Silhouette Granny Squares – free pattern!

It’s ‘Granny Square Day 2022‘… Yay! πŸ˜„ A wonderful occasion for the crochet community to come together online and celebrate all things crochet granny squares!

And this year, the lovely team at Simply Crochet Magazine asked me to be a ‘Granny Square Day Ambassador’. So here I am to promote and encourage all things β€˜Granny Square’ and in celebration, I’ve designed two all new ‘Sunset Silhouette’ Squares!! πŸ˜„

The patterns are further down in this blog post. Both squares use the same background pattern but with different yarns and of course different silhouettes! πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ¬

A cat looking out the window at sunset…

And a dolphin jumping out of the water at sunset!

They’re not traditional granny squares but they are crocheted squares that are perfect for sharing on the Instagram grid, which is how Granny Square Day originated! Share your squares so that virtual granny square blankets can be created through the images on your screen. Squares made in the round, squares made in rows and everything in-between … anything goes! Here’s a grid of crocheted squares that I’ve designed over the years which also includes my two new silhouette ones…

They are both crocheted in the same base pattern but I used different yarns for each square, hence the size difference. I used Emu DK acrylic weight yarn and a 4mm hook for the cat square, whereas I used Scheepjes Cahlista Aran weight yarn with a 5mm hook for the dolphin.

And here’s the free pattern for my new sunset silhouette squares… enjoy!

Pattern in UK Crochet Terminology (US Terms are at the end of this blog post).

β€˜Sunset Silhouettes’ Granny Squares

By Eleonora Tully

You Will Need:

  • 6 different colours plus black and a cream/white. 5 of my colours were sunset colours and then I used a light blue/ duck-egg colour for that silver sea at sunset!
  • This project is perfect for using scraps of yarn as only a little is needed.
  • Cat Square:
  • I used: Emu Classic DK (100% Acrylic 100g/282m) Yarn A Glacier (143), Yarn B Lemon (149), Yarn C Sunburst (148), Yarn D Pumpkin (115), Yarn E Tiger (116), Yarn F Orchid (125), Yarn G Black (123), Yarn H White (101),
  • 4.0mm (US G/6) hook.
  • Dolphin Square:
  • I used Scheepjes yarns: Yarn A Scheepjes Twinkle (75% cotton, 25% polyester, 50g/130m) in Baby Blue (919) and Scheepjes Cahlista (100% cotton, 50g/85m) in each of the following colours: Yarn B Lemonade (403), Yarn C Yellow Gold (208), Yarn D Tangerine (281), Yarn E Scarlet (192), Yarn F Garden Rose (251), Yarn G Jet Black (110).
  • 5.00mm (US H/8) hook.

Tension: Tension is not critical for this project. 

Abbreviations – UK Crochet Terminology (US terms are at the end of this blog post)

ch: chain

ch-sp(s): chain space(s)

dc: double crochet

dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together

dtr: double treble

htr: half treble

mm: millimetres

RS: right side

ss: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

tr: treble

tr2tog: treble 2 stitches together

WS: wrong side

To Work for Both Squares

Using Yarn A, make 25ch. 

Row 1 (WS) 1htr in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [23 sts]

Row 2 (RS) 2ch (does not count as st here and throughout), 1htr in each st to end, turn. [23 sts]

Row 3 2ch, 1htr in each st to end, join with Yarn B at end of final st, turn.

Rows 4 – 6 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn B.

Rows 7 – 9 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn C.

Rows 10 – 12 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn D.

Rows 13 – 15 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn E.

Rows 16 – 18 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn F, fasten off and weave in ends.

Edging

The edging is the same for both squares. Use Yarn H (Black) for the Cat Square and Yarn A (Same as Row 1) for the Dolphin Square.

With RS facing join yarn into top left corner into final st made in Row 18, 3ch (counts as first tr), (2tr, 2ch, 3tr) in same place, continue with 6 groups of 3tr evenly spaced down side edge, at bottom corner work (3tr, 2ch, 3tr), continue with 6 groups of 3tr along bottom edge, next side edge and top edge ensuring (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) are worked into the corners, ss to top of beginning 3 ch, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Cat Square

Cat

Using Black, make 11ch.

Row 1 (RS) 1dc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [10 sts]

Rows 2 – 5 1ch (does not count as st here and throughout), 1dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 6 1ch, miss first st, 1dc in each of next 7 sts, dc2tog, turn. [8 sts]

Rows 7 – 9 1ch, 1dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 10 1ch, miss first st, 1dc in each of next 5 sts, dc2tog, turn. [6 sts]

Rows 11 – 12 1ch, 1dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 13 1ch, miss first st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, dc2tog, turn. [4 sts]

Row 14 1ch, 1dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 15 1ch, 2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in final st, turn. [6 sts]

Row 16 1ch, 2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in final st, turn. [8 sts]

Row 17 1ch, miss first st, 1dc in each of next 5 sts, dc2tog, turn. [6 sts]

Row 18 1ch, miss first st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, dc2tog, turn. [4 sts]

Row 19 1ch, 1dc in each st to end, do not turn work, continue as below.

Outer edge and Tail

1ch, work dc in each row end evenly down side of head, ss to side of neck, dc in each row end down side of body, 2dc in bottom corner, dc evenly across bottom, make 19ch (for tail), 1dc in second ch from hook and each of next 2 ch, 2dc in each of next 2 ch, 1dc in each of next 9 ch, dc2tog over next 2 ch, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, ss to side of body, continue with dc in each row end up side of body to neck, ss to side of neck, dc up side of head, ss to first st to join, fasten off.

Ears (make 2)

Using photo as a guide, re-join yarn into st at side of head, 2ch, tr2tog, fasten off. Repeat on other side for second ear. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sun

Using Yarn H, make a magic ring.

Round 1 (RS) 4ch (does not count as st), 16dtr into the ring, ss to top of first dtr to join, fasten off [16 sts]

Using photo as a guide, sew cat and sun onto main square.

Dolphin Square

Dolphin

Using Black make 13ch.

Round 1 (RS) 1ss in second ch from hook, 1dc in each of next 3 ch, 1htr in each of next 2 ch, 1tr in next ch, 2tr in each of next 2 ch, 1tr in next ch, 1htr in each of next 2 ch, 

Nose: keep RS facing, rotate ready to crochet along the bottom of the chains, make 3ch, 1ss in second ch from hook and next ch, 1ss in base of next ch, 1dc in base of each of next 8 ch, 1ss in base of each of next 3 ch.

Tail: 5ch, 1dc in second ch from hook, dc2tog over next 2 ch, 1htr in next ch, 1dc to side end of main body, 4ch, 1dc in second ch from hook and next ch, 1htr in next ch, ss to first st made at start of Round 1.

Round 2 (RS) 1ss in next st, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, 

Top Fin: make 3 ch, 1dc in second ch from hook, 1htr in next ch, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, work 2ss across top of nose, make 2ch at tip of nose, 1ss in each of the next 3 ss made in Round 1, 1dc in each of next 3 sts,

Bottom Fin: make 3 ch, 1htr in second ch from hook and in next ch, 1dc in next st, 1ss in each of next 6 sts to base of tail, fasten off.

Using photo as a guide, sew dolphin onto main square.

I hope you enjoy these squares and if you crochet them I’d love to see what you do with them! πŸ˜„

Happy Crocheting Everyone… πŸ˜„β€οΈ

PATTERN IN US TERMS

Pattern in US Terms

Abbreviations – US Crochet Terminology

ch: chain

ch-sp(s): chain space(s)

dc: double crochet

dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together

hdc: half double crochet

mm: millimetres

RS: right side

sc: single crochet

sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together

sl st: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

tr: treble

WS: wrong side

To Work for Both Squares

Using Yarn A, make 25ch. 

Row 1 (WS) 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [23 sts]

Row 2 (RS) 2ch (does not count as st here and throughout), 1hdc in each st to end, turn. [23 sts]

Row 3 2ch, 1hdc in each st to end, join with Yarn B at end of final st, turn.

Rows 4 – 6 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn B.

Rows 7 – 9 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn C.

Rows 10 – 12 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn D.

Rows 13 – 15 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn E.

Rows 16 – 18 Repeat Row 2 using Yarn F, fasten off and weave in ends.

Edging

The edging is the same for both squares. Use Yarn H (Black) for the Cat Square and Yarn A (Same as Row 1) for the Dolphin Square.

With RS facing join yarn into top left corner into final st made in Row 18, 3ch (counts as first dc), (2dc, 2ch, 3dc) in same place, continue with 6 groups of 3dc evenly spaced down side edge, at bottom corner work (3dc, 2ch, 3dc), continue with 6 groups of 3dc along bottom edge, next side edge and top edge ensuring (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) are worked into the corners, sl st to top of beginning 3 ch, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Cat Square

Cat

Using Black, make 11ch.

Row 1 (RS) 1sc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [10 sts]

Rows 2 – 5 1ch (does not count as st here and throughout), 1sc in each st to end, turn.

Row 6 1ch, skip first st, 1sc in each of next 7 sts, sc2tog, turn. [8 sts]

Rows 7 – 9 1ch, 1sc in each st to end, turn.

Row 10 1ch, skip first st, 1sc in each of next 5 sts, sc2tog, turn. [6 sts]

Rows 11 – 12 1ch, 1sc in each st to end, turn.

Row 13 1ch, skip first st, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog, turn. [4 sts]

Row 14 1ch, 1sc in each st to end, turn.

Row 15 1ch, 2sc in first st, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, 2sc in final st, turn. [6 sts]

Row 16 1ch, 2sc in first st, 1sc in each of next 4 sts, 2sc in final st, turn. [8 sts]

Row 17 1ch, skip first st, 1sc in each of next 5 sts, sc2tog, turn. [6 sts]

Row 18 1ch, skip first st, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog, turn. [4 sts]

Row 19 1ch, 1sc in each st to end, do not turn work, continue as below.

Outer edge and Tail

1ch, work sc in each row end evenly down side of head, sl st to side of neck, sc in each row end down side of body, 2sc in bottom corner, sc evenly across bottom, make 19ch (for tail), 1sc in second ch from hook and each of next 2 ch, 2sc in each of next 2 ch, 1sc in each of next 9 ch, sc2tog over next 2 ch, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st to side of body, continue with sc in each row end up side of body to neck, sl st to side of neck, sc up side of head, sl st to first st to join, fasten off.

Ears (make 2)

Using photo as a guide, re-join yarn into st at side of head, 2ch, dc2tog, fasten off. Repeat on other side for second ear. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sun

Using Yarn H, make a magic ring.

Round 1 (RS) 4ch (does not count as st), 16tr into the ring, sl st to top of first tr to join, fasten off [16 sts]

Using photo as a guide, sew sun onto main square.

Dolphin Square

Dolphin

Using Black make 13ch.

Round 1 (RS) 1sl st in second ch from hook, 1sc in each of next 3 ch, 1hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1dc in next ch, 2dc in each of next 2 ch, 1dc in next ch, 1hdc in each of next 2 ch, 

Nose: keep RS facing, rotate ready to crochet along the bottom of the chains, make 3ch, 1sl st in second ch from hook and next ch, 1sl st in base of next ch, 1sc in base of each of next 8 ch, 1sl st in base of each of next 3 ch.

Tail: 5ch, 1sc in second ch from hook, sc2tog over next 2 ch, 1hdc in next ch, 1sc to side end of main body, 4ch, 1sc in second ch from hook and next ch, 1hdc in next ch, sl st to first st made at start of Round 1.

Round 2 (RS) 1sl st in next st, 1sc in each of next 6 sts, 

Top Fin: make 3 ch, 1sc in second ch from hook, 1hdc in next ch, 1sc in each of next 6 sts, work 2sl st across top of nose, make 2ch at tip of nose, 1sl st in each of the next 3 sl st made in Round 1, 1sc in each of next 3 sts,

Bottom Fin: make 3 ch, 1hdc in second ch from hook and in next ch, 1sc in next st, 1sl st in each of next 6 sts to base of tail, fasten off.

Using photo as a guide, sew dolphin onto main square.

5 comments

  1. Fantastic granny squares. Love the black cat. I have a black cat called Sheila. Could this square be used in the postcards with love blanket? Just started the sunset squared so could maybe substitute a couple.x

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