Thursday, April 10, 2014

Granny Square Button Bracelet

Ah, the granny square. I'm guessing that 's how a lot of us first learned how to crochet. I used to make countless squares. But never enough to actually make a blanket. And in the days before the wonders of the Internet, I had no idea how many cool things you could do with a granny square!

I'm starting to fall in love with crocheting with cotton. I like the heavier, medium weight cotton for things like bags and headbands. But I'm also having fun playing with the thinner, size 10 cotton. And that is exactly what I used to make these itty bitty granny squares!

I first tried making this bracelet with six squares but I found that it was far too big for me. Cotton has a lot of stretch so it only took two seconds for the baby to grab it and stretch it hard enough for it to be too big to wear! I definitely needed a tighter fit so that it would be harder for baby to grab! You make have to experiment to find the right number of squares for your bracelet. I advise going a bit smaller because it does stretch. 

size 10 cotton thread (I used Aunt Lydia's brand)
Size G crochet hook
Yarn needle

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch.

Let's get started!

For the regular squares:
Start with a magic circle.
Round 1: 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 3, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2. sl st to join. Personally I found that it makes a neater square if you sl st to the second dc rather than the first but that is up to you. It could just be the way I crochet. You can try it both ways and decide which you prefer.

Fasten off. Pull magic circle tight and weave in that end. Leave a long tail to stitch to next square.

For the last square:
Follow directions above but after your sl st, make a chain. How long your chain is will depend on how big your button is. I made a chain of five. If your button is bigger or smaller, you may need to adjust. Then sl st to rejoin the chain to the same stitch you were in when you began the chain. This will create a button hole loop.

Stitch your squares together, leaving the button hole on one end. Stitch your button to the other end.

That's it!

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