Hello Lovely People!
I hope you’re all having a wonderfully relaxing or exciting weekend! *YAWN* I’m completely knackered today after a couple of days of work and lots of hours essay writing! It’s mid-afternoon and I’m craving a strong coffee and carrot cake… but I’m being completely restrained and drinking a hot lemon and ginger and eating an apple (boring). I know if I have a coffee I’ll be awake all night and need 4 to get me started in the morning, then the sleep will get out of whack and all of a sudden I’ll be a jittery mess! Raymond and I are trying to relax, him in front of the heater and me in front of my laptop. It’s a crazy windy day here, my house is shaking like it’s about to blow off the side of the hill I live.
Thank you so much, you lovely ones who sent messages of love and concern regarding the earthquake on Saturday morning! You are truly so sweet and I felt very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. The earthquake was in Christchurch which is in the South Island, down the right there…
KB and I live in Wellington, at the bottom of the North Island which was unaffected by the quake… I felt it though, the jolt woke me up at 4.35am and my mirror went click-click-click-click-click… for those of you who have been in earthquakes, you know what thats like! You lie there in fearful anticipation… was that just the warmup? Wow, is Mother Nature an amazing force. So Christchurch and Canterbury have suffered extensive damage… I felt sad looking through the pictures on this site, the ones that shocked me most were the railway tracks and the petrol tanks lifting up out of the ground. Luckily *luckily* as far as I know, no-one was killed as the quake happened when everyone was in bed, what a relief… I shudder to think of it happening at 3pm when schools had finished or anything… So I’m sending much love and kind thoughts to Chrishchurch residents and all of the people rallying around to get the city back into order, and being reminded to send much much love to the people of Haiti, or New Orleans, or anywhere else that has been affected by forces of nature beyond their control.
So these things said and done, shall we begin with the exciting process of the Grandala square tutorial! I just love making these squares and have in fact been making many! For those of you who have just found my blog, click here to see the process and how many attempts I took before I was happy with this pattern! I’m thrilled to share the pattern and can’t wait to see what beautiful things you all create with this! I used 8ply wool and a 4mm hook as per usual!
My very patient sister helped me with a photo tutorial for a *magic ring!!!!*… what a process, the first photos were blurry, so we re-did them, I think this time she decided it was a challenge to get those photos just right for my blog! Little sisters are the best, they’re usually up for anything! So for those of you who have not yet tried a magic ring, here we go! We are going to begin with the first round of the square!
Ooh, remember now, I’m a lefty, so for you right handers out there, just mirror me!
To begin, wrap your wool around your index finger, with the tail end to the front, closest to your thumb.
Does that make sense? The tail isn’t showing in that pic, but it’s the right thread. Insert your hook through the loop and bring a loop through the ring. (I’m hoping this picture will paint 1000 words here!)
Chain 2, 1 dc into ring. (Counts as 1 dc2tog).
To do dc2tog: yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull loop through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, pull loop through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull loop through all remaining loops on hook.
That one was blurry! Bad sister! *ch1, dc2tog* repeat four more times, until you have 6 dc2tog in total.
Here’s where the magic ring gets magic! Soo how it has a gap between the first dc2tog and the last? Well, take that tail end and gently pull…
And voila! It’s closed! Now ch1 and join with a slst to 2nd ch of original 2ch.
There we go! Easy peasy! We had to hurry at the end there, my hands were turning an unattractive shade of purple because of the cold!
So there’s the centre of your mandala. Now, I finished this tutorial at home, so we’re having a location change here! Here’s the centre again!
Change colour. Bring new colour up between the dc2togs and into the same space, ch 2, 1dc (counts as 1 dc2tg), ch1, dc2tog.
Ch1, into next space, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog, ch1. Repeat around the circle until each of the spaces from round 1 are filled with *dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog* and you have 12 1ch spaces between dc2tog. ooh, I hope that makes sense! I want to try a video next time! It’s so much easier to show you what I’m talkng about!
I love those little dc2togs, they’re so compact and sweet! I’m very excited by their presence in my square.
Next round, change colour and bring new colour up in one of the 1ch spaces. Ch3, (counts as 1dc) 2dc into same space. Ch1, 3dc into next 1ch space. Continue around the circle until each of the 12 spaces are filled, ch1 and join with a slt into 3rd ch of original 3ch.
And there you have your mandala! Now it’s time to make it into a square. I’ve chosen natural fibre here in order to show the lovely circular effect… black or white would look amazing too. We’re going to need trebles (tr) and half trebles (htr) here, so if you’ve never done these before, here’s a quick how-to.
Half trebles: Yarn around hook twice, insert hook into stitch, pull a loop through, yarn over, pull loop through 2 loops on hook (3 left on hook) yarn over, pull loop through all three stitches on hook.
Trebles: Yarn over hook twice, insert hook into stitch, pull loop through, yarn over, pull loop through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull loop through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull loop through all remaining loops on hook.
So bring the new colour up in one of the 1ch spaces and ch3 (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same space. Ch 1, now we’re creating a corner, so into next 1ch space, 2htr, 1tr, ch3, 1tr, 2htr, ch1. The circle needed that extra space in the corner so we use the trebles. 3dc into next 1ch space, ch1, 3dc into next 1ch space, ch1 then repeat corner sequence. Now, continue around the circle in the same fashion as you would a granny square, just using the tr and htr in the corners!
And there we have it, a Grandala square fit for a blanket or cushion or whatever you want!
I do believe that granny squares are one of the most difficult things to photograph! Here’s a close up of that mandala goodness!
And a glimpse into the colourful wonderment that is my latest WIP! It’s so bright, as usual, my camera didn’t want to photograph it very well!
As you can see, I’ve used my favourite natural fibre to egde the squares to really make those mandalas pop out of the square. I’m loving them, I hope you do too.
OK, that’s all from me for now, I must, must, must go and finish my essay! Oh, but before I do, have you ever seen a cat with six toes? I have, my sister has one named Squid who is the loveliest little sweetie ever, she’s tiny and her fur is so silky soft! I got a picture today showcasing her full range of digits!
They’re like the cutest little pair of mittens! I love her so much!
OK then, I’m going, I’m going!!!
Lots of love to you all, from Alice and Raymond XXX
Glad that you are ok I did not hear about the quake till last night on th way home from work and did think of you, I get jolly confussed with the time difference as I am in the UK.
Your squares are now begining to get to me and I can see that I will be following your tutorial before long!!!!!!!!!!! love the colours you use.
Oh forgot to say my next door cat has 6 toes, he is not small and dainty but the size of a small dog lol
Another great and lovely tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Your grandala square cushion is so cute that it gives me an irrestible and urgent desire to start a new project, just for the fun to try your grandala square!
So glad you are ok. I saw the pictures of Christchurch on the news last night and it’s a miracle no one was killed. Your Mandala squares are so pretty. Doing a tutorial is a nightmare isn’t it? Yours is very clear! Penny x P S Higgins says Hi to Raymond (and then quickly hides behind the chair!)
So it looks like I am making mandala squares tonight! I am such an Alice follower : )
thanks for the tute. My cat-in-law (the siamese that employs my MIL) sounds a lot like Raymond. Mind you, my Dad was a Raymond and often loved the most when asleep too! LOL
xxxHave a lovely week Alice
I’m glad you’re ok!
Thanks for sharing this tutorial.
oh Alice, I have heard no news this weekend, our tv and radio don’t get used alot here. Oh *Phew* you are ok, thank goodness. Gosh that’s scary. Prayers and blessings to those that have suffered.
As for your grandala’s, oh my gosh, I have made something similar for sure, I think. I didn’t do the magic circle in mine, I wanted the little ‘eye’. I did 6 chain and joined. First round are 12dc, Second round are 2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 1ch in each of the previous dc’s. Third round is the familiar 3dc in each ch space. Fourth round is pretty much your fourth round where I make the corners. Looking at your pattern our third and fourth rounds are the same. Basically round 1 is 1’s, round 2 is 2’s and round 3 is 3’s. lol yes, I have a very small head. lol.
I am so glad you are all well and safe – take care. xx
Was writing on my blog this afternoon (not posted yet was interupted and need to take a photo) and was talking about the weather and the quake over there, so now I can post that you are ok. We have had the BIG winds and rain, rain and more rain, yes mother nature in all her glory.
I am going to have a try at your pattern, just to prove to myself that I can learn to read a crochet pattern. Yes very cute kitty and even cuter pawssssss.
Have a great week ahead and I hope the sun shines for you.
Hugs Sandi xx
Good to know you are far from any harm…the forces of nature are huge and sometimes scary…a good moment to be thankful for my safety too and wish everyone else happiness, safety. I am content stopping by your blog and seeing your inspiring gorgeous bright and beautifully made crochet creations.
Anyhoo, I love your detailed descriptions/photos of your grandalas! They are so sweet! I will have to try and make one. What’cha going to do with all these lovely ones?
Magic rings are so cool, aren’t they!! Hmm, have you ever had a go at amigurumi? Just thinking of them because magic rings are so useful there, Ravelry has some cute *free* patterns for them too.
Hope all those tremors settle down and have yourself a great week!
Dear Alice, I’m so happy you are alright! I’m living also in earthquake-area and we have had few strong ones in these ‘my years’. It can be frightening.
‘Squid’ looks really lovely!
I haven’t been very good with round crochets but I think now it’s time to make a nice one (which doesn’t look like a pot) with your tutoral!
Thanks and best wishes Teje and Nero
What fabulous colourful crochet you make!
I hadn’t seen the news yet today (in the UK), so no idea there’d been an earthquake…glad you’re ok.
Hi – thank you so much for sharing your new pattern with us. I can see that I will have to try a few of these squares. 🙂
Fabulous, a left-handed tutorial!! I attempted a tutorial but gave up at the thought of producing a set of reversed right-handed pictures as well as my lefty ones. But, hey, those righties can just use a mirror like we’re always being told to!
I really admire your work Alice and so glad you are OK re the earthquake.
LOVE your beautiful, colorful squares! Can you tell me their size? Yes, I could just go ahead and make my own, then measure it, but I’m a bit of a detail freak.
Wow! I’m so glad to hear you’re OK and the tutorial is wonderful! Off to get lots of yummy colors so I can start creating. Yea!
Thanks for sharing this great tutorial, Alice. ; )
I’m so glad that you and yours are OK. I’m thinking about you in this stressful times.
A big hug from Alberta, Canada.
I didn’t even hear about the earthquake until now, thank goodness you guys are alright. I have never felt one and I really hope I never do, I get scared at just the thought of it.
love the colors of all your grandalas! I hope to make some soon, I love your tutorials 🙂
So glad you are OK, I had to get up and check that Christchurch was not near you when I heard the news. I didn’t have an email address for you or I would have emailed you 🙂
How awful to still feel it as well, I hope things quickly get back to normal for all those people, it is quite upsetting to deal with the aftermath of a natural disaster….we went thru Cyclone Larry in 2006 (hopefully never again
Your tutorial is Fab!!! This one is on my ‘List’
Love your sisters cat and her feet 🙂 Of all the years of me working as a vet nurse (20 plus) I have only ever seen less than five cats with that trait….so cool!
Alice and Raymond,
Thank you! Your SIBOL Squares have arrive safely
and I am giving them tender loving care after their massive journey to the UK!
Thank You so much they are gorgeous! I love them.
Now I have tried to email you, but it comes back.
Can you please let me know whether you would like me to make you a Slide Show
showcasing your Squares on SIBOL?
Thanks so much Alice and Raymond, much appreciated!!
I was searching for an email adress, but I can not find one..
So I ask my question at this place.
I am making the mandala’s from you, I make them from the photo, but my question was: At the pattern there is always just 1 chain between de double crochet’s. But it somethings feels like it is better to have 2 chains in between. Do you always just use one chain?
Thanks for the answer already
I noticed that you mentioned that you had problems finding bolster pillowforms in NZ. I own an online store in Brisbane, Australia, and I stock a variety of odd-shaped pillowforms, including neckrolls/bolsters and rectangular forms. I crochet cushions and was frustrated that I couldn’t find the right-sized forms so I started importing them myself! LOL!
I always ship to NZ and am happy to order any size you need or anything in any quantity.
Here is the link to the product page for pillowforms:
thank’s a lot for this tut !!
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great tutorial! Quite unusual to find another lefty – although I hook right handed, even though I taught myself. I do tend to do things like that. Will most likely give it a go once I’ve finished a few other projects.
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I like your blog,thank you for sharing have a nice day
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I just started at this lark and after a few false starts was astounded that I was able to finish this in a morning. I am inspired now and will make a few more. Love the site 🙂
I am a new crocheter and I am having trouble figuring how to make the dc2tog. Do you have any video? I tried to youtube a dc2tog and it is video of a “double crochet decrease” and does not show you how to start with a dc2tog. I love your work. I went out and bought a few different size crochet needles and a few different colors of yarn just to practice and start the creative energy flowing.
Thank you for all of your help and inspiration!
Hello Alice and Raymond!
Thank you so much for posting how to make these! Ever since I started reading your blog, I have had a strong urge to make a mandala 🙂 Now I know how, and I can not wait to start on one! I feel so inspired 🙂 I hope you have a great day and tell Raymond I said hello 🙂
Beautiful! Thank you for posting this tutorial!
I know you did this tutorial ages ago but thank you for being so passionate and fun about your hooking-goodness 🙂 I really do enjoy the way you teach and finally seem to be making progress crocheting….yay yay no more endless chains of nothingness.
I am loving your website! Yours is one that got me to thinking how fun it would be to have a thumbnail link site with photos of our kitties and our crafts. Hope you will share some of yours!
reading the first part of this post was really sad, We now know what “would happen” if an earthquake strikes during the day…..
I love your tute’s and have just started a granny circle with my leftovers. I ‘d love to know what brand wool you use the colours go so very well together!
From another reiki master crystal loving fibernut 🙂
I just discovered your website while searching for a tutorial on the dc2tog stitch. What a nice cheerful and colourful blog And lots of crochet stuff I’m trying out…right now 😉
Greetings from the Netherlands. Chris
I´m following you, every morning! I use to wake up and run to my computer to look for something new in your blog.
I´m from Barcelona, Spain.
And I would like to say thank you for every beautiful thing you are sharing.
And I´ll follow your steps, be sure!
How wonderful to find someone who is as obsessed with crochet as myself. I’m new to it, just having learned just over a month ago ( via youtube) and have just finished my very first large project for my granddaughter, a beautiful granny square blanket with 3D flowers and scalloped edging. She adores it and giggles and hides underneath it.
Why is crochet so addictive I wonder? I think it may be for me because you can achieve results fast and crochet such cute things.
Oh, I’m a counselling student too( amongst other things) . Glad to make your acquaintance fellow crocheter!
Thank you for the nice ideas on your blog.
I have the edging tutorial founded.In German “Zickzack Kante”.
I hope you understand my english.
Your things are very coloured and so cool.
kind regards from Germany
i was just directed to your site by a friend, i so LOVE your stuff!!! i do not knit but i’m an avid hooker. :o) i love this tutorial & i love all the beautiful colors you use. you have inspired me to make some granny square type pillows which i’m going to try this pattern right away! thanks for sharing your AWESOME stuffs.
Your patterns are so beautiful, thank you so much for sharing them! I also love that you mention your pets in your postings. I have 2 cats and 5 dogs, so they are very special to me! I have seen a six toed cat, I used to have one named Diesel, I miss him so much, he passed from FIP 😦 They are too adorable though! 😀
Hello Alice and Raymon,
I just started crocheting and I’m working on my first project. With the great ideas that are lingering on the web it’s almost hard to choose a 2nd project, but I’ve found it now: great (colourfull) granny squares and yours is my favorite! Thank you for this great tutorial and thanks to your sister for the pictures 😉
Hopefully I can get as nice colours as you have, here in the Netherlands, because I think they are lovely combined in your projects.
Because I like schematics/stich diagrams I drew up a diagram of your granny square (similar to the one found here: http://idratherbecrocheting.blogspot.com/2010/07/basic-granny-square-stitch-diagram.html). I’d love to send it to you so you can publish it here if you’d like, but I cannot find a contact address…
With kind regards,
Thanks for sharing your wonderful patterns and talent. Your fantastic website was given to me by a dear friend who lives in England. I am just letting you know that I am spreading the ‘Crochet with Raymond’ love in Mooroopna (a country town in Victoria, Australia). I have just started doing Grandala Squares and love them. You website is inspirational and I love the beautiful wool you spin.
PS. I love cats as well!
I love your tutorials – they are very intuitive, for me it is very good with loada words! And you use lots of those when you explain 🙂
You talk about using “natural fibres” – are you talking about the colour or the yarn? Are you using wool in these pictures?
Have a lovely “rest-of-weekend”, Kiwigurlie 😀
I love your granny squares.
My name is Claudia and I’m from Portugal.
I just subscribed your newslwtter.
Please visit my blog. I’m making a huge crochet grtanny square. 50 rows today!
I am having major trouble with granny squares–any suggestions? Love your blog–color therapy at its finest!
I have just found your blog via Alice 24. How wonderful to find another lefty and not have to reverse everything in my head. A big thank you to you and Raymond for all your hard work.
I have just joined your site… have been crocheting for many years, but recently got serious about it. I love your work. I have recently moved to wellyland… This place has the perfect weather to sit inside and hook away.Bliss. Looking forward to seeing more of your work and oneday maybe get to meet over some yummy colours.
Thank you so much for your tutorial. I’ve just completed my first squircle 🙂 and I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.
First of all, I am ecstatic at the moment,my baby will be up in 6 hrs but I just HAD to finish doing my very first grandala square—–it s the very first time I m actually doing a pattern:))!!Thank You so much for the tutorial, adorable colors and the good vibes!
Thing is, I m very much a beginner,and some, probably totally obvious tricks are completely unknown to me…..
Would you give me a little insight into how exactly you “change colors”?What s happening to the previous yarn?Is there a hook or a knot that you use to start the new one?Or am I just over-complicating my life?(And yours?)
Thank you sooo much if you take some time answering…!!! Have a lovely day!
you can do either, I don’t knot mine anymore, I just start by slip stitching into the 1 chain space, then when I have finished the round I weave in the end very tightly. Congratulations on following your first pattern, it is the best feeling ever!
Hi! Just tried your mandala square pattern and it is fab!! I had been fiddling about trying to make a circle in a square and it just wasn’t right, then I remembered your circus blanket! I now have a little pile of pretty pink and purple circles in squares 🙂 they will eventually be a blanket for a very special little girl. Many thanks for the great pattern, and for showing me how to make a magic circle!! xxx
Not only are ALL your posts amazing, but you are a lefty! I love seeing tutorials that I don’t have to mirror. Thanks a bunch.
Beautiful granny!!! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern!!! And YAY for being a lefty!!!!! Nice not to have “translate” it!!! 😀
Thanks a lot from Martine from France. Have a nice day.
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Lost me on the picture says a 1000 words
I love how you broke everything down in your picture tutorial! As a beginner crochet…there’s nothing like a ONE STOP PATTERN 🙂 I’m forever having to stop and look up terms and instruction meanings…This couldn’t be more simpler. Thank you!
I’m also part of a craft group at my church. We make prayer shawls, lapghans, and blankets. I am trying to make it easier for beginners like me to participate. Maybe draw in the younger crowd so we may continue to send gifts to those in need. I would love to use this pattern by printing out your step -by- step instructions and keep them at church. This way those who want to help make the shawls, lapghans, and blankets can do so without having the stress to finish one project themselves.
Is it possible to email me a PDF of your tutorial so I may print it out. Printing from this screen doesn’t read very well. The graphics and words overlap. If you do not already have one, I understand. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask. Thank you again for taking the time to pass on the beautiful art of crocheting and love! Art, in any form, is more amazing when shared and used for humanity 🙂
hiya, sorry I don’t have any PDF patterns, but feel free to copy and paste them into a word doc to share around 🙂