Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

How To Crochet a Granny Square 2 Ways - with images

Pink Granny Squares


This pattern is for granny squares worked continuously in the same colour by turning the work rather then cutting the yarn and adding a new colour when starting a new row. I have added a mini tutorial at the bottom of this post on how to turn the work.

US Crochet Terminology

Stitches
chain = ch
single crochet = sc
half double crochet = hdc
double crochet = dc

Notes
  • corner = 3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc
  • When starting a row a single crochet and 2 chain take the place of a double crochet
  • Double crochet stitches are worked in sets of 3

loop

chain 5, slip stitch into first chain (or whichever loop method you prefer)

round 1

sc 1  into loop, ch 2 (in place of a double cr), dc 2, ch 3 (this is your first corner), *dc 3, ch 3 (corner), repeat from * 3 times

first corner and ch 3 for second corner

ch 3 for final corner


to finish the round slip stitch into second chain of first ch 2, turn work


slip stitch to finish

round 2

sc into corner space (the corner is the chain 3 of previous row), ch 2 ( sc and ch 2 take the place of a dc), dc 2, chain 3 (corner), dc 3 into same chain 3 space of previous row completing the corner, *dc 3 into the next corner space, ch 3, dc 3 into same chain 3, repeat from * x 2

single crochet into ch 3 space
single crochet into ch 3 space

first corner complete
first corner complete

second corner complete
second corner complete

ready to finish with a slip stitch
ready to finish with a slip stitch


to finish the round slip stitch into second chain of first ch 2, turn work

round 3

sc into space between dc clusters of previous row, ch 2, dc 2 into same space, *dc 3 into ch 3 space of corner, ch 3, dc 3 into same space, dc 3 cr into next space,  repeat from *

sc into space between dc clusters of previous row
sc into space between dc clusters of previous row

ch 2, dc 2 into same space
ch 2, dc 2 into same space

dc 3 cr into next space
dc 3 cr into next space

finish round
finish round

to finish the round slip stitch into second chain of first ch 2, turn work

round 4 

sc, ch 2, dc 2, *dc 3 into corner, ch 3, dc 3 into same corner, dc 3 into next space of previous row, dc 3 into next space, repeat from * to end, slip stitch into second chain of first ch 2. Do not turn work.

slip stitch to finish round 4
slip stitch to finish round 4

Crochet Granny square finished with 2 rows single crochet

Crochet Granny square finished with 2 rows single crochet

round 5 

sc 5 (to corner) between posts of previous round, *sc 4 into corner space, sc 11 (between posts to next corner), repeat to end, slip stitch into first sc, Do not turn work. 

sc between posts

round 6 

sc 5 (to corner) into double loops, *sc 1 into corner stitch, sc 2 into next corner stitch, sc into next 2 corner stitches, sc into double loops of stitches to next corner, repeat form * to end, slip stitch into first single crochet, cut yarn and pull end through to finish.

NB: the previous round has 4 sc to a corner, round 6 has 5 sc to a corner.

sc into double loops
sc into double loops

2 sc into 2nd corner stitch
2 sc into 2nd corner stitch



Crochet Granny square finished with 1 row of half double crochet



Granny square finished with a row of half double crochet


rounds 1-4 

Crochet rounds 1-4 as per above instructions.

round 5 

hdc 5 (to corner) between posts of previous round, *hdc 4 into corner space, hdc 11 (between posts to next corner), repeat form * to end, slip stitch into first hdc,  cut yarn and pull end through to finish.

Granny Squares 2 ways


Turning to start a new row


When working crochet Granny Squares in a single colour when I want a reversible finish I like to turn my work to start a new row rather then cutting the yarn and adding a new piece of yarn. 

a completed row leaves the chain space behind the hook

When a row is finished and joined the crochet hook ends up positioned just after the chain space I want to work into to start the next row, but I want this space in front of the hook. In the above picture I'm using a silver crochet hook to show the chain space I'm referring too.

turn the square from left to right

I turn my work from left to right. 

turned crochet square puts the chain space in front of the crochet hook

The chain space is now in front of my hook instead of behind it and I can work a single crochet into the chain space to begin the next row.

These squares are worked in 100% acrylic.


This tutorial was featured at Mommy Crusader



Comments

  1. Someday I need to learn to crochet. I used to knit, but it's been awhile. This tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing it with Hump Day Happenings.

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    1. Thanks Jenna, it's my first crochet tutorial. I find crochet easier then knitting. You'll love it if you do learn!

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  2. This is fabulous! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party! I hope you stop by on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you. Merry Christmas! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! Have a great Christmas, I'll be over on Monday.

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  3. This is a clear tutorial for crocheting the granny square. Best I've seen so far :-)

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    1. Are you kidding me? Thanks Agy! I think this was my very first crochet tutorial ever and I was so worried I got it wrong. I'm not sure how I missed your comment back in July, but better late then never right?

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  4. Hi there, I wanted to say thanks again for visiting my blog and leaving me a sweet comment on my TRASHY planter post....LOL...I tried to reply directly to your comment but you came up as a non reply blogger and I don't see the option to leave you a message on Google + either. Greetings!!!
    Christine from Little Brags

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    1. I was sure I had gone through and fixed all of that ages ago! Thank you so much for letting me know, hopefully I've got it all working now :0)

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