How to crochet a granny square
My Instagram feed has been bursting at the seams with beautiful crochet Granny Squares – whether it is folks making them, babies snuggles in them or just a cheeky yarny photobomb in the background. I have not been able to escape them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
But, turns out, quite a few folks are baffled by crochet and would love to make their own Granny Square blanket but just don’t know where to start.
Well, friends, I thought it was high time I shared a quick How to Crochet a Granny Square tutorial.
This step-by-step guide will show you how to make a standard granny square (I’m gonna use UK crochet terms here, just so you know and we’re talking the same language!) Once you have this basic principle down, you can either carry on to make one gigantic square blanket, or you can work heaps of little squares and join them up to complete your creation.
You can switch in colours with each round, ever other round or even not at all – whatever you fancy is just fine with me!
Let’s get this show on the road!
Grab your supplies…
You’re going to need yarn and a crochet hook for this – no real surprises there I hope.
The weight of your yarn will determine the weight of your blanket, logical right? Thick yarns like aran will have a really dense finish, while super-fine 2 ply will make a whisper of a blanket. In you’re just starting out, you might find that a really fine yarn is just to tricky to master. Maybe pick out a DK (like these) it’s a pretty good yarn weight for crochet blankets in my opinion).
I’ve picked out three colours of yarn in the same weight, to show the switching of colours. You can pick a different colour for ever round, or stick with only one – I’ll leave picking out the colours in your capable hands!
Your hook will need to be the correct size for the weight of yarn you’ve selected, it’s not rocket science, but working with a large hook and fine yarn will make a cobweb effect and I’m pretty sure you don’t want to try a small size hook with a heavy weight yarn either. Check the paper ball band on your yarn, this will give you a size guide for picking out a crochet hook. You can work with a wooden hook, metal, hook, a plastic hook – whatever is the most comfortable is the best for you. These beautiful hooks are my favourites!
Before you think I’m talking crazy, you’re going to need to know a bit of the lingo to get you up to speed:
CH : Chain
SL : Slip Stitch
TR : Treble
ST/STS : Stitch/Stitches
Ok, let do this thing!
With your crochet hook and first yarn, work a chain of six stitches. (6CH).
Pass the hook through the first stitch in the chain and draw through to make a neat little ring. This will sit in the centre of your square and the stitches will be worked out from around it.
Work 3CH sts, this will be counted as the first treble (TR) stitch.
Work 2TR sts though the centre of the ring. These will sit against the 3CH sts and create the first batch of TR sts.
Work 2CH, then work 3TR sts into the ring. (The 2CH separates the batches of 3TR sts). These 2CH sts denote the corners of the square.
Repeat working in batches of 2CH and 3TR until you have four batches of stitches that sit around the centre ring. Join the first batch to the last batch by inserting the hook in to the last sts in the chain of three that started the first batch of stitches. Join together with a slip stitch (SL ST).
The first round of your Granny Square is complete! It’s plain sailing from here on out!
Join the second colour yarn with a SL ST and tying it as tightly and as close to the knot as possible. Bring the yarn to the front and work 3CH.
Working into the same gap as the 3CH, work 2TR – this is your first batch of the second round.
Continue working around the square in batches of 3TR separated by 1CH. When you reach the corner, increase from 1CH to 2CH between the batches of treble stitches to help create the neat corners.
Continue working around the square in batches of 3TR with 1CH in between on the sides and 2CH in between on the corners. When you reach the start of the round, join the last stitch with the last st in the chain of three that started the first batch of stitches. Join together with a slip stitch (SL ST).
You guys, you did it! Now you have set the foundation for your Granny Square!
Continue working round in batches of 3TR sts separated by 1CH – remembering to add in a extra CH on the corners!
Change colours at each round with a SL ST and secure tightly with a knot.
You can make a whole stack of small squares and join them to create a bigger design, or just continue on and on, letting the square get larger and larger with each round until you have one epic Granny Square!