Well, I hope this helps somebody, because it's taken an age to take the pics and upload them. I say I hope, but I'm not sure how helpful it will be as there's nothing like somebody sitting next to you and showing you. But let's give it a go. I have tried to be really careful in creating the sequence, but it's taken an age and I'm tired and a bit all over the place cos of too many birthday parties/cakes to make/pressies to buy etc etc, so if I have gone out of sequence let me know - and huge apologies. The text instructions are right.
So earlier this week I posted about making chains. Assuming everybody's fine with that...
this is what you can build with chains and double crochet - and it's what I'm currently making lots of for my blanket.
So you begin by making the centre, which will look like this...Look closely and you can see that it's made up of four lots of three double crochets, each separated by two chains.
Holding the hook and wool as before, do a chain of four.
Now you need to make a circle, by taking the hook through the first chain, picking up the wool and pulling it through. Then slip the stitch on the crochet hook over the wool you have pulled through. You have a circle.
Now you're going to make those double crochets...
1. Hook the crochet hook under the wool strand as if for a chain. It gives two strands on the crochet hook.
2. Now take the hook through the centre of the circle - this is a bit fiddly. If you prefer, make a 6-chain circle so it's easier to see what you're doing (all this means in the scheme of things is that the hole in the centre of your granny square will be slightly larger). Catch the strand of wool by passing the hook under the wool and hooking it!
3. ...and bring it back through the circle's centre. You'll have 3 strands on the hook...
Hook the strand of wool, again as if making a chain, and bring it under the first two strands on the hook - they slide off the hook. Hook the wool again, just as if for a chain, and slip it under the last two strands on the hook. One double crochet made.
Now you repeat all that for the next double crochet. Yarn over hook, as if for a chain. Hook through the centre hole you created by joining the initial 4 chains in a circle. Pick up the yarn as if you are chaining. Bring it back through the circle. Yarn over hook. Pass this over the first two strands on the hook. Yarn over, and pass this yarn over the last two strands. Second double crochet made.
Here's a series of pictures taken as I continued. You need to make three double crochets. Then chain two (to go on to make the centre of your granny square), then three more double crochets. But I'll go on with that once I'm reassured that anybody out there has a clue what I'm on about? If you click on the pics, they'll get bigger which may help. Again, apologies for my fingernails/hands - I am painting and decorating. Got to the F & B Dimity stage now, so very exciting!
Here you can see I've completed the first two double crochets:
Do note that America and Australia term differently to the UK. A single in the US is a double in the UK. Their double is our treble. Etc. So I'm showing you the UK double crochet stitch. Just to add to the confusion!
Right, gotta get back to 7 year old's - to be 8 year old - cake! Toodles!