A simple granny square is one of my favorite crochet patterns. They are great for using up scraps of yarn, and can be worked on individually and then assembled into a larger project at your leisure. There are many variations but this is the one I use.
Chain 6 (ch 6).
Join ends with a slip stitch (sl st).
Chain 3. The basic pattern is 3 double crochet, then chain 2, and repeat. This chain 3 will act as the first double crochet in a set of three.
Double crochet twice (2 dc), completing the first triplet.
3 Double crochet (3 dc). This will form the first corner.
Chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 2, slip stitch and fasten off to complete the row (2 ch, 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc, 2 ch, sl st fasten off).
For the first round, all four 2 chain spaces will form the corners. One nice thing about this pattern is that once the row is started with a 3 chain 2 double crochet, the pattern is 3 double crochet, 2 chain, repeat until you work your way back to the start of the row. The corners are formed by making 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc in the same hole from the previous row.
This will form the inside of the granny square.
You may want to make them as you go, or in batches. I like to have some around to fill spare moments with.
Onward to Part 2
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