Learn how to crochet a granny square with this easy to follow basic granny square pattern.
The granny square which is also called an afghan square is probably one of the most well-known crochet patterns.
For any beginners, the crochet granny square is brilliant for practising treble crochet, working in the round and changing colours.
If you have any leftover yarns try making some squares to practice, then see what you can make by stitching them together.
When you have many squares, they are perfect when sewn together to make pillow covers, blankets, afghans and more!
How To Crochet A Granny Square
You will see that the granny squares are made up of groups of trebles, with chains to bridge the gaps between each group.
Once you know how to work a straight edge and how to work a corner, it is very easy to continue the pattern.
If you need help with any of the abbreviations and terms you can find those here in both US and UK terms – crochet abbreviations and terms.
For any help with creating a chain, or how to make the treble stitch, take a look at the crochet basics page.
Basic Granny Square Pattern
4mm (G/6) crochet hook
*I used 100% cotton – which does split now and again when you crochet.
- 1 x Rico Creative Cotton Aran in sand (59)
- 1 x Rico Creative Cotton Aran in nude (01)
- 1 x Rico Creative Cotton Aran in silver grey (22)
- 1 x Rico Creative Cotton Aran in patina (43)
- Darning needle
Step 1 >
Start by making a chain-stitch foundation ring.
Make 6 ch, then work a slip stitch in the first chain to join the chains into a small foundation ring.
Step 2 >
For the first round, make 3 chains, work 2 trebles into the ring, and make 3 more chains.
Then work *3 trebles into the ring and 3 chains. Rep from * two more times.
Step 3 >
Join the round with a slip stitch into the top of the first 3-ch in the round.
For a multicoloured motif, fasten off the yarn and join in a new colour for this and each following round.
Cut the old yarn and weave it in; join the new colour into any 3-chain corner space.
To see how to complete the first round of the granny square take a look at this video tutorial below >
Step 4 >
Begin the second round with the new colour.
Make 3 chains, then work 2 trebles, 3 chains, and 3 trebles into the same corner space.
This forms the first corner of round 2.
Step 5 >
*Chain 1, then work 3 trebles, 3 chains, and 3 trebles into the next corner space.
Rep from * twice more, then chain 1.
Join with a slip stitch into the top of the first 3-ch.
To see how to complete the second round of the granny square take a look at this video tutorial below >
Step 6 >
For the third round, join the new colour in any 3 ch corner space.
Ch 3, then work 2 trebles, 3 chains, and 3 trebles into the same corner space.
Ch1, and work 3 trebles into the next chain space (which is a 1 chain space on the straight edge).
Step 7 >
*Ch 1, then work 3 trebles, 3 chains, and 3 trebles all in the next 3-chain space for the corner.
Ch-1 and work 3 trebles into the next 1-ch space.
Step 8 >
Repeat from * in step 7 until all the chain spaces of the round are filled.
To finish the round, ch1 and join the round with a slip stitch into the top of the first 3-ch.
To see how to complete the third round of the granny square take a look at this video tutorial below >
The finished 3 round granny square >
- The pattern is formed by groups of treble crochet stitches.
- Each round increases by four more treble groups.
- The square shape made in the round is even on all sides.