Granny Square “Rose”
— US terms used —
Round 2 (color 1) – chain 3 (= first double crochet), crochet 7 dc’s. Slst in top chain of your first dc (= the 3-chain).Total of 8 stitches/dc’s – fasten off – change to new color.
Round 3 (color 2) attach yarn with slip stitch in any st of previous round – * chain 3. In same stitch: 3 triple crochets, making sure you leave the last loop of every trc on your hook, thus making 1 cluster of 3 triple crochet stitches. When 4 loops on hook, draw yarn through all 4 loops, chain 3, slip stitch (still in same stitch from previous round): first leaf is done! Now slst in next stitch, repeat from * 7 more times. You should now have 8 leaves – flower is made! Fasten off – change to new color.
Round 4 (color 3) – start with a * slip stitch in top stitch of flower leaf. Chain 4, repeat from * 7 times. Slst in first st from this round.
Round 5 (color 3) – slst in first space from where your hook is now, and then: sc, hdc, dc and a trc. Crochet a trc in the “v” you’ve made in the previous round. Then in the next space: trc, dc, hdc 2 sc’s. First corner made. Repeat 3 times (2sc, hdc, dc, trc – trc in “v”, trc, dc, hdc, 2sc). Slip stitch in first slst.
Round 6 (color 3) – crochet 3 chains (first dc) and continue with 1 dc in every stitch. In the 2nd trc (the one you crocheted in the “v”) you crochet 4 dc’s – this is your corner. Crochet all around – on each side you should have 10 dc’s, and 4 dc’s in the corners – leaving you with a total of 56 stitches. Slip stitch in first dc (the top of the 3 chains you started this round with), fasten off, sew in ends and ….. admire your work: you’ve just finished your first “rose”-granny square!
As for the joining of these squares, I did something unusual back then, simply because I had no clue (yet) of all the different joining techniques that are out there.
After I had laid out all of my squares, I started joining in rows – connecting square A to square B, by crocheting (sc’s) the 10 stitches alongside of each square together.
Trying to bring some sort of logic to the whole process, I decided that the joining color for two sides of each square would be the same color as the one used for the flower of square A. It’s not a “technique” I would easily use again (so very time-consuming, so many extra ends to sew in), but I have to admit that I still like the result.
After all the squares were joined, I just free wheeled a border in simple sc’s and I cannot remember why, but I chose to put a fleece back on the blanket and join the fleece and the crochet part like you would when making a quilt.
For the binding I picked a bright/light blue flowery fabric.
As to the new “rose”-grannies that I have recently been crocheting, I’ve opted for a different kind of joining technique, the flat braid join.
In the corners of each square, you crochet 1 sc, chain 1, 1 sc and along the sides of the granny you crochet 2 chains, skip 2 stitches, 1 sc until you reach the next corner. When you’re ready to join your square with the next one, this is what you want to do (or maybe one of these – fun too).