In order to learn how to make granny squares you will first need to know how to work chain stitch, slip stitch and double crochet (UK treble crochet) to make these squares
Fun and colourful, traditional granny squares are an old favourite.
If you are new to crochet you can learn by clicking on the beginner link top right of this page.
There are a multitude of methods for making granny squares. The following is the method I use
The squares in the photos are made using double knitting yarn (UK weight) and a 4mm hook, but you can use whatever you like depending on what effect/size you want for your squares.
1. Make 6 chain (if you want the hole in the centre to be smaller, you can use 4 or 5 chain instead). Join with a slip stitch into the first chain.
2. Make 3 chain This is the turning chain and counts as one double crochet
3. Make 2 double crochet (UK treble crochet) into the chain circle followed by 2 chain
4. Make 3 double crochet then 2chain into the chain circle
5. Repeat stage 4 two more times
6. Join with a slip stitch into the top chain of the turning chain. Cut your thread and fasten off by pulling the end through the loop.
7.Turn your work over. The place where you fastened off should now be to the right of the 2chain space.
8. Take your new colour yarn and make a slip knot. Insert hook into the 2 chain space with the "fastening off" to the right. Then insert hook into slip knot of new yarn.
9. Pull the slip knot through
10. Make 3 chain (turning chain)
11. Make 2 double crochet into same 2chain space followed by 2chain.
12. Make 3 double crochet, 2chain, 3 double crochet, 2chain, into remaining 3 2chain spaces. Make 3 double crochet followed by 2chain into the first 2chain space you worked into.
13. Join with a slip stitch into top of turning chain.
14 & 15. Follow steps 7 & 8
16 & 17. Follow steps 9, 10 & 11
18. 3double crochet, 2chain, into next (side)chain space. Then **(3double crochet, 2chain, 3double crochet, 2chain) into next (corner) chain space, 3 double crochet, 2chain into next (side) chain space **
Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times
Make 3 double crochet followed by 2chain into the first 2chain space you worked into.
Join with a slip stitch into top of turning chain.
To make the 4th round (and subsequent rounds if you want your squares bigger) work as for the 3rd round, working 3 dc into each side chain space, remembering to work 2ch inbetween each, and 3double crochet, 2chain, 3double crochet into each corner as before.
Darn in all the ends to finish then pull your square into shape
Once you have learned how to make granny squares and have a nice stack of them, you can start joining them into blankets, scarves, bags or however your imagination takes you.
Click here to learn one method for joining granny squares
The above instructions are for just one basic variation of the granny square
Have even more fun with granny squares with this book on how to make granny squares.
or if you like, once you have mastered the basic granny square, try something a little more adventurous
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