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How To Crochet A Classic Granny Square

crochet a classic granny square tutorial by Erica Jackofsky

All these fancy granny squares are fun and beautiful, but this time I’m taking it back to basics with the classic granny square.

These basic grannies can be worked using a different color for each round (a great way to use up scrap yarns and stash!) or with a solid color.

Each 6″ x 6″ square uses 10 grams (approx. 22 yards) of worsted weight yarn. Note that this may change based on tension, yarn, and hook!


Materials


The Square

Begin by making a chain ring, aka a foundation round: (with Opal) chain 4 and then join with a slip stitch to the first chain to form a ring.


RND 1: (with Opal) ch 2 (this counts as your first dc), work 2 dc into center of ring, *ch 2, work 3 dc into center of ring; rep from * twice more, ch 2, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-2. If changing colors, cut yarn and fasten off. If NOT changing colors, work sl st to corner ch-space — 4 groups of 3 dc sts (12 dc sts total)


RND 2: (attach Goldmine yarn to any ch-2 corner sp.) Ch 2 (counts as first dc), work 2 dc into same corner sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, ch 2, *work [3 dc, ch 2] twice into next corner space; rep from * twice more, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-2. If changing colors, cut yarn and fasten off. If NOT changing colors, work sl st to corner ch-space — 24 dc sts


RND 3: (attach Cream yarn to any ch-2 corner sp.) Ch 2 (counts as first dc), work 2 dc into same corner sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-sp, ch1; rep from * twice more, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-2. If changing colors, cut yarn and fasten off. If NOT changing colors, work sl st to corner ch-space — 36 dc sts


You can continue working rounds, or end after any round when your squre is the desired size. I decided to work 2 additional rounds in the Cream color yarn to make my square match the size of the floral granny and daisy granny squares.


RND 4: (I continued with Cream, or attach next color to any corner ch-2 sp.) Ch 2 (counts as first dc), work 2 dc into same corner sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-sp] twice, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner sp, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-sp] twice, ch1; rep from * twice more, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-2 — 48 dc sts


BORDER RND: Continuing with your last color, ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), work 1 dc in each st across edge including ch-1 sps, work [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in each corner ch-2 space, end by joining with a slip st to beginning of rnd ch – 76 sts


Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • DC = double crochet
  • RND = round
  • SC = single crochet
  • SL = slip
  • ST = stitch

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15 Comments

  • Please make the patterns printable. I have dial-up internet and I do not have a smart phone. I am just learning to crochet so I need to refer to the pattern frequently. Since I have slow internet, I don’t have pintrest, facebook, etc. and watching video is not possible.

    • Joining squares has always given me trouble. The whip stich is what I’ve used but then it just does give me the clean look that I would like. Help!

  • These are nice and simple. My question is how do you hide the ends of all the color changes? That is my problem with making squares of more than one color. Thanks.

  • These are beautiful and easy thanks for taking us back to simple and beautiful.

  • I wish I can print this. I have never mad Granny Squares and this look like I could do it. You make it look so easy. But I’m old and would like to have it on paper.
    Thank you

  • Don’t worry about how to change material and colors or the same color when it finishes; you may put together both ends and stitch over the threads. Then if you want or save both strand trip and tie a knot, or tangle the strand in the tissue.

    “It’s about flowing with the threads, and be Happy!”

    Kind Regards, from Argentina.

    María Laura

  • I have the same question as Nancy above – how to hide the ends of the color changes.

  • Me again. I learnt to crochet this at 10yo..this is like you say: nice and simple. So, if a child can, you too! I don’t remember how I did it…but i spent time with my mama crocheting and she maked 2 blankets with rests of threads for my brother and I.

    This post made me remember, those beautiful and lazy days…

    Thank you Lion Brand and you too Nancy. 😀

  • I lay the end so that I crochet right over it and immediately hide it . Just hold it where you are crocheting. No ends to have to tuck in later. That’s why I live using up scraps on grannies.

    • I do the same! Crocheting over ends makes using multiple colors so much more manageable.

  • Nancy, I would also like to know this on how to hide the yarn. I hope we get an answer. Thank you.

  • How do you join squares

  • I like your refresher instructions for small granny squares. I would like to get your instructions on how to assemble several squares into a blanket. Also, if I make a big granny square, how can I add more crochet work to develop the square into a rectangle?

  • I made a giant granny square afghan years ago for my brother. Used ombre yarn. Just kept going around and around, making the square larger.
    Am ready to make another, so appreciate the good photos along with the text.

  • Thank you for this.

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