Crochet Granny Square Pattern

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Crochet Granny Square Pattern

Are you ready to make some crochet granny squares?

I love, love, love granny squares! They are quick and easy, so portable (think summer project!), a great way to play with color, and awesome for getting rid of all those yarn scraps  (join our scrapghan crochet along here!). In fact, granny squares were my first choice for my scrapghan! Want to make one too? Here is a basic crochet granny square pattern to get you started …

Crochet Granny Square Pattern

Basic Granny Square Crochet Pattern

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 colors worsted weight yarn (see note below)
  • an H hook
  • scissors and a tapestry needle

Click here to reference Crochet Abbreviations or here to reference Crochet Stitch Symbols.

Note: Feel free to use different yarn weights from your stash … I use two strands of sock yarn or lighter weight yarns and separate strands from chunkier yarns for consistent sizing.


With CA, make a magic ring. (As an alternative to the magic ring method, you can ch 4 and join in furthest ch from hook to form a ring.)

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3, *3 dc in ring, ch 3, repeat from *twice more, join in top of beg ch, drop CA — 12 sts.

Round 2: Join CB in any ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), work [2 dc , ch 3, 3 dc] in same ch-3 sp, ch 2 *[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, rep from * twice more,  join in top of beg ch, drop CB — 24 sts.

Round 3: Join CC in any ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), work [2 dc , ch 3, 3 dc] in same ch-3 sp, *ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3 sp, rep from * twice more,  ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, join in top of beg ch, drop CC — 36 sts.

Crochet Granny Square Stitch Diagram

Are you left handed? You can find a left handed crochet stitch diagram here.

As you can see, I used yarn scraps for Rounds 1 and 2 and then chose a soft cream for Round 3 of each.  Be sure to check out my post here to see how I am join them using my favorite method … the Join As You Go (JAYGO) method.

Basic Granny Square Crochet Pattern

You can find out more about our ongoing Scrapghan Crochet Along by clicking here. Feel free to mingle, share ideas, pattern links, and your progress photos in the Scrapghan Crochet Along Ravelry group here or on my Facebook page here.

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16 Responses to Crochet Granny Square Pattern

  1. Sheree Ervin May 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I loved doing a granny square pattern. I have to say though I was so disappointed that once I put it all together, the squares started to break apart in the middle of the squares (not at the edges where they were joined together). I did one afghan and I am thinking I may never do grannies again because of it. One friend told me that my gauge was too tight. I honestly could not say yes or no to that one. I tend to just crochet and it will be what it will be. So I suppose that’s possible. I will say that I used Red Heart yarn that i had in my stash for years before ever doing anything with it. Could age also be possible? It sounds like you enjoy granny squares which is why I post this. I’d like to love Granny Squares again, but I don’t want another disappointment after working so hard on it.

    • Kara May 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      If the middle of the squares is what is breaking apart, be sure you are leaving a long enough tail when starting your magic ring or beginning chain. Then be sure to weave it in nice and good. Hope that helps 🙂

    • Katelyn May 9, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Just an idea… If your magic ring isn’t working for you, you could do the traditional chain into a ring option for a more solid hold.

  2. ChiWei May 6, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Question for my crochet guru – how do you weave in ends on a granny square? Do you weave in ends or do you tie a small knot? I love all those colors, but weaving in all those ends will make me crazy! If there’s an easy way, then I’m totally getting into granny squares again 🙂

    • Kara May 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      Weaving in ends is my least favorite part 🙁 I weave the in one by one being sure to go back and forth to lock the tail in place.

  3. Marilyn May 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    What a great stash busting project! 🙂

    • Kara May 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Thank you, Marilyn!

  4. Bethany May 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    These are so pretty! I love the colors you used.

    • Kara May 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks so much, Bethany!

  5. nancy May 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    All these posts are making me so excited to see the finished project!


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