sl st to top of first PS of round. (12 PS, 12 ch-2 spaces)

Round 4 : Begin in any ch-2 sp. **(3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1) in any ch-2 sp, [(3dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp] twice** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with a sl st to first dc of round. Break yarn.

Granny corners (worked in flat rows):
R1:
with WS facing up, begin working in the ch-1 sp directly to the left of any corner. 3dc, ch 1, (3dc in next ch-1 sp) twice. Turn. (3 clusters of 3 dc)

R2: Ch 1, sl st to next ch-1 sp, sl st in that space, (CSDC, 2dc) in same space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Turn. (2 clusters of 3dc)

R3: Ch 1, sl st to next ch-1 sp, sl st in that space, (CSDC, 2dc) in same space. Cut yarn.

Repeat R1-3 above until you have all 4 corners worked.

Begin working in the round again

Round 5 : Begin in the center DC of any corner point, **3sc, sc, (ch 3, sc in corner of next 3dc cluster) x6** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (48 sc, 24 ch-3 sp).

Round 6: Begin in center sc of the corner point, **3dc, dc2, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in next sc) x6, dc in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first dc of rnd. 124 dc. Cut yarn if switching colors.

Round 7: Begin in center dc of any corner **3sc, sc2, FPTR, (sc 3, FPTR) x6, sc 3** Repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (96 sc, 28 FPTR).

Round 8: Begin in center sc of the corner point,**(sc, FPDC, sc) in center st of corner, (sc 3, DC Post) x7, sc 3** Repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (104 sc, 32 FPDC).

Round 9: Begin in center post st of corner **(sc, ch 2, sc) in corner dc post st, ch 1, sk 1, (sc, ch 1, sk 1) to next corner** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd.

Round 10: Begin in ch-1 sp of any corner **(sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-1 sp, (dc post on dc post 2 rows down, ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1) x8, dc post on dc post 2 rows down, ch 1** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. Cut yarn.

 

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