granny square sampler afghan- week 4

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(Find all the assignments listed on this page.)

 

Sorry for the delay in posting this new granny square. I usually get these all ready so they automatically post early Friday morning, but this week was nuts. Video wasn’t originally going to happen, but I reshot early this morning with better lighting and a quieter house.

I’m calling this week’s granny square a “V Variation”. (It’s only week 4 and I’m already out of names, I know!) There is a version of this square in the original afghan that inspired this project, which didn’t make any sense to me, so I created this pattern which makes more sense and will hopefully make sense to you. It’s a little more open than last week’s square, but similar to the traditional grannies in week’s 1 and 2. I explain a little in the videos, but there is a “V” effect with the stitch patterning in rounds 3 and 4.

Use a different color for each round of this week’s squares. I made mine totally different from each other, as you can see. I want to throw some totally random colors in my sampler in certain spots, so at times I pull out a bright citrusy orange and get crazy. I divided the videos by round, so there’s several of them.

Week 4

Square 5, “The V” (Make 2 of these- 1 version with 4 rounds, make 1 version with 6 rounds.)

4 round version- uses 4 colors

Round 1 & 2-

 

With first color, ch 5, join with a sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1 (same color)- Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in center of the ring, *ch 5, 4 dc in center of the ring* rep from * 2 more times, ch 5, join with a sl st to top of beg ch 3. End off.

Rnd 2– Join new color in corner (ch 5) space. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc all in same corner space. Ch 2, between 2nd and 3rd dc from previous row, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc into same space (the “V” I was talking about). Ch 2. *3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in corner space, ch 2; (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) bet 2nd and 3rd dc crochet; ch 2* Repeat bet * 2 more times, slip st to top of first ch 3 and end off.

Round 3-


Join new color in corner (ch 3) space, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Ch 2, 1 dc in ch 2 sp (from previous row), ch 1, 3 dc in ch 1 sp (in the middle of the “V” from previous row), ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2. Corner- 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 2, *1 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2*. Corner- 3 dc, ch 3, 3dc, repeat bet * *, corner- 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, repeat * *, slip st to top of first ch 3 and end off.

Round 4

Join new color at corner (ch 3) space, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. *Ch 1, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, ch 1, 3 dc into the top of the center dc of the 3 dc group from previous round, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, ch 1*; corner- 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, repeat from * *, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, repeat from * *, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, repeat from * *, slip st to top of first ch 3 and end off.

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6 round version- uses 6 colors

Rnds 1- 4– Follow instructions for 4 round version above.

Round 5

Join new color at corner (ch 3) space, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. *Skip 2 dc stitches, 3 dc into top of 3rd stitch from previous row*. Repeat bet * * 4 more times. 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (corner). Repeat bet * *5 times, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (corner). Repeat bet * *5 times, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (corner), repeat bet * *5 times, slip st to top of first ch 3 and end off.

 

Round 6

Join new color at corner (ch 3) space, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. *Beginning at top of next dc stitch from previous round, 1 dc into the top of each dc stitch, 20 stitches.* 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (corner), Repeat from * *, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (corner), repeat from * *, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (corner), 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (corner), slip st to top of first ch 3 and end off.

Any questions, just leave them in the comments. As always, you can find the everything we’ve done till now on this project with all the links on this page.

Thanks for your patience with this week’s delay! Enjoy your weekend!

 

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32 Comments
  • kat

    June 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Hey Blair,
    A couple of us are working on the squares tonight & noticed a couple things….
    Your Row 4 looks different in the two squares.
    In the four row version & pattern you go ” 2 dc in next ch 2 space, ch 1, 3 dc into the top of the center dc of the 3 dc group from previous round, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch 2 space”
    but in the six chain version it appears (in the video and picture) you went ” 3 dc in next ch 2 space, ch 1, 2 dc into the top of the center dc of the 3 dc group from previous round, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 2 space” instead.
    If you do it the way the pattern is written it changes where the stitches are worked in Row 5 compared to where you do it in the video. You can still evenly space out the sets of 3 dcs and they are all in stitches instead of spaces.
    Also in Row 6, you say there are 20 stitches but there are actually 21, you have 7 sets of 3 dcs on each side.
    We’re loving doing the project so far!

  • sonskyn

    June 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Blair, just to say that i really enjoy this project…i decided to combine it with crocheting some granny squares for pillows(your pattern too)…so, this is really honing my crocheting skills…thanks for all your hard work! sonja

  • Gwénaelle

    June 9, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Hello,
    As Kat, I see the mistake with the row 4. I made my 6 round version square and I have 21 stitches.
    thank you fot this sampler afghan, and excuse me for my english (I am french !)

  • Mousy Brown

    June 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Hi Blair, I am loving joining in with you…it is great to have something to look forward to each Friday and the fact that it is in small easily achievable bits is so good for me at the moment! You say in the video for round 4 that you would love to see the squares…is there anywhere we can do that? I was wondering if you were thinking of setting up a Flickr group? I too would love to see what people are coming up with…the few I have seen on other blogs are amazing and really inspiring – its great to see how different they all are from the same instructions…Don’t want to cause you more work (it sounds like you had plenty to deal with yesterday anyway!) but I just thought I would ask…
    Thanks again for all the hard work you are putting into organising this, Emily 😀

  • Margaret Murdoch

    June 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Love this one. So pretty, and so much fun to make.

  • emily

    June 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    so…i’m working on it, but it’s not exactly right. here’s what i’ve got. i’m working the 6 round cake right now, and i think i’ve followed your directions. but i’ve just finished round 5 and i only have 18 stitches (6 groups of 3 dcs). i see that your photo shows 7 groups of 3, and that kat and others have 21 stitches. i just can’t find where i’ve gone wrong to have only 6 clusters. but i’m going to do the 6th round as is and hope that the teacher doesn’t make me rip back and re-do! xo.

  • Steph

    June 10, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Hi Blair,
    I noticed when you dc, you do it – yo, insert into row, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 stitches…etc
    when i was learning i was shown – yo, insert into row, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 1, then yo, pull through 2…etc
    Is there a right and a wrong?
    Thanks for the videos, i am learning so much!! 🙂

  • Steph

    June 10, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Hi Emily,
    Do you have Instagram? If you do, search the tag #grannysquaresampler – it has pics of peoples work so far 🙂

  • Chestercat

    June 10, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I noticed the change in row 4 as well. I’m going to do one each way and see what turns up at the end. I’m really enjoying working on the squares each week 🙂

  • Jasmine

    June 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Hi Steph,
    When doing a SC, DC, or TR (triple crochet), you always:
    -yarn over and draw through two loops until stitch is completed
    You should never yarn over and draw through only one loop. There are a few instances when a pattern will ask you to do this, but it’s normally for a larger purpose or a special stitch, and the pattern would always explicitly instruct you to do so.
    Hope that helps 🙂
    Jasmine

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Hi Kat,
    Thank you so much for calling this to my attention. This week’s square was working against me from the beginning (and its not even that hard!). I see what you are saying, and I am thinking that I will post a new video tomorrow to show the entire square from beginning to end, with corrections. In the meantime, if you have found a way to crochet it correctly, please do what works for you and what looks good. Thanks!

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thank you so much Sonja, I’m enjoying it too!

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Thank you so much, so glad you were able to finish it despite my mistakes! : D

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hi Emily! So glad you enjoying the project, I am too! I think I will start a Flickr group for this project this afternoon, I realize everyone is not on Instagram, so this will give another option. Look for that next week!

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Thank you Margaret! Enjoy!

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Thanks Steph!

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I am glad you got it done. Maybe I could sell this week’s square as the one we intentionally add in the mistakes that make it all truly handmade, what do you think??

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I have definitely been told I do it wrong. I had to laugh, because a lot of us probably quilt wrong too. Its the way I learned and at this point it is impossible for me to unlearn (old dog…)I think in the end it all looks the same, but I think the way you do it is the “right” way.

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you so much for adding that info Jasmine!

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Yay, thank you for going ahead and ad libbing. I will add a newly corrected video hopefully tomorrow.

  • Mousy Brown

    June 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Blair! I did look at signing up with instagram today but I haven’t a clue and I’m much better with Flickr! I really appreciate you thinking of us non-instagramers too! 😀

  • Mousy Brown

    June 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Steph…I’ll try but haven’t a clue what to do!!! 😀

  • Erin | house on hill road

    June 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I think that is brilliant.

  • Erin | house on hill road

    June 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you for all your hard work, Blair. I truly appreciate it. I’m having so much fun!

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I’m going with it : D

  • blair/wisecraft

    June 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    And yes, Jasmine is correct about the pulling through 2 stitches until you finish the stitch. I was talking about the direction I yo on my hook, I was told I do it “backwards”. Oh well!

  • polita

    June 11, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Hi, Blair. I’m polita from Spain.
    I’m following your sampler with my aunt Bea, and we are enyoying a lot it.
    My afghan blanket is for my new house in Santoña (Cantabria-España, I want decorate it in these colours. You can see it in my blog.
    Thank you very much.

  • DemetriasCrochet

    June 11, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Hi, Blair!
    I’m LOVING this project. I became addicted to grannys a few months ago, and this is a real treat: this is my Saturday morning with a cup of coffee, kinda like cartoons when I was a kid.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Akhila

    June 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Blair I am all done waiting for the next one:)

  • severien

    June 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    YAY! I’ve been wanting to crochet a “random coloured” granny square sampler with all my scraps but I wasn’t looking forward to planning it… 🙂 So this is perfect! I’m gonna try and cath up!! 🙂

  • Heather

    June 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Again thank you, Blair. I am loving this. I am now caught up and rear for the next square. I did notice that my tension is a bit wonky. A few identical squares are not the same size. Handmade indeed 🙂

  • michelle

    June 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    hey blair, are we supposed to make two squares total or three for this assignment? I thought two (one small one big) but saw most people on instagram seemed to make three (two small one big).

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