Author:
Jessica Carey

Hey, everyone! I’m Jessica, the founder behind The Hook Nook, and I REALLY like to make pretty things. For the last several years I’ve gone from teaching myself to crochet, to selling my makes to friends and family, to opening an Etsy shop, to pattern designing and now I am so fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest brands and companies in the fiber industry from all around the world. You can now find my own The Hook Nook brand designer crochet hooks, yarn and craft accessories at in my online shop and at various retailers!

Granny Square Day 2020 : Simply Crochet Magazine

Patterns/DIY
8/15/2020

I AM SO EXCITED!!

On August 15, 2020, Simply Crochet Magazine will be hosting the annual Granny Square Day and I am SO proud to announce that I am one of this year's ambassadors for the event! I am so excited to celebrate Granny Square Day and showcase how versatile, unique and skillful this craft can be!

I know, I know... crocheting is NOT just for "grandmas", we all know that by know. However, typically a square worked in the round is considered to be a "granny square". It's super fun and special to create a wide variety of styles of granny squares OR vary up the colors in each square - or both! - to create a special and unique textile design. In celebration for this year's event, I have decided to put together THREE different granny square designs that all vary in style so that there is something for everyone at every skill level!

But before we get started on the FREE crochet granny square designs, let's learn a little bit more about this inspiring event connecting people from all over the world!

CROCHET GOES VIRTUAL!
Hook, snap and share your square to be part of an infinite
Insta-blanket: it’s #GrannySquareDay2020

You can check out the full blog post with even more information from Simply Crochet Magazine here!

Granny Square Day is a celebration hosted on Instagram supported by Simply Crochet Magazine, where the crochet community from around the world come together to make crochet granny squares and share them on Instagram, using the hashtag #grannysquareday2020 resulting in the biggest virtual crochet blanket in the world!

“We’ve always been huge fans of Granny Square Day – there’s something so appealing about the idea of creating a virtual patchwork blanket with the help of the worldwide crochet community. It’s an event that brings people together and one we look forward to every year. The best part is that anyone can take part in Granny Square Day, from absolute beginners to hook- happy experts - I’ve already made my square ready for August 15!” - Sara Huntington, Simply Crochet Editor

The grassroots event was created in 2014 by US crochet whizz Susan Regalia, who realized that Instagram’s iconic grid format could be used to replicate the patchwork arrangement of the classic granny square blanket online. Others soon caught on to the concept and so Granny Square Day was born – bringing the worldwide crochet community together in a celebration of design and color. “A blanket is a gift of comfort and love,” says Susan. “When any of us view or contribute some of these granny squares, it’s as though we join in a giant world hug with each other!” While Susan knew her day had proven popular, she hadn’t anticipated the snowballing popularity of the event, which had over 6,000 posts in 2017. It was this avalanche that led to her handing over the reins to Simply Crochet the following year, to ensure Granny Square Day could continue to reach its potential and its mission to unite crocheter’s the world over. “Simply Crochet has the biggest presence on Instagram when it comes to crochet magazines and online followers, and this is a day that crafters all over the world love to celebrate. I knew Granny Square Day deserved the legitimacy that they could give it,” says Susan. Simply Crochet Editor Sara Huntington comments: “We’re honored to continue Susan’s vision and support the day with loads of free patterns, video tutorials and the help of our Granny Square Day ambassadors, too!”

In 2019 we built on its previous success to make it bigger and better; with step-by-step-tutorials and videos, free patterns for squares and what to do with them, along with special stickers and gifs that resulted in over 8,500 posts on Instagram. We believe that this celebration of crafting is more important than ever, so this year we are aiming to get as many people as possible involved to bring some more color into the world. Read on to find out more about our exciting plans and how you can get involved!

What Simply Crochet will be doing!

• A book of 100 motifs designed by our favorite Simply Crochet contributors will be included with issue 100 (on sale 30th July) so everyone can have a go at making a motif and taking part in Granny Square day 2020.
• Creating new videos and tutorials on how to make easy square motifs and step-by-step instructions on how to create your own virtual blankets from your IG feed.
• Offering video hints and tips on making motifs via Instagram stories from many of our regular contributors.
• Creating a new hashtag #grannysquaremakes2020 to showcase your wonderful, complete granny square projects and keeping the #grannysquareday2020 focused on showcasing crochet squares which make up the virtual blanket!
• Releasing free downloads of some of our iconic granny square patterns every Wednesday from the 15th of July to the 12th of August on our website www.gathered.how/simplycrochet
• Sharing squares made by the Simply Crochet team and reposting our favorite squares made by the public on Instagram.
• Releasing special Granny Square Day stickers/gifs on Instagram.
• Offering special discounts on the Simply Crochet Ravelry store.

Be sure to check out Simply Crochet Magazine's blog post where they have resources for several more granny square pattern designs!

But let's get started on the three that I put together:

Granny Square Day 2020 Designs - by Jessica Carey / The Hook Nook


1. 'Classic' Granny Square

Yarn used: The Hook Nook Small Stuff, Foggy Morning - size H/5mm crohet hook (easy)


  1. CH 2
  2. (3 DC, CH 3) in first CH, repeat ( ) three more times, Sl St to first DC.
  3. Sl St into next st, Sl St into CH-3 sp, CH 1, (3 DC, CH 3, 3 DC, CH 1) in CH-3 sp. Repeat ( ) in all four corners. Sl St to first DC.
  4. Sl St into next st, Sl St into CH-3 sp, CH 1, [(3 DC, CH 3, 3 DC) in CH-3 sp, CH 1, 3 DC in CH-1 sp, CH 1] Repeat [ ] around. Sl St to first DC.
  5. Repeat Step 4 until your piece measures approximately 5”.
  6. CH 1, SC in each st and 5 SC in each corner around. Sl St to first SC. Finish off, weave in ends.

Here is another way to read this same pattern with UK terminology and a different style:

Ch2.

Round 1 (RS) 3tr in second ch from hook, ch2, (3tr in same ch, ch2) 3 times, ss to beg dc. [12 sts, 4 ch-2 sps]

Round 2 (RS) Ss to ch-2 sp, ch1 (does not count as a st throughout), (3tr, ch3, 3tr, ch1) in each ch-2 sp around, ss to top of beg tr. [24 sts, 4 ch-3 sps, 4 ch-1 sps]

Round 3 Ss into ch-3 sp, ch1, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in ch-3 sp, ch1, 3tr in ch-1 sp, ch1; rep from * three times more, ss to top of beg tr. [36 sts, 4 ch-3 sps, 8 ch-1 sps]

Round 4 Ss into ch-3 sp, ch1, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in ch-3 sp, ch1, (3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 sp to corner; rep from * three times more, ss to top of beg tr. [48 sts, 4 ch-3 sps, 12 ch-1 sps]

Repeat Round 4 to required size.

Next Round Ch1, dc in each st and ch-1 sp to next ch-3 corner sp, 5dc in ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ss to top of beg dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

2. Simple & Clean Granny Square

Yarn used: The Hook Nook Main Squeeze, Multigrain - size I/5.5mm crochet hook (easy)


  1. CH 2
  2. 8 HDC in first CH, Sl St to first HDC. (8)
  3. CH 1, HDCINC in each st around. (16)
  4. CH 1, (HDCINC, HDC) in next two sts. Repeat ( ) around. (24)
  5. CH 1, (HDCINC, 2 HDC) in next three sts. Repeat ( ) around. (32)
  6. CH 1, [(DC, HDC, 3 SC, HDC, DC) in next 7 sts, CH 3, sk next st] Repeat [ ] around. Sl St to first DC.
  7. CH 1, [HDC in next 7 sts, (2 HDC, CH 3, 2 HDC) in CH-3 sp] Repeat [ ] around. Sl St to first HDC.
  8. CH 1, SC in first 9 sts, (5 SC in CH-3 sp, SC in next 10 sts) Repeat ( ) around. 5 SC in CH-3 sp, SC in next st, Sl St to first SC. Finish off, weave in ends.


Here is another way to read this same pattern with UK terminology and a different style:

Ch2.

Round 1 (RS) 8htr in second ch from hook, ss to top of beg htr. [8 sts]

Round 2 Ch1 (does not count as a st throughout), 2htr in each st around, ss to top of beg htr. [16 sts]

Round 3 Ch1, (2htr in next st, htr in next st) 8 times, ss to top of beg htr. [24 sts]

Round 4 Ch1, (2htr in next st, htr in next 2 sts) 8 times, ss to top of beg htr. [32 sts]

Round 5 Ch1, *dc in next 3 sts, htr in next st, tr in next st, ch3, skip 1 st, tr in next st, htr in next st; rep from * three times more, ss to top of beg dc. [28 sts, 4 ch-3 sps]

Round 6 Ch1, *htr in each st to ch-3 sp, (2htr, ch3, 2htr) in ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ss to top of beg htr. [44 sts, 4 ch-3 sps]

Round 7 Ch1, *dc in each st to ch-3 sp, 5dc in ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ss to top of beg dc. [64 sts]


3. Floret Granny Square

Yarn used: The Hook Nook Yummy/Luxe/Tweed - Little Black Dress (Color A), Latte Foam (Color B), Cookies & Cream (Color C) - size J/6mm crochet hook (intermediate)


  1. Using Color A, CH 2.
  2. 8 HDC in first CH, Sl St to first HDC. (8)
  3. CH 1, [(Sl St, 3 HDC, Sl St) into next st] Repeat [ ] around. Sl St into first Sl St. Finish off, weave in ends.
  4. Using Color B, attach yarn to BLO of first st of previous round using Sl St, (CH 3, Sl St to BLO of next st). Repeat ( ) around. Sl St to first Sl St.
  5. Turn piece to work in opposite direction, CH 1, [(Sl St, 5 DC, Sl St) into CH-3 sp]. Repeat [ ] around. Sl St into first CH-3 sp. Finish off, weave in ends.
  6. Using Color C, attach yarn to st post of previous round using Sl St, (CH 5, Sl St to next st post). Repeat ( ) around. Sl St to first post.
  7. Turn piece to work in opposite direction, CH 1, 3 SC in each CH-5 sp, Sl St to first SC.
  8. CH 2, [(DC, HDC, 2 SC, HDC, DC) in next 6 sts, CH 3, (DC, 2HDC, 2 SC) in next 6 sts]. Repeat [ ] around. CH 3, Sl St to first SC.
  9. CH 1, [HDC in each st across, (HDC, CH 3, HDC) in corner] Repeat [ ] around. Sl St to first HDC.
  10. Repeat Step 9. Finish off, weave in ends.
  11. Using Color A, attach yarn to last CH-3 sp created with Color C using Sl St, CH 1, [(HDC, CH 3, HDC) in corner, HDC in each st across] Repeat [ ] around. Sl St to first HDC.
  12. CH 1, [(SC in first four sts, CH 5, Sl St to st post of center st from four rows below, CH 5, SC in last 3 sts of row), 5 SC in each corner] Repeat [ ] around. Finish off, weave in ends.

Here is another way to read this same pattern with UK terminology and a different style:

Using Yarn A, ch2.

Round 1 (RS) 8htr in second ch from hook, ss to top of beg htr. [8 sts]

Round 2 Ch1 (does not count as a st throughout), (ss, 3htr, ss) in each st around, ss into beg ss, turn. [24 sts]

With WS facing, join Yarn B in fl of first ss on any petal.

Round 3 (WS) *Ch3, skip 3 sts, ss in fl of next ss on same petal, ss in fl of next ss on next petal; rep from * seven times more, ss in base of beg ch-3, turn. [8 ch-3 sps]

Round 4 (RS) Ch1, ss into ch-3 sp, (5tr, ss) in same sp, (ss, 5tr, ss) in next 7 ch-3 sps, ss in beg ss, turn. [40 sts]

Join Yarn C around post of centre tr of any 5-tr group.

Round 5 *Ch5, ss around centre tr of next 5-tr group; rep from * seven times more, ss around same post as begin ss, turn. [8 ch-5 sps]

Round 6 Ch1, 3dc in each ch-5 sp around, ss to beg dc, do not turn. [24 sts]

Round 7 Ch2 (does not count as a st), *tr in next st, htr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, htr in next st, tr in next st, ch3; rep from * three times more, ss to top of beg tr. [24 sts, 4 ch-3 sps]

Rounds 8-9 Ch1, *htr in each st to ch-3 sp, (htr, ch3, htr) in ch-sp; rep from * around, ss to top of beg htr. [40 sts, 4 ch-3 sps]

Join Yarn A in any ch-3 sp.

Round 10 As Round 8. [48 sts, 4 ch-3 sps]

Round 11 Ch1, *dc in next 4 sts, ch5, ss around post of tr directly below from Round 4, ch5, skip 4 sts on current round, dc in next 4 sts, 5dc in ch-3 sp; rep from * three times more, ss to beg dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Don't forget:

  • Create YOUR crochet or knit granny square(s) by August 15, 2020
  • Post a cropped image of your granny square online and use hashtag #grannysquareday2020 on August 15, 2020
  • Click the hashtag link on your preferred social media channel and watch the worldwide textile come to life!
  • Visit Simply Crochet Magazine's social channels for all kinds of celebrations!

xo,

Jessica

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