C’YA Crocheting — Hooks & Granny Square

Hi everybody!

Yes, I’m still crocheting.  I’m doing my first projects with cotton yarn and cotton thread, and this has  been a learning experience! Cotton yarn behaves very differently from the Red Heart Sup Sver acrylic I was used to using to make hats for charity.

Since I was running into problems with keeping the darn yarn (ha!) on the hook, and with the yarn splitting all over the place, I did some research.  I learned there are two kinds of crochet hooks!!  Did you know that?

One kind of hook is “tapered”:

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The other hook is “inline”.

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See the difference?  The tapered kind works best with my good ol’ acrylic yarn.  The inline type has been working best with the cotton, as it is good at really grabbing the whole yarn or thread, and enables pulling the yarn or thread through several loops much easier.

Before I knew this, I was using the inline for making the acrylic yarn hats, and was getting a lot of resistance.  So, unknowingly, I bought some tapered, ergonomic hooks, and the projects went much easier.  Likewise, my cotton yarn/thread projects went much easier using the plastic inline hooks. Go figure.

Anyway, I’m working with cotton thread now, Size 3, with a Size D-3 inline crochet hook, and making these granny squares.  I fell in love with this pattern I found on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvrZyR8AOR0.   Yes, it’s in Spanish and I don’t know a whole lot of Spanish (just enough to be dangerous, I guess).  So, I’ve written out the instructions in English.  I hope this helps, together with the video.

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English instructions for lacy granny square:

Ch 8
Sl st in 1st chain to make circle.

ROUND 1

First petal:
Ch5
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 2 loops on hook.
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 3 loops on hook.
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 4 loops on hook.
YO, pull yarn thru all loops.

First post:
ch 8
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until no more loops on hook. (1 quadruple crochet?)
Second petal:
ch 8
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 2 loops on hook.
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 3 loops on hook.
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 4 loops on hook.
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 5 loops on hook.
YO, pull yarn thru all loops.

Repeat First post and Second petal until you have 4 petals total, and 4 posts total.

On 4th and last post:
End with ch 4
YO 2 times, complete stitch in top of 1st petal. (1 treble crochet)

ROUND 2
Ch 5
sc in 8 ch space
Ch 5

Do all the following on top of post stitch, for a CORNER:
*YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 2 loops on hook.
YO 3 times, put hook thru center and pull yarn thru 2 loops at a time until 3 loops on hook.
YO, pull yarn thru all loops.
Ch5*
Repeat from * to *

sc in 8 ch space
ch 5
skip petal
sc in 8 ch space
ch 5
in next post, Repeat CORNER.

Continue the ch 5, sc in 8 ch space, ch 5, CORNER around.

End with sl st in the treble crochet you ended Round 1 with.

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Happy crocheting, everyone!!!

 

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