How to turn a large circle or Mandala into a square using Granny Square corners
GRANNY SQUARE CORNER PATTERN TO MAKE A LARGE CIRCLE INTO A SQUARE
NOTE: To see how many rows of granny shells you need to add to create each corner place Place your circular motif onto a basic granny square made in the same yarn as the motif to give you an idea of what needs to be added.
Divide the circle into 8ths and mark with a length of yarn
It's not an exact science but it will give you an idea of what you need to add to the corner markers 4 times.
looking at the picture the first row of granny shells need to cover about 6 sts either side of the marker.
ROW1: Att. yarn 3 sts away from the corner marker, miss 2sts,
3dc, ch3, 3dc in the corner marker, pulling out the marker.
miss 2sts, sl st, into next st.
ROW 2: ch 3, miss 2sts, sl st into next st, turn,
2dc into sp between circle and last dc of row1.
3dc, ch3, 3dc into point of corner, 3dc in the sp between the circle and the first dc of row1, miss 2 sts, sl st,into next st.
ROW 3: ch3, miss 2sts, sl st into next st, turn, tr,2dc into sp, between circle and last dc, of row 2, 3dc, in next sp, 3dc, ch3, 3dc in point, 3dc into next sp, 2dc,1tr into sp, between circle and first dc of row 2, miss 2sts, sl st into next st.
ROW4: ch3, miss 2sts, sl st into next st,
HERE YOU SHOULD BE 3STS FROM SIDE MARKER
Turn, tr, 2dc into sp between circle and last tr of row 3, 3dc in next 2 sps, 3dc,3ch,3dc in point, 3dc in next 2 sps, 2dc,1tr in sp, between circle and first dc of row 3.miss two sts, sl st into next st. This completes the corner.
HERE YOU SHOULD BE 3STS FROM SIDE MARKER.
The corners were added to a circle of 9.5" and a corner of 30sts total number of sts was 120 all the way around
Repeat for the next 3 corners.
The next round will be all the way around the now GRANNY SQUARE with a mandala in the middle.
This should work on similar circles of similar size, with a few sts or half an inch of diameter more.
If you have a lot bigger circle then add as many granny row corners as you need using the pattern.
If you love to make mandalas or circles but don't know what to do with them make a square and join together in blocks