Picture of How to Crochet a Granny Square
There are several good instructables on how to use granny squares, such as: making afghans, hats, scarves, bags etc.  However, I did not see one on how to make a granny square.  I hope this instructable will fill the bill.  There will be lots of pictures as well as a detailed video describing the process.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Good luck!

If this feels a little over whelming, you may want to start here.  This is an instructable I made for complete newbies to crocheting.

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Step 1: Making the First Round - From Slipknot to Joining

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Make a slipknot with your yarn and insert the hook into the knot.

Chain 4 stitches.

Insert your hook into the first stitch (closest to the slipknot).

Yarn over and pull the yarn through the stitch.  Slip the stitch through the loop on your hook.

This creates the ring (center of the granny square), take note of the hole in the center of the ring, this is where all the work will be done for the first round.

Chain 3 stitches.

Double crochet into the ring

Double crochet into the ring again. 

This set of stitches is the first "shell" of the granny square.  a shell consists of three double crochets together in the same space.  Please note that the chain 3 takes the place of a double crochet.

The first round will consist of four shells.  You will need to chain 2 stitches between each shell in the first round.

Chain 2 and make another shell by doing three double crochets into the ring.  (This is shell number 2).

Chain 2 again, make another shell by doing three double crochets into the ring.  (This is shell number 3).

Chain 2, yet again, and make the last shell for round one.

You know how have 4 shells and are ready to join them together.

Chain 2 stitches then insert your hook into the second stitch of the first shell you made.  (The second stitch on the chain 3 we did directly after making the ring).

With your hook through the stitch, yarn over and pull through.  slip stitch through the loop on your hook. 

That concludes the first round.  All subsequent rounds are just a repeat of this round.  The only difference is the number of shells you will make and the amount of chain stitches between shells.

flabbatank2 days ago
I've completed a 17by 17 granny square ,but it's a bit rippled :( .What would be the best method to make the square flat and even . Thanxs
grafarena29 days ago

I think you forgot that you have to slip stitch 3 stitches to get to the first opening in round 2 before the 3 chains.

lizzie472 months ago
Excellent video ~ many thanks !
Samantha Cody5 months ago

what is your YouTube name? These are the easiest to follow videos!

nkurth9 months ago
i made it :-) my blanket is growing :-D
MaDaYoMaJe9 months ago

Thank You!

mhusnik11 months ago

Thank you! Excellent and very easy to follow instructions.

only just started was just practicing the basic stitches now I'm on my way to making my own blanket thanks for sharing great instructions simply and easy to follow :-D
cyberlis1 year ago
One of the best instruction on how to crochet a granny square that I've ever seen! Great video and great step-by-step instructions! Had I seen this when I was first learning how to crochet a granny square, I would have understood the process immediately! Great job on both video and written instructions!
fourcats351 year ago
This tutorial has got to be the best ever presented and/or published. Thank you for going slow and showing each step so clearly. This has been a tremendous help
russm313 (author)  fourcats351 year ago
Thank you very much for saying so. It's always nice to hear that I was able to help someone. :)
Thank you! This actually makes sense! Other explanations made me feel like an idiot.
Thank god! Finally a granny square pattern I can understand!
Thank god! Finally a granny square pattern I can understand!
Thank you so much for these easy to follow instructions, I have tried many different websites and utube instructions but these are by far the best. I am now well on may way to making a granny blanket :-)
Poo09093 years ago
Wonderful. I am trying my best to do a Granny Square. I have the wool, I have the crochet hook, I have my hands and I have your instructable. It can't be so hard now, can it?
Here I go.........

I've attempted learning to crochet before, but no dice. Thanks to this Instructable, I can now make granny squares! Thank you very much!
lakramer4 years ago
I've never crocheted before, but your step-by-step pictures make it look so easy! I'm definitely going to try this now that I have clear instructions on how to crochet. Thank you for the help! <3
russm313 (author)  lakramer4 years ago
That sounds great! Please let me know how it goes and if I can help along the way.
Iridium75 years ago
 made 2 squares today. 138 more to go.
russm313 (author)  Iridium75 years ago
Awesome!  Hope they go well.
acexkeikai5 years ago
Thank you I never understood where you inserted the hook to join :) now I know Thank you very much :)
russm313 (author)  acexkeikai5 years ago
I am very glad it was helpful.  You are welcome.
Kiteman5 years ago
Years before I was born, my grandmother made a whole double-bed sized blanket out of these squares - she made them with scraps (she did a lot of knitting), so every square was different.

I still have the blanket.
russm313 (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
I love stories like that.  I bet it is a unique blanket, for sure.  I will have an instructable coming soon on a creative way to use these squares. 
It's really warm over a quilt, but it weighs a ton, which Kitewife finds uncomfortable.