Most crocheters start off with the granny stitch as it’s so easy to do, but let me share a secret, I made one for the first time just 2 years ago. How did I go so long without knowing this easy and useful stitch? I’m not sure, but I’m definitely making up for lost time.
The stitch pattern is a two row repeat that is awesomely easy and drapes nicely as well.
The granny stitch is made up of chains and double crochets, so if you know those you will have no trouble getting started. If you need a refresher, I have a post here on how to make all the basic crochet stitches.
- Any size yarn
- I’m using worsted weight yarn Red Heart Super Saver in Turqua
- An appropriately sized hook for your desired look
- I’m using a L/7 mm size hook
- Yarn or tapestry needle
- St = Stitch
- Ch = chain
- Dc = Double crochet
- ins = Insert
- YO = Yarn over
- Ch sp = Chain Space
- <> = total number of clusters in row
The Granny Stitch Tutorial
I’m making a small swatch with this pattern but you can do whatever you like. Feel free to experiment with colors and yarn weights to make your project unique!
This stitch is worked in multiples of 4 plus 6.
Foundation row. Ch 26.
Row 1. YO, ins your hook into then 7th ch from a hook, make 3 Dc in the same st, *ch 1, skip 3 chs, make 3 Dc in the 4th ch*, repeat from *-*, when you reach the last 3 chs, ch 1, and make a Dc in the last ch. <5 clusters>
Row 2. Ch 3, make 2 dcs in the first ch sp, *ch 1, make 3 dcs in the next ch sp*, repeat from *-*, when you get to the final ch sp make 2 dcs, YO, insert your hook into the 3rd chain from the previous row and make a Dc. <6 clusters>
Row 3. Ch 4, *make 3 dc in the ch sp, ch 1, * repeat from *-*, when you finish the final dc cluster, ch 1, and make a dc in the top of the ch 3 from the previous row. <5 clusters>
Rows 4 -7. Repeat rows 2 and 3.
Snip your tail and weave in the end with a yarn needle.
More about the Granny stitch
There are so many things you can do with this stitch and it’s so quick once you get the hang of it.
This is a wonderful stitch for big projects like blankets and garments especially when you want to zone out, watch tv while you crochet, or use it for relaxation purposes!
Here are some comparisons of the granny stitch using the same yarn with different sized hooks.
If you want your work to be perfectly straight and squared off, make sure you block* them.
*Blocking is when you take your crocheted item, pin it to a foam block, (or cork board covered with a towel.) wet it or steam it flat, then you leave it pinned to dry.
Color changes and self striping yarns are awesome for this stitch because of the staggered stitches. Whether it’s a bright pop of color for a room or muted tones to add an elegant throw.
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