The Classic Granny Square Tutorial

Granny squares are kind of like the building blocks of crochet. They are so versatile that lots of things can be made from them, coaster, blankets, stuffed animals, scarves, and apparel. There are also quite a few shapes that the granny square can take on, despite the name circles, that are turned into squares or left as circles, hexagons, and octagons are all quite popular and easy to do.

Soon I’ll be covering all of them, but for now we’re doing the classic granny square that is, in fact, a square.

Why make granny squares?

For starters, they’re easy at their base, but you can make them very unique.

The yarn used, the weight of the yarn, the hook used, and the colors you choose can all be something you choose to make your project yours. It’s made by you, however you like it best. Whether you’re matching your decor or just making something that makes you feel happy.

They’re also great options for crocheting for therapy. If you like making one square at a time and then put it together at the end that’s perfect, if you prefer an ongoing project, you can make your one granny square the size of a baby blanket or full size blanket/throw. It’s a great project to get lost in while you watch tv or zone out to music.

Supplies

  • Any type and weight of yarn
    • I’m using acrylic worsted weight yarn, Mainstays Basic in Green
  • Appropriate hook for yarn weight
    • I’m using my J/6 mm ergonomic hook
  • Snips
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Abbreviations

  • Ch sp = chain space
  • Ch = chain
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Slst = slip stitch
  • St = stitch
  • Mc = Magic circle

Granny square tutorial

This pattern has a lot of steps for each row, but don’t be intimidated just follow the instructions up to the comma before moving on to the next comma.

The granny square is worked in the round, if you feel more comfortable you can ch 4, slst into the first ch, and work into that instead of a magic circle.

Foundation row. Start with an Mc, ch 5, make 3 Dcs, ch 2, make 3 Dcs, ch 2, make 3 Dcs, ch 2, make 2 Dcs, slst around the ch 5 to connect the round.

I use my yarn needle at this point to weave my Mc tail around the bottoms of the sts to secure it and snip the excess. You can do it at the end if you wish, but I find that doing it now is easiest for me, plus it keeps the center the same size.

Row 2. Ch 5, make 3 Dcs in the corner ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the next corner ch sp, ch 2, make 3 Dcs in the same corner ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the next corner ch sp,

ch 2, make 3 Dcs in the same corner ch space, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the corner ch sp, ch 2, make 3 Dcs in the same corner ch sp, ch 1, make 2 Dcs in the corner ch space that you started in and connect to the ch 5 with a slst.

Row 3. Ch 5, make 3 Dcs in the same corner ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the next ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the next corner ch sp, ch 2, make 3 Dcs in the same corner ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the next ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the corner ch sp, ch 2, make 3 Dcs in the same corner ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the next ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the corner ch sp, ch 2, make 3 Dcs in the same corner ch sp, ch 1, make 3 Dcs in the next ch sp, ch 1, make 2 Dcs in the same corner ch sp that you started with and connect to the ch 5 with a slst.

That’s it! You can repeat this granny and sew them together when you’re done or if you want to make one large, or just larger, granny square, you can continue the pattern of putting 3 double crochets in each chain space and 1 chain between them, just make sure you remember to put two sets of 3 double crochets in each corner space with 2 chains in between.

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