The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library’s Fiber Frenzy Program includes a monthly project of fiber art. From cross stitch to knitting, reference librarian Christina Link offers a multitude of projects that were previously carried out mainly on a virtual platform.
However, held in person last Friday, Fiber Frenzy featured a simple project tailored for beginners to crochet: granny squares.
“I wanted to crochet again,” said Link. “A granny square is so traditional to crochet, but not everyone knows how to do it. It’s also pretty versatile. “
To show how versatile a Granny Square can be, Link showed the participants a blanket she had crocheted. It was actually one big, continuous granny square.
“You can do a few little (grandma squares) and make a quilt, scarf, coasters, there is so much you can do with them,” she said.
As always, Link provided the materials needed for the project, in this case thread and a crochet hook. She explained that the hook should be the size of the thread that can be found on the label of the thread. J-size – or 6mm – hooks were used on Friday, which Link said were a good size for beginners.
Holding the hook in your dominant hand and the thread in the other hand, make a slipknot and poke the hook through. Then start with five chain stitches. This is done by holding the thread at the back of the hook and winding it at the front (this is “over threading”), catching the thread with the hook and pulling it through the loop.
Nest, make a slip stitch through the first chain stitch and pull the thread through both loops of the crochet hook (this is a chain stitch), followed by three more chain stitches.
At this point Link stated that the rest of the project would use double crochet stitches. “It’s easier than it sounds,” she said.
When double crocheting, the crochet is re-threaded and the hook is inserted through the center of the circle that was created in the previous steps.
When garnishing again, the hook and thread are pulled back through the circle, leaving three loops on the needle. Thread again, pull the crochet hook through two of the loops, thread again and pull through the last two loops of the crochet hook, and that’s a double crochet.
Then make three more chain stitches and repeat the previous steps.
This continues until the piece has four sides.
The tricky thing comes when you get back to the beginning of the piece. Here you can find the tip of the third chain (it looks like a “V”) and push the hook through, thread and pull through all three loops.
Then go to the next hole and do a slip stitch two more times. And double crochet starts again by working through all four corners of the square.
As Link said, the squares can be made as small or large as you’d like depending on the project. And like anything else, crocheting gets easier with practice.
Fiber Frenzy takes place in the library every third Friday of the month at 4 p.m.