Crochet Granny Square Pattern

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Are you ready to learn how to make a crochet granny square?

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. You can see how I used them to make this pretty crochet granny square afghan here with my leftover bits of yarn. I love how it came out!!

Want to make one too? Here is a basic crochet granny square pattern to get you started … Make sure to also check out my Granny Square Blanket Pattern for how to join the pieces together and work a perfect granny edging.

Crochet Granny Square Pattern | | #crochet

Crochet Granny Square Pattern

Crochet Granny Square Pattern | | #crochet

Here’s what you need:

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

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsU.S. to U.K. Crochet Conversion ChartHow to Make a Magic Ring, Crochet Stitch Chart Symbols, Invisible Join and Fasten Off, Join As You Go (JAYGO) Method.

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

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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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