How to crochet a granny square?

Learn how to crochet these cute and colorful granny square motifs using an easy to follow step by step tutorial. Every crochet lover knows that granny squares are one of the most iconic motifs in crochet. Even some absolute beginners who barely see the difference between crochet and knitting can easily recognize a granny square.

There is no doubt granny squares have a key role in crochet but, there are many different ways to transform and tweak the basic crochet square. For example, you can use color changing, different stitch techniques and of course, different kinds of colorful flowers.

That is exactly what we will be following in this beginner friendly crochet tutorial. Just get together your yarn and hooks and let’s get down to the business.

QUICK AND EASY CROCHET STITCHES – HOW TO CROCHET GRANNY STITCH

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

​HERE ARE THE REQUIREMENTS:

Hook size: Match the hook size according to your yarn.

Yarn:  Any yarn suitable for your project.

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NOTES TO CLARIFY

So, a double crochet cluster is 3 double crochets in the same stitch.

If you are using worsted yarn, you may want to skip 2 sts after each cluster, in that case, ch2 as well.

If you use thinner yarn, sk1 st and ch1 st (as per the pattern) will work out nicely.

START WITH A SLIP KNOT

THE SLIP KNOT

Firstly:    Pull out approximately 15 inches of yarn and wrap the yarn around your finger twice, winding it toward your body.

Secondly:    Insert the hook under the first strand and over the second strand.

Thirdly: Pull the yarn through, just like you would when working a YO (yarn over) and twist the hook so it’s pointing upward.

Forthly:  The body of your work comprises of a 3dc cluster, followed by a ch1 (or ch2) and sk 1 or sk2.

But – in order to keep your edges straight, you’ll have to either add another dc or 2dcs as your last st of the row.

HOW TO CROCHET GRANNY STITCH – THE PATTERN

1st Row:  Work as many chains as necessary for your project.

Consequently, for a toddler or kid scarf, you can ch between 30-36 stitches;

A granny stitch blanket on the other hand, could require anything between 150-300 chains (remember it depends on your hook, yarn and tension).

2nd Row:  dc into 2nd ch from the hook, dc into next ch, *ch1, sk a ch, dc into next 3 chains*, rep from * to end, turn (my swatch ended with 2dcs).

3rd Row:  ch2, *3dcs into next ch-sp, ch1*, rep from * to end, dc into last dc, turn (I ended with a dc in my last st).

CROCHET GRANNY STITCH (CONTINUED)

4th Row:  ch2, 2dcs into ch-sp, *ch1, dc3 into next ch-sp*, rep from * to end, turn (again I made a last dc in the last st – to keep my work straight as well).

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your work is the desired length. Fasten off.


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