Weaveless Colorful Granny

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It’s simply prismatic!

Seven rounds in the seven colors of the rainbow to brighten the darkest corner

Any seven colors may be used with stunning effect. The colors pictured are derived from the seven colors of the natural rainbow, in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Reverse the colors and you have the other half of a double rainbow. Alternate the squares in a project for eye-popping color and a pleasing design.

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This pattern employs the Weaveless Color-Change Joins technique, which uses the tidy and sturdy fisherman’s knot, greatly reducing the number of yarn tails to be woven or sewn in at the end of the project. In this solid granny square, the color changes are done at the corners, eliminating an ugly seam. (See photo tutorial beginning on page 3.)

Materials

Seven different colors of worsted weight or 10-ply (#4) yarn. Total yardage for one square: 52.25 yds. Colors pictured: Red Heart Super Saver (RHSS) Lavendar – 1.75 yds, RHSS

Light Blue – 3.5 yds, RHSS Aruba Sea – 5.5 yds, RHSS Melon – 7.5 yds, RHSS Light Yellow – 9.25 yds, Lion Brand Pound of Love in Creamsicle – 11.25 yds, and RHSS Light Raspberry – 13.5 yds.

Tools

H8 (5mm) hook, yarn needle, and scissors.

Gauge/Size

Three rounds make a 3” x 3” square. Seven rounds make a 7.5” x 7.5” square.

Abbreviations

Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), millimeters (mm), slip stitch (sl st), space (sp), square (sq), stitch (st), stitches (sts), yards (yds).

Crochet Stitch Conversion Chart

US

UK/Aussie/NZ

chain(ch)

chain(ch)

single crochet (sc)

double crochet (dc)

double crochet (dc)

treble (tr)

half double crochet (hdc)

half treble (htr)

triple crochet (tr)

double treble (dtr)

slip stitch (sl st)

slip stitch (sl st)

Special Instructions

• Beginning ch3, and ch2 do count as a st in this pattern.

• Color-Change Join: (Prior to final dc and final ch1.) Cut working yarn to a length of 7 inches. Then make Color-Change Knot. Complete final dc and ch1 of round. Sc into top ch of ch3 or ch2 that began round, resulting in new yarn color on hook. (See “Weaveless Color-Change Joins” photo tutorial beginning on page 3.)

• Color-Change Knot: Lay two colors of yarn in parallel configuration, next to each other. Ends should be aiming in different directions, like two trains passing each other on parallel tracks. Start with end of yarn attached to project, wrap it around the new yarn and tie it into a knot. Tail should be about 1 inch long. Wrap other end around first strand and tie into a knot. Length of this end doesn’t matter. Pull on both strands until the two knots are snugly next to each other. Cut off both short ends very close to knot. Continue as instructed. (See “Weaveless Color-Change Joins” photo tutorial beginning on page 3.)

• Corner Shell: 2dc, ch2, 2dc.

• Start New Round: Sl st back into same corner space to cover old color. Cinch st down tightly, to avoid loose loop. Ch2 loosely, which counts as dc, then dc into same corner space just made.

Procedure

Rnd

Color

Directions

Stitch Count

1

A

Start with magic circle [or ch4 and join with sl st in first chain.] Ch3, which counts as dc, then 2dc. Ch2. * 3dc. Ch2.* Repeat

*to* two more times. Color-Change Join.

[Beginning ch3 counts as dc.] 2 dc with 2ch between each set of 3 dc. Total of 20 sts.

2

B

Start New Round. Dc in each of next 3 sts.

*Corner Shell. Dc in each of next 3 sts.* Repeat *to* two more times. Color-Change Join.

[Beginning ch2 counts as dc.] 28 dc with 2ch between each set of 7 dc. Total of 36 sts.

3

C

Start New Round. Dc in each of next 7 sts.

*Corner Shell. Dc in each of next 7 sts.* Repeat *to* two more times. Color-Change Join.

[Beginning ch2 counts as dc.] 44 dc with 2ch between each set of 11 dc. Total of 52 sts.

4

D

Start New Round. Dc in each of next 11 sts. *Corner Shell. Dc in each of next 11 sts.* Repeat *to* two more times. Color-Change Join.

[Beginning ch2 counts as dc.] 60 dc with 2ch between each set of 15 dc. Total of 68 sts.

5

E

Start New Round. Dc in each of next 15 sts. *Corner Shell. Dc in each of next 15 sts.* Repeat *to* two more times. Color-Change Join.

[Beginning ch2 counts as dc.] 76 dc with 2ch between each set of 19 dc. Total of 84 sts.

6

F

Start New Round. Dc in each of next 19 sts. *Corner Shell. Dc in each of next 19 sts.* Repeat *to* two more times. Color-Change Join.

[Beginning ch2 counts as dc.] 92 dc with 2ch between each set of 23 dc. Total of 100 sts.

7

G

Start New Round. Dc in each of next 23 sts. *Corner Shell. Dc in each of next 23 sts.*

Repeat *to* two more times. Finish Last Corner of Square. Fasten off. Weave in all yarn ends.

Beginning ch2 counts as dc.] 108 dc with 2ch between each set of 27 dc. Total of 116 sts.

Weaveless Color-Change Joins

The Weaveless Color-Change Joins procedure is a combination of techniques found in various places on the internet. When changing colors for every round, this technique greatly reduces the number of tails to be sewn in and leaves only two tails for the entire square…at the beginning and the end.

See the difference: The square pictured on left uses this technique. The square on the right uses the common method that requires sewing in tails for every change of yarn color.

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How it’s done: The Color-Changes are implemented during the final steps of each round. The secret to the knot ending up in the correct place is this: prior to completing the final double crochet, chain 1, single crochet at the end of each round, cut the working yarn to a length of about seven inches.

Then, follow the photos and instructions on the next few pages to add the new yarn color and tie it to the previous color. Complete the remainder of the stitches and the new yarn color should appear during the final single crochet stitch at the end of the round.

Durability of the knots: In order to determine the durability of these knots, this technique was tested in a dish scrubber pattern. After repeated, vigorous use, the knots remain very much intact.

Close-up Photos: Use these photos as a reference, as you follow the pattern instructions.

Use Chrome - Click for picture - Clique para ver a foto - Rnd 1: Pause prior to last double crochet, chain 1, and single

1

crochet to join.

Rnd 1: Cut yarn approximately 7 inches from hook. The hook pictured is about 6 inches long, so the hook is laid along the

2 yarn and the yarn is cut about 1 inch beyond the end of the hook handle.

3 Rnd 1: New yarn color ready

4 Rnd 1: First knot looped

5 Rnd 1: First knot tightened

6 Rnd 1: Second knot looped

7 Rnd 1: Second knot tightened

Use Chrome - Click for picture - Clique para ver a foto - Rnd 1: Pull on both colors of yarn to make knots slide together snugly.

Rnd 1: Snip yarn tails close to knot. If knots are made snugly, these knots will stay intact.

Rnd 1: Knot ready. (This knot is also called the fishermen’s knot.)

Rnd 1: Final double crochet, chain 1 made

Rnd 1: Yarn needle positioned to show where to insert needle for final single crochet in et to join. Yarn needle is used only for demonstration purposes. Do not insert yarn needle here, when working pattern.

Rnd 1: View from above showing yarn needle under two strands of 3rd chain of beginning chain 3. Yarn needle is used only for demonstration purposes. Do not insert yarn needle here, when working pattern.

Rnd 1: Hook inserted under two strands of 3rd chain of beginning chain 3.

Rnd 1: New yarn color pulled through.

Rnd 1: Final single crochet completed.

Rnd 2: Slip stitch back into same corner space.

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Rnd 2: Double crochet into same corner space.

Rnd 2: Close up view of double crochet just made into same corner space.

Rnd 2: Double crochet in et in 3rd chain of beginning chain 3 completed. This is the same place where the final single crochet of round 1 was made.

Rnd 2: Double crochet in each of next two double crochet stitches from previous round

Rnd 2: Double crochet, chain 2 in next corner space

Rnd 2: Remaining stitches completed up to second-to-last double crochet. Pause here to cut yarn.

Rnd 2: Cut yarn approximately 7 inches from hook

Rnd 2: New yarn color ready Rnd 2: First knot looped

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Rnd 2: Second knot looped

Rnd 2. Second knot tightened

Rnd 2: Both colors of yarn pulled until knots slide together snugly

Rnd 2: Snip yarn tails close to knot

Rnd 2: Knot ready

Rnd 2: Close-up of knot

Rnd 2: Final double crochet and chain 1 completed

Rnd 2: Yarn needle pointing at insertion point for hook to complete final single crochet to join. Yarn needle is used for demonstration purposes only. Do not insert yarn needle when working project.

Rnd 2: Overhead view showing hook will be inserted under two strands of second chain of beginning chain 2. Yarn needle is used for demonstration purposes only. Do not insert yarn needle when working project

Use Chrome - Click for picture - Clique para ver a foto - Rnd 2: Hook inserted under two strands of second chain of

38

beginning chain 2

39 Rnd 2: New yarn color pulled through

40 Rnd 2: Yarn over

41 Rnd 2: Yarn being pulled through final single-crochet-to-join

42 Rnd 2: Single-crochet-to-join completed

Rnd 3: Slip stitch back into same corner space just made. This

43 serves to cover the little “blip” of the old yarn color.

Rnd 3: Slip stitch complete. Notice the loose loop just below

44

hook. Tug to tighten this loop.

45 Rnd 3: Appearance of stitch after tugging on loose loop.

This square was developed as part of the Rainbow Granny Tote crochet pattern.

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A colorful, roomy tote for needlework, sewing, knitting, crochet, shopping, even laundry.

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