Easy Weaving Through Granny Square!

This post was originally shared in the March 2016 issue of my newsletter, a curated monthly newsletter of original content that goes out to my Patreon supporters. Since it was published I’ve learned loom weaving and have some fresh new ideas about incorporating weaving and crochet. This one shares my first basic efforts at that combination!


For the past year or so I’ve been enjoying looking at weaving online. For a few months now, I’ve been playing with the idea of taking a classic granny square and really basic weaving and combining them into new ideas. I’m thrilled today to share a DIY for that; a woven granny wall hanging. Below the DIY you’ll find some photos showing different ways to simply weave through crochet granny squares. The same technique used here can also be found in my woven granny cowl crochet pattern.

DIY WALL HANGING

This is just a super simple DIY to get you used to the idea of weaving into a granny square.

First, crochet your granny square. Here are instructions if you don’t already know how. In my example, I’ve used made an 8 round crochet granny square in blue and green worsted weight yarns. You can make your own granny square any size that you want, using any yarn, and working with one color or many.

Once your granny square is complete, you are ready to do the weaving. Switch to the yarn that you’ll be using for weaving; I used a DK weight yellow acrylic yarn.

Cut a length that is longer than 2x the height of the granny square; you want enough left over to create fringe. My granny square is about 9″ tall so I cut a 25″ piece of yarn.

Begin in the bottom left corner of the square and weave up to the top, pulling the yarn up through the first chain space, down through the second, etc. When you reach the top, you will switch directions, working down into the same line of spaces that you worked up into. Note that you are weaving just to they right of the yarn you just wove through, in the same chain spaces. However, where you went “over” before, you’ll go under now. This creates a staggered strong line of weaving vertically on your square. Knot the two ends of the weaving yarn together at the bottom in a double knot to secure it as fringe at the bottom of your wall hanging.

Repeat across, working one strand up and then down into each vertical of your granny square. I used a total of 16 strands for my piece. Note that I left the center vertical empty; you can opt to work through the center or not but you have to fiddle with it a bit more because of the placement of the center hole.

At the end, you can trim up the bottom fringe so that it’s all even. Or you could cut it into to form a shape such as a triangle.

DIFFERENT WEAVING OPTIONS

The photo above shows some of the different basic changes you can make when weaving into a granny square. The first two show that you can skip either the center or end verticals. The next two are similar except that the weaving is done up and down through the same vertical (LIKE WE DID IN THE ABOVE DIY) – (either skipping columns or not) so that the weave is tighter. On the bottom we see an option to weave both horizontally an vertically. We also see what happens with thicker weaving (three strand) or when you change up the yarn.

The photos above show that you can use two different colors of weaving yarn and alternate them in various ways to create different effects.

There are MANY things you can do differently even with simple up-down weaving through a basic granny square. I’m exploring a lot of ideas and will have new ones on the blog eventually. I encourage you to give it a try!

WOVEN GRANNY COWL FREE CROCHET PATTERN

woven cowl crochet free pattern

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