The Aster Granny Square, made with #5 pearl cotton, is a delicate, lacy way to show off your Aster Flower Decals. Each square is about 4.5 inches making them wonderful to put together into many different projects. The project I have in mind is best suited for a subtle appearance. However, you can make the flowers POP simply by changing the color rotation. Instead of starting with the petal color you could start with the gold center color as the first granny square round.
In addition to the beautiful appearance using the decal, using the full Aster Flower (pattern coming very soon) would actually make this more 3D raising the flower a little above the granny square.
The Aster Granny Square is listed as Intermediate only because you're working with #5 Pearl Cotton instead of regular yarn.
Yarn: Pearl Cotton #5. Make sure you are buying the #5. I used Craftways Pearl Cotton. For the center top I used #517 Dark Goldenrod. For the center back (not pictured) #431 Very Light Forest Green.
Flower Petals, #342 Dark Powdered Blue, #323 Light Antique Blue, #235 Light Periwinkle Purple, #223 Light Purple. This is where I buy my Craftways Pearl Cotton, size 5.
Hook: B 2.25mm. I'm sold on Clover Brand.
Other: Small Scissors and a Yarn Needle fitting Pearl Cotton.
There is no actual gauge required for the Aster Granny Square. Keep your stitches nice and even and you will end up with a beautiful square.
A standard granny square uses double crochet. I decided to use triple (treble) crochet to give the square a lacier appearance. For those of you who are experienced with granny squares you'll find this very easy after you do a read through, you can most likely set the pattern down. If you're new to granny squares simply follow along and you shouldn't have any problems.
The Aster Granny Square pattern focuses on a
granny square AROUND the flower.
At the end of each petal you'll find 2 threads. As you work around the flower be careful to pick up both. Use a slip knot to attach your first color to your hook. I suggest, for a subtle appearance, you use the same color as your petals. For contrast use the golden center disk color of the flower.
Slip Stitch (sl st) connect your thread to the top of the first petal. Chain (ch) 5 and connect, with a slip stitch (sl st), to the top of the next petal.
Chain (ch) 3, slip stitch (sl st) connect to the top of the next petal. Repeat 2 more times. This completes group #1.
Group #2: Chain (ch) 5 --- slip stitch (sl st) connect. Chain (ch) 3 --- slip stitch (sl st) connect --- 3 times.
Group #3: Chain (ch) 5 --- slip stitch (sl st) connect. Chain (ch) 3 --- slip stitch (sl st) connect --- 3 times.
Group #4: Chain (ch) 5 --- slip stitch (sl st) connect. Chain (ch) 3 --- slip stitch (sl st) connect --- 3 times. Make sure your last slip stitch (sl st) connect is in the same petal you started with.
1st Corner: Slip Stitch (sl st) around the first flower chain. Then Chain (ch) 4 (counts as your first triple crochet).
2 more triple crochet (tr) in the same location.
Chain (ch) 3.
3 more triple crochet (tr) in the same location.
1st Straight Side:
Chain (ch) 1, 3 triple crochet (tr) around the first chain 3 space.
Chain (ch) 1, 3 triple crochet (tr) around the next chain 3 space. Repeat one more time.
Corner: Chain (ch) 1. 3 triple crochet (tr) around the chain 5 space. Chain (ch) 3. 3 triple crochet (tr) into the same chain 5 space.
Straight Side: Chain (ch) 1, 3 triple crochet (tr) around the next chain 3 space. Repeat a TOTAL of 3 times.
Follow by another corner.
Follow by another straight side.
Follow by another corner.
One last straight side.
At the end where your crochet meets, Chain (ch) 1. Slip Stitch (sl st) connect to the top most chain (not into the first triple crochet stitch) making sure you catch two threads on top and one on bottom.
Slip Stitch (sl st) into the next top stitch (not around it).
If you are going to change color, this is where you would cut and tie on the next color (make sure you leave a tail long enough to thread a needle to hide the ends).
If you are not changing color simply continue.
Slip Stitch (sl st) into the top of the next stitch.
Slip Stitch (sl st) around the corner chain 5 space.
The first corner of every round begins with a chain (ch) 4, followed by 2 triple crochet (tr). Then chain (ch) 3, followed by 3 triple crochet (tr) in the same space.
The straight sides are always Chain (ch) 1, followed by 3 triple crochet (tr) around the next space.
The next 3 corners are always Chain (ch) 1, 3 triple crochet (tr) around the chain 3 corner space, followed by 3 triple crochet (tr) in the same chain 3 space.
The end is always a slip stitch (sl st) into the top of first chain, followed by slip stitches (sl st) to move your hook into the corner space. If you are changing color always change after the second slip stitch (sl st).
Now you can make your Aster Granny Square as large as you want.
This is a special ending, using Single Crochet (sc), that's used primarily with pearl cotton or thin yarns. It can also be used with larger yarn. The point of this ending is to give you a tight finishing round that really squares up your Aster Granny Square. It is NOT a necessity on all granny squares.
Slip Stitch (sl st) into the corner just like a normal start. Chain (ch) 1.
Work around the chain, Single Crochet (sc) 2.
Chain (ch) 2.
Single Crochet (sc) 3 around the chain.
Single Crochet (sc) 1 around the space between each triple crochet.
Single Crochet (sc) 2 around the space between each triple crochet group.
The following corners are Single Crochet (sc) 3, Chain (ch) 2, Single Crochet 3 in the same corner space.
At the end Slip Stitch (sl st) into your first Single Crochet (be careful not to single crochet into your chain, but to pick up the first stitch).
I've often called crochet squares "building blocks for crocheters." Let your imagination run wild with the Aster Granny Square and create beautiful items.
Full Aster Flower Coming Soon.
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