Casual Granny Cal
There have been a few queries regarding how we will be joining our squares for the casual granny cal. This has motivated me to prepare a little tutorial on how to get your squares ready to join. Today’s tutorial is for those of you who are making the blanket, so if you’re not, please disregard this post.
For those who are making the blanket, you might like to prepare your squares before the final month. This will lighten the workload in December, as you will have already completed Part A of joining.
There will be two stages to joining:
Part A – Will involve adding a border of chains and slip stitches in the white yarn (or your choice of colour).
Part B – (shown below) will involve working a series of chains in and out of the chains made in Part A, to create a lacy effect.
If you look at the squares above, you can see the pretty lacy join i have planned for our squares. I love this join because it means if your squares are slightly different sizes, it won’t matter in the end. This join is quite relaxed and flexible. Using a flexible join is particularly important for newbie crocheters, who can sometimes have irregular tension. Irregular tension can mean different sized squares even when using the same pattern.
That said, the second square IS slightly smaller than the heart square, but this won’t matter when joining. All of the squares will have the same number of stitches around the outside. Having the same stitch count means Part A of the joining method will disguise any discrepencies in sizes. Hooray!
Part A – Joining your squares
Using Paper White (or your choice of colour), *slst into corner space, ch4, slst in the same sp, ch5, skip 4 sts, slst in between the next two sts, ch5, skip 4 sts, slst in between the next two sts, ch4, skip 3 sts, slst in between the next two sts, ch5, skip 4 stitches, slst in between the next two sts, ch5 – Rep from * 3 more times and join to the inital slst.
New the CAL?
If you’re new to the Casual Granny Cal you can find all of the posts relating to the crochet along here.