Crochet Granny Squares – 2 Sides of Color


In today’s tutorial we are going to learn how to do a two tone granny square – just like so. You can make some really great ideas when it comes to afghan work or even make one big whole granny square as a full afghan, with one color as one side and one color as another side. Welcome back to the Crochet Crowd, as well as Yarnspirations.com I am your host, Mikey. Today’s tutorial, we are going to work on this two toned granny square just like so. The color is changing half way in the point. So we are going to work ourselves in a circle just like so and then come back and we are going to do our color changes right in the middle. So this is done typical for a granny square – doesn’t always – not typical. But this one we have to actually turn our work every time we finish a row and go back in the direction from which we came, because we are dropping yarn as we continue. So if we are going to go in the red here when we get to this point we are going to drop the red and bring up the green just like so, do the green, come back and then just join it. Then come back with the green and drop the green and pick up the red and then continue with the red – and then join it. So that is kind of how we are – what we are going to do today. There is a free pattern available to show you how to do this as well. There is a diagram as well as written instructions for this. So, here is a copy of the diagram, just like you see here, so we are going to start off with one – and it’s going to be a chain of three Then we are going to chain up three then once again, and then put two more in. Chain 2, and then 3 more into here and then we chain one and then we drop this color and bring up the next color and continue the rest, just like this. So you are going to basically have two sides right from the get-go. It’s all a matter of how you deal with those yarn strands right in the very beginning. If I was to say anything is inconvenient that is where it is on this particular project. But once you get beyond this, then it becomes easy from that point. And before we continue, what I want to point out is whenever you are going to join it to the neighbor just like so, you are going to do a chain 1, and then you are going to do a half double crochet and join here. How you join it is really important. If you go right into the whole post, then its going to be an obvious join but if you go into just one strand it becomes a lot easier. So every time you go here, you are going to join it, we are going to chain 1 and and then half-double crochet just like this. So you will notice that it is on the opposite side. Do you see that there? That is because we are going to continue to go in rows and every time you finish a row you come back and go in the other direction. So we don’t just continually rotate in a circle – never ending – like this. With this one – you have to stop, turn your work, and then go back in the other direction – when you finish a row. So for today’s tutorial, I am going to use Bernat Super Value and gonna use size 6 mm (size J) crochet hook today. Now it doesn’t matter what color you start with – you just have to choose two colors and commit to it, and it doesn’t matter which one you start with. So we are going to create a slip knot first, and put it onto your hook. So, I want you to chain 3 One, two, and three. and I want you to join this to the beginning chain like this, and pull the yarn, through and through, therefore you will have a center ring of your granny square. Let’s begin the next part. So, to begin you need to chain up three. One, two, and three. This counts as a double crochet in this particular pattern, and you are going to double crochet two more times into the center of this ring. Let’s just wrap the hook and bring into the center, and double crochet two more times … like that…. Okay, now you have your chain 3 and 2 double crochets, so with the chain three counting as a double crochet, you officially have three double crochets. In this particular round, and in the next round it is always going to be same in the corners. We are going to chain 2. One and two. We are not ready to bring up that next color yet. We still have to do another side. We are just going to start again, just coming into the center of the ring we are going to double crochet three more times. So one, and two, and three. Now here is where we are going to add the next color. So, in this particular round, what we have to do is we have to chain one, and stop. So we have done chain one, normally in the corner you always chain two – you are going to chain one when you are about to change a color in this particular round. Let me pull up the other color. So here’s where it can get complicated. What I want you to do is grab your next color that you want to change to. Okay, this will be the opposite side of the square and I want you to just create a loop – like this. And I want you to pull it through – just pull it through once. Okay, so remember I said that that there are two chains on the corner? Well this is the second chain. Here’s the thing – I need you to move this yarn strand – the one you just dropped – out of the way. See how it is attached to that? I want you move it out of the way. So that you don’t get it stuck anywhere, because you are going to have to pick that up later. So I want you to grab the strand that is going to the ball. Okay, and I want you to grab the stand. Here, and just put it down on the center like this. And that one that is still in the center I want you to leave it there. I want you wrap the hook. And pull through – and double crochet. Once you do the first one – just pull things snug – just pull it a little tight like this and it will get rid of the look. And then you just double crochet two more times. The biggest thing I did in the very beginning – I actually have an out take already of this, is that I forgot to move the string out of the way and when you do that you can bury it underneath. So when you come back It won’t be sitting there waiting for you next time. So, I want you to turn another corner, chain two… one, and two… Going into the center ring one more time – and you are going to do – and trap these stragglers down – you are going to do three double crochets. okay So now you have got two sides of this and you are going to do the join. In this particular round, 1 and 2, its always going to be the same – uh – they are actually going to all be the same now matter which one it is. So you are going to chain one first. Then you are going to come into the very top here – do not go into a space – like this. Like where my fingers are popping through – go right into just one strand. So wrap the hook – going into one strand only You will regret it if you don’t… And pull through and then pull through all three – that’s a half double crochet. So when ever you do a finishing – it is always going to be chain one and a half double crochet. So let’s turn our work and go back in the other direction. But I want you to get rid of these stragglers first – that are down in the middle. I want you to grab your scissors and just trim those and just bury those underneath – so you don’t have to worry about them again. And your other one, the blue – should be sitting on the opposite side right where the colors start. That’s where you are going to pick it back up. So let’s begin – this round. Okay, you are going to chain up three, that counts as a double crochet. Coming into that same chain space you are going to put in two more double crochets. So that chain three counts as a double crochet Then you are going to chain one, and then because your – the next one is a – the next space on the corner All corners will always be the same with three double crochets To start with – and this is round number two So, round number two is slightly different from rest of the round. So, this one will have chain two as you turn. One and two – coming into the same space. For three more double crochets. All the rest of the rounds from this point higher will always be three in the corner. But this time it is only two – for rounds one and two. So, now we are going to come up we are going to run into this blue once again – So we are going to chain one – then you are going to start your corner – going right over top of the blue – see the blue is there – kinda holding it – so it is going to bury itself underneath the stitches you can barely see it. You are going to do three double crochets. Now you have to stop – because you need to have the blue back. So do to this one here on round number two – and all the rest of the rounds its always going to be the same. You are going to chain up one and this is where you stop So round two only – you are just going to let this green one fall out of the way – grab up the blue and finish it. That is your second chain – and then you are going to immediately start with the blue. So you are just going to begin to double crochet. just like that… So you have left your green don’t get your green stuck anywhere – just let it fall in behind the work. Just like you see… And you will see that it might be lose – you can tighten that later. Ok – see how I just did that? Chain up one – and go into the next corner – and see that we are doing a full corner on round number two. Let me try that one… just like that Chain two Only for round two that we are going to do that – and then come back in and turn that corner. just like that. So now we are coming to the very start the first is alread started. Okay – so we are going to finish the blue on this side of the corner So we are going to chain up one, and going right overtop of that green that you see it is going to bury underneath one two and three and do you remember how to join it? so the join is chain one and then reach over and half double crochet just grabbing one strand only. And half double crochet just like this. and that concludes off round number two. So the remaining rounds are exactly what’s going to be shown next. So to start round number three – and all other rounds – they are all going to be same from this point. So you are going to turn your work and chain up three – one … two … three… Coming into the same space you want to double crochet two more times .. one… and two… Okay – so you have got the total of three – because the chain three counts as one Chain up one – and now every time there is a space in the middle – in between the corners Its always going to be the same – just three double crochets into each of the spaces. One two three And then there is always going to be a chain one after you do that. And then move to the next space – but in this case – its another corner So you can see that this is going to be a full corner – so you are going to do your corner as usual. Now all corners from this point forward will be three double crochets Chaining three – one, two, three – and coming back into the same space for another three. Just like that Then, you are going to chain up one – the next one is a space that is in between – because the corner is over here So you are just going to fill in with three double crochets just like that Chain one, and then the final here – sorry this is going to be changing to the green. So this is your first corner – SO you are going to turn the green you are going to put your three in first. OKAY? So this is what you are going to do – you are going to chain one first. Then, let the blue drop – and grab up the green – wrap it and put it through the thing – pull things nice and snug. Because now is the time to do that – you can’t do that after So if it is going to be to loose for you – you aren’t going to be able to adjust it later – if you don’t. So what I like to do is kinda pull it down – so it is nice and snug and put the other – sorry you gotta chain one more – okay – so that one that I pulled through was the second chain and the one I just did is the third. so, there is your three in a row. And then you are just going to double crochet. One two and three. And here’s the thing – let me show you something. So you are going to notice that this string kinda works its way up like this – whenever you go to do a corner. Make sure that you go right into where my finger is just popping through – Don’t ever get it so that the green is being separated from it’s neighbor. Okay so you want to make sure it is clean cut. So chain up one – and then three double crochets into the next space. two and three Chain up one Okay – your corner is next – and it is a full green corner so it is going to be three double crochets okay and then chain three One Two- three and then three more back into the same corner. So one two and three And then work your way along the side so it is chaining one here is your next space. Its going to be three in that one – so one two and three like so… Now chain one and here is your final corner. The bue is already there – already done the one side so you are going to fill in this side with three double crochets One two and three. And the join is always the same as it has been – chain one reach over and half double crochet – just get one strand. and Half double crochet that. you see that? So this is how you do it – it is pretty simple – so let me just get you started. You turn your work – and this time chain three and keep your green on and it is going to be three double total double crochets that you have – counting the chaining up three that you counted once. So you actually double crochet two times. Chain up one And now there is more spaces now before you get to a corner. so you fill them in with three double crochets each One two and three and after that chain one Come into the next space three double crochets Chain one here is your corner. Corners are always going to be the same. Three double crochet and then three chain so one, two, three And then three double crochet back into the same space.’ To do that corner. Acutally did my sample with just chaining two into the corners and it worked out okay – but I would recommend doing it by the pattern – because know in the long term if it will sit flat or not. I just want to re-do this one. and three double crochets to finish that one off Chain one and then you are just going to go along and do your edges. Or do your sides – just putting in three double crochets in each – no big deal if you are a granny square lover you know this is easy – and keep working your way. and now we are running back into the next corner that is going to have the color change. SO the color changes get far and few between because it gets bigger on both sides so you don’t have to change as often. And it makes it nice and easy You are going to do the first part of the corner with your green – Two and three – and before you go any further – see this strand – just pull it nice and tight first. Chain up one Drop it Bring on your blue So your blue is going to come on So this is chain number two And going to pull everything nice and snug So that was chain number two – chain one more time for three And then start double crocheting into the same space. Get that green out of the way. So that you aren’t crocheting over top it – so that it will be ready for you by the time that you return. And you are going to just keep working like that as well So I am just going to untangle myself. It does get tangled sometimes – sometimes you have just got to position the balls differently. And just move them around if they are getting tangled. Or you can just flip up your project. And I can see here if I flip it up a few times here this way this will untangle the yarn So if you are strategic about it you can just keep doing that. So, once you get your first three in there then chain one and just double crochet three more times into the next just like that. Alright – chain one And keep moving along one two three chain one Corner now Is three double crochets. One. two. three. Chain three. One. two Three. Three double crochets. Chain one. and then go into the next space for three double crochets.so one. two three chain one three double crochets into the next space. One, two, and three. Chain one. and then come into the final there. And remember the green is already partially done. You are just going to put three double crochets – the one, two, and three. Chain one and then – half double crochet into the turning chain – but make sure you go into just one strand only. to do that – remember to finish it off nicely So this is how you would do a two-toned granny square just like so when you are done then – you just want a darning needed and just weave in your ends into the end. And therefore you will not see them. So you really want to pay attention to that beginning and getting that yarn buried in and out of the way that you will never see where you stopped or started. So – until next time – I am Mikey on behalf of The Crochet Crowd and yarnspirations.com Have a great day! BYE!