In today’s tutorial learn how to make the Happy Holidays Afghan. This is a granny square design for this particular afghan. I’m gonna show you how to do that next. Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well as your yarnspirations.com. I’m your host Mikey. Today we’re going to experience an afghan square. This is a granny square called The Happy Holidays and this is really kinda cool. It reminds me of a Christmas decoration. Now you’ll get the free pattern available in the more information of this video but all of the squares are the same and I’m gonna show you how to do that next. What you see here is actually a yarn substitution. This is the Party yarn. This is called Simply Soft Party. You can see that it has sparkle to it and the wonderful thing about it is that a has sparkle without the scratch. It’s absolutely wonderful. So let me just give you a little bit of tips before we begin and you’ll find that this is a really simple pattern to work with. The quickest way to make a granny square afghan is to do it like an assembly line. So what I like to do when I’m doing multiple just like so. It doesn’t even matter how many I’m doing so I just do them all up front first and what is what I’ll do is that I will do all of the center’s first. So every time there’s a color change that’s when I decide that’s the end of the step. So what I’ll do is I’ll come and I’ll do all the red sections for all of the squares that I want in advance and then I’ll put those aside into like a shoe box. Then what will happen is that once I’m ready and I have all of those done for all of the squares I will come back and I will do the white section next and I will do that for all of the squares before moving on forward and then finally when all is said and done, once I have all the whites done and all of the squares I come back and I do the red. It is so much quicker to do it this way because you only have to read the pattern a few times before you understand the pattern and therefore you can speed yourself along where they would having to always read the instructions to figure out what to do next. To begin today I’m using a size ‘H’, a 5 mm crochet hook today using Caron Simply Soft and this is called Party and you’ll see it sparkle throughout the tutorial. Let’s start off with a slip knot. Remember that never ever counts as your beginning slipknot or a chain. As per the instructions and there will be a link of the more information of this video for the instructions that I’m following along with you today. Let’s chain six that doesn’t count as one so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and simply just form a ring by inserting your hook into the beginning chain, grabbing the yarn and pulling through and through and so then you have the, the ring. What I want you to do with this straggler, just kind of pinch it so it’s part of the ring and therefore in the next round we are going to trap that underneath the stitches. Let’s begin round number one. Round number one says chain three and then fifteen double crochets into the center of this ring. So what we’re going to do is that we’re gonna chain three. Remember in the rules of crochet this chaining of three counts as a double crochet, so it’s asking us to do fifteen double crochets right into the center and I don’t count those as I go I count when I think that there’s a lot and that I can count them all at one time. So in the rules of crochet that first chaining of three counts as a double crochet so what I wanna do is that when I’m counting all the way around when I’m ready, I’m counting that as a number one so there should be a total of sixteen double crochets all the way around. Makes sense granny squares tend to have numbers such as eight or twelve. Those kind of numbers sixteen, twenty and those are even numbers and it makes sense because there’s usually four squares or four sides. So I’m continuing to double crochet into the center of the ring. I’m not counting yet. I’m counting a whack and a whack for me is just slang for a lot. So I just wanna get in what I think is a lot and then I’m gonna count. So I count that first chain as one. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, look at that just got one more left. So 16 and then I’m just going to insert my hook into the top of the beginning chain three, pull through and through and what we’re gonna do is that we’re gonna fasten this yarn off. To fasten off all I just do is that I just trim the yarn like so and I’m only gonna show this one time. So I’m just gonna pull the yarn wrap the hook and pull it through. I don’t wanna make it too snug at this knot because I need to get into there afterward for the next round but I’m just gonna weave in my ends into the or end into the top few stitches. Okay, so what I can do at this point, I go about an inch to two inches depending on my mood. But I really do look at the project to determine how far I’m gonna go. So now I can safely get rid of this one that’s hanging out in the middle so let’s cut that so it’s out of the way, and I would do that as I go. I’m a person I like to remove my tails as I go on a project and we’re gonna leave this in until that’s secured into the next round. So let’s begin round number two and round number two I’m gonna start off with a slip knot. I’m using my Caron Party yarn, this is white. It’s got a bit of sparkle to it as well.
So I’m going to grab my, my project here and I’m, this is where I’ve started here. I’m gonna start somewhere else. I just think it looks nicer if you don’t have a seam that goes throughout the entire square at the same spot. So I just picking another stitch other than where I started and I’m gonna take the straggler and the working yarn pulling it through so grabbing them both. This is my preferred method. I f you have a different way you’re more than welcome to do so and I’m just gonna join it. Okay, so what I wanna do is that I wanna chain up three. So 1, 2, 3 and I wanna double crochet exactly where I joined it. Okay, so that makes it two double crochets into that same spot because the chaining three counts as one of them. So what I wanna do is then every stitch all the way round I wanna put two double crochets into each. So if there was sixteen double crochets going all the way around the circle in the last round there should be sixteen groups of two going around this one. So please do that and when I come back I’ll show you what to do next. So I’m coming up all the way around I’m just doing my last one. Off-camera I counted and this is my sixteenth stitch. So that means I have sixteen groups of two. So once I get this done I’m just going to join it to the top of the beginning three or beginning chain three that we started with just like so. So now I’m ready just to clean up my edges a little bit so right where the white was joining in where I kinda buried it as I went I can trim that out safely, and I can also trim this white out as well back there. So we’re gonna continue to go with the white with the next couple revolutions, so you don’t have to do anything at this point other than let’s get started for the next round. Round number three is really, really simple. So here we go. We’re going to chain six. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Now remember what I said chaining of three counts as a double crochet, so we counted chaining of six so three of this is the double crochet and three of it is a chain and so basically what you’re going to see once we get all the way around is that it’s gonna bend like this. It doesn’t show it now, but it will in just a moment. So what we wanna do is that we wanna skip one stitch, come to the second over and put in a double crochet. So the repeat pattern all the way around on this thing is, is chaining a three. Got that, skip one down the bottom go to the second over for a double crochet. Okay, chaining of three, skip one and go to the second over. Please do that all the way around. You should have a total of sixteen of these posts going all the way around once everything is said and done. Let me do that. I’ll meet you there in just a moment. Okay, so I’m getting all the way back around and I do have sixteen of these posts. Remember that we still have to chain three to finish up, 1, 2 and 3 and we just wanna join it to the third chain up, okay? So we wanna just join to the third chain and remember how I said it was supposed to look like it was bending over, well then that’s what it looks like at this particular point. So let’s set begin and we are going to move up and we’re not gonna change our yarn at this point and let’s begin to do the next part. To make it easier for you this is what I notice during the pattern. So what we’re gonna start is number four. Now number four was confusing for me right in the very beginning because I wasn’t understanding where I was in the square. But right where we’re about to begin is that we’ve just done the join here, and what we’re gonna do is that we’re gonna move ourselves to an actual space right here and then begin. So what’s gonna happen here is that in three spaces it’s gonna remain the same and then we’re gonna do it a slight corner turn and then we’re going to come all the way around. But figuring out where we’re starting on this kind of makes it easier for you to visualize exactly where you are on the square. So let’s begin number four just basically what I’ve said, so here we go. We’re going to slip stitch into the first chain three space, so we’re gonna slip stitch to right here. Okay, so just grabbing the yarn and pulling it through and that allows you to move over. So we’ve done that and now we’re going to do one single crochet into that same space. So let’s just single crochet. Got it, so now we’re ready to begin. So we’re going to chain three and we’re gonna single crochet to the next space and we’re gonna do that three times. So 1, 2, 3 coming into the next space for a single crochet and then 1, 2, 3, coming into the next space for a single crochet and remember I said we’re doing at three times, so we’ve got one more to go. So 1, 2, 3, coming into the next space like so. So this is an actual one side of your, of your particular square. So now we get to turn the corner. So how do we do that? So to turn a corner all we just need to do instead of chaining three we chain five. So 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and coming into the very next space for a single crochet and then we begin that chaining three again, so let’s start with the chaining of three. So 1, 2, 3 come to the next space over here we’re gonna do that three times. So it was one of them, 1, 2, 3 coming into the next space. Okay, and then 1, 2, 3 Into the next space and that was your three times and let’s turn the next corner. So to turn the corner 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, coming into the next space for a single and then we’re gonna work our way down the side again. So it’s chaining of three, 1, 2, 3 into the next space for a single and then 1, 2, 3, next space for a single and then 1, 2, 3, next space for a single and now we’re ready again for another corner. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, next space for a single and now we’re ready for another side, so 1, 2, 3, next space for single, 1, 2, 3, next space for single, 1, 2, 3 next space for single and we’re almost all the way back around okay, so do you see that we’re already in the next space, but we, but we have a final corner to do. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then we come and just join it to the beginning single crochet that you started with and we’re gonna fasten that off at this point and we’re go for our last round which is the red. And finally for your final round, it’s so simple it’s not even funny so each one of the three spaces that we had that we did across the top so 1, 2 and 3 each have three double crochets into them and then the corners are just nine double crochets that’s really quite simple. So let’s begin and grab up our red and let’s finish off this square. So I’m grabbing my red again. Just creating a slipknot to begin the next join and so we’re just going to grab it so you can see that there’s, see this is an extra long chain compared to this one here. So this must be a corner, this must be a corner over here, corner and corner. So what I wanna do is that I wanna look for the corner and look for the first space in this direction and I want to join my yarn. So just grabbing the straggler just pulling it through just like so and let’s begin to chain three to start. So 1, 2, 3 and I wanna put two more double crochets into that same space just like that. So we immediately are just going to skip over to the next chain three space. I’m gonna let the straggler fall out of the way because I can trim that afterward so this gapping space is gonna get three double crochets just like so and then finally the next one is going to get three as well. So now we have three groups of three in here, and so this is the next corner. So the next corner is gonna have nine double crochets into that whole thing. So 1 and 2 and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and so now we just successfully turned a corner and so now we’re ready for the next three spaces that are along side. So again immediately just come into the next chain three space and put three double crochets and then we just immediately jump to the next chain three space and put in three. And then the next one, so there’s gonna be three groups there of three and you’re at the next corner again. So how many is in the corner? That’s right there’s gonna be nine. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. So just continue in that same manner going all the way around and when we come back we just fasten off and call this square done for today. Now that I’ve come all the way back around I’ve got my nine in here. I immediately just stop and I insert my hook into the top of the beginning chain three and I count that as done for today. So I then just weave in my ends, and this is how you do the Happy Holidays Square, and this is a really great idea. I really like to look, love how it sparkles, too. It’s gonna be a great accent piece for Christmas. Until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of Yarnspirations as well as thecrochetcrowd.com We’ll see ya.👋