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!
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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:
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
- 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.
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:
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.
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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