When I first saw this Granny Square Blanket on Ohdeedoh, I thought this would make a great do-while-pregnant project for the new bubs. So, I followed Yvonne's instructions at The Yvestown Blog, and looked forward to a beautiful finished product. It's been almost 2 years now. Bubs is walking. And he still doesn't have his blanket, but at least we're closer to the finish line! I still want to put a cotton backing on, and a crocheted border, but the bulk of the blanket is finally done! Whew!
I was able to pretty much follow Yvonne's instructions exactly, until I got to the part about connecting the squares together. There is now a full pattern available now, but back then, when I started, I just made it up, using her pictures as a guide. Here are some of my own pictures to help explain the "putting together" part.
You make a bunch of colored circles, with 3 rounds, using 3 different colors. Then, as you crochet the 4th round, you are connecting at the same time. Obviously, the first square will have nothing to connect to, so it's just
"ch 3 between your first and last dc of the circle (this is your first dc) - 2 dc - ch 1 - 3 dc - ch 1 - 3 dc - ch 3 - dc 3 (between the same dc's) and so on - sl st in third chain of first dc - cut."
For the second squares and all the squares after, start the same way - ch 3 - 2dc - ch 1 - 3dc - ch 1 - 3dc. Then instead of a ch 3, only do ch 1, and make a stitch through the corner of the previous square. Honestly, I'm not sure if that stitch is a single crochet or a slip stitch, but we'll say it's a slip stitch. Once you make the sl, do one more ch 1, then 3dc where you did the previous 3dc. This makes and connects your corner.
For each subsequent ch 1 in the instructions, loop through the previous square and make a slip stitch. The full sequence would be:
ch 3 (this is your first dc) - 2dc - ch 1 - 3dc - ch 1 - *3dc - ch 1 - sl in previous sq - ch 1 - 3dc in same stitch - sl in previous sq - 3dc - sl in previous sq - 3dc - sl in previous sq, then repeat from *.
Continue until you get all the way around, sl in 3rd chain of first dc, and cut. If there is nothing to connect to, then the sl reverts back to a ch 1.
I finished the last row last night, and ran out of white yarn on my last square. UGH. I seriously considered cutting off all the loose ends and tying them together to make enough to finish that one little square when I decided to look around my yarn stash to see if there was anything similar I could use. Lo and behold the pregnancy brain, there was a whole new ball of white yarn waiting for me! Somewhere, somehow, in my pregnancy-addled mind, I was smart enough to buy 2 balls of white yarn, just in case I ran out. I like it when I surprise myself with my own fore-thought. :-)
This is my first time writing anything resembling a crochet pattern, so forgive me for the sloppiness, and for not really knowing the type of stitch I was using! And a big thank you! to The Yvestown Blog, because I would never have figured this out on my own from that original inspiration in Ohdeedoh.