What’s the first thing you think of when you think about fall? Pumpkin spice? Halloween? Sweater weather? For me, it’s the leaves changing colors and falling from the trees. When I signed up to design an autumn-themed square, I knew I wanted to incorporate falling leaves into my design. Thus, the Falling Leaves Granny Square was born.
My fall granny square is similar to classic grannies, but with four filet crochet leaves spreading from the center. What’s cozier than the crunch of leaves under your feet as you walk through the forest? LITERALLY NOTHING, Y’ALL!
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All the squares from the make-a-long feature worsted weight yarn, but you’ll see several different brands used. I love Brava from WeCrochet, so of course I chose it for my granny square. Brava is my absolute favorite of the inexpensive acrylic yarns, and I have a huge box of it in my craft room.
I used the “Denim” and “Peapod” colors for my sample squares, which aren’t particularly fall-y. Don’t worry though, Brava comes in over 50 different colors so you can mix and match for the perfect charity blanket to go with any theme or season.
For my hook, I chose to use my sparkly blue Odyssey, which is an H 5.0 mm hook from Furls. I’m obsessed with the chunky, ergonomic handle and the blue shimmers. The Odyssey hooks are balanced, which helps me crochet quickly and without any wrist pain. They’re a splurge, but I highly recommend them! I have four colors of Odyssey so far, and more on my Christmas list. I’m dying for the navy. 😍
Supplies / Materials
- 38 – 42 yards of Brava worsted or similar #4 worsted weight yarn
- H 5.0 mm crochet hook (I used a blue Odyssey from Furls Fiberarts)
- Tapestry needle
- Blocking mats and pins (optional, but recommended)
Gauge / Size
Once blocked, finished squares will be 8 x 8 inches.
Abbreviations / Techniques
- ch – chain
- sk – skip
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- dc2tog – dc two together
- dc3tog – dc three together
- ch sp – chain space
- sl st – slip stitch
- st – stitch
- magic ring
Note: This pattern utilizes US crochet terminology.
Fall Granny Square Pattern Notes
- Pattern is worked in rounds, but not turned
- ch-3 counts as dc at the start of each round
- ch-4 and ch-5 at the start of a round count as dc and chains
- ch-4 is dc + ch
- ch-5 is dc + 2 ch
- At the beginning of each round, the dc is worked into the ch sp, over the chain-3 (see below)
- Throughout the pattern, stitches over chains are crocheted into the ch sp
- Round stitch counts (in parentheses) include both stitches and chains
- It is recommended that you block your finished squares before joining
Crocheting into the Corners
Starting rounds 3 – 6 can be a little tricky, so here’s a quick tutorial to demonstrate how to begin the rounds. Your dc will basically be crocheted over the ch-3.
- a.) ch 3
- b.) Identify the ch sp from the previous round’s corner
- c.) Yarn over and insert your hook into the ch sp
- d.) Complete the dc as usual
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Begin with a magic ring.
ROUND 1: ch 5, *dc, ch 2* repeat * seven times, join with sl st to third ch in starting ch. Tighten ring. (24)
ROUND 2: ch 4, sk 2, *dc 3 in top of dc, ch 1, sk 2, [dc, ch 2, dc], ch 1, sk 2* repeat * three times, dc in same st as starting ch, ch 2, join with sl st to third ch in starting ch. (36)
ROUND 3: ch 3, dc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1, 2 dc, dc, 2 dc, ch 1, sk 1, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in ch sp* repeat * three times, ch 1, sk 1, 2 dc, dc, 2 dc, ch 1, sk 1, [2 dc, ch 2] in corner ch sp, join with sl st to third ch in starting ch. (52)
ROUND 4: ch 3, dc in same st, *ch 3, sk 3, dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, sk 3, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner ch sp* repeat * three times, ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, sk 3, [2 dc, ch 2] in ch sp, join with sl st to third ch in starting ch. (68)
ROUND 5: ch 3, dc in same st, *ch 3, dc in next ch sp, ch 2, sk 1, dc2tog, dc, dc2tog, ch 2, dc in next ch sp, ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner ch sp* repeat * three times, ch 3, sk 3, sc in ch sp, ch 2, sk 1, dc2tog, dc, dc2tog, ch 2, sk 1, dc in ch sp, ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2] in corner ch sp, join with sl st to third ch in starting ch. (84)
ROUND 6: ch 3, dc in same st, *ch 3, dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc in next ch sp, ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner ch sp* repeat * three times, ch 3, dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc in next ch sp, ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2] in corner ch sp, join with sl st to third ch in starting ch. (100)
ROUND 7: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 22 st, [2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in corner ch sp, *sc in next 23 st, [2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in corner ch sp* repeat * 3 times. Join to first sc with an invisible join. (116)
Trim yarn and weave in ends.
Finally, I highly recommend wet or steam blocking your fall granny square in order to even out the sizing and edges before you join your blanket squares.
If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to peek at the other 8×8 inch squares in the Cozy Fall MAL. By the end of the month, there will be a total of 20 crochet and 20 knit squares. They’ll aways be free on the designers’ blogs, but the printable bundle sale ends on October 29, 2021. Hurry and grab your bundle before they’re gone!