I’ve been there. When I just started crocheting, I had no clue how to make granny squares. They seemed to be pretty complex and I figured I was better off doing something easy, like crocheting rows. If only I knew how easy it was! Granny squares are a basic type of block, but because of the versatile nature of the stitch and the flowing, easing rhythm of the clusters it lends itself to all types of projects.
Like the Vintage sweet shawl!
Or the Colourful Rainbow Granny blanket!
It’s really not that hard, once you understand where a granny square comes from. Basically, It’s a repetition of a Granny cluster (a group of 3 double crochets), separated by one or more chains. In every row, you crochet your granny clusters around the chains of the previous row, and chain above clusters. In the corners you need a little bit more chains to make a nice corner angle. Every row you’ll increase the number of granny clusters, because the circumference of your square is getting bigger and you have to keep up with that to get your square nice and flat. And that’s pretty much it! If this sounds like magic to you, keep on reading because I’ve got a lot of helpful pictures! I just wanted to illustrate that when you dissect a pattern like this, there’s not much magic involved and it all seems pretty doable.
So, grab your hook and yarn and let’s make our own granny square! I’m using US terms in this tutorial. If you’re used to UK terms, just substitute ‘DC’ for ‘Treble” everywhere! If you’re a new crocheter and you would like to know which type of yarn to use, I only have one advice: start with non-spitting, tightly wound cotton. I’m a big fan of Cotton 8, it’s non mercerized and available in loads of colours.
Granny square tutorial
Step 1: Chain 4, then slip stitch the last chain to the first one. This will create a nice circle for you to start your first stitches in. Alternatively, If you’ve mastered the magic loop you can use that one too as a substitution for this step.
Step 2: Chain 3 more. This will count as your first Double crochet (DC) . Do you see the space you’ve created by chaining the first and last ch together? It’s near the arrow!
Step 3: DC 2 in the space indicated by the arrow in picture 2. Congrats! You’ve just made your first granny cluster. Told you there was no magic involved! As you notice I crocheted over the loose end. This helps keeping it secure and saves me ends to weave in later!
Step 4: Chain 2 (that’s one corner made). Then DC 3 more in the same space. You now have made two granny clusters and one corner.
Step 5: Repeat the *ch 2, DC 2 in chain space* two times. chain two more, and you’ll be in the same situation as in picture 5. Now you need to finish your round and attach your ch-2 to your first granny cluster. Do this by slip stitching the last chain into the 3th chain of your starting-DC.
Step 6: Awesome! You just made your basic granny square. Of course it’s pretty small. You can stop here, or change colours if you like, but I plan to continue with the same colour for this tutorial. You see, I hate to weave in all those ends. So I plan to only have two yarn ends in this square!
Step 7: You’re now going to start your next row. Chain 3. This wil count as your starting DC of round two.
Step 8: chain 1 more. You have now made a DC (your ch-3) and a chain space. The corners need 2 chain spaces to be able to make a nice corner. But the regular distance between granny clusters on the same side is smaller. So 1 chain will suffice. In the corner space of the previous row, make 3 dc’s. Do you see what I’m getting at? You’re going to make a new corner, in the corner space of the previous row.
Step 9: chain 2, and then make another 3 DC in the same corner space.
Step 10: Repeat this all the way around. Make 1 chain in between granny clusters on the same side, and 2 chains when you want to go around the corner. You’re going to end with not three, but two DC’s in your last granny cluster. Why? Because you’ve make a starting DC out of chains when you started this row. This is a substitute for a regular DC.
Step 11: Slip stitch your last DC to the ch3-dc and you’re done with this round as well! It’s starting to look like a proper granny square, doesn’t it?
Step 12: If you want to make your square bigger, chain 3. This will count as a starting DC. DC 2 more in the same ch-1 space of the previous round.
Step 13: You’re now in a corner stitch, so DC3, chain 2, and DC 3 in the same stitch. ch1, make 3 dc’s in the next ch-1 space of the previous round and you’re at a corner stitch again! Do you see a pattern emerging? Because of your two granny clusters in every corner, you increase the granny cluster count on each side by 1 in each round. Your granny square will grow larger and larger and larger!
I hope you have seen that the granny square holds no mysteries to those who’ve followed a step-by-step tutorial!
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