Skill Level: Beginner
Materials for Crocheting a Granny Square:
- Yarn or Crochet Thread: You can crochet a granny square using just about any fiber you like -- yarn, crochet thread or even plarn.
One of my sample squares was crocheted using worsted weight yarn, which is what I recommend for new crocheters to use. (See also: yarn recommendations for beginners.) I crocheted another sample square using light / dk yarn.
- Crochet Hook: Choose a crochet hook that's a suitable size for the yarn or thread you want to use. You'll often find find hook size suggestions on the wrappers of your yarns, so if you aren't sure what size hook to use you can check the label to see what hook size the yarn manufacturer suggests.
- Other: tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Using a size I / 9 - 5.50 mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn (Cascade 200 wool,) I crocheted a granny square measuring four inches.
Using a size a size H / 5.0 mm hook and light / dk yarn (Bernat Softee baby yarn,) I crocheted a granny square measuring three inches.
When you crochet your own granny squares, please don't feel obligated to match these sizes exactly. Do keep in mind that, if you want to join your squares together to create a larger project, you will need to be careful to crochet your squares consistently so that they are all the same size; otherwise the joining will be challenging.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Design Notes: In the first two rounds, the first three chain stitches in the round count as the first double crochet stitch. In other words, you'll crochet three chain stitches in that spot, but the chain stitches together kind of mimic the look of a double crochet; when you look back on your work and count those stitches afterwards, you count them as one double crochet stitch instead of three chain stitches.
Granny Square Crochet Instructions:
Ch 5. Join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 – this counts as the first dc. Work 2 more dc in ring, [ch 2, 3 dc] repeat sequence in brackets 3 times. Ch 2, sl st to join to beginning of round. You'll end up with a total of 12 dc sts all together in this round.
Work your way over to the corner by crocheting several slip stitches into the next stitches, until you get to the next ch-2 space. Begin the next round in this space.
Round 2: Ch 3 – this counts as the first dc st. 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, [ch 2, 3 dc in next space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space] repeat sequence in brackets 2 more times for a total of 3 times. Ch 2, sl st to join the end of the round to the beginning of round. You'll end up with a total of 24 dc sts in this round.
Work several slip stitches so your next round can start in a ch-2 space.
Round 3: Each side of the square will have 9 sc sts, as follows: work 1 sc into corner space, work 1 sc into each of the next 3 dc sts, work 1 sc in the ch-2 space, work 1 sc into each of the next 3 dc sts, work 1 sc into ch-2 corner space, ch 2 to form corner. Repeat this entire sequence three more times for the remaining three sides of the square. Then ch 2 for corner and join with a sl st to join the end of the round to the beginning of the round. You'll end up with a total of 36 sc sts.
Round 4: Sc in each sc; when you get to the corners, work 1 sc in each ch-2 corner space, ch 2, work another sc in same corner space, then continue working sc. Join the end of the round to the beginning with a sl st. You'll end up with a total of 44 sc sts in this round; there are 11 sc sts on each side of the square.
In theory, you should be able to repeat row 4 as many times as you like to make a bigger square; you'll be increasing by 2 sts on each side, 8 sts total per round. In practice, I haven't tested it out any further than this to see if it will do anything strange in subsequent rounds. The pattern might, or might not, need some adjusting to make it suitable for crocheting a giant granny square.
Finishing the Granny Square
End off. Weave in ends. Block if desired.