It’s the perfect time to learn (or review) this crochet icon – the granny square
The granny square is a first for many. It’s what you see most often featured in the couch throw of your favorite TV show. It’s usually the picture someone has in their mind when you mention the word crochet.
Despite what the name may imply, this is not an outdated technique. Sure, our grandmothers both probably made tons of these granny squares but you’ll find it throughout modern day fashion as well as in trendy homes.
For the demonstration today I’ll be using my trusty 5.5 mm Tulip Etimo crochet hook and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in the color “colonial blue” and “linen”.
The granny square is a must know crochet technique (in my humble opinion) because from it, a huge variety of projects can emerge. Make one large square and you have a baby blanket. Keep going and you have an afghan. Keep them small and piece them together and you could create a scarf, pillow or even a purse.
Let’s give it a try!
In this tutorial I’ll showcase just the basics – how to start and work the first round, how to treat the corners and continue to make it bigger and how to change colors. I’ll also share my little tip for cleaner joins!
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, linen/colonial blue
- 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
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How to Crochet a Granny Square
After you watch this quick (less than 7 minute long) tutorial, I recommend looking below and reading through the written instructions. The two when paired together (tutorial + pattern) are the best way to not only learn how to crochet the granny square but memorize it.
This tutorial is also available in a left-handed version. Click on the link below to be directed to the left-handed tutorial on YouTube.
Granny Square Instructions (for a cleaner join)
Abbreviations you’ll need to know
- Ch – Chain
- Dc – Double Crochet
- Rem – Remaining
- Slst – Slip Stitch
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
Round 1: Ch 3. Join with a slst to the first ch. Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2). In center of ring [3 dc, ch 2] 3 times. Dc 2 in center of ring. Join with a slst to 3rd ch.
Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch-2). In ch-2 space, 3 dc. [Ch 1. In next corner (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)] 3 times. Ch 1. Dc 2 in same ch-2 space as first ch 5. Join with a slst to 3rd ch.
Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch-2). In ch-2 space, 3 dc. [Ch 1. In next ch-1 space, 3 dc. Ch 1. In next corner (3 dc, ch 2 3 dc)] 3 times. Ch 1. In next ch-1 space, 3 dc. Ch 1. Dc 2 in same ch-2 space as first ch 5. Join with a slst to 3rd ch.
To make your granny square bigger…
As you add more rounds keep these three principles in mind
- You will always work 3 double crochets, chain 2 and 3 double crochets for every corner of each round.
- You will always work 3 double crochets in every ch-1 space.
- You will always add a ch 1 after each group of 3 double crochets.
Use round 3 as your guide when adding more rounds to your granny square but keep in mind that the number of ch-1 spaces will increase as your granny square gets bigger and bigger so it will not follow the same pattern verbatim.