Compact Basic Granny Square in 2 Colours

  • Using first colour, chain 4 and join with slip stitch to make a ring
  • Chain 2, then 2 trebles into the ring and then chain 1
  • 3 trebles into ring and 1 chain (repeat to make 2 more clusters, so first row is 4 clusters with 1 chain between each)
  • Join with a slip stitch into top of first stitch
  • Turn and chain 2, 2 trebles into previous row chain space, chain 1, 3 trebles into same chain space, chain 1 (2 clusters with 1 chain between makes the corner)
  • 3 trebles, chain 1, 3 trebles into next chain space of previous row, repeat to end (8 clusters total)
  • Join with slip stitch. Finish off. Weave in ends. 
  • Turn and join second colour to middle of row (preferably not where you ended the last row)
  • Chain 2, 2 trebles into chain space of previous row (makes first cluster)
  • 3 trebles into next chain space, chain 1, 3 trebles into same chain space (makes a corner)
  • 3 trebles into next chain space
  • 3 trebles into next chain space, chain 1, 3 trebles into same chain space (makes 2nd corner)
  • 3 trebles into next chain space, etc
  • Repeat until row is complete (12 clusters)
  • Join with slip stitch. Finish off. Weave in ends. 

So the square starts with a ring. 

The next row is made of 4 clusters, the starting cluster of each row is always chain 2 and 2 trebles. Subsequent clusters are made of 3 trebles.

The next row will have ‘straight’ clusters and ‘corner’ clusters. A corner cluster has a chain stitch between. 

You can keep adding more rows until the square is the size you want and join many squares together to make a blanket, or make a blanket from one huge square. Just follow the pattern of making straight clusters (which increase in number with each row) and corner clusters. Turn your work with each row as this helps to keep it square. Weave in your ends as you go otherwise you will be left with a very tedious task at the end. 

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