How to Crochet a Granny Square

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Introduction: How to Crochet a Granny Square

There are several good Instructables with crochet patterns that show you how to use granny squares to make afghans, hats, scarves, bags etc. However, I did not see one on how to make a granny square. I hope this Instructable will fit the bill. It will teach you how to create this basic shape. There are 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 overwhelming, you may want to start here to learn the basic crochet stitch. This is an instructable I made for those who are just discovering crocheting.

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

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 of 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 now 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.

Step 2: Round Two

The first round of the square is complete. For round two start by simply chaining three stitches straight up.

Double crochet into the large hole near the base of the 'chain three'.

Double crochet again into the same hole. That makes three double crochets or a "shell".

Chain one. You only chain one between shells on the edge of the square. You chain two between a group of shells in the corner of the square.

Create another shell in the next hole.

Chain two.

Create another shell.

Repeat this pattern until the round is complete.

Join the first and last shell as shown in step one.

At this point you could keep going with as many rounds as you want, or you can finish the square off as it is. See step three for finishing off and sewing in the loose ends.

Step 3: Finishing Off

In my example above I have added two more rounds to the granny square. You can add more or less, it is entirely up to you.

Once you have completed your last round, cut your working yard, leaving six to eight inches of yarn.

Pull the yard straight through the last slip stitch you just made. This will bind it off and keep it from unraveling.

Now to sew in the loose ends. Use a large needle and thread the yarn through it.

Insert the needle through several groupings of loops. Pull through and repeat several times. There is no magic formula for this step, just sew it in discretely. When you are done, pull it tight and cut it off.

Repeat the same step for the other loose end.

Congratulations, you have completed your granny square. I hope this helps someone out and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I will help in anyway that I can. Also, I would love to see pictures of any square that you make.

-Russm313

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56 Comments

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doris rudd
doris rudd

Question 7 months ago

I have the GRANNY SQUARE instructions and all the info I need EXCEPT what would be the best size needle to use to make squares for a BABY BLANKET?

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ksawhitt
ksawhitt

Answer 25 days ago

4.5 millimeters typically, but it depends on the yarn size!

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kitteh.ad
kitteh.ad

11 months ago

I made this in white and purple, and it's lovely. It was very simple and turned out well. Thank you for the easy-to-follow format!

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lounicorny
lounicorny

1 year ago on Introduction

I've been trying for 2 weeks to master the granny square, watching numerous videos. Yours is explained so clearly and is definitely the most comprehensive. But I still can't get it right! I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. It comes out as a circle and I can't see the 4 hole sections. I can see the middle one but not the others. I'm just baffled!

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lounicorny
lounicorny

Reply 1 year ago

Sorry I forgot to post photo. It's just a woolly mess!

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sheilamonar
sheilamonar

Question 1 year ago

You didn't explain that you have to ch1 and make 3 dc. Bet shells. I am right?

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PJyellow15
PJyellow15

Answer 1 year ago

Between shells? Make 3 dc between the shells? for the next row, you mean?

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loveguinea05201
loveguinea05201

Question 1 year ago

Is there a book on this

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PJyellow15
PJyellow15

Answer 1 year ago

There are many books, beginner to expert. Check any craft / sewing store - Michael's, Joanne, etc. Or order online.

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Craftygrammaw2020

Thank you for the patterns .I bought all.my yarn and can't wait to start!I am trying to learn the corner to corner crochet but this pattern sounded great!making it for my daughter.

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loveguinea05201
loveguinea05201

1 year ago

It's very helpful for me thank you so much for the help any way I can please get a book on it sent to me please in the mail please

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loveguinea05201
loveguinea05201

Reply 1 year ago

Do you have a book on this??

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ChristineC200
ChristineC200

Question 3 years ago on Introduction

I 'm fine doing the first and second granny square, however when it comes to the third section I do not seem to finish off properly, it does not seem the same. Every tutorial does not keep going on for the third round.

I'm following instructions when doing a corner only chain 2. It is the last corner is where I come unstuck.

I hope you can advise

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maryanne smith
maryanne smith

3 years ago on Step 3

Thank you so much for taking the time to post WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS. I prefer the written word over the video. These were perfect. I had tried multiple videos and never could obtain the perfect square. I now have been successful thanks to you!!

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duchess295
duchess295

3 years ago on Step 3

Thank you so much for these very detailed instructions! I had forgotten "only chain two when making a corner"! No wonder my other project did not turn out! Very much appreciated! I am working on the 8-bit Mario blanket!

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27sampson
27sampson

4 years ago

Thank you so much the easy to follow steps. Much appreciated.

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couponperson
couponperson

4 years ago

Perfect for us beginners! I was so frustrated until I tried your instructions. Thanks to you, I'm now in the process of crocheting a granny square blanket. Thank you so much for "thinking like a beginner" so I could understand.