Pattern – Crochet Granny Square

Talk about versatile! You can do so much with a Granny Square.  My grandmother made afghan blankets that were one GIANT granny square.

Four Round Granny Square

Here is a granny square that I whipped up during the 10 free minutes I got during nap time yesterday.

Very simple and there is so much I could do with this bad boy!

Granny Square Pattern:

I hate reading crochet patterns, they confuse me to no end, so I am going to try to simplify this and add pictures.  I am assuming if you are attempting the granny square you have a few basic crochet skills already, including:

  • Chain (CH)
  • Double Crochet (DC)
  • Slip Stitch (SS)

If you can do these three things, you can make a granny square.

Hint: I have put these [ ] marks round the chunks of work that go together, for example when working on corners, I have chunked that work so you know it all goes in the same chain 2 space, please refer to the pictures. I hope this does not over-complicate the pattern.

Start:  Chain 4 and join into a round with a slip stitch.

Round one: CH 3 (this CH3 counts as a double crochet) then DC 2 in the ring. Next: [CH 2, DC 3] into ring – do this two more times (You are creating corners!!!). CH 2 and SS into top of CH 3 (from beginning of round).

Chain 3
2 Double Crochet
CH 2, DC 3 into ring – do this three times

Round two: SS into first three stitches. [CH 3, DC 2 in CH2 space, CH 2, DC 3 in same CH2 space]. Next: [CH 2, DC3, CH 2, DC 3 (all in next CH 2 space)] – Repeat 2 more times. CH 2 then SS into top of CH 3 from beginning of round.  You are still creating corners. When you DC3, CH2, DC3 in the same space this is a corner, only Rounds 1 & 2 have nothing but corners.

Corner One – CH 3. 2DC in CH2 space, CH 2, DC 3
Chain 2 Spaces that you will work in
All four corners done

Round 3 and all Subsequent rounds (yes, all you need to know is THREE rounds!): SS into first three stitches. [CH 3. 2DC in CH2 space, CH 2, DC 3 in same space.] Next: [CH 2, DC3 in CH 2 Space.  CH 2] (you are now at the corner) [CH 2, DC3, CH 2, DC 3 (all in same CH 2 space).]  [CH 2, DC3 in CH 2 Space.  CH 2] (you are now at the corner) [CH 2, DC3, CH 2, DC 3 (all in same CH 2 space).]  [CH 2, DC3 in CH 2 Space.  CH 2] (you are now at the corner) [CH 2, DC3, CH 2, DC 3 (all in same CH 2 space).  CH 2] then SS into top of CH 3 from beginning of round.

First Corner: SS into first three stitches. CH 3. 2DC in CH2 space, CH 2, DC 3

close up of the Chain 2 Space
CH 2, DC3 in CH 2 Space.
Finished Round 3

Repeat these rounds as many times as you like to get the Granny Square size of you choosing. NOTE: On each round you will be adding a [CH 2, DC3 in CH 2 Space] between each corner. For example, on round 3, you did one between each corner, on round 4 you will do two between each corner, on round 5 you will do three between each corner, etc etc.

Project ideas for Granny Squares:

Be like my grandma – grab whatever yarn you have and make a giant granny square.  She would change the color of her yarn every few rounds.  Great if you have a ton of yarn that is the same weight and just need to use up some of your stash.

Image Courtesy of: Designs by KN

Make a granny square blankie like I did for Anne: I did 49 granny squares that were 5 rounds each in three different colors and just alternated the pattern and sewed them together.

One of Anne’s MANY baby blankies

Funky Scarf: Make a retro scarf. Again using leftover chunky yarn and a big hook, whip up 10 to 15 different granny squares and darn them together, creating a chic and retro scarf.

Image courtesy of: Etsy Twitter Team

Granny Squares are fun and versatile. They take little to no time at all to make and have SO many uses.  Whip up a few and let me know what you make!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
This entry was posted in crochet. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Pattern – Crochet Granny Square

  1. Bright Angel says:

    Thank you for posting this!! I always forget how to start the granny square. Now I will have a good reference any time I need it!

Comments are closed.