Friday, February 12, 2010

Reversible Granny Square

Yes, that does sound sort of dumb doesn't it? But this really is a different procedure to making Granny Squares. We all make them the same old way and they always turn out just perfect. But doing a reversible square you don't come out with a right side and a wrong side. When you are working on a square the side facing you is called the "right" side and you never turn your work like you do in other projects. But I'm going to explain to you how to crochet it so it looks the same on both sides. Are you ready? Just keep in mind I jabber a lot so I hope you can understand the instructions. Here we go.
1. Make your first row just like always, and join it into the ch 3 as you normally would.
2. Now turn your square over, sl st into the next space, and then ch 3. (Photos # 1 and # 2)
3. Go ahead and work 2 dc into the same space. (Shown in Photo # 3) Continue around this row working just as you have always done. At the end of the row sl st to join, then turn your square over again.

4. Sl st in space, ch 3, work 2dc and continue as before.

5. At the end of each row you will sl st to join, flip the square over. and begin the next row. The whole purpose of this procedure is that your squares will look the same on both sides, there will no longer be a "right side" and a "wrong side". It really makes a difference so make a square just to practice it and see what you think.


  1. Very interesting...I never thought to turn the granny square after each "roll" of the square. I like that there isn't a "right" or "wrong" side when turning. I have to try this. Very clever of you to think this up.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

  2. Hmmmm that sounds good. I'm doing something similiar with a Baby Pants pattern I'm doing..right now it has me flip each side over and this is doing it in the round, no seams to sew as of yet. First time doing this pattern, so its slow going yet but I will try the reversible Granny square idea!

  3. This is interesting Molly. I do know people who prefer the reverse side when crocheting. Seems weird to me. Will give this a try!
    Hugs and LOve Suex

  4. Grabbed this button too....for my quilt blocks. You can drop by if you'd like to see your additions.

  5. Very cool, Molly! Something that sounds so simple, but something I've never thought of. Hmmm. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  6. I am so happy to find you! I love to crochet and could always use more ideas. I also love to see what others are doing. I am the only crocet person around here.

    I found your great blog from a comment you left at Leamon Tree Cards. I am now a follower.

  7. Hi Molly,

    Your blog is delightful; full of helpful information, patterns, and lots of good will. Reading through some of your posts was like visiting with a friend. Thank-you for stopping by my place, and inviting me to yours :-)


  8. Thank you for sharing this technique with us. I will have to try it the next time I "granny" !!

  9. In 1977 I learned to crochet and my first project was a granny blanket. Betty taught me to make grannies by turning/reversing as I went along because her preference was to have a 2 sided granny and not a "front" and "back". There are so many methods to achieving the same result. Some people make 5 chains in the starting corner, some people chain 2 and join with a slip stitch, then slip over to the next and don't worry about joining corners b/c they are starting in the 2nd spot. Some people chain 1 then sc 1 to create that last 2 ch. corner space. Keep on learning folks, as there are 100 ways to skin a cat.


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