Monday, April 28, 2014

Solid Granny Square Crochet Pattern (Grit Stitch)


Before I show you how to make the squares, here is a little sneak peek of my Daisy Afghan! 


I am going to share the pattern with you but will need to do it in a 3-part series because I have loads of pictures, tutorials and instructions to show you. This post is Part 1: Solid Granny Square Crochet Pattern.

I already posted the pattern for the Crochet Daisy Flower <---- click here for the FREE pattern. 
I chose to use the 6 petal flower, but you could easily use the 12 petal daisy flower as well.


So lets get start with the squares. I wanted something solid and sturdy for this blanket. I knew I was going to need to appliqué the daisies on and needed a square that could easy hold up the flower (something without a lot of holes and spaces) and I also didn't want something too busy. Just a solid background to show off the star of the show: the daisies! After a little bit of googling and poking around on the internets I decided on the grit stitch for the squares. The grit stitch is just a little bit of a twist on the regular single crochet that leaves you with a tight texture that is firm and dense. I really think these squares would make excellent washcloth or dishcloth as well!


Here is a close up view of the grit stitch!


Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn.
I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Yarn in these colors for the squares:
Goldfish (orangish color), Lamb (cream color), Sweat Pea (green), and Pink (pink is not part of their baby line).
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle

You can get about 4 squares out of one skien of yarn.

Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet

Solid Grit Stitch Granny Square Pattern
Pattern works in multiples of 2+1
Finished size: approximately 6x6.

Chain 25 (24+1), SC in third chain from hook, *skip one chain, 2 SC in next, repeat from * until the end of your chain except you will need to make only one SC in the last chain, Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2-21: SC in first stitch, *skip one stitch, make 2 SC in next, repeat from * until the end of your row EXCEPT you will need to make only one SC in the last stitch, chain 1, turn. Please see picture to be sure you are making your last SC in the correct spot!
Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you are using this pattern for a dishcloth or washcloth I would continue to SC around entire square for a more finished edge.

Try to be conscious of your tension. You will want your squares to end up being about the same size. I fully admit that I had to frog and re-do 4 of my squares because my tension was either too tight or too loose, causing my squares to be different sizes. If they are slightly off, that is ok, they just need to be in the same ballpark. 



This is where you start your row:



This is where you end your row:

Still confused? Take a look at THIS great video on how to make the grit stitch by New Stitch a Day.

If you want to make the exact same blanket that I did, you will want to make 5 squares of each color, 20 squares total. Of course you can always make more for a larger afghan. I wouldn't go any smaller.


Next order of business is to lay out your squares in a desirable pattern. This was like a crazy game of sudoku using colors instead of numbers. You don't want two of the same color next to each other or in the same row of 4.


Tomorrow I will show you how to join your squares and the best way to stitch on your daisy appliqué! Stay tuned!






16 comments:

  1. I cannot wait for the daisy blanket tutorial!!!! I love the possibilities of bright colors and daisies are my favorite flower! :)

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  2. I can't get over how generous you are with your time and talent. Thank you so much!

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  3. I love these colors - and when you add the daisies, I'll just SWOON :)

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  4. Beautiful!! I can't wait for the second part of the tutorial. Also, I like the idea of "washcloths"...thanks again!!!!!

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  5. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. This is so cute!! I am anxious to make one. Thank you!

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  7. Sarah, I love this!! I cant wait to make it!! Just as soon as my orders slow down, one of them being a helmet hat from your hat pattern!! Thanks so much for the wonderful patterns and tutorials!!

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  8. Was just looking for a nice pattern to make my 6 yr old son a checker board blanket that we could also play checkers on this will be perfect. Thank u for sharing.

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  9. I just love this.... I'm making one in the pink, as you did here, and one in lavender & purple for my 2 great nieces, who are twin 8 year olds! :) I love your work and thank you for your inspiration!

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  10. That was really easy to follow, thank you so much! I just bought some yarn today and just finished my first square a few minutes ago :)

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  11. Love this, making mine with boy colors and putting little crocheted cars on some squares :)

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  12. Do you have just a written pattern with the qtys?

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  13. How many stitches does row 2-21 end up with 25?

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