Crocheters and knitters, if they stick with their craft long enough, will end up with a decent amount of scrap yarn. Instead of tossing these scraps out, yarn lovers can take a cue from clever crafters and whip up granny squares. Although crochet is the usual medium for producing granny squares, knitters can make squares, too -- these squares don't look exactly the same, but they still make unique scrap projects. In fact, producing knit bias squares in stripes is one way to create simple yet whimsical geometrical effects.
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Things you need
- Size H/8 crochet hook
- Large-eyed yarn needle
- Size US 8 knitting needles
Chain six stitches with the crochet hook. Slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring.
Chain three, which will function as the first double crochet. Work two double crochets into the ring. Now you have one group of three double crochets.
Chain two. Work three double crochets into the ring. Now you have two groups. Repeat this action twice more. You will have four groups or shells.
Chain two, then join the round by working a slip stitch into the third chain of the first chain three. Slip stitch over to the corner.
Chain three, which will function as the first double crochet. Into the same space, which is acting as a corner of the square, double crochet two, chain two, then double crochet three. You now have the first corner of the new round.
Chain one, then, in the next corner or chain two space, work three double crochets, chain two, then three double crochets. Repeat this action twice more, leaving you with four new corners, eight shells total. Work a slip stitch into the third chain of the original chain three, then slip stitch over to the corner.
Chain three for the first double crochet, work two double crochet, chain two, then three more double crochet, all in the same corner. Chain one, work three double crochet into the space between the corners, chain one, then work three double crochets, two chains, and three double crochets into the next corner. Continue this around the entire square, then slip stitch into the third of the first chain three, fasten off the yarn, and weave in yarn ends with the yarn needle.
Cast three stitches onto one of the knitting needles.
Knit one row.
Knit into the front and back of the first and last stitch of the next row.
Continue in this manner, knitting one row then increasing one row, until you have a total of 49 stitches.
Knit one row.
Work a slip-slip-knit decrease, knit to the end of the row, then work a knit two together decrease. Work in this manner, knitting one row then decreasing one row, until you have three stitches remaining.
Bind off, cut the yarn, then weave in the ends with the yarn needle.
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