There’s nothing as timeless in crochet as the classic granny square. I used this technique to make my first big crochet project- a granny square blanket. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this picture regularly pop up on my feed. Yes, I still have my crochet blanket. However, it only comes out during the cold season.
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I was introduced to Pam of Live Your Best Crochet Life by a friend on Instagram. She has a project going on called The Gratitude Granny Square Blanket. The concept is to press pause and spend just 10 minutes of your day mindfully crocheting one small granny square, while focusing on one thing in your life you’re grateful for. At the end of one year, you join your granny squares into a blanket that will remind you of literally hundreds of things there are to be grateful for in your life.
You can get in on the fun by joining her private group on Facebook- The Gratitude Blanket Project. I started my project in December 2020 and so far so good. The only problem is granny squares are so addictive to make so I end up with at least 3 by the end of each day!
How To Crochet The Classic Granny Square.
- Yarn (I used DK for this tutorial)
- Hook (I used a 4 mm hook)
- Darning needle
Stitches & Terms Used:
- ch- chain
- sl st- slip stitch
- sp- space
- dc- double crochet
- You can use any type of yarn and corresponding hook to make the granny square. What you’re making is what will determine the materials you use. Similarly, the gauge and size of the crochet square will depend on what you’re making and what material and hook size you use.
- Since I want a pronounced hole in the middle of my crochet granny square, I begin with a ch 4, joining to first ch to form a ring. You can use less chains if you want a less pronounced hole or alternatively start also use a magic circle. You can use this tutorial to learn how to work and secure the magic circle.
- The ch 3 at the beginning of each round counts as 1 dc.
To start, Ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a loop.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc into the loop. (ch 3, 3 dc into the loop) 3 times. Ch 3. Sl st to the top of starting ch 3. (9 dc & 4 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc & ch 1), (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. 1st corner made. (Ch 1, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc]) 2 times. (3 dc, ch 3, 2dc) in last ch-3 space. Sl st into the 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. (24 dc, 4 ch-3 spaces & 4 ch-1 spaces)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc into ch-1 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Ch 1, 3 dc into ch-1 sp,) 3 times. Ch 1. (3dc, ch 3, 3dc) in last corner sp. Ch 1. Sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. (36 dc, 4 ch-3 spaces & 8 ch-1 spaces)
You can make your granny square as small or as big as you want it. With each round, you will have more spaces and 3-dc clusters along each edge. What you need to remember is:
- work 3 dcs into each ch-1 sp.
- there’s a ch-1 before AND afterthe 3dcs on the edges.
- for corner spaces, work 3dc, ch 3, 3dc.
And that’s it my friends. Did you enjoy learning how to make a granny square? I’d love to see your creations! Please share your projects with me on Instagram. To learn more stitch patterns, please visit the tips and tutorials section of the blog.
Did you enjoy learning how to make a granny square? I’d love to see your creations! Please share your projects with me on Instagram. To learn more stitch patterns, please visit the tips and tutorials section of the blog.