Monday, January 2, 2012

Easy Peasy Granny Square

A few weeks ago I realized how easily I get cold. For this reason I am always lost underneath many many layers. For the last few autumn/winters I have been wearing the same red fringed scarf, that I got at Salvation Army for $1, with pretty much every outfit. I really have loved the chunky cowls I have been seeing. I knew I could make one myself, but I always have a hard time picking out a design that I want to make. One thing was for sure, I wanted a granny square texture. The only one's I could find online were granny squares pieced together or too complicated. The ones I found online were completely overpriced. I am a sucker for Anthropologie and Etsy store handmades, but while I appreciate the designs, I cannot spend $45 to over $100 on an accessory (or much of anything clothing related actually). Solution? Make a design myself. It seemed pretty simple. Make one that was wide enough to have that chunky warmth and long enough to wrap around once. Also, cheap...very cheap. Off to Walmart I went and out I came with a skein of Red Heart Super Saver in mustard yellow for $2.40. It's my favorite go-to yarn. Sure it is cheap 100% acrylic, but it's actually pretty soft, easy to work with in any pattern, super warm, and did I mention cheap?

I needed to make a base chain and knew the first row would have to be the building block to making the rest of the piece have the same granny square design as if I was working in the round making squares. After about 20 minutes of deep thought I had it!

Easy Peasy Granny Square Cowl

One Skein of Red Heart Super Saver 7 oz/364 yrd in any color
Hook US size H

ch 203

First row: dc in third ch from top, dc in next ch, ch one, skip one ch, (dc next three, ch one, skip next ch), repeat to last two ch. Ch one, skip one ch, dc in last ch, ch three, turn.
Row 2: Count ch three as dc, three dc in ch-one space, ch one, (dc in ch-one space, ch one). Repeat to last three dc group. Ch one, dc in top of turning ch. Ch three, turn.
Repeat Row 2 for twenty rows. Bind off. Place ends together and do a simple binding seem to make a circle. Bind off and weave in end.

Voila! It's the first pattern I have ever written out and shared. Usually these just sit in my red Moleskin journal. I will have to admit that I have been making these nonstop. There are just too easy! Plus the repetitive pattern it pretty relaxing to crochet. Did I mention they were cheap to make too? Oh and super cute. I think it only takes about one movie on Netflix to finish one or two episodes of Doctor Who or four episodes of Arrested Development. Since I have been working on them between housework, work work, and at night before I hit the pillow I am not exactly sure.

Wow, don't I look wonderful in this picture?!? I promise to style it better later. It really is adorable with everything.
My sweet husband who looked over at the pattern and exclaim, "I don't know what that means, but you make it into something awesome!" Goodness I love this man.
Behold! The DeLorean!


  1. very pretty! I'd love to try it.

  2. I'm making this now and if I can, I'll post a pic when I'm done.