How To Make The Log Cabin Granny Crochet Tutorial

I’m a huge fan of all the granny types. I even made a post called Crochet Grannies Galore! Where I put all of the granny tutorials I’ve done together in one post. From hexies to the granny square I thought I’d done them all. But then one of my favorite crochet YouTubers, Hooked By Robin, put out a new video. I was flabbergasted. There’s another type of granny?! So today I’m sharing The Log Cabin Granny Crochet Tutorial.

If you work better from a video than I highly recommend watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HolsRNcpAMA

What’s the stitch

The log cabin granny uses all the same basic principle as normal granny stitch.  The main differences is that you only build up two sides of the granny per color change. Normally color changes are optional in grannies, but the log cabin granny needs the color changes to show off the pattern properly. As long as you’re familiar with The Granny Stitch or The Classic Granny Square Tutorial you should be able the to do this no problem.

Uses

I almost exclusively see this granny used for blankets and baby blankets. I don’t see why  you couldn’t use it for grocery bags, pillow covers, or with some tweaking shawls.

Make sure you let me know what you want to use this granny for in the comments. Let’s get to it!

Supplies

  • Yarn worsted or medium weight yarn in at least 3 colors
    • Black from Red Heart Super Saver
    • Cranberry from Crafter’s Secret
    • Graybeard from I Love This Yarn
  • I/5.5mm crochet hook
  • Snips
  • Yarn needle

I have done both the Red Heart Super Savers Review and the I Love This Yarn Brand Review if you’re interested.

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • sp = space
  • Granny cluster stitch = 3 dcs in the same st
  • {} = Total number of stitches in row

The Log Cabin Granny Crochet Tutorial

Foundation round. Ch 4, slst to the first ch to form a circle.

Do not use a magic circle.

Round 1. Ch 3, that counts as a dc, make 2 more dcs, ch 1, make 3 dcs. {2 granny clusters, 1 chs}

Row 2. Ch 4, turn, sk to the ch sp, make 3 dcs, ch 2  make 3 dcs in the same ch sp, ch 1, skip to the last st of the round make a dc in the top ch of your initial ch 3 from round 1. {2 dcs, 2 granny clusters, 4 ch}

Row 3. ch 3, turn, work 2 more dcs in that same st, ch 1, work a granny cluster in the next ch sp, ch 2, put another granny cluster in the same sp, ch 1, make a granny cluster in the last ch space. {4 granny clusters, 4 chs}

Row 4. Ch 4, turn, sk to the ch sp, make a granny cluster, ch 1 make a granny cluster in the next ch sp, ch 1, make a granny cluster, ch 1 make a granny cluster in the next ch sp, ch 1, make a granny cluster, ch 1 make a granny cluster in the next ch sp, ch 2, make a granny cluster the same ch sp, ch 1, make a granny cluster, ch 1 make a granny cluster in the next ch sp, ch 1, make a granny cluster, ch 1 make a granny cluster in the next ch sp, ch 1, make dc in the last st of the row, but don’t finish the st, make all but the last yo pull through, change to color B, yo with the new color, pull though. {2 dcs, 4 granny clusters, 6 chs}

Row 5. Ch 3, rotate your work so that the you are working around the dc you just finished, make 2 more dcs in that sp, *ch 1, sk to the next sp, make a granny cluster,* repeat from *-* until you reach the corner, ch 1, make a granny cluster, ch 2, make another granny cluster in the same sp, repeat from *-* until you  come to your next corner, ch 1, make a granny cluster in the last sp. {6 granny clusters, 6 chs}

It is very easy to forget to stop half way around the square. You can use 2 stitch markers, one at each stopping point to remind you when you should stop and turn.

Row 6. Ch 4, turn, sk to the closest ch sp, make a granny cluster, *ch 1, make a granny cluster in the next ch sp,* repeat from *-* until you come to a corner, ch 1, make a granny cluster in the corner, ch 2, make another cluster in the same corner, repeat from *-* until you come to your last cluster, ch 1 and make a dc in the last st of the row. {2 dcs, 6 granny clusters, ch 8}

Row 7. Ch 3, rotate your work so that the you are working around the dc you just finished, make 2 more dcs in that sp, *ch 1, sk to the next sp, make a granny cluster,* repeat from *-* until you reach the corner, ch 1, make a granny cluster, ch 2, make another granny cluster in the same sp, repeat from *-* until you  come to your next corner, ch 1, make a granny cluster in the last sp. {8 granny clusters, 8 chs}

Row 8. Ch 4, turn, sk to the closest ch sp, make a granny cluster, *ch 1, make a granny cluster in the next ch sp,* repeat from *-* until you come to a corner, ch 1, make a granny cluster in the corner, ch 2, make another cluster in the same corner, repeat from *-* until you come to your last cluster, ch 1 and make a dc in the last st of the row, but don’t finish the st, make all but the last yo pull through, change to color B, yo with the new color, pull though. {2 dcs, 8 granny clusters, 10 chs}

Rows 9-12. Repeat rows 5 through 8 with your last color.

Cut your tail, leaving a long end to weave in, tie off your end.

Weave in your ends. If you would like an in-depth tutorial on how to weave in your ends, I have a post on that right here: The Crochet Basics: How To Weave In End

If you want to make this pattern bigger, just repeat rows 5-8 until you’re happy with the size. I found it very easy to make and really fun to see how the colors changes make it look. You really do need at least 3 colors, but I’ve seen a few examples done with 4 of 5 colors and it looks fantastic. I might do another post on the log cabin pattern since I’ve seen it done with stitches besides the granny to a beautiful affect. Let me know in the comments if that something you would like to see.

Oh, one more thing! I highly recommend putting a border of single crochet at the very least to finish it off. It will help with the wow factor of the log cabin pattern.  I have a quick tutorial right here to show you how I boarded my swatch.

If you want to put a border around this, then simply put 1 stitch in the top of every st, 1 stitch in each of the chain spaces, and 2 stitches in every double crochet on it’s side.

For the corners I put 3 stitches, but you could put 2 stitches, 1 chain, and 2 stitches in each corner if you like that look better.

I would have done a black border around this swatch, but I wanted you to be able to see it more easily.

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