Granny Square Pillow

granny square pillow

Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2014.

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This pattern is written in US crochet terms

02-easy web

Gather your supplies

  • Caron Simply Soft (white, gray heather, robins egg and orange shown) approx 400 yds
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • 12 ” Pillow form
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors

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Gauge and Sizing

Your pillow cover will measure approximately 12″ x 12″

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Slst – Slip Stitch

To print a list of all crochet abbreviations to keep in your crochet notebook, check out my quick guide here:

Crochet Abbreviations Quick Guide

Pattern Notes

The Retro Granny Square Pillow consists of four traditional granny squares which are slip stitched together in a non-traditional manner. You may make what ever size pillow suits your need. You will simply crochet enough rounds for your granny square until the measurement of the opposite corners is the size of your pillow form. It is easiest to fold your square in half to form a triangle to get this measurement. For this tutorial, I am working on a 12″ pillow.

I recommend you watch the tutorial to learn how to crochet the granny square if you are new to crochet. However, you pros out there can skip to the second half of the video where I demonstrate how to stitch the squares together. The entire project from start to finish took me approximately 6 hours to complete.

You can adjust the size of your pillow by making a larger granny square. Fold one of your squares in half from one corner to another and measure the folded edge. This will be the size pillow form you need. If you want a 16″ pillow, crochet a square that measures 16″ from corner to corner.

Color Key:

  • Color A – robins egg
  • Color B – orange
  • Color C – gray heather
  • Color D – white

How to Crochet the Retro Granny Square Pillow

 

This tutorial is also available in a left-handed version. Click here to be directed to the left-handed tutorial on YouTube.

Written Instructions

Granny Square – make 4

With Color A

Round 1: Ch 3 and join with a slst to the first chain to form ring. Ch 3 (counts as dc ), dc in center ring two times. *Ch 2. Dc 3 times in center ring. Rep from * two more times. Ch 2 and join with a slst to the third chain.

Rounds 2-3: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 2 more dc in same space as chain. *skip next set of three dc. 3 dc in space between. Rep to corner. In corner, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. Rep from * around. In last corner, 3 dc and ch 2. Join with a slst to the third chain. Fasten off Color A.

With Color C

Rounds 4-5: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 2 more dc in same space as chain. *skip next set of three dc. 3 dc in space between. Rep to corner. In corner, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. Rep from * around. In last corner, 3 dc and ch 2. Join with a slst to the third chain. Fasten off Color C.

With Color D

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 2 more dc in same space as chain. *skip next set of three dc. 3 dc in space between. Rep to corner. In corner, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. Rep from * around. In last corner, 3 dc and ch 2. Join with a slst to the third chain. Fasten off Color D.

With Color B

Rounds 7-8: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 2 more dc in same space as chain. *skip next set of three dc. 3 dc in space between. Rep to corner. In corner, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. Rep from * around. In last corner, 3 dc and ch 2. Join with a slst to the third chain. Fasten off Color D.

With Color D

Round 9: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 2 more dc in same space as chain. *skip next set of three dc. 3 dc in space between. Rep to corner. In corner, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. Rep from * around. In last corner, 3 dc and ch 2. Join with a slst to the third chain. Fasten off Color D.

With Color A

Round 10: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 2 more dc in same space as chain. *skip next set of three dc. 3 dc in space between. Rep to corner. In corner, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. Rep from * around. In last corner, 3 dc and ch 2. Join with a slst to the third chain. Fasten off Color A.

Assembly

Fold each of your squares in half, right side facing outward, from one corner to the opposite corner. Arrange them so they fit together to form a square. With color A, fasten on at any corner and slst up one side. Drop that piece of yarn and do the same for the other side. You should have crocheted an “X” with these two steps.

Flip the cover over and place the pillow form inside. Fold the edges together and slst each side together as in step one. Weave in your ends.

4 thoughts on “Granny Square Pillow

  • Reem Salah

    This pattern was so Lovely ❤ I made the cushion along with my afghan and they look amazing now ❤ Thanks Brittany

  • Amanda

    This is gorgeous! I’ve never done a CAL but I think I may have to try this one!

    Quick question – grannies usually have a chain 1 between the clusters (and the chain 2 for the corners) – is there a particular reason why your pattern doesn’t? Would adding a chain mess up the size? It’s ingrained in me to chain so I’m just wondering.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Thank you Amanda! I don’t think having the extra chain between the clusters will alter this pattern too much. By dropping the chain in between the clusters you have less space to work in and it gives the cluster a more tapered appearance that I really like. If you zoom into my pictures you can see what I am talking about a little better than I can explain! Either way you do it, I’m sure it will look great!

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