Granny Square Spiral

Mar 31, 2009
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PKOlson

Introduction

Spiraling Granny Square Pattern.

Materials List

Yarn - any, appropriate sized hook for chosen yarn. Sample was created with Patons Classic Merino & 4.5mm hook.

Finished Size

Varies based on yarn & hook size chosen.

Gauge

NA

Notes

This motif begins with a four-color spiral.

Colors A, B, C, D (each color is used, in turn, on each round)

Magic Circle (adjustable) loop.

Make a large loop by putting the yarn tail behind the working yarn (the yarn coming from the skein). Insert hook into loop from front, YO & draw the working yarn through the loop, make a sl st.

The Pattern

This motif begins with a four-color spiral.

Colors A, B, C, D (each color is used, in turn, on each round)

Begin with color A and a Magic Circle (adjustable) loop.

Rnd 1: * [1ch, 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc] in ring, remove hook, joining colors B, C, & D in ring in

turn, repeat from *.

Rnd 2: Continuing with color A, * [2dc in next sc, 1 dc in next hdc, 2dc in nex dc, 1 dc

in next dc], repeat from * with colors B, C & D.

Rnd 3: Continuing with color A, * [ch 2, 1 dc in next dc, sk 1dc, 2dc in each next 2 dc,

sk 1dc, 1dc], repeat from * with colors B, C, & D.

Rnd 4: Continuing with color A, *{in ch2 sp (2dc, ch2, 2dc), [sk 1dc, ch1, 2dc in next

dc] x 3}, repeat from * with colors B, C, & D.

Rnd 5: Continuing with color A, * {ch1, in ch2 sp (3dc, ch2, 3dc), sk 2dc, ch1, 2dc in

ch1 sp, sk 2dc, ch1, hdc & sc in ch1 sp, sk 2 dc, ch 1, sc & slst in ch1 sp} repeat from * with colors B, C, & D.

End off. Weave in ends, or save to use for sewing motifs together.

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You might also enjoy the other granny square patterns in this free eBook from Crochet Me.


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Comments

Alyce L wrote
on Apr 1, 2009 2:57 PM

I love this granny square. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. Can't wait to try it!!!!

Alyce

Live well, laugh often, love much

on Apr 1, 2009 4:57 PM

It's very pretty! I love how the colors almost swirl.

on Apr 1, 2009 5:27 PM

I like this. Is it hard to make?

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 1, 2009 5:29 PM

Once you get the initial spiral going, it is really easy to see where the next color is supposed to begin. The only fiddly part is keeping the four yarns from tangling - which isn't "hard", just don't have any cats nearby when crocheting!

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 1, 2009 5:37 PM

Thank you for the encouragement! Am looking forward to seeing how people use the pattern...

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 1, 2009 5:39 PM

Awww, pshaw. Thank you for the appreciation - it is a fun square to do once you get the colors set up.

on Apr 2, 2009 3:35 PM
Judy Putnam

I wonder how this would look when using one of the yarns that change their own color?

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 7:51 PM

If each swirl were started with a different color section, it could have a cool effect; though the swirls may be less distinct because the same color is likely to show up on each of the swirls. Maybe it would turn out like the old paint swirler toy, where you have a piece of paper spinning around (on a phono turntable-like machine) and you squirt different colors of paint on the moving paper....

sjsr wrote
on Apr 3, 2009 4:15 PM

I usually don't care for granny squares, but this pattern looks really interesting, I can't wait to try it. Thank you for the new pattern.

Terry T wrote
on Apr 3, 2009 9:30 PM

That is so awesome, I love it and am going to make one right now. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

Happy to be crocheting, tt

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 4, 2009 12:01 AM

Would really like to see pics of any squares/projects made from this pattern. Let me know if any of the directions don't make sense/add-up...

on Apr 5, 2009 12:27 AM

That is so cool! I can't wait to try it!!!

Izabela wrote
on Apr 5, 2009 2:58 AM

wow this is great! this goes straight to my to-do list!

on Apr 5, 2009 6:09 AM

 I LOVE your pattern!!!

mad for crochet!

hmm, I just tried to post a picture in here and I don't see it. Oh well, I will post one in the WIP forum.

MeganD@6 wrote
on Apr 6, 2009 8:29 AM

I was wondering how you'd go about making the squares bigger (ie. adding another few rounds).

I will have to experiment.

on Apr 14, 2009 6:32 PM

Wonderful pattern. i tried it out with lion brand wool thick and quick and a size N hook, but I'm having issues making it square it looks a little funky at the corners... any help?

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 8:20 AM
Sorry!
Round 5 (or on whichever round you end) should be...
Continuing with color A, * {ch1, in ch2 sp (3dc, ch1, 3dc), sk 2dc, ch1,

.....2dc in ch1 sp, sk 2dc, ch1, hdc & sc in ch1 sp, sk 2dc, ch1, sc & slst in ch1 sp. repeat from * with colors B, C, & D.

This reduces the height of the last stitches. Mine was colly-wampis also until I blocked it

Another thing you may try with the thicker yarn, is to ch3 at the corners to give the stitches enough room.

Thanks for asking - can't see how I got away with such instructions and thought it was right!

Judeeq wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 8:39 AM
thats a really cool block.

Is the pattern re-workable to make the swirl go in the opposite direction? Or do you just turn it up-side down?

I see "Monkey Wrench" quilt squares put together
Heres a link to see how the blocks would intertwine:
http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MonkeyWrenchBlock_Page3.html

be sure to check out the other samples on this page too(just under the Page 1 and Page 2 links)

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 9:04 AM
Found another mistake in the directions - on round 5 there should be a ch2 rather than ch1 between the 3dc at the corners...
so the instructions for round 5 should read (I hope)
Rnd 5: Continuing with color A, * {ch1, in ch2 sp (3dc, ch2, 3dc), sk 2dc, ch1, 2dc in

ch1 sp, sk 2dc, ch1, hdc & sc in ch1 sp, sk 2 dc, ch 1, sc & slst in ch1 sp} repeat from * with colors B, C, & D.

Such a simple pattern and so many errors - can't imagine how anyone gets a really complicated design written out correctly.

Thank you all for your interest and trying out the pattern; and for your patience!

As far as making the swirl go the other way...Makes my head spin; you would have to crochet in reverse - I would turn the block over. I also though of the Monkey Wrench quilt when I did the square...

Katrina@15 wrote
on Apr 18, 2009 2:11 PM

Looking forward to making this pattern. Thank you for sharing. Katrina

Happy people are the fizz in the soda of life.

JudyK@4 wrote
on Apr 30, 2009 12:34 PM

Oh, oh, oh! I have a new favourite square. I only found your pattern yesterday and I've already made one. I love it! Thank you so much.

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 30, 2009 7:53 PM

I'm so glad you like it - especially after making it. Thank you for letting me know!

Wiebina wrote
on May 31, 2009 11:53 AM

Hi there!

I had to try this pattern as soon as I saw it!! I have tried a few different versions of combining them. I even mirrored the block to get the spiral to go the other way.

I am super impressed with you for designing a square like this. I could manipulate it a bit but I could never have designed it in the first place. Good on You! Please have a look at my blog for photos: http://sonenskadu.blogspot.com/2009/05/spiral-granny-squares.html

PamO@6 wrote
on May 31, 2009 12:54 PM

Y'all must look at Ansie's crochet on her blog. Wonderful work!

I am impressed with the way you used the block. Very nicely done. If people want to have the block spiral in the opposite direction, perhaps we should all make friends with those who crochet with the opposite hand?

Wiebina wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 11:54 PM

Hi Shortmom

The blanket is finally finished! Please have a look at the blog for photos. http://sonenskadu.blogspot.com/2009/08/spiral-granny-squares-finished-at-last.html

Thanks again for the great design. I really enjoyed making this.

Ansie

PamO@6 wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 9:00 AM

Your blanket looks lovely! Such nice work and color combination. I am glad you enjoyed it as well. Thanks for sharing Ansie!

peteybug76 wrote
on Aug 23, 2009 5:21 PM

Great Square I would love to figure out how to make them bigger because I would love to make my oldest daughter a blanket that is just one big spiral granny square in bright colors sometimes teenagers are hard to please and she is constantly changing her mind about how she wants her room, we plan on moving after the new year lately there seem to be a few more places to buy on land contract down here. So we wouldn't have to throw our money down the black hole known as rent, we want to have something of our own. She wants her room done in this color, then its this color, maybe this color instead. So I figure if I do this in her four favorite colors at least it will go with whatever she ends up deciding on.

kelkemerkel wrote
on Sep 1, 2009 1:52 AM

Finally I'm able to see the pattern, been haunting it down for some days, absolutely lovely!! I can't wait to try it out.

JeanT@16 wrote
on Jan 19, 2010 5:28 AM

Very nice result and a wonderful update to the 70's staple of the granny square.  Nice work!

Netagene wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 12:43 PM

Greetings from sunny but chilly central Alabama! (40 degrees and 30 mph winds - my garbage can blew a block away)! I am home sick with clogged drain, I mean brain (sinus infection big time) and all I have energy to do is play on line! I just transferred the pattern (with the corrections) to Word, and the licensing note. Probably won't try it today - LOL! - but soon! I have only a couple of crocheted things pictured on my blog, but feel free to read and look at it. It's http://blindedbyinsight.blogspot.com Take care, y'all!

bethintx1 wrote
on Apr 21, 2010 10:53 AM

http://bethintx.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=79228635 This is a picture of my finished lap robe.

bethintx1 wrote
on Apr 21, 2010 10:55 AM

I'm not sure how to make the link "hot" but you can copy & paste to your address bar.

I added rounds to the square. The most dificult part was getting it to lay flat.

ShellyS@2 wrote
on May 24, 2010 8:18 PM

I am definitely going to have to give this a go! I absolutely love spirals! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us.

 

on Jun 22, 2010 1:31 PM

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS - IT EXPLAINS ANOTHER PATTERN I HAVE BEEN READING. THANKS. GREAT WORK. FREDW

OlfatA wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:23 PM

very dificult for me i hope to know more details 

lesliekarns wrote
on Aug 22, 2010 8:19 PM

this is so visually stunning. imagine that felted !

lesliekarns wrote
on Aug 22, 2010 8:19 PM

this is so visually stunning. imagine that felted !

gracealone wrote
on Aug 24, 2010 5:37 PM

help. i must be rather dense. i have crocheted for forever and can usually follow patterns. however, this one has me stumped. do i tie off each color and attach the next or do i keep all four colors going? it is a bit overwhelming to think of cutting and tying and starting four colors every row!  thanks,

 

grace ann

gracealone wrote
on Aug 24, 2010 6:47 PM

help! i cannot figure out how to get this started. do i have to cut and start each color each round? that seems overwhelming! please let me know how to get started on this. i am really looking forward to making this pattern.

KelleyMaddox wrote
on Apr 17, 2012 7:21 AM

Do you have a list of abbreviations for this pattern? There are some I don't recognize. Example: sp, and sk 2 dc ( is that skip 2 dc?)

Thanks,

Kelley

PamO@6 wrote
on Apr 20, 2012 10:25 PM

To answer K. Maddox:  yes, sk 2 dc  =  skip two double crochet stitches.

Others have asked about working in a spiral -  do not cut the yarn but hold it to the side (ignore it till you need it on the next round).  I find it is easiest to rotate the four yarns; with the yarn in use to my left (I crochet right handed).

Here's a link to a spiral blanket that may help:  smoothfoxlover.blogspot.com/2011/03/smoothfoxs-four-color-spiral-blanket.html

on Jun 1, 2012 7:35 AM

just found this pattern  love it     It turned out great   but I dont know how to post a pic of it

on Feb 27, 2013 7:06 PM

I had made some spiral circles but was aiming for squares. You just gave me the answer to my issue. The making of the corners and then the decreasing height. Thanks! 

phoenixbl1 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 5:04 PM
cmcox wrote
on Jul 13, 2013 5:23 PM

I love this pattern. Here is a variation of it that I just finished using the bobble stitch. Thanks for sharing.

cmcox wrote
on Jul 13, 2013 5:27 PM

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mgrant7209 wrote
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Unique pattern-thanks for sharing.

mgrant7209 wrote
on Feb 8, 2014 12:41 AM

Unique pattern-thanks for sharing.