Thursday, February 11, 2016

I get it! Granny Squares decoded - and a Pentagon made.

So this year (2016) I've decided to really learn how to crochet.
I've made a start with Granny Squares and decided that I was doing ok with those after making a few, each one a little neater than the one before.



Next I decided to try something new. I'd found this tutorial via Pinterest for making Granny Triangles so thought I'd give that a try.
After a first failed attempt when I'd been confused by the instructions talking about treble crochet. 

I thought treble crochet was a new stitch until I realised (and read the pattern properly) that the pattern was a UK pattern and that UK treble crochet is the same as US double crochet, which is what I'd just learned!
Once I'd got that sorted, the pattern was easy to follow and my new Granny Triangle worked out just fine!


Once I'd made this triangle, I realised that it really wasn't anything new, but simple the same principle and instructions as for a Granny Square, but just 3 corners instead of 4! 
It was a real 'light bulb' moment.

The next day I got up and just had to put my theory to the test, and decided to try making one of these with not 3, not 4, but 5 corners...yes a Granny Pentagon!

I didn't use a pattern, just working from my new knowledge of how to make a Granny Square, but added and extra point and....voila.


Now to those of you who are expert crocheters, this may not seem very exciting, but to me it was! I really have learned something new here - I haven't just learned how to follow the pattern to make a basic Granny square - I understand the pattern and could see how to adapt it to make something new!



Now that I feel like I understand Granny Squares - I thought it was time to get a little creative. So I got a thin crochet hook and some embroidery thread and made myself a pair of earrings!




I feel like I've made a good start to my learn to crochet quest. Time to keep moving forwards onto something other than the Grannies now I think! Any suggestions?


16 comments:

  1. Hexagons and pentagons... they can make up a football!! Just so you know :-)

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    1. He he... Football cosies here I come!! :)

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  2. Hi Jill! Great progress! You look gorgeous with your lovely blue earrings! Keep going!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. Aren't you the smart one, Jill, already making up your own designs and making those earrings. Those are really nice looking!

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  4. Jill, the granny things are so good!And you already making jewelry! :) Great work!

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  5. Hi Jill, wow I love the way your squares came out and you did a great job. Before you know it you will be a great crocheter! Have fun with it. Enjoy the rest of the week and have a Happy Valentines Day.
    Julie xo

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  6. My knitting/crochet instructor would call that 'owning' so you 'own' the granny square now. You are very clever and the earrings are darling. I don't know if you have joined Ravelry.com yet but it is free and they have oodles of patterns - many free. Knitters and crocheters post pictures of their projects so you can see what any particular pattern will look like. It is a powerful site where you can find a project by various search factors: type of yarn, yardage, crochet or knit, etc. There are also many groups and forums to join if you so wish. You can get lost in Ravelry for hours if you don't watch yourself.

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    1. Thank you - I will certainly head on over to Ravelry! I like that I 'own' the granny square now - that sounds so good!!

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  7. I love that you used them as earring too. That is so creative. I like to knit but I would really love t learn how to crochet. I invite you to stop by and add your link to the Thursday blog hop linky party ( you can link up until Saturday at midnight) My new giveaway launched today too xo

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  8. These look so nice! I just cant learn to crochet. Thank you for sharing at #thursdayfavoritethings. Pinned and tweeted!

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