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Crochet Granny Squares

Crochet granny squares are so awesome!  I know you’ve seen these little gems.  They have been around forever, I think.  They are used in just about every kind of project that you can think of, from blankets to hats to belts.  They can be incorporated into just about any pattern.

Granny squares are actually made crocheting in the round.  That’s right; you’re making a square by crocheting in circles.

You give them the square shape by creating corners in your rounds.  You can actually make other shapes such as triangles and hexagons, as well.

These little squares are perfect for beginners because they really are easy to create.  They’re loved by all crocheters, though.  Here are just a few reasons why.

  • You can create different patterns just by changing your yarn colors.
  • They’re a great way to use up yarn scraps.
  • They’re easy to carry with you and work on wherever you are.
  • They can be used in just about any project.
  • There are endless variations and patterns.
  • They are fun and addictive.

There really are many, many different designs to the granny square.  I’m going to walk you through the true, basic crochet granny square.  This is the classic, the one that started them all.


Looking for a little bit of a twist on a crochet granny square?  Here's a walk-though of the Crochet Granny Triangle.


Here's another variation.  This is a walk-through of the Crochet Granny Hexagon.

The granny technique can be made into just about anything!  Here's a Granny Heart!



Classic Crochet Granny Square




Chain 5, ss to first ch


Round 1


  • ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout pattern)
  • Work 2 dc into ring



  • *ch 2

Work over the yarn tails as you go to keep things neat and to save time later.



  • 3 dc into the ring*
  • Repeat from * to * 3 times
  • ch 2
  • Join with a ss in the top of the beginning ch 3
  • Fasten off (leave about a 3 – 4 inch tail)

You can now start to see your little square forming.  The chain 2 spaces are the corners.


Round 2


  • Join second color in the second chain-2 space BEFORE the join of the first round.
  • [ch 3

All in the same space:

  • Work 2 dc,
  • ch 2,
  • 3 dc]

First Corner

Everything in the brackets [ ch 3, all in the same square; work 2 dc, ch 2, work 3 dc] is a FIRST CORNER.  That’s how I’ll refer to it throughout the pattern.  So, when this pattern calls for a “first corner” this is what it refers to.



  • *ch 1

In next chain-2 space:

  • Work 3 dc,
  • ch 2,
  • 3 dc*

Corner

Everything between the *'s (ch 1, in the next chain-2 space: work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) is a CORNER.  When this pattern refers to working a corner, this is what it means.

  • Repeat from * to * 3 times.   ~4 corners made.



  • ch 1,
  • Join with a ss to the top of beginning chain 3.



  • Fasten off

Round 3



  • Join third yarn color in second chain-2 space BEFORE the join of round 2.
  • Work a first corner.




  • *ch 1



  • In next chain-1 space, work 3 dc



  • ch 1
  • In next chain-2, work a corner*
  • Repeat from * to * 3 times.




  • ch 1



  • Work 3 dc in next chain-1 space



  • ch 1,
  • Join with a ss to the top of beginning chain 3.



  • Fasten off

This pattern carries throughout the entire granny square.  Each corner has 3dc, ch 2, 3dc that are worked into the ch-2 space.  Each ch-1 space has 3dc worked in it.  Each cluster is separated by a ch-1.


Round 4


  • Join fourth yarn color in second chain-2 space BEFORE the join of round 3.
  • Work a first corner.



  • *ch 1




  • In next chain-1 space, work 3 dc



  • ch 1




  • In next chain-1 space, work 3 dc



  • ch 1



  • In next chain-2, work a corner*
  • Repeat from * to * 3 times.
  • *ch 1
  • In next chain-1 space, work 3 dc*
  • Repeat from * to * 2 times



  • ch 1,
  • Join with a ss to the top of beginning chain 3.



  • Fasten off

Round 5



  • Join fifth yarn color in second chain-2 space BEFORE the join of round 4.
  • Work a first corner.
  • *(ch 1, work 3dc in next ch-1 space) 3 times



  • ch 1
  • In next ch-2 space, work a corner*

Repeat from * to * 3 times



  • *ch 1
  • work 3dc in next chain-1 space*




  • Repeat from * to * 3 times



  • ch 1,
  • Join with a ss to the top of beginning chain 3.



  • Fasten off.
  • Weave in ends.

You can continue to add as many rounds as you’d like.  Just follow the same pattern on each round.

Crochet granny squares can be worked in any color combination, including all the same color.  Traditionally, though, these are worked in different color combos with the last round of a set of squares worked in the same color  Doing this will give your granny a little frame and make them easier (and neater) to join.

You can see in the picture above just how much it changes the look of your granny square just by rearranging the colors.

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Are you just loving the granny square?  Here's 101 Free Granny Square Patterns.  Give them a try!


Crochet Granny Triangle

The granny triangle is a variation of the granny square.  It's created using the same technique and it's just as much fun, too!  Here's a walk-through for the Crochet Granny Triangle.



Crochet Granny Hexagon

The granny hexagon is another fun way to use the granny square technique.  Here's a walk-through for the Crochet Granny Hexagon.

Crochet Granny Heart

The granny technique can be made into just about anything!  Here's a cute Granny Heart as proof!

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