Granny Circle

Granny Circle Pattern

[I am using UK terms.]

In the pattern below it is important that you make the chain between the treble groups the full size and don’t pull it tight.

  • Start: Ch 4 and join with a sl st into the first ch or you could use the Magic Loop method.
  • Row1: Working into ring: 3ch {=1st tr}, 1tr, 1ch, then repeat (2tr, 1ch) 5 times and join to third chain of start of row with a sl st.
  • Row 2: Working into the gaps between treble groups: 3ch {=1st tr}, 2tr, 1ch, then repeat (3tr, 1ch) 5 times and join to third chain of start of row with a sl st.
  • Row 3: [This is an increase row]. Into first gap 3ch {=1st tr}, 2tr, 1ch, then (3tr, 1ch, 3tr 1ch) into each of next 5 gaps then 3tr, 1ch into first gap and join to third chain of start of row with a sl st.
  • Row 4: Work as Row 2 but there will be 12 gaps in total instead of 6.
  • Row 5: Work increases as Row 3 but there will be 12 gaps in total this time.
  • Rows 6&7: Work as Row 2 but there will be 24 gaps in total this time. From now on the increases = (3tr, 1ch, 3tr 1ch) are spaced out with single groups of (3tr, 1ch) in between.
  • Row 8: Work a half increase = (3ch {=1st tr}, 2tr, 1ch) into the first gap then a single group = (3tr, 1ch) into the next gap and an increase = (3tr, 1ch, 3tr 1ch) in the following one. Continue, alternating single groups and increases till you get back to the first gap and work 3tr 1ch into this and join to third chain of start of row with a sl st.
  • Rows 9-11: Work as Row 2. There will be 36 gaps in total.
  • Row 12: Similar to Row 8 but with two single groups between each increase.

Continue, making 12 increases in every 4th row until the desired size is reached.

Edging

  • Row 1: Work 2ch {=1 dc} into first st then 1dc into each following stitch (not spaces). Join with sl st into second chain at start.
  • Row 2: On this row sl sts are worked over the gaps and shells over the 3tr groups. I used a smaller hook because of only missing one stitch rather than two between middle of shell and sl sts. Repeat (sl st, miss a st, 4tr into next st (a shell) , miss a st). Join to first sl st at end and break off yarn.

I like to use a 5mm hook for granny squares for a blanket as that makes them softer but for the granny circle I used a 4.5mm hook and a 3.5mm hook for the second row of the edging.

This was with DK acrylic yarn.

For those who find such things useful here is a chart I made for myself:-

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