Problems with Crocheting Granny Squares

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Problems with Crocheting Granny Squares
Crocheters often combine several granny squares to create afghans. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Granny Squares are a staple found in many crochet patterns, due to their versatility. Finished granny squares are different sizes, many colours, and use a variety of crochet stitches. To make granny squares in the round, crocheters start the square in the centre and work outward to create a square. As easy as crocheting a granny square seems, there are still problems that may occur.

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Too Tight Crochet Stitches

The most common problem crocheters face is stitch tension. This problem is also very common when crocheting a granny square. If your stitches are too tight, it will cause your granny square to pucker, which means it will not lie flat. Using a bigger crochet hook is a way to avoid too tight stitches, also when creating the stitch, wrap the yarn around the barrel of the crochet hook and not close to the hook.

Too Loose Crochet Stitches

Crocheting too loosely causes granny squares to not only look bad, but also turn out the wrong size. Loose crochet stitches can be the result of too much tension on the yarn. Pulling the yarn too tight causes previous stitches to become loose. Another way to avoid loose crochet stitches is to use a smaller crochet hook.

Missing Round Start Point

Both a common problem when crocheting in the round and with granny squares is losing track of the beginning of the round. Use a stitch marker on the last stitch of the round moving it along with each round. Also when making granny squares, do not forget to Chain 3 (or however many necessary for the pattern), at the beginning of each round so that you create a flat square.

Straight Edges when Joining Granny Squares

When joining granny squares together, a common problem is a wavy edge. Usually the problem occurs when creating a wide border around the squares. A gap sometimes forms where two corners meet. If you are planning a narrow border this is fine, however the gap will cause a wide border to become frilly and unable to lay flat. To fix this problem treat the two corner stitches as one. Place a double crochet stitch in the first corner then bridge the gap using a double crochet decrease stitch.

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