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Granny Square Formations page 2  

Suspension Bridge Technique
This technique is designed for lacy motifs that have points or scallops around the edge.

Motifs with 8 points:
Each side will have 1 point and the corners will have one point.

Attach yarn to the top of any point.
Round 1: *Work enough chs to cross over to next point. DC into top of the point. Ch 3, Dc into same st. Work same number of chs as used on previous side to cross over to next point. Sc into top of point.
Repeat from * around sqare. Connect to beg ch.
Round 2: Ch (1,2, or 3 depending on st used) *Sc, Dc, or Trc across edge to corner-working the same number of sts as the ch *suspension.* Work 2 sts into ch 3 sp. Ch 2. 2 sts into same ch 3 sp. Repeat from * around square. Connect to beg ch of round.
Continue adding rounds to increase the size of the square, or end off.

Motifs with 6 points will need the Struts in the Corners Technique.
There will be 2 points on each side, with the corner suspended between points.
Attach yarn at the top of any point.
Round 1: *Work enough chs to cross over to next point. Sc into top of point. Work * as many chs as first section. Trc into valley between points. Ch 3. Trc into same valley. Work same number of chs as used for other side of corner. Sc into the top of the  next point. Repeat from * around square. Connect to beg ch.
Round 2: Ch (1,2, or 3 depending on st used) *Sc, Dc, or Trc across edge-working the same number of sts as the ch *suspension.* Work 1 st into sc. Continue adding sts across to corner. 2 sts into ch 3 sp. Ch 2. 2 sts into same ch 3 sp. Repeat from * around square. Connect to beg ch of round.
Continue adding rounds to increase size, or end off.


Divide by 4 and Add Corners
This will take a couple rows or more to achieve the effect, but this is the most common way to turn a solid round piece into a granny square.

Count the number of stitches around the edge of your circle. Divide that number by four. That will give you the number of stitches for each side. For example, if your piece has 32 stitches, then divide that by 4, and the sides of your square will have 8 stitches each.

Square Round 1: Ch 2 or 3 (depending on dc or trc). *Crochet the number of stitches you got when you divided by 4. Ch 2, Work 1 stitch in that same stitch. Repeat from * around the circle.  Connect to beg ch of this round.

Square Round 2: Ch 2-3 (depending on the Dc or Trc), and *work a st in each st down the side.  Work 2 sts into ch 2 sp. Ch 2. Work 2 more sts into ch 2 sp. Repeat around the square.  Connect to beg ch.
Add as many rows as needed to achieve desired size.

TIP: If the number of stitches isn*t divisible by 4, you can use a Decrease st to hide those extra stitches. This works best with DC or TRC.
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Abbreviations:  
Beg: Beginning
 Ch: Chain stitch
Dc: Double Crochet   
Sc: Single Crochet  
Trc: Treble Crochet
Lp: Loop  
Hk: Hook
 Sk: skip stitches
Sl St: slip stitch
Yo: Yarn Over hook