Recently, I went through the attic at my dad’s house where came across a few, forgotten crochet projects I’d made as a child including, a granny square doll’s blanket. All 15 squares and scalloped edge are still in perfect condition (by what I can only assume is the grace of the acrylic yarn it’s made from, because it certainly wasn’t properly stored), making it a well preserved heirloom-cum-drag-around-blankie for my 17-month-old daughter. Even this
semi-cynical, Scorpio found it impossible to not crumble into mush at seeing my real baby wrapped up in the same, handmade piece that had swaddled my pretend babies, *cough*, 25+ years ago. That moment was a gift, for sure. It also got me thinking; as a designer who regularly calls upon the timeless kitsch of the granny square, learning how to crochet them was a gift, too (thanks, mom!) So, to those who haven’t yet hopped on the hook when it comes to this particular crochet skill, I’d like to pay that present forward. From me to you, here’s the scoop on Granny Square 101!
(Oh, a stay tuned next week for a round-up of some of my favorite Granny Square designs.)
How-to Crochet a Granny Square
Tapestry or Yarn Needle
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
[ ] = Work directions inside brackets as many times as indicated.
( ) = Work directions inside parenthesis into st or sp indicated.
* Repeat directions following * as many timed as indicated.
Ch 6; join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, (counts as a dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 3, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 3; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.
Round 2: Ch 5, (counts as dc and ch-2 sp here and throughout), *(3dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp, ch 2;
repeat from * 2 more times, (3 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in first corner ch-3 sp; join with a sl st in 3rd of beginning ch-5.
Round 3: Sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 2, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp, ch 2**, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * 3 more times, ending last repeat at **; join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.
Round 4: Ch 5, dc in next ch-2 sp, *ch 2, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp**, [ch 2, 3 dc, in next ch-2 sp] twice; repeat from * 3 more times, ending last repeat at **, ch 2, 2 dc in last ch-2 sp; join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-5.
Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp as joining, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, *ch 2, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp**, [ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp] 3 times; repeat from * 3 more times, ending last repeat at **, ch 2, 3 dc in last ch-2 sp, ch 2; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, sc in each dc, 2 sc in each ch-2 sp, and 3 sc in each corner ch-3 sp around; join with a sl st in first sc. Tie off.
Weave in ends. Block if necessary.
Now that you’re schooled in squares, you’re ready for your first project–try my modern take on the granny pillow! The I Felt Square pattern is available for free on the Caron website. Get it here.
The Crochet Answer Book, by Edie Eckman
Lily Chinʼs Crochet Tips & Tricks
Crochet Today! Magazine
Interweave Crochet Magazine
My Crochet Books
Pop Goes Crochet: 36 Projects Inspired by Icons of Popular Culture
AwareKnits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco Conscious Stitcher (Hard Copy)
AwareKnits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco Conscious Stitcher (Digital Version)