A reader emailed the following to me:
Thanks so much for your wonderful picture and written tutorial on crocheting granny squares. I was having so much trouble figuring out how to do them until I saw your pattern. One of the biggest helps was when you wrote that you need to slip stitch to the corner in round 3. I was not able to figure out how to get to that corner until you clearly explained how to do it! I don't understand why many patterns do not state this explicitly!
One question I had. Many patterns on granny squares will have you ch 2 in the corners and then ch 1 before moving on to a space. However, when doing your pattern I see that you always instruct to chain 2, no matter where you are in the square. Do you find this makes a nicer square in the end? Just wondering the rationale and why you recommend this.
Thanks so very much for all of your help!
There are zillions of different ways to crochet granny squares, even very basic ones. I wouldn't necessarily say that it makes a nicer square; this is simply one way of doing it. This way happens to be the way that my great aunt taught me when I was first learning how to crochet.
I do not know why she chose to teach me that particular version. I suspect that it was because my early crochet work was unbearably tight, and this version of the granny square is very relaxed.
Your question motivated me to create a slideshow showing comparisons of various granny squares and how they look. Varying the basic pattern by a stitch, or two, or several, can give you different results -- and sometimes even dramatically different results. I found it interesting to do direct comparisons between several of the granny patterns we have available on this site. I hope you'll find it interesting too.
Here are some links to more of the various granny square resources we offer on our web site:
- Granny Square Comparisons -- This link takes you to the slideshow mentioned above.
- Free Crochet Granny Square Patterns -- This link takes you to a list of free patterns for grannies that are available from our website. A picture of each square is included so you can easily scan the list for ones that you like.
- Granny Square Project Ideas and Free Patterns -- If you're wondering what you can make once you have bunches of granny squares made, this page is a great resource for ideas.
- Granny Afghans -- The granny square naturally lends itself to being made up into afghans, and this page will give you plenty of ideas and free patterns for those.
- How to Join Granny Squares -- Even if you know how to join squares already, this page will show you some additional methods you probably didn't know about.