Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Mum's Granny Along 4

For my Delightful Granny Students and anyone else who may be lurking - today's the day for your very first small square!

Lesson No. 4 - The Centre Square

Items needed - one ball of wool and a crochet hook.
Skill needed - to be able to chain, controlling the hook, the wool and the work confidently.

First of all here is some Crochet Speak

ch - chain
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
tr - treble
yo - yarn over
cl - cluster

This is where we left off at the end of Lesson 3.

Begin with a slip knot and ch 3.
Join with a sl st to form a ring.

Remember the 3 chain are a substitute for 1 treble. Two more trebles are needed to make our first cluster of trebles.

Put the yarn over (yo) the hook.

Put the hook through the Hole made by the ring and yo again.

Pull the yarn through the hole so now it looks like there are 3 stitches on the hook. Yo again.

Pull this loop through 2 stitches on the hook then yo again.

Pull this loop through the last 2 stitches on the hook. You have now crocheted your first treble (tr). Now it looks like you have 2 tr. One more is needed to make the first cluster. Work another treble.

Yo, hook through hole.

Yo and pull through hole.

Yo and pull through 2 stitches.

Yo and pull through 2 stitches.

The first cluster is now complete. Time for a corner.

Please note the smaller hook in the Hole.

Ch 2

First cluster and first corner

3 tr in hole
ch 2

2nd cluster and 2nd corner

Ch 2, 3 tr in hole, ch 2.

3rd cluster and 3rd corner
Ch 2, 3 tr in hole, ch 2.

4th cluster and 4th corner
Now to join the 4th corner to the first cluster.

Put the hook into the 3rd chain up (indicated by the needle). 

Try to have two strands of wool above the hook and one below.

Yo and pull through the chain and the loop on the hook. Snip off the wool.

Yo and pull through the loop to finish off.

You should end up with a small square - 4 clusters and 4 corners.

Did you? If you've managed all that you are probably raring to finish a full square. Youtube has many videos showing you how. If you just wish to plod along slowly following the way I make a square then the next lesson here will be crocheting a 2nd round in a different colour.


  1. that is the one thing I have never been able to master is knitting or crocheting.

    Which one is the easier to learn do you think?

    Gill in Canada

  2. Gill, both are different techniques. The hardest thing to learn in crochet is to hold the hook in a way that works for you. Once you've got that and the knowledge of how to chain then it's easy. In knitting you need to be able to cast on and then learn how to do the knit stitch. From there the rest is easy. Just dip your feet into learning one or the other or both, you might enjoy yourself. Just ask for help, there are plenty of people who will guide you.

  3. Great how to! I do love crochet :o) Scarlett x

  4. Am still copy and pasting the tutorial Mum. Thank you so much, love the colour of the wool today.

    Sft x

  5. I'm waiting for my crochet hooks to arrive from Ebay, then I'll be joining in!

  6. I wish I could do that. Maybe I would not eat so much if I could do something else with my hands!. Hope your healthy eating is going well too x x

  7. This is so nice of you to take the time and effort to do this for everyone. It seems a lot of people want to learn to crochet and who can blame them? I love it xxx


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