Traditional Granny Square: BB-8 Style

The other day I was bored with all of my crochet projects. Not just bored, stressed! Nothing was working out the way I thought it should, and I was at the end of my rope.

But instead of putting aside my hooks for awhile, I decided to go to the most traditional form of crochet: the granny square.

Traditional Granny Square

If you haven’t ever done a traditional granny square, I’m here for you! To be honest, I didn’t start doing granny squares until I had been crocheting for about a year. Crazy, right?! So don’t feel bad if you have yet to make the traditional granny square. I promise, it’s never too late!

granny square

If you read my post a couple weeks ago about Grandma’s Kitty Cat, you know that my Grandma Felts is a big inspiration for why I crochet. She was a huge crocheter and made almost everything! But the thing that she loved to crochet the most was granny squares. So here’s to you, Grandma!

granny

Now, if you’re wondering why I say “BB-8 Style”, it’s simply because the colors I chose to use made my husband think of BB-8 from Star Wars. He’s a huge Star Wars fan, so he naturally thinks of this, which is totally fine! I love BB-8! He is one of my favorite characters. Who knew a little robot could be so cute?!

Traditional Granny Square-BB- 8 Style

So, without further adieu, here it is:

The Traditional Granny Square

Materials:

Medium weight cotton yarn (or any size 4 yarn. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in White and Glowing)

5 mm crochet hook

Yarn/Tapestry Needle for sewing in ends

Stitches:

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

dc – double crochet

Gauge:

3 stitches x 3 rows = 2 inches

Notes:

  • Whenever you want to change colors, switch when slip stitching into the first ch 2 space of the round.
  • You can change colors as often or as little as you’d like, but it is best to only do it when moving to a new round.
  • Always cut a long enough tail when switching colors so that you can easily sew in the ends.
  • With a traditional granny square, you always stitch into the chain spaces rather than the actual double crochets unless otherwise stated.

Pattern:

Chain 5, sl st into first chain to form a circle.

Round 1: ch 3, dc into circle, ch 2, *2dc, ch 2* 3 times, sl st into top of ch 3 to join.

Round 2: sl st into next two stitches and into ch 2 space, ch 3, dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1, *2dc in next ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1* 3 times, join with a sl st in top of ch 3 to join.

Round 3: sl st into next two stitches and into ch 2 space, ch 3, dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1, *2dc in ch 1 space, ch 1, 2dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1* 3 times, join with a sl st in top of ch 3 to join.

Round 4: sl st into next two stitches and into ch 2 space, ch 3, dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1, *2dc in ch 1 space, ch 1, 2dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, 2dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1* 3 times, join with a sl st in top of ch 3 to join.

Round 5: sl st into next two stitches and into ch 2 space, ch 3, dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1, *2dc in ch 1 space, ch 1, 2dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, 2dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 1* 3 times, join with a sl st in top of ch 3 to join.

Finish off and sew in any ends left from color changing.

And there you have it: the traditional granny square! These can be used to make almost anything: blankets, sweaters, bags, wall hangings, etc. Have fun!

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