Learn or review how to crochet the iconic Granny Square. The Granny Square is the must-know technique for any crochet beginners! Thank you Brittany for sharing your experience in this tutorial and your little trick for cleaner join!
Crochet the First Granny Square
To begin your granny square, create a slipknot.
Start with three chains.
Join with a slip stitch to the first chain. To do so, insert the hook in the first chain and then yarn over and pull it through.
Then pull it through the loop on your hook.
To begin the first round, start by chaining five.
Now we can start off my little trick for cleaner and better joins.
A traditional granny square is worked using double crochet stitches so that’s what we’ll do here.
Wrap the yarn around the hook, then insert the crochet hook in the center of the ring.
Yarn over again and draw it through the loop and onto the working area of the hook.
You should have now three loops on the hook.
Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the crochet hook.
Yarn over and draw through the remaining two loops on the crochet hook.
We need to do that two more times.
Now, what we have here is one of the four sides completed.
We’re at the point now where we need to create a corner.
We’ll always do that by chaining two.
Then we start on my next side working in groups of three double crochets exactly like I showed you before.
We continue on with that repeat: chain two, then three more double crochets in the center of the ring.
If you need, you can scoot your stitches over so you have more room to work.
What we need to do next is create the fourth corner.
To do so, we chain two again.
Be careful, the five chains from the beginning count as a double crochet of the three double crochets of the last side of the granny Square.
So we just need to make two more double crochet in the center of the ring.
To finish off that cleaner join, we need to find the third chain of the opposite chain and join it with a slip stitch.
And that’s it, you just made your first Granny Square!:
How to make your Granny Square Bigger
Now that you made your first granny square, we are going to see how you can make it bigger!
When you start a new round you’re always going to chain 5.
Then you’ll always follow that up by working in that same corner.
We start off with three double crochets through the center of the corner ring. Remember we’re always working in groups of three double crochets.
Once you finish that, we chain one. The other thing you need two remember is every time you do a group of three double crochets you will always have a chain one.
Next we jump over to the other corner and we start off by working three double crochets in the chain two space.
Then we chain two to create the corner.
We keep going by making three more double crochets in the new chain space.
That’s what our corner will always look like:
From here and now, we will always repeat the same steps:
- Three double crochets
- Chain two for the corner
- Three double crochets
- Chain one when we come off a corner
- Repeat, etc.
That’s the repeat until you reach this:
We have now, one group of three and a chain of five on the other side. Three of those five are going to be a double crochet. That means we just need to add two double crochets in the same chain 2 space.
And finally you can end by doing a slip stitch into the third node of the chain on the other side.
And here you are:
You can repeat this part as many times as you like until you are satisfied with the size of your Granny Square.
How to Add a New Color to a Granny Square
Take your new color and create a slipknot around your hook.
Pull it through a node on top of one corner:
That will be the first node of your first five chains. You can now add four more.
Then you can repeat exactly the steps you learned in the previous part!
I hope you like this tutorial and it helped you to start your crochet journey!
What types of projects are you going to create now that you know this technique? Let me know in the comment below 🙂