It’s official! I love Granny Squares – they are amazing building blocks and can be used individually as face cloths, pot holders and coasters or sewn together to make beautiful bags, blankets, scarfs, headbands and clothes.
As the Granny Square is worked in circles / rounds from the centre out, you can make them as big or small as you like. The one I’m going to take you through is quite traditional and has 3 rounds.
They are a great crochet first make and I’ve put together this step by step Granny Square Guide to get you started. Ready?
R1:2. Close the chain to form a foundation loop / ring using a slip stitch.
R1:3. Make a further 3 chain stitches. This brings you up to the right height for your first round (if working in rows this is called a turning chain).
R1:4. Make 2 UK treble (US double) stitches into the centre of your foundation ring. Your work should look like the picture below – 3 rows of stitches, the first is your ‘turning’ chain, the second and third your UK treble (US double) stitch.
If you need a quick reminder of how to a UK treble (US double stitch) its: Yarn around hook, insert hook into stitch (centre of foundation ring in this instance), yarn around hook, drawn the loop back through to give you 3 loops on the hook, yarn around hook, draw yarn through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), yarn around hook, pull yarn through 2 remaining loops to give you 1 loop on your hook.
R1:5. Chain 2 stitches.
R1:6. Make 3 UK treble (US double) stitches into the centre of your foundation ring. You now have 2 sides of your first round completed.
R1:7. Chain 2, then work 3 UK trebles (US double) into the centre of the foundation chain to make your third side of the granny square.
R1:8. Chain 2, then work 3 UK trebles (US double) stitches into the centre of your foundation circle.
R1:9. Chain 2 stitches, then slip stitch into the 3rd stitch of your first chain to join your round. Your first round is complete! You can either fasten off and change your colour, if you want to, as below, or keep using the same yarn for round 2.
If you want to change colour – here’s how.
CC a) Make a slip knot on your hook. Insert you hook where you want to join in your new yarn. For this granny square I’m going for a corner.
CC c) You shown have a single loop on your hook with your new yarn securely joined.
R2:1. Chain 3 stitches. As with Round 1, this chain becomes the first part of your pattern. I am starting this round in the corner of my first square.
R2:2. Make 2 UK treble (US double) into the corner of the square, then chain 2.
R2:3 Into the next corner,* make 3 UK treble (US double) stitches, chain 2, then make a further 3 UK treble (US double) stitches into the same corner*. As you will see from the picture this gives you a nice strong corner.
Next chain 2 to take you to the next corner and repeat the above from * to *.
R2:4. Continue in this manner until all corners have 3 UK treble (US double), 2 chain, 3 UK treble (US double) in them. The 2 chains between your trebles stops your work bunching up.
R2:4 Once you have reached your last corner and worked your last set of UK trebles, chain 2 then join your circle with a slip stitch into the top of your 3rd stitch of your original chain. Round 2 is complete. Fasten off your yarn.
R3:1 Join in your new yarn (follow steps Colour Change a - Colour Change c if you need any help) into the middle gap of your granny square. Chain 3, then make 2 UK treble (US double) into this middle space.
R3:2. Chain 2 to take you to the first corner. Make 3 UK treble (US double) stitches, chain 2, then make 3 further UK treble (US double) stitches into the same corner. Sounds familiar?
R3:3. Chain 2 to take you to the middle of the square and make a single set of 3 x UK trebles (US double) stitches into this gap. Chain 2 to get you to the next corner and then work your * 3 x UK trebles (US double), chain 2, 3 x UK trebles (US double)* into the corner.
Continue until you have worked your way around the square. Remember, each corner has 2 x 3 UK treble stitches and the middle gaps have a 1 x 3 UK treble stitches worked into them.
R3:4. To finish off your third round, join your last 2 chains to the 3rd stitch of the first 3 chain you made.
If you want to make your granny square any bigger you can add-on each round in a similar way to Round 3 – ie 2 sets of UK triples into the corners and a single set in the middle gaps.
And here’s some finished Granny Squares joined together to make some snuggly blankets.