Traditional Granny Square

Traditional Granny Squares can be constructed in a wide variety of ways. Depending on the pattern or designer, you might turn your square, or work in the round without turning. Do you add two chains into the corners or three? Crocheted granny squares are so fun to experiment with and you can choose the little details that work best for you and your granny square project.

Here’s the way I like to make my granny squares.

Ch 4. Sl st into first ch to form ring.

ROUND ONE

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, (ch 3, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 1, hdc in top of beg ch-3. Do Not Turn.

ROUND TWO

Working the first two double crochets of each round by going around the post of the half double crochet makes a nice corner that’s super easy to make.

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc around post of hdc, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc in top of beg ch-3. Do Not Turn.

ROUND THREE

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc around post of hdc, [ch 1, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 1, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc in top of beg ch-3. Do. Not. Turn.

ROUND 4 & BEYOND

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc around post of hdc, [(ch 1, 3 dc in ch-1 sp) to ch-3 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 sp] 3 times, (ch 1, 3 dc in ch-1 sp) to last ch-3 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, ch1, hdc in top of beg ch-3. Do Not Turn.

Fasten off or continue working Round 4 to desired size.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • beg: beginning
  • ch: chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • sl st: slip st
  • sp: space

U.S. Crochet Terminology was used for the granny square instructions.

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11 Responses to “Traditional Granny Square”
  1. Serena Shaffer
    Serena Shaffer

    I don’t understand how to read the instructions I am more of a hands on learner.

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    • Dorothy O'Bryant
      Dorothy O'Bryant

      I know what you mean. I learned at my grandmothers knee. No pattern to read. In most patterns for beginners, all you need to know is: chain [ch], double crochet [dc], half-double crochet [hdc] and slip stitch [sl]. Happily Hooked has some very good You Tube tutorials on how to crochet. I hope this helps

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  2. Sylvia
    Sylvia

    Thanks for the instructions. Years ago, I bought a leaflet type of basic crochet instructions. When I forget how, such as double, half soluble I always refer to that and it really helps. Those who comments they don’t understand could probably find such a leaflet at Walmart or places that carrycrafts.

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