Holiday how-to: granny squares

Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

From All about Crochet

It’s called the granny square—but it’s definitely not old hat! Granny squares are making a comeback, and we’ve got the how-to for you. Follow this tutorial on how to crochet a granny square, and then put the holiday crochet patterns below on your gifts-to-make list.

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How to make a granny square

From All about Crochet by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

A granny square is a four-sided motif, worked in double crochet rounds, that has been popular with crocheters for over a century. The classic motif has rounds worked in different colors. For a modern look, work your grannies in striking colors!

NOTE >> Before trying this pattern, familiarize yourself with the basic crochet stitches. You can download our free stitch guide here. To get you started, here’s a quick-and-dirty list of abbreviations for this pattern:

ch chain
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch
sp space
rep repeat
beg begin

Classic granny square instructions

Yarn: 4 contrasting colors (in the photo above, red is A, yellow is B, green is C, and black is D). All rounds are worked on the right side without turning.

With A, ch 6; join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as the first dc of rnd), work 2 dc in ring; (ch 3, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 3, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Finish off color A. You now have 4 ch-3 corner sps.

Round 2: Join color B with a sl st in any ch-3 corner sp; ch 3, in same sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); *ch 1, in next ch-3 corner sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); rep from * 2 times, ch 1, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Finish off color B. You now have 4 ch-3 corner sps and 4 ch-1 side sps.

Round 3: Join color C with sl st in any ch-3 corner sp; ch 3, in same sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); *ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); rep from * 2 times, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Finish off color C. You now have 4 ch-3 corner sps and 8 ch-1 side sps.

Round 4: Join color D with sl st in any ch-3 corner sp; ch 3, in same sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); *(ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 3 dc) twice, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); rep from * 2 times, (ch 1, in next ch-1 sp work 3 dc) twice, ch 1, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Do not finish off.

Round 5: Sc in each st and in each ch-1 sp around, working 3 sc in each ch-3 corner sp. Finish off color D. Weave in yarn ends.


Try these fun patterns with unique takes on the granny square motif—perfect for holiday gifts. Get started on your handmade gift list by downloading our printable holiday gifts-to-make list here.

Crocheted scarf from Crochet Bright Crocheted scarf from Crochet Bright by Kristin Spurkland

>> Find this and 13 additional patterns for unique accessories in Crochet Bright.
From Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves Granny square scarf and hat set from Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves

>> Enjoy this and 14 more unique hats and scarves in Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves. Only $12.99!
Flower Square baby blanket from Crochet Snugglers Flower square baby blanket from Crocheted Snugglers

>> Make this or one of 10 other baby blankets for Baby’s first Christmas. From the value-priced collection Crocheted Snugglers—only $12.99!

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7 Comments (leave a comment)

  • First of all I LOVE Stitch This. Thank you for all your wonderful information.
    I am interested in the Tunisian stitch. I would like to learn how to do it.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on November 7, 2014
  • Granny Squares and "itching" brings to mind a story worth sharing. Forty-two years ago, when I was 20, I had back surgery that included being in a full body cast for 6 months. I solved the itching with the blunt end of a long knitting needle! During this time, a very nice lady who I had bowled with, taught me to crochet Granny Squares without following a pattern. She gathered yarn scraps from her friends enough that I was able to make a full size afghan. So, to answer the question: I am itching to learn any crochet stitch, along with how to read instructions!

    —Karen on November 7, 2014
  • could you please show in detail how to do crochet hairpin lace with some simple quick projects?

    —janet on November 7, 2014
  • Cable stitch in crochet, you see it done in knitting all the time.

    —Quilting Tangent on November 7, 2014
  • I know how to knit but have never learned to crochet. I would love to learn how to do the granny square in fact, because I have wanted for years to recreate a granny square afghan that my mom made years ago. It had lots of colors, probably scraps, and the frame of each was in black. I believe that design was pretty typical in the 50’s-60’s. Now that my mom is gone, I would love to remember her by making an afghan like the one I grew up with.

    —Kathy U. on November 7, 2014
  • Right now i’m engrossed in learning the crocodile stitch and the entrelac in crochet stitches…..I have learned how to knit the entrelac…so onto the crochet version…..and after I get the crochet crocodile then i’m going to try the knit version……

    —Darlene Krystal on November 7, 2014
  • There was at one time, a hook rug pattern for Granny Squares. Somewhere in my collection of patterns, I still (hopefully) have it. As a Quilter, I have often wondered what a Granny Square quilt would look like? I bet, it would be pretty.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on November 8, 2014

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