The 15th of August is Granny Square Day and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make something for it. This Halloween Eyeball granny square is a fun twist on my Halloween Eyeball Coaster Pattern from last year. I think a bunch of these squares would make a super cool cushion or tote bag (just saying).
If you’ve never heard of Granny Square Day before, it’s an annual event hosted by Simply Crochet Magazine over on Instagram. The crochet community comes together to make granny squares and share them on Instagram to create the world’s largest virtual blanket. It’s so much fun and I love seeing everyone’s creativity.
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- DK Weight Yarn in black, white, red and your choice of colour for the iris (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Pure Black, Paper White, Pillar Red, Buttercup Yellow and Dusty Rose for the squares pictured)
- 3mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle, scissors
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- inc – single crochet increase
- hdc – half double crochet
- hdc-inc – half double crochet increase
- STSC – stacked single crochet stitch
- dc – double crochet
- tr – treble crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- st/s – stitch/es
- (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round
- […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 4.75″ x 4.75″ (12cm x 12cm) when using the materials listed.
The ch 1 at the beginning of R1-8 does not count as a stitch. Slip stitch into the first stitch of the round to join.
For R9 and R10 I opted to use the stacked single crochet stitch instead of a starting chain.
HOW TO CHANGE COLOURS IN HDC
Yarn over and insert your hook into the last stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook. Drop your working yarn and pick up the new colour. Draw the new colour through all 3 loops on your hook to finish the stitch.
GRANNY SQUARE (starting with black)
Tip: Crochet over your ends where possible.
Make magic ring
R1: Ch 1, 10 hdc in magic ring. Change to iris colour in last hdc and sl st to first hdc to join (10)
R2: Ch 1, [hdc-inc] x10, sl st to first hdc to join (20)
R3: Ch 1, [hdc, hdc-inc] x10. Change to white in last hdc leaving a longer starting tail than normal for sewing the highlight on the eye, sl st to first hdc to join (30)
R4: Ch 1, hdc, hdc-inc, [2 hdc, hdc-inc] x9, hdc, sl st to first hdc to join (40)
R5: Ch 1, [3 hdc, hdc-inc] x10, sl st to first hdc to join (50)
R6: Ch 1, 2 hdc, hdc-inc, [4 hdc, hdc-inc] x9, 2 hdc. Change to red in last hdc, sl st to first hdc to join (60)
R7: Ch 1, [5 sc, inc] x10. Change to black in last sc, sl st to first sc to join (70). Cut the red yarn leaving a long tail of approximately 80cm.
R8: Ch 1, 3 sc, inc, [6 sc, inc] x9, 3 sc, sl st to first sc to join (80)
R9: STSC in same st as join (counts as first dc). Dc in next st, tr in next, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st. [Tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st] x3. Tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 3 sts. Sl st to STSC to join (92)
R10: STSC in same st as join (counts as first dc). Dc in next 4 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into chain space from previous round, [dc in next 23 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into chain space from previous round] x3, dc in next 18 sts. Sl st to STSC to join (108)
Fasten off invisibly and weave in end.
Use the white starting tail to sew the highlight over R1, in the stitch above the join. I made 2 sts on top of each other. Weave in ends.
Use the long tail of red yarn to sew lines onto the white portion of the eye starting from the red border and spanning over 2 rows. Weave in ends.
I recommend blocking your finished squares. You can read more about my process in this post here.
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