Friday, July 5, 2013

How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square


The solid granny square is a pretty version of the traditional granny square.  It can be used when you prefer less decorative holes, or maybe would like to try a different looking square.  They are also a lot of fun to make!  You can see below how different they can look below crocheted in different types and weights of yarn too.


To make a solid granny square, begin by chaining 4,


Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.


Chain 5, 



Now work 3 double crochet into the center of the ring, then chain 2.  Work the (3 dc, ch 2) two more times into the center of the ring.


Work 2 more double crochet into the center of the ring,


And join with a slip stitch to close.


Slip stitch over to the first chain space, chain 5, then work two double crochet into the corner space.


Work a double crochet in each of the next three stitches.



To work the corner, work two double crochet, chain two, then two more double crochet in the chain two space from the previous round.



Work the next side the same way, working a double crochet in the next three stitches, then work the next corner by working 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc all in the same space.



Keep working in this manner all the way around, 


At the corner where we first began, work one more dc in the corner space,


Join with a slip stitch to close.


To work the next round, slip stitch to the first corner and then chain 5,work 2 dc in the same space.


Work a dc in each stitch across the top (there will be seven this time),


Work the corner the same way as the previous round (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc)



And keep going in this manner all the way around.


When reaching the last corner, work one more dc,


And join with a slip stitch to close.



To work more rounds, you'll work the corners the same way in each round, and work the sides by working a dc in each stitch.  

*Don't forget to work the corners of the square in the spaces, and the sides of the square in the stitches.

Click below for a video on how to crochet a solid granny square stitch by stitch:



Happy crocheting!


32 comments:

  1. Looks so nice! Great tutorial. I like this color yarn you used for this type of square. I am planning to make a throw for Autumn days, so probably would use this motif :)

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    1. That sounds lovely, looking forward to seeing it!

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  2. Really perfect square...thanks!!! I Will made 4.each one for My four daugtherr a.....it Will,be amazing remember from MOM!!! Have lukemia.....

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  3. EXCELLENT TUTURIOL!! Thank you'

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  4. Very new to this. I have done a few samples and I cant seem to get the close right. Where do you slip stitch, on(through) the chain 5 for close? Just in the space or in a particular loop from the chain?

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    1. Yes, I would join to close in the loop from the chain. :)

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    2. You slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the chain 5. The 2 remaining chains is your ch space.

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  5. thank you for your excellent lesson,

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  6. I have a question. Can you continue on and make one large solid square blanket, much like your" Berry Season Blanket"?

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    1. Yes, that would make a lovely blanket!

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    2. Hi,
      Have you ever gone farther than three rows? I've done this method, and even posted a few patterns for a site I work for (CrochetSpot.com). Only now I am trying to design a square blanket with this same method, increasing '2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc', and when the blanket gets to be about 10 inches across or so, it won't lay flat. I change the decrease to 'dc, ch 2, dc' and it is too little so that it buckles under. I've fiddled with the decreases and am not finding a solution. Any suggestions?
      Amy

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    3. Completely in the dark but if u can understand me when you do your corner in rnd 11 try 2dc ch2 1 dc and in rnd 12 1dc ch2 2dc so it increases by 3instead of 2or 4... or maybe a ch 1 instead... Going on mental image not sure if it'll work out or if I make sense

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  7. Hi, I'm just about done all of my squares (thanks so much, the tutorial was great!), and was just wondering if you have any tips for joining them together?

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  8. Hi! I have spent the entire afternoon reading your blog and watching your youtube channel. :) I was wondering if you have a tutorials for the granny square (any variation) on youtube? I didn't see any but that doesn't mean it wasn't there. lol I struggle with knowing where to join the square with a slip stitch.

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    1. Thanks! And yes, I have several. :)

      Solid Granny Square (the one above):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLHbmEHepD0

      Multicolored Traditional Granny Square:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fq7GS-7BSo

      Solid Color Traditional Granny Square:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fq7GS-7BSo

      I hope that helps and happy crocheting!

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  9. This is a beautiful square. Nobody in the entire internet seems to know how to turn it into a circle. I'd like to start a doily with a square center, but end with a circle. I can't find a pattern anywhere. Please are there any ideas as to how I can do this?

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  10. I love your version, it's alsmost seam less! Thank you! :)

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  11. What's the name of the yarn you used in the variegated square? It's really pretty.

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  12. Thank You for this pattern :D I spent a lot of time deciding on a pattern to make for this king sized fuzzy checkered blanket I was going to make and this came out to be just perfect. It looked so nice and now I'm so hooked onto making this particular granny square XD

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  13. Excellent pattern, thanks for sharing! I was wondering what size hook you used?

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  14. Loved very simple to understand your directions.

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  15. I'm new to crocheting. what size needle should i use? thanks!

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    1. What does your yarn say on the label I suggest a half mm smaller... or anything from a 3.5mm-5mm for worsted I.e. red heart supersaver

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    2. Hi Laylo, it seems to me she is using a 5mm or 5.5mm. I used a 6mm and have a slightly larger square. You can choose your own size hook by how large a square you would like to end up with and how "fat" your yarn is. Larger hooks work well with fatter yarn, and smaller hooks work best with thinner yarn. The larger your hook, the bigger your finished square will be. I hope this helps?

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  16. Thank you. I printed these to teach my church group for easier reference as some are new to crochet. We are knitting/crocheting for Nepal earthquake victims.

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  17. I enjoyed your tutorial so much - thank you! I taught myself the basics, then followed your step by step and started to make squares.... Eventually a blanket will be born πŸ™‚

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  18. Thank you! I just made my first granny square using your instructions. It's from a cone of variegated cotton I use for kitchen linens, and will be a trivet for my glass cake stand on the counter. I look forward to making a single-color blanket.

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  19. I like this so much more than normal granny square. Think I am going to pull down my current blanket (sigh!) and restart using this.

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