How to Make a Granny Square

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The basic double-crochet granny square is easy to learn how to make and is a great way to use up some of your yarn stash.
Step 1: To get started, ch 6, and join to form a ring.
Step 1a: Once you’ve made a ring ch 3. This is your first dc. Your center ring should look like this image.
The basic double-crochet granny square is easy to learn how to make and is a great way to use up some of your yarn stash.

The basic double-crochet granny square is easy to learn how to make and is a great way to use up some of your yarn stash.

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Today I'm going to explain how to make a basic double crochet granny. You can use grannies for much more than blankets-with just a few you've got the start of a lovely bag for spring, or a colorful headband, coasters, placemats, etc. I love the granny because it's worked in the round; fussy foundation chains are not for me!

Here are a few links to modern granny inspiration before we get started:

Tiny Granny Square Art
Beautiful Granny Blanket
Granny Square Tote

Here are the abbreviations I've used, in case you aren't familiar with them:
ch= chain
dc= double crochet

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Step 1:

To get started, chain 6 (ch 6), and join to form a ring.

  I am typically all about the magic ring/slipknot, but since blankets tend to get tugged and pulled by the weight of all that other yarn, I think a ch-6 ring is necessary in this case. After all, with all the time you'll put into your project, you want it to last.

Step 1a:

Once you make the ring, chain 3 (ch 3)-this will count as your first dc. Make 2 more dcs over ring. This is your first 3 dc shell.
*Ch 2, and make 3 dc over ring. Repeat from* 2 more times, ch 2 and join yarn to the 3rd ch of the round. You'll have a nice little starter square.

  After you've made a ring
ch 3. This is your first dc. Your center ring should look like this image.

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Comments (46)

sharyn1961 writes: I was recently diagnosed of having chronic small strokes a large number for a person my age. I have been crocheting for a long time and I wanted to get ahead of Christmas gifts. My first was going to be a poncho, but every pattern I tried I couldn't get it to turn out right. So finally I seen one that had granny squares so again I was having problems understanding the directions, until I found that you had pictures with yours. I have never been so Thankful for pictures before. If you want to know if it's worth the time to take the extra step with pictures. Trust me it is. I feel very happy that I completed it on my own. Thank you so very much!
Posted: 10:21 pm on June 6th
roselynbette writes: I am no granny but I would just love to try this. Perfect for people with plenty of free time like myself...
Posted: 3:43 pm on March 29th
kingcole writes: Great tutorial. Love how simple it is and great photography!
Posted: 9:40 am on March 19th
alzoppo1610 writes: Thank you so much for this!! I just learned how to crochet about 2 weeks ago and I can't stop! But I've always wanted to learn how to make granny squares to make a blanket! And now I can!
Usually, I can't follow directions online but yours is absolutely perfect! :)

Thanks again so much! :)
Posted: 11:51 pm on April 17th
crochet_crazy writes: I'm fourteen and just started crochet recently. My friend had told me that granny squares are hard and confusing and that she has never been able to make one (I believe she has been crocheting for three years). This intimidated me a little but I decided to do it anyway and with this pattern I can. It is so fun and easy! Thank-you!
Posted: 7:18 pm on November 1st
easygoin writes: I made a throw using your super easy to follow directions. To cut down on the number of tails I would have to tuck in, I used the color until it ran out. Thank you!

Posted: 2:12 pm on June 17th
Craig27Jannie writes: People in all countries get the business loans from different banks, because it's comfortable.
Posted: 12:45 pm on June 7th
Jenn81 writes: I have been crocheting for about 15 yrs and was never able to start a granny square on my own. I would always resort to doing a chain or see if i could find someone to start one for me :) But thanks to your instructions i was able to start one on my own. And it doesn't look to bad lol.

thank you
Posted: 10:13 pm on May 27th
chrissy45 writes: Brilliant ,after all these years ive finally made the perfect square. started crocheting when i was 7, taught by my grandmother,just the basics really but i could never get my corners right,so just used to do a chain and go backwards and forwards. next step is to learn of to do a flower,so glad i found this site ....thankyou....
Posted: 9:53 am on April 11th
moba1 writes: Thank You Linda - I used to do Granny squares all the time about 20 years ago, then I forgot how to do them - You made my trip back to Granny Square land easy, fun and a success!
Posted: 11:10 am on February 22nd
eagle202slady writes: oh my gosh, i have looked all over and finally found you and a great step by step i finally have a i usually end upwith anything but squares...thank you so very much
Posted: 3:26 pm on November 23rd
BJCKidsX4 writes: In step 1a, you write "Repeat from* 2 more times, ch 2 and join yarn to the 3rd ch of the round". My question is how exactly am I supposed to join the yarn to the 3rd chain of the round? I've had to teach myself how to crochet online, and I've apparently missed this joining part. I don't have anyone else to ask. Could someone please explain this step to me? Maybe in little beginner crochet person words?
Posted: 5:55 pm on October 13th
CrystalAllen writes: **Sigh of Relief**

Thank you so much for putting this up. I've been having trouble figuring out granny squares for some time now. But I was able to successfully complete one by following your directions first time around!
Posted: 1:12 am on July 14th
Rdnckchick writes: THIS HELPED MEE SOOOO MUCH!!! i have been trying to teach myself how to crochet for about 5 years now. Just here and there whenever i had the chance. Your directions were very clear, and could understand everything! AGAIN THANKS!!!
Posted: 3:06 pm on March 14th
misslindseygrace writes: i am stuck on step 1a where it says: join yarn to the 3rd ch of the round.

what exactly does this mean?? this is the step i always get stuck on

plzz help!!
Posted: 12:01 pm on February 9th
hockeychk14 writes: Thanks so so much for the pattern. I've been trying to figure out how to make a granny square (found out that apparently I'm the only person in the world that crochets and cannot figure out a granny square to save my life lol) and your pattern and pictures helped so much. I was so excited when I found out you had a book...then found out it sold out 3 days ago lol. Well thanks so much for the are a crocheting life save :)
Posted: 12:28 am on February 1st
creativecrone writes: I love the large pictures plus the comments on what it is that you are trying to do. Very clear and helpful. Thanks
Posted: 4:55 pm on January 1st
NancyWard writes: Hi!

Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


Nancy Ward
Posted: 2:41 pm on November 22nd
Priamanda writes: These are the best directions that I have seen for a long time! I got these right the very first time. Thank you.
Posted: 10:31 pm on November 9th
marsharanger writes: In the first step, after you have chained 6, it states to "join the ring". How is this done? Is it a singele crochet of just a matter of joining the yarn and pulling it through?

Thanks for your help

Posted: 9:52 am on November 6th
elizabeth54 writes: I love to do the Granny Squares. When I was younger and was pragnent with my son. I made a big granny square for him as a blanket.
Posted: 10:39 am on November 5th
KharminJ writes: Thank you, Linda!!!
I believe I will finally be able to repair my 3 Granny Square afghans (made by various Grannys, as much as 70 years ago) that have really taken a beating over the years. Kharmin
Posted: 1:15 am on November 5th
sewmaster99 writes: I have been trying to get someone to show me how to do a granny square for years and no one could. My mom is loosing her eyesight so she couldn't show me and she used to be able to crochet up a storm.
Posted: 8:08 pm on November 4th
xenadome writes: This is the first time i ever saw such a good demo on crocheting a granny square. You all have it together, wish more sights were like yours, thumbs up.
Posted: 7:09 pm on November 4th
smu writes: Do you have a simple crochet or knitted bun cover for a dancer? I need something simple for my granddaughter.
Posted: 8:20 am on September 14th
Kitty1227 writes: Thank you for posting these instructions with easy to see photos. I love to crochet but my work never seems to line up correctly. Many instructions are hard to follow.....I will try these squares following your tutorial!
Posted: 10:11 pm on August 31st
msmatch writes: are you calling 3 double crochets a 'shell'?
Posted: 8:43 am on July 22nd
Janz writes: I am handspinning some shetland wool in three colours and am intending to make a bed throw with the squares. Because the yarn is handspun it might have some irregularities but I think I can live with the odd shapes that might come out.
Posted: 1:54 pm on July 21st
tippy60 writes: enjoy making grannysquare for years, but have a hard time to put them together
Posted: 6:48 pm on July 6th
Maggiereds writes: Hi I finished the quilt with your great directions, how do I put it together. Can I single crochet both squares to each other? How does it lay flat? I am new at this and could use all the help I can get. LOL Please advise.
Posted: 3:33 pm on June 19th
350yarnstasher writes: Good directions. When I do the granny square, I never chain in between each group on 3-double crochet. It seems to not lay flat and too loose and not lay flat, especially if I am doing an extra large (like 36x36) for a baby afghan. I looked back on my other old patterns and none of them do that chain in between either. I guess that there are many variations of the granny square. I now like to make the granny rectangle and use plastic bags cut into loops, looped together and make rugs! Nice for the little ones when they get out of the tub or outside out of the pool. They don't get their feet dirty and full of grass and can put their shoes on after they dry off.
Posted: 5:33 pm on June 2nd
gabenoah0809 writes: a friend tried to show me how to do granny's and made it so confusing but your simple how to i finally made a square. i plan on making a blanket for my son who is due in just a few wks. thank you so much!
Posted: 1:12 am on May 29th
nurseseabreeze75 writes: Finally I can do it. My mother-in-law showed me how but my squares kept coming out round. Thanks to your tutorial they are now square. I didn't change the colors though. I will get to that when I get better at crocheting. Thanks for the instructions.
Posted: 9:32 am on March 30th
adooki writes: Thanks for the great tutorial,my friend did show me how to do granny squares some time ago but i didn't practice and so forgot, now i can check here if i forget again.
Posted: 3:33 pm on February 10th
Caroleia writes: thank you so much for this tutorial which has inspired me to get back crocheting after 20 years
Posted: 7:47 pm on January 23rd
LindaPermann writes: Maryselan- Yes, you should cut the yarn and weave in the ends. What I do is actually crochet over the ends as I go-- hold the yarn end close to the top of the stitches and encase it when you do your yarn over/draw up a loop/yarn over and draw through both loops. Then I leave a little bit sticking out and weave it back through the same stitches in the other direction. Since there are lots of spaces in the square I usually only weave it through one grouping of DC stitches- back and forth a few times.
Posted: 12:57 pm on January 22nd
Maryselan writes: I have a question..this is my first time ever doing crochet. I suceeded to make a granny square thanks to your instructions. But I was wondering if you cut the previous yarn off when you join the colors, and if so (cause I did) how do you weave in the ends?...See I am used to knitting...
Posted: 10:10 pm on January 17th
LindaPermann writes: thanks everyone, it's the highest compliment to me that these instructions were useful and I'm so glad that you all made granny squares successfully!
Posted: 3:06 am on October 23rd
imcfee writes: I'm a beginning crochet-er, never been able to get a granny square right until I found your directions. Super-easy to understand, and the photos are great. I finally did it! Thanks so much!
Posted: 6:44 pm on October 22nd
mommac writes: I loved the directions,the use of the different yarn colors was clever and very helpful.
Posted: 10:13 pm on July 8th
Knotsewcrafty writes: I've never been able to do a Granny Square before and it was a source of much frustration. Yours is the clearest how-to that I've tried and, lo and behold, I made a Granny!

Thank you!!!!!
Posted: 1:48 pm on June 8th
salamonadesign writes: Very easy and clear instruction for beginners. I have crocheted since I was a child and made many blankets, tops, scarves tablecloths and doilies.
I am glad that you are bringing crochet to a wider audience.

Posted: 9:41 am on May 8th
KRACKER writes: My passion is knitting; however, I have tried crocheting with stitch samples. Since I am left-handed it was a brain switch aroo to learn these stiches right-handed. Your "how to" was just what I needed to see. I learn by seeing and doing. Love this new site. Thanks so much!
Posted: 6:20 pm on May 1st
rodezzy writes: Crochet is my favorite craft, and I do it a lot! The granny square is an old favorite and I use it often. I'm so glad to see a push to make crochet a "not just for grannies" craft. The granny square can be contemporary depending on the yarns you use. All of the delicious novelty yarns have got me crocheting something all the time. I love them and can't wait to use them. All of the standard yarns are still used, but in conjunction with the newer fun yarns, and I love, love, love it. My granny squares have taken on a whole new life.
Posted: 1:22 pm on May 1st
craftyloop writes: crystal clear step by step explanations. thank you
Posted: 1:11 pm on May 1st
wb4chh writes: The colors are beautiful and they really caught my eye. this project can blossom into others and you can take it on the road!
Posted: 11:31 am on May 1st
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