Fig. I: Add a new color by slip-stitching through the
chain- 2 space at the corner. Fig. J: Once you’ve
crocheted 1 corner of the new row, take a moment
to weave in and cut off any loose ends.
6. “Block” the first row.
Before you begin the next row, take a moment and
“block” the first one. Use the end of your hook to
pull the corners out to neat points, as in Figure G.
And mash the corners flat — this makes it easier for
the next row of stitches to slide along them. While
you’re at it, gently pull and stretch your work into a
flat, square shape. And as a last step, weave in the
loose end of the wire, and cut it off close to your
work, as in Figure H.
7. Add another color.
If you want to change colors, do it the same way
you’d do it with yarn — with a slip stitch. For extra
stability, I insert my hook through the chain- 2 space
at the corner and slip-stitch through that, as in
Once I’ve completed the first corner of the new
row, I always stop a moment and weave in my loose
ends (Figure J). Loose ends can really get in your
way … and poke you.
Add as many rows to your granny square, in as
many colors, as you’d like. Be sure to block your
work at the end of each row (Figure L), as you did
in Step 6.
Fig. K: Row 2 before blocking. Fig. L: Row 2 after blocking.
Fig. M: At the end of the last row, make a slip stitch
with the end of the wire. Weave in the end and cut it off
close to your work.
8. Finish your granny square.
When you’ve completed your last row, slip-stitch the
end of the wire, as in Figure M. Cut it close to your
work. Block that last row.
9. Flatten it out.
If you want to flatten your granny square out a
bit, you can place it under a stack of heavy books
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