Granny squares are synonymous with crochet, and they are sometimes the very first thing we learn to make when we learn how to crochet.

While Granny squares can be quick and easy to make, they have a lot of complexities that sometimes make them tricky to work up – especially when you’re new to crochet:

  • Granny squares are worked in joined rounds, from the center outward.
  • Use the adjustable loop (magic ring) to start them.
  • You’ll get to practice a lot of crochet skills: joined rounds, increasing, shaping, complex stitch repeats & more!

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Classic Granny Square Crochet Pattern - American Crochet Association

Patterns with granny squares

Not sure what do to with a Granny Square?

Granny squares can be worked as large as you want to create a blanket, but they can do so much more than that.

Once you learn how to make a granny square, here are some other patterns that use a classic granny square motif to create something completely new and different:

Granny Square Pillow Cover

Granny Square Vest

Granny Square Table Runner

Granny Square Market Tote

How to join granny squares together

One granny square can be a final design all by itself, like a granny square blanket.

However, there are lots of ways granny squares can be worked and joined together to create lots of different types of projects.

You can sew granny squares together, or crochet them together once they are all finished or while you work each one.

For detailed instructions, and a video tutorial, for 9 different ways granny squares can be joined together, click here.

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Everything you need to make a granny square


Any yarn of choice. Sample made with Bulky Weight 5.


  • US H/8 (5.0mm) Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Size & Gauge

Not crucial for this project; you can measure as you work each new round to create your own desired size and dimensions.

Stitch Key

Specialty Stitch & Technique Key


  • Additional rounds may be added by repeating round 3 as desired (adding 12 Dc and 4 Ch-1 spaces per additional round).
  • After you complete this granny square, be sure you add your finished project to ravelry, right here: Granny Square Projects

If you’re not sure how to add finished projects to ravelry (or why it is important), click here:

Classic Granny Square Crochet Pattern Close UP - American Crochet Association

Step-by-step Instructions

Round 1 (Right Side): Form adjustable loop, Ch 3 (first Dc, here and throughout), work 2 Dc into loop, [Ch 3, 3 Dc] 3 times, Ch 3, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 24 Sts; 12 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces

Round 2: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 40 Sts; 24 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 4 Ch-1 spaces

Round 3: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 56 Sts; 36 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 8 Ch-1 spaces

Granny Stitch Chart

As you’re learning how to work up a new motif like a granny square, following a stitch chart can be a helpful tool.

Granny Square Pattern Chart - How To Crochet - American Crochet Association

Video Tutorial

For a tutorial to help crochet your granny square, follow this video while you read over the pattern instructions in this post, right here:

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