Crocheting half a granny square is a technique used to create a type of granny square triangle rather than a full square. Use these half squares for afghans, ponchos, sweaters or any other crocheted creation. Crocheting half a granny square uses a combination of chain stitches and double crochet stitches, and begins in the same way as a regular granny square. Start your half granny square with a slip knot or a magic circle, depending on which method you are comfortable with.
Things You'll Need
- Medium-Sized Crochet Hook
Make a slip knot at the end of the yarn, leaving a 3-inch long tail.
Chain three stitches, then insert your crochet hook in the slip knot and make two double crochet. Your chain three is the first double crochet.
Chain two, and then make three more double crochet in the slip knot loop. Tighten the slip knot with the tail of yarn.
Chain three, and then turn your work and make two double crochet in the first large stitch next to the chain three you just did.
Chain one, and then make two double crochet in the corner space you created by chaining two in the first round. Chain two and then make three more double crochet in the same space.
Chain one, and then insert your crochet hook in the top stitch of the first chain on the first row. Do three double crochet in the same stitch.
Chain three, and then turn your work. Do two more double crochet in the next large stitch. Chain one, and do three double crochet in the next chain one space. Chain one, and do three double crochet in the corner space. Chain two, and then make three more double crochet in the same space.
Chain one, and then do three double crochet in the next chain one space. Chain one, and in the first stitch of the chain stitch in the second row, do three double crochet. Turn your work and continue the pattern until your half granny square is the size you need.
Keep your stitches snug, but not too tight, when making a granny square. This makes it easier to insert the crochet hook into chain one stitches.
Granny squares work best with a medium-sized crochet hook, especially if you’re joining them later to make an afghan. Small hooks make the work too tight.
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