Boocoos Blogthingy’s Free-Form Granny Squares

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I am so excited to introduce you to another one of my bloggy friends, this time from Boocoos Blogthingy. If you are looking for some fun and creative crochet inspiration, definitely drop by Boo’s. A few of my favorites are her crocheted rocks (so cool!), this owl (of course :), and this colorful baby blanket (so sweet). And today she is here to celebrate Granny Month by sharing with us some of her free-form Granny Squares AND she has a fun giveaway as well!
 
Take it away, Boo …
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Thank you Kara for allowing me to guest post with you. I’ve followed you for a good while now and really admire all you do. I don’t understand how you manage it all; you make me feel lazy!
For your Granny Month I am happy to reveal 4 granny square patterns that I invented to give viewers a little push towards free-form crochet. All 4 start with the same first 2 rounds and then I made it up from there. I used size 3 crochet thread and an F hook, but they would work in yarn with an appropriate size hook. 

So here are the first 2 rounds.

Rnd 1 – Using a magic circle to start ch 3 then 15 dc before closing the ring with a sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3. (16 total dc counting the ch3 as 1dc).
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{If you do not know how to use a magic circle, Kara has a tutorial on it. This really is the best method for beginning any circle, but if you just don’t like it then do this instead}
Rnd 1 – Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring, then ch 3, 15 dc in ring, sl st to join first ch 3.
THEN
Rnd 2 – Ch 3, (always counts as 1 dc),(dc,ch2,2dc) in same sp ( first corner made),dc in next 3 dc, *2dc, ch2, in next dc* (2nd corner made), dc in next 3 dc then repeat 2nd corner. Continue in this manner around then sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3 beginning. (7 dc on each side)

SQUARE # 1

It is 4 little squares of only the first 2 rounds (above).

Rnd 3 – hdc in each dc and the corners are: 2 hdc, ch 2, 2hdc.
I used hdc so that when they are assembled, the resulting square is the same size as the other three.

SQUARE # 2
 
Rnd 3 – sl st in the next dc and in ch 2 sp. Ch 3, repeat 1st corner in same space, ch6, sk next 7 dc, make 2nd corner. Continue around ending with a sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3 beginning.
 
Rnd 4 – sl st to and into first ch 2 sp, ch 3, work 1st corner, dc in next 2 dc, ch 6, sk ch 6 sp, dc in next 2 dc, make 2nd corner. Continue around using 2nd corners, sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3 beginning.
 
Rnd 5 – sl st to and into next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner,dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, dc around ch 6 of both rnd 3 and 4 into 4 th of 7 sk dc st in rnd 2, ch 2, dc in next 4 dc, make 2nd corner in ch 2 sp. repeat around musing 2 nd corners, join with sl st in 3 rd ch of beginning ch 3.
 
Rnd 6 – sc in each st around, making , corners same as rnd 5, but in sc.
 
Rnd 7 – repeat rnd 6.
SQUARE # 3
 
Rnd 3 – sl to and in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, dc in next 6 dc,* make 2nd corner, dc in next 6*, continue around, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. (10 dc on each side)
 
Rnd 4 – sl st to and in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, * dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, V st (dc, ch 2, dc),ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, make 2nd corner * , repeat ** 2 more times. Join as usual.
 
Rnd 5 – repeat Rnd 4, making V sts in V st of previous round.
 
Rnd 6 – 7 sc in each st around making corners as above, but in sc.

SQUARE # 4

Rnd 3 – same as Round 4 of square #3.

Rnd 4 – sl st to and into next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, V st between next 2 dc of previous rnd, 5 dc in next V st, V st between next 2 dc of previous row, make 2nd corner (13 dc on each side) continue around. Join as before.

Rnd 5 – sl to and into next ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 1st corner, 5 dc in V st of previous row, V st in 3rd dc of 5 dc in previous row, 5 dc in next V st, make 2 nd corner. Continue around and join as before. (16 dc on each side)

Rnd 6 – sc in each stitch around, making the corners as before, but in sc.

Rnd 7 – sc in each st around except do 5 sc in each corner.

 
Besides these patterns, I’d like to tell your readers about my
YARN GIVEAWAY!

 

The yarn is pictured below. If you win, but don’t like this yarn, I’ll give you a choice of some others. Shipping is free (USA only). It’s absolutely FREE!
 
So, how to win? It’s easy. Just leave a comment below. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on 8/31.
That’s all. You’re entered. Be sure to leave your e-mail in your comment so we can notify you. If the winner does not claim the prize within 24 hours of notification, a second drawing will produce a new winner. Yarn details are posted on my blog if you’re interested. Good luck and thanks again, Kara.

~Boo

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39 Responses to Boocoos Blogthingy’s Free-Form Granny Squares

  1. Donna Reynolds August 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi, I am making winter hats for kids at an inner city school in Syracuse, and would love to win this yarn. My email is dlrturtle@earthlink.net

    Thank you so much.

    Donna Reynolds

  2. Amanda August 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway! Granny squares are my favorites! Love them!

  3. Debbie August 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks for the nice giveaway! I enjoyed the post about the free-form granny squares!

  4. Martha August 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    love those free form squares. never done free form before. and great giveaway (mavans@gmail.com)

  5. Michelle Wulf August 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    LOVE your squares! They are so fun!!! I’ve only been crocheting for a month and half, so have yet to experiment with free form. That is yet to come. 🙂 And I would love some new yarn! I’m working on Christmas presents. 🙂 midawi50@hotmail.com

  6. Kai August 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I check this blog every. single. DAY.!!!! I’m almost (2 weeks short of) 62, and I started crocheting at 21. LONG time! It’s my favorite thing to do. Love the tutorial, and thanks to you too, Kara for ALL the great tutorials/ideas! I’ve used MORE than a few! Because I’m crazy about anything Yarn Bee, please include me in the drawing, Boo! This yarn looks luscious!

  7. Tricity Hokes Creations August 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Love these squares they are so pretty! Love both of your blogs! tricityhokescreations@gmail.com

  8. Kim August 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    OMG I am soo addicted to granny squares right now! Thanks for the new patterns =) and for the chance at some new yarn! Kimpotter@gmail.com

  9. technicolorstargazer August 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I love the granny square patterns. So pretty. 🙂

  10. Anonymous August 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    ShannonLRamsey@yahoo.com These are cool patterns. Thanks for sharing

  11. Deb B August 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    How generous of you to not only share your pattern, but to have a giveaway of Such gorgeous yarn. Thank you so much. Please enter me in your drawing. Fuzzy509@gmail.com

  12. Kristina August 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Awesome Ty for chance, love the patterns, might have to try these for my next blanket! lilgreygirl@gmail.com

  13. pamsdill August 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I would love to win some yarn, thank you so much not only for yarn giveaway but sharing your pattern with us. pam_amsdill@yahoo.com

  14. tiffany franklin August 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Thanks for the freeform inspiration! AND for the chance at free yarn 🙂 tifrbug@rock.com

  15. Pat August 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I really like your granny design and the delicate yarn you used. Thanks.

  16. Anonymous August 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I love your blog, even though just found it!!! You have some great patterns!! Hope I get a good chance of winning your giveaway!!! Carla sassylady53@comcast.net

  17. Anonymous August 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    I like your granny squares and then to offer yarn, Thanks

  18. Detra Braymen August 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Just found your blog!! What a find! You have some great patterns and I would love to win your yarn giveaway!! detrabraymen@yahoocom

  19. Diane Best August 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    You both have great blogs and what a wonderful prize!

  20. Sharon August 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Love the granny squares. Can’t wait to try them!

  21. Tammy August 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Please enter me into the drawing for the yarn! I love your freeform grannys. I especailly love the first two!I hope your gonna share the pattern!
    Thank you
    Tammy- tammyskowhegan1@verizon.net

    • Boocoos August 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      The patterns are included in the post at Petals to Picots. Hope you enjoy and thanks for your interest. Boo

  22. Sherri August 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    ok I found you. Im in I think the yarn is really pretty

  23. aleisethefunny August 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Cute squares and awesome yarn! 🙂

  24. Francie August 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Thanks for the chance. 🙂 Would love to win. 🙂

  25. Kadie August 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    What could be better, FREE patterns and FREE yaryn? Count me in! LOVE your patterns Boo. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Aeshu1 August 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Ohh I love fuzzy yarn! I made a heart garland with my last skein of red fuzzy yarn and it was sooo adorable!

  27. Kim Smyth August 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    I love the owl, I’m struggling to learn granny squares, maybe I’ll have better luck trying this one. I’m from Ft Worth too, but now I reside in Groves, Tx. I just started crocheting this past Christmas and I’ve made a few things, none very good except my first hat.nid love to win this yarn, it would make a very pretty scarf or shawl!

  28. nisilynne August 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Love the patterns! Love granny squares! Love,love yarn! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
    nisilynne67@yahoo.com

  29. herakks August 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    How generous! Would love to win the yarn. Kelsey ~ herakks@hotmail.com

  30. Gramma Rita August 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂 Email is rita.lippert@gmail.com

  31. Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects August 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Ooh, so pretty! Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  32. sandra k williams August 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    i am like some of your other commenters except i am now 69 yrs. old and have been crocheting since i was around 13 yrs. old and i still love to do it and still enjoy every minute of it. now that has been a long, long time. granny squares have always been one of my favorites too.

    • berryrose August 27, 2012 at 5:40 am #

      Hi Sandra, You have me beat by a little bit. lol I’m 63 and have been crocheting since I had my first son at 21. I love the oldies (granny squares). How are you liking all the new squares? I have to tell you, I can’t make up my mind on which one to start with. Rose.

  33. sunonglass August 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Recently found Petals to Picot and have been loving granny square month. Thanks for all the great patterns and ideas! I’ll be checking out Boo’s site, too. Please include me in the contest – sunonglass@gmail(dot)com

  34. Unique2wh0 August 27, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway and now I have a new blog to follow around that looks awesome. Unique2wh0@aol.com

  35. berryrose August 27, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    The yarn looks yummy. Hope to win. If not, I’ll purchase some for a scarf. Thanks for the above grannies. berryrose2004@yahoo.com Syracuse, NY

  36. Now Am Found! August 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    those squares are gorgeous! love the color. and that red yarn in the giveaway? I know exactly what to make with it already. thanks in advance and I love your blog

  37. Crystal Garduno August 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I love the yarn!!!

    Can’t wait to see who wins!

    cggarduno@yahoo.com

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