For this tutorial you will need:

1. A hook

2. Yarn

3. Goodwill! 🙂

1. Slip stitch

One of the easiest stitches, used quite a lot. We make it in the following way:

We insert the hook through the stitch where we want to make slip stitch, yarn over and pull back through both the stitch and the loop we already have on the hook. And that’s it!

2. Circle

There are 2 ways to make a circle: classic and magic circle. I will show you both using double crochet.

a) Classic way

We start by chaining 4. We will work in the first stitch. Yarn over, insert the hook in the first stitch, yarn over again, pull the hook back so we have 3 loops on the hook.

Yarn over, pull the hook back through 2 loops on it, then yarn over again and pull through 2 remaining loops. The result is double crochet, which we have already learned.

We will repeat this 10 times, making a total of 12 double crochets in the circle. We will work in the first stitch the whole time. Chain 3 is counted as a double crochet!

When we make 12 double crochets, we will use slip stitch to finish the circle. We will make a slip stitch in the top of the chain 3 and the circle is done!

Second row – chain 3 and make a double crochet in the same stitch. Then, made 2 double crochets in the remaining 11 stitches, so we will have a total of 24 double crochets. At the end, we will finish by making a slip stitch in the top of the chain 3.

Third row – chain 3, in the next stitch make 2 double crochets. In the next one, make one double crochet, then in the next one 2 double crochets, all the way to the end. The result is 36 double crochets (the pattern is: 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1, 2, …. 2)

Each following row has one additional stitch with only one double crochet in it:

4. – 2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,1…..

5. – 2,1,1,1,2,1,1,1…

6. – 2,1,1,1,1,2,1,1,1,1…

7. – 2,1,1,1,1,1,2,1,1,1,1,1…

Follow this pattern until you get a circle of desired size.

b) Magic circle

Quite simple, here is how it is done:

Start by making a slip stitch, but don’t pull the yarn – leave it wide and loose. Chain 3 (leave the circle loose!), then make another 11 double crochets in that loose circle. While you are working you can pull the yarn bit by bit, but don’t pull it fully until you have made all the double crochets.

Once you made them, pull the yarn fully and you have a circle made with the magic circle method 🙂

I will show you how to make a magic circle with grandma’s square tutorial.

3. Grandma’s square

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a basic grandma’s square, the simplest one. They are all simple, but this one is the best to begin with.

We start by making a magic circle (see the description above for the first step), but we will make only a chain of 3 and 2 more double crochets. Then we will chain 3 and again, in the circle, we will make 3 double crochets.

We repeat: chain 3, then 3 double crochets in the circle, then chain 3 and one more time, until we have a total of 4 groups of 3 double crochets and 4 x chain 3, with the last one being on the hook.

We connect the last chain 3 to the top of the first chain 3 (it is counted as the first double crochet) using the slip knot we learned.

We can continue making the grandma’s square in two ways:

1st (shown in the second row)

We make slip stitches in the 2 double crochets, and in the chain 3 space. Then we chain 3, make 2 double crochets in the chain space (we have 3 now), then we chain 3 and make another 3 double crochets in that same chain space.

*We will chain 2, skip the group of 3 double crochets and work in the chain space: 3 double crochets, chain 3, 3 double crochets.

We will repeat this (*) until we reach the end of the row. At the end, we will connect the last chain 2 using slip stitch with the top of the chain 3.

2nd way (shown in the third row)

We will chain 5. In the corner we will make 3 double crochets, chain 3, 3 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets in the next chain space, chain 2, then work the corner the same way we did before.

When we reach the end of the row, we will make only 2 double crochets in the chain space, and we will connect it with the third stitch on the chain (the chain 5 from the beginning of the row) using slip stitch.

Repeat these steps until you make a grandma’s square of the desired size.

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