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Granny’s Daughter | Saltine

Yo-yos, Granny’s Daughters, and Saltines
© 2009, 2012 Sandra Petit, http://www.crochetcabana.com

The granny square is worked in the round, but there are many ways to begin, end, and join the rounds. For these small projects, there are two methods that are generally used. I am listing all the methods here, not to confuse those who visit the granny square tutorial. The methods generally used are Methods 1 and 3. My preference is Method 3 using the adjustable ring.

    Method 1
    Make a slip knot, chain 4 and join with a slip stitch working first round into the ring

    Method 2
    Use the alternative to the slip knot, lay the yarn over the hook, then curl the yarn around the hook in a counter-clockwise motion, ch 5, and join with a sl st as in method 1 (see video)

    Method 3
    Start with an adjustable ring (also called magic loop)

    Method 4
    Make a slip knot, ch a particular number (chain 5, for example) and work your first round into the first chain

If you are making squares for a charity effort, find out what method the coordinator prefers. Since these items must be joined to others, it is best they all are as close as possible in size and method. For my work below, I use an H hook. If you are using a larger hook to make yours, you will have to adjust.

A YO-YO is 16 dc worked into the ring with no chains between them. To see if I have enough worsted weight yarn, I wrap yarn loosely around a 12" ruler 8 times (in other words 8 12" lengths or 8 feet, that means front and back of the ruler - once around - is 2 lengths). Don't stretch it. Just loosely wind around the length of the ruler. This will to some degree depend on the yarn. That is about 96-98". I usually hold an inch or two at the top so it doesn't slip out of my fingers.

A DOUBLE YO-YO is 2 rounds, 16 dc on the first round, and 2 dc in each stitch on the second round for a total of 32 dc on that round. To see if I have enough worsted weight yarn, I wrap yarn loosely around a 12" ruler 20 times. Don't stretch it. Just loosely wind around the length of the ruler. This will to some degree depend on the yarn.

A TRIPLE YO-YO is 3 rounds. There are two ways to make these. One uses 12, 24, 36 stitches. That would be 12 in ring, 2 in each st, then increase in every other stitch to get 36. The other is made the same, continuing the basic yo-yo. It starts with 16 dc in ring, then 2 in each, then increase in every other stitch - 16, 32, 48. If you are making for a charity, all the circles need to be the same so  ask the person joining what she accepts. To see if I have enough worsted weight yarn, I wrap yarn loosely around a 12" ruler 28 times. Don't stretch it. Just loosely wind around the length of the ruler. This will to some degree depend on the yarn.

One round of the basic granny square is called a GRANNY’S DAUGHTER. (4 3dc shells and 4 chain spaces). I usually use an H hook and worsted weight acrylic yarn. To see if I have enough worsted weight yarn, I wrap yarn loosely around a 12" ruler 7 times. Again, don't stretch it. Just loosely wind around the length of the ruler. Some folks call them granny centers or granny minis.

Two rounds of the basic granny square is called a SALTINE. (I have heard that is because it is about the size of a Saltine cracker, but I can't verify where it began so I don't know if that is true or not). I have also heard this called a mini granny square. I found 16 times around my ruler was sufficient for most worsted weight yarns.

To summarize (H hook, worsted weight yarn)
yo yo - wind at least 8 times (8 feet), 16 dc
double yo yo - wind at least 20 times (20 feet), 16 dc first round, 2 in ea for 32 dc last round
granny's daughter - wind at least 7 times (7 feet), (4 3dc shells separated by chains)
saltine - wind at least 16 times (16 feet), first 2 rounds basic granny square

 

The Yo-Yo
update © 2009, 2012 Sandra Petit, http://www.crochetcabana.com
 

The yo-yo is 16 double crochets in a ring.

Approximate size: 1-1/2”
 


 

Instructions:
Make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 15 more dc into the center of the ring, join with a slip stitch to top chain of beginning ch-3. There are NO chains between dcs. Finish off, weave in ends. (16dc)

 

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The Double Yo-Yo
update © 2009, 2012 Sandra Petit, http://www.crochetcabana.com
 

The double yo-yo is 16 dc in ring, 2 dc in ea st for total of 32 dcs on last round.

Approximate size: 3”
 


 

Instructions:
Make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 15 more dc into the center of the ring. There are NO chains between dcs. (16 dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2 or 3 to bring to height, dc in same st as beg chains, 2 dc in each dc around, join with a slip stitch to top chain of beginning chain, finish off, weave in ends. (32 dc)

I send these to Crafting for a Cause and they are made into afghans for Native Americans.

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The Triple Yo-Yo
update © 2009, 2012 Sandra Petit, http://www.crochetcabana.com
 

Check with coordinators as to the number of stitches needed per round.

Approximate size:
12, 24, 36 - 3-1/2”
16, 32, 48 - 4-1/2”

 


 

Instructions:

Version 1 - 12, 24, 36

Make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 11 more dc into the  center of the ring. There are NO chains between dcs. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2 or 3 to bring to  height, dc in same st as beg chains, 2 dc in each dc around, join with a slip stitch to top chain of beginning  chains. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2 or 3, 2 dc in next dc,  * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * around, , finish  off, weave in ends. (36 dc)

Version 2 - 16, 32, 48

Complete as for triple yo-yo above, but work total of 16 dc into ring on first round.

Make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 15 more dc into the center of the ring. There are NO chains between dcs. (16 dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2 or 3 to bring to height, dc in same st as beg chains, 2 dc in each dc around, join with a slip stitch to top chain of beginning chain. (32 dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2 or 3, 2 dc in next dc, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * around, , finish off, weave in ends. (48 dc)

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The Granny’s Daughter
update © 2009, 2012 Sandra Petit, http://www.crochetcabana.com
 

A Granny’s daughter is the first round of a granny square (12 dcs w/ch-2 or ch-3 between 3-dc shells).

Approximate size: 1-1/2
 


Note that these can be done using ch-2 between shells or ch-3 between shells. In the video I used ch-2 in corners.
 

 

Check with your coordinator and do them all the same. I am using ch-3 here because that is what all my granny pages use.

Make a ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 3, 3 dc) three times, ch 3 join with a sl st to top of beginning chain (four 3-dc shells, 4 ch-3 spaces)

NOTE: Some use ch-2 between shells. This is perfectly fine. Just know what your coordinator wants and do them all the same.

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The Saltine
update © 2009, 2012 Sandra Petit, http://www.crochetcabana.com
 

A saltine is the first two rounds of a Granny Square (12 dc on first round, 24 dc on second round).

Approximate size: 2-1/2
 


Note that these can be done using ch-2 or ch-3 between corner shells. Check with your coordinator and do them all the same. The video below uses ch-2 between corner shells.
 

 

Instructions:
Make a ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 3, 3 dc) three times, ch 3 join with a sl st to top of beginning chain, slip stitch in next two dc and in next ch-3 space, (12 dcs, 4 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 2: (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), ch 1, in next ch-3 space work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), ch 1, in next ch-3 space work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), ch 1, join with a slip stitch and finish off (24 dc, 4 ch-3 spaces, 4 ch-1 spaces)

NOTE: Some use ch-2 between shells. This is perfectly fine. Just know what your coordinator wants and do them all the same.

There are alternate methods to join rounds, as well. These can be found on the Granny Square Options page.

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