GRANNY SQUARE TRIANGLE
Granny Squares and crocheting go hand-in-hand. I haven't met a crocheter (or knitter!) who doesn't love them, and I am no exception. Granny squares were the first motif I learned how to crochet, and I always go back to them when messing around with a new project or idea.
The Granny Square Triangle is not a "new" invention of mine, but I loved the idea of combining a classic crochet technique with a modern yarn and updated shape, which is how the Asticou Terrace pattern came to be. I find working back and forth to be a little less intuitive than in the round, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to work up a tutorial as well!
I did change it up a bit - unlike the "classic" granny square, I opted to not work a single chain in between the double crochet clusters, and only 1 chain at the center points. The end result is a large triangular shawl in a little denser fabric, with a nice weight and hand. You can download the free pattern here. Below are the step-by-step instructions to create your very own. - KGO
Note: this tutorial expects you to be familiar with basic crochet stitches such as Chain Stitches and Double Crochet. If you are new to crochet and are stuck at the Set-Up, take a second to search around, or an evening watching Kim Werker's Crochet Class on Craftsy. It is great!
SET-UP / STEP 1 Ch4.
Note: When counting chains, do not count the chain on your hook.
SET-UP / STEP 2 Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
ROW 1 / Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc, ch1, 4 dc in ring.
STEP 1 The Ch 3 counts as a DC when counting stitches.
STEP 2 The 3 DC paired with the Ch3 counts as a 4 DC cluster that makes up the edge of the triangle.
STEP 3 The Ch 1 is the center point of your shawl.
STEP 4 The 4 dc is the other edge of the shawl.
ROW 2 Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in space between 1st and 2nd dc, (3 dc, ch1, 3 dc) in ch-1 space, 4 dc in space between last 2 dc.
STEP 1 Just as in Row 1, the Ch 3 will count as a dc when counting stitches.
STEP 2 Just as in Row 1, the 3 dc paired with the Ch 3 counts as a 4 dc cluster that makes up the edge of the triangle.
STEP 3 This 3 dc forms one half of the center portion of the triangle.
STEP 4 Just as Row 1, the Ch 1 is the center point of your shawl.
STEP 5 Just as in step 3, this 3 dc forms one half of the center portion of the triangle.
STEP 6 Just as in Row 1, the 4 dc is the other edge of the shawl.
ROW 3: Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in space between 1st and 2nd dc, 3 dc in space between 3dc of prev row, (3 dc, ch1, 3 dc) in ch-1 space, 3dc in space between 3 dc of prev row, 4 dc in space between last 2 dc.
When working Row 4, which is repeated throughout the remainder of the shawl, you will be repeating the "3 dc" along the shawl. Each row will increase the number of 3 dc clusters by 1. (Row 4 = 2 clusters, Row 5 = 3 clusters, etc.)