Once high school and college are over you wonder if you will ever make lasting friends like you had when you were young. I grew up in Louisiana and moved to North Carolina as an adult so I was not sure it would happen. It did! I have five fabulous ladies that are my “grown up” friends. We all lived in the same neighborhood, five of us in the same cul-de-sac. Our kids grew up together and we remained friends even after most of us moved away. I think we are on 14 years now.
For the past 9 years this great group of friends have been getting together twice a year for Girls Weekend. In the Fall we go to the mountains and in the Summer we head to the lake. We always do little gifts on our trips so of course I have to do something crocheted. I usually wait too late to start working on my gifts so I have to make something quick since there are six of us (yes, I make one for myself for the photo ops).
A few years ago I saw a lady wearing a Granny Square hat and was thinking I should make one of those for myself. Hers was made of many different colors and just the cutest thing ever. A light bulb went off and decided this would be part of my gift. Each of my friends have a favorite NFL team so I went with team colors for each hat.
Our group consist of two Carolina Panther fans, a Baltimore Raven fan, a New England Patriot fan, a New York Giants fan and I am a proud New Orleans Saints fan! I know I made them, but I just love love love them :-) . Oh, and did I mention it’s a great way to use up that little bit of yarn that you just couldn’t part with? You could make every square different or exactly the same. There are so many options. This project from start to finish took me about two hours and I am on the slow side. Did someone say Christmas presents? Indeed!
Please see below for the pattern and some step-by-step photos:
Granny Square Hat
Hat measures 20” in circumference.
Choose a team colorway below and get 1 skein or ball for each color.
RED HEART® Soft®: 4604 Navy, 9440 Lt Grey Heather, 9925 Really Red (Giants Hat)
RED HEART® With Love®: 1803 Blue Hawaii, 1012 Black, 1001 White (Panthers Hats) or 1001 White, 1207 Cornsilk or 1012 Black (Saints)
RED HEART® Super Tweed®: 7530 Violets and RED HEART® Super Saver®: 311 White, 321 Gold, 312 Black (Ravens)
RED HEART® Super Saver®: 311 White, 385 Royal, 319 Cherry Red (Patriots)
Crochet Hook: 5.5 mm [US I-9]
GAUGE: Square = 5″ x 5″. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
BASIC GRANNY SQUARE (Make 5 in color sequence of choice):
Ch 6; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Note: I like to do all of Round 1, rather it be 5 or 20 squares and then move on to Round 2 for the next color.
Round 2: Join yarn in any ch-2 space; ch 5, 3 dc in same space, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in next space] 3 times, ch 1, 2 dc in beginning space; join. Fasten off.
Round 3: Join yarn in any ch-2 space; ch 5, 3 dc in same space, * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1 **, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in corner ch-2 space; repeat from * around, end at **; 2 dc in beginning space; join. Fasten off.
Round 4: Join yarn in any ch-2 space; ch 5, 3 dc in same space, * [ch 1, 3 dc in next space] twice, ch 1 **, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in corner ch-2 space; repeat from * around, end at **; 2 dc in beginning space; join Fasten off.
Round 5: Join yarn in any st; sc in each stitch around. Slip st in beginning sc. Fasten off.
Note: Each of the hats are original. Some used all the same squares in the same color sequence, some were done with every other square a different color sequence and one even had a solid Granny.
FINISHING: Weave in ends. With wrong sides together, whip stitch four squares together in a row. With wrong sides together, attach the fifth square to one of the squares from the row of four squares.
Whip stitch remaining sides of fifth square to remaining sides of the row of squares and you have a hat!
ABBREVIATIONS: ch = chain; dc = double crochet; mm = millimeters; st(s) = stitch (es);  = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.