Granny squares are a classic and versatile crochet motif that can be used to create blankets, pillows, scarves, and more. This tutorial will guide you through the process of crocheting a simple granny square. Before getting started, you should know how to chain stitch, and double crochet. If you are confused about either of these stitches, check out our guide on the basic stitches. Let’s get started!
- Yarn of your choice (we recommend acrylic worsted weight size 4 to start)
- Crochet hook (appropriate size for your yarn, hook size 5.5 for recommended yarn above)
- Yarn needle
ss = slip stitch
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
Step 1: Begin by creating a slip stich. Leave a tail of yarn about 4-6 inches long. Insert your crochet hook through the loop and tighten the knot around the hook.
Step 2: Start with a foundation chain of 4 ch.
Step 3: Round 1 – In the fourth chain from the hook, work the following stitches: 2 double crochet (dc). This completes one corner of your square.
Step 4: *Ch 2. In the same chain space, work 3 dc. Repeat from * three more times, so you have four groups of 3 dc separated by chain-2 spaces.
Step 5: To join the round, ss into the top of the beginning chain-3. You should have a square shape with four corners.
Step 6: Round 2 – *In the next chain-2 space, work the following stitches: 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc (this forms a corner). Repeat from * in each chain-2 space around.
Step 7: To join the round, ss into the top of the beginning chain-3.
Step 8: Round 3 – *In the next chain-2 space, work the following stitches: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc (corner made). In the next chain-2 space between corners, work 3 dc. Repeat from * around.
Step 9: To join the round, ss into the top of the beginning chain-3.
Step 10: Repeat Step 8 and Step 9 for each additional round you want to crochet. Each round will have corner spaces made with 3 dc, chain 2, 3 dc, and the sides will have 3 dc stitches in each chain-2 space.
Step 11: Once your granny square reaches the desired size, fasten off the yarn by finishing with a ss and cutting the yarn, leaving a tail of about 4-6 inches. Pull the yarn tail through the last stitch to secure it.
Step 12: Perform a finishing weave to tie the loose yarn ends up using a yarn needle to ensure they are secure and not visible in the final piece.
Congratulations! You have successfully crocheted a simple granny square. Now you can create more squares and join them together to make beautiful projects like blankets or scarves. Feel free to experiment with different yarn colours or sizes to add your own creative touch to your granny square creations.