The Six Square Method

Hey lovelies,

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well!

With the upcoming release of the Gigi Jumper 2.0 and the Sylvia Jumper, my granny obsessed brain has been in overdrive trying to make grannies as quickly as physically possible. So, both my partner and I developed this magic technique to make 6 unique 3-round squares from 3 different colours in only 7 steps.

This all sounds a bit strange and complicated, but allow me to explain why The Six Square Method is now my absolute go-to whenever I make grannies. This method has surfaced in many of my tester chats, so I thought it would be great to share with you guys too! It’s essentially the most efficient version of the production line method to create 6 unique combinations from the same 3 colours. This works especially well when sticking to a set colour scheme or just to help save time when scrap-busting.

When making the Gigi Jumper 2.0, my size (XL) required over 140 3-round granny squares to be made, which is a pretty scary number! From experience of making the very first Gigi in 2020, I remember that picking the colours for each square was the most time consuming part and as a designer I need my makes to be as quick as possible. So, for Gigi #2, I asked my very maths-orientated partner to help me streamline the process. Bless his heart, I received a verbal essay on mathematical permutations resulting in a small headache on my behalf and the conclusion that 6 unique squares could be made when there are 3 rounds to the granny square and where 3 colours are being used.

Essentially, the squares being made in The Six Square Method will end up looking like this with you only having to change yarns 7 times: (A, B and C all stand for a different colour)

ABC
ACB
BCA
BAC
CAB
CBA

I used Stylecraft Special DK In A: Cloud, B: Citron, C: Pomegranate

So gather the 3 colours of your choice and we’ll get started!

From the picture above, you can see that I used post-it notes to mark the different colour piles out. This is where we will be placing the squares that need either A, B or C working as the following round. You might find that doing the same will help, but as long as you keep the 3 colours separate you’ll be fine!

The technique of moving the squares into different piles may seem complicated, but just remember not to place an existing square on a pile if that square already has that colour worked into it. For example: You wouldn’t place a Rnd2-YarnA&YarnB on the Yarn A or B pile, it only belongs on the Yarn C pile as that is the only different colour left to work.

THE GRANNY SQUARE

This is the pattern we will be following for the 3-round granny squares, as worked in the Sylvia and Gigi Jumper patterns (UK terms)

Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr, ch 1. Work (3 tr, ch 1) three times. Sl st into 3rd ch at beg of row. Cut yarn and knot to secure.

Rnd 2: (RS) Join new yarn in any 1-ch space. Ch 3, (counts as 1 tr) work 2 tr, ch 1, 3 tr in same 1-ch space. (3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr) in each 1-ch space. Sl st into 3rd ch at beg of row. Cut yarn and knot to secure.

Rnd 3:
(RS) Join new yarn in any space between 3 tr groups (not the corner 1-ch space). 3ch (counts as 1tr) 2tr in same space. Work (3 tr, 1 ch, 3 tr) in next ch-1 space. *Work 3 tr in next space, Work (3 tr, 1 ch, 3 tr) in ch-1 space of previous row. Repeat from * twice more until end of rnd. Sl st into 3rd ch at beg of row. Cut yarn and knot to secure.

STEP ONE

With Yarn A, work 2 Rnd 1 only.

Place one in the Yarn B pile and place the other in the Yarn C pile.

STEP TWO

With Yarn B, work 2 Rnd 1 only. Work Rnd 2 on the Rnd1-Yarn A in the Yarn B pile.

Place one Rnd1-Yarn B in the Yarn A pile. Place the other Rnd1-Yarn B in the Yarn C pile. Place the Rnd2-Yarn B in the Yarn C pile.

STEP THREE

With Yarn C, work 2 Rnd 1 only. Work Rnd 2 on the Rnd1-Yarn A and Rnd1-Yarn B in the Yarn C pile. Work Rnd 3 on the Rnd2-YarnA&YarnB in the Yarn C pile.

Place one Rnd1-Yarn C in the Yarn A pile, and place the other Rnd1-Yarn C in the Yarn B pile. Place Rnd2-YarnB&YarnC in the Yarn A pile. Place Rnd2-YarnA&C in the Yarn B pile.

You’ve just finished your first square! (ABC from centre outwards)

STEP FOUR

With Yarn A, work Rnd 2 on the Rnd1-Yarn B and Rnd1-Yarn C. Work Rnd 3 on Rnd2-YarnB&YarnC square.

Place Rnd2-YarnB&A on Yarn C pile. Place Rnd2-YarnC&YarnB on Yarn B pile.

You’ve just finished your second square: BCA (from centre outwards)

STEP FIVE

With Yarn B, work Rnd 2 on Rnd1-Yarn C. Work Rnd 3 on Rnd2-YarnB&YarnC and Rnd2-YarnC&YarnB.

Place Rnd2-YarnC&YarnB in the Yarn A pile.

You’ve just finished two more squares: ACB and CAB (from centre outwards)

STEP SIX

With Yarn A, work Rnd 3 on the Rnd2-YarnC&YarnB square.

You’ve now finished your 5th square: CBA (from centre outwards)

STEP SEVEN

With Yarn C, work Rnd 3 on the Rnd2-YarnB&YarnA square.

Congrats – that’s the six squares totally completed! You’ve now finished your final square: BAC (from centre outwards)

You’ve now got 6 unique colour-ordered squares using the same 3 colours in only 7 steps!

I hope you’ve found this technique useful and I’d love to hear if you now use it. Please feel free to email or message me on Instagram with any questions you may have.

Happy hooking and lots of granny loving,

Holly x

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