Today’s back to basics lesson is the humble granny square. There are so many fantastic granny square patterns but I am just going to do a tutorial on the most simple one, and the one that I first learnt to crochet with.
I used double knitting yarn and a 5mm hook but granny squares are so versatile that they will work with nearly all combinations of yarn and hook.
You will be working in joined rounds which means we will be doing a slip stitch at the end of each round to join them. I am making a few assumptions, the first being that you know the individual stitches such as double crochets and also that you can finish off and weave in your ends, apologies if this is not the case.
ch = chain dc = double crochet ss = slip stitch
Firstly tie your yarn onto your hook
Round 1: Ch4, then ss into the first stitch to form a ring (you may need to pull down on it as shown below to see the loop). ch3, then work 2dc into the ring, ch1. 3dc into the ring, ch1. Repeat 3 times. You should now have 4 clusters of 3dc’s. ss into the top of the ch3
Round 2: ch4, then dc into the corner space created by doing a ch1 in the previous round. work 2dc into the same space, ch2, 3dc into the same corner space, ch1. In the next corner space work the following, *3dc, ch2, 3dc. Then ch1. Repeat from * in next space. Into the last space work 3dc, ch2, 2dc, then ss in the 3 stitch from the ch4 we did at the beginning of the round.
Round 3: ch3, then 2dc in to the gap made by chaining 1 in the previous round. ch1. *3dc, ch2, 3dc into the corner space, ch1, then 3dc in the middle space, ch1. Repeat from * twice more. Into the last corner work 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1. Then ss into the top of the initial ch3.
Round 4: ch4, work 3dc into the next space, ch1. *3dc, ch2, 3dc into the corner space, ch1, 3dc into the next space, ch1. 3dc into the second space, ch1. Repeat from * twice more. In the last corner work 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1. In the final space work 2dc and then ss into the 3rd chain of the initial ch4.
If you wish to continue past 4 rounds then just remember that each middle space is 3dc then a ch1 and each corner space is 3dc, ch2, 3dc and a ch1. There should always be a ch1 between every middle and corner gap.
If you wish to change colours then please follow the below instructions:
When done cut and finish off your ends.