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 classic granny square is brilliant for practicing treble crochet, working in the round, and changing colors.
Granny Squares Are Great Stashbusters!
If you have any leftover scrap yarn try making some squares to practice, then see what you can make by stitching them together.
You can use worsted weight yarn, and other yarn weights matched with the right crochet hook to make your classic crochet granny square.
When you have many squares, they are perfect when sewn together to make pillow covers, square blankets, afghans, and more!
How To Crochet A Granny Square
You will see that the granny squares are made up of groups of trebles (or in some patterns dc – double crochet), 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 square crochet pattern.
If you need help with any of the US 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 (for all of your basic crochet stitches).
Basic Granny Square Pattern
- Step 1 – Materials You Need
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)
Scissors and a Yarn needle
- Step 2 – 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 3 – The first round.
For the first round, make 3 chains, work 2 trebles into the ring, and make 3 more chains.
You are making the first cluster with chain 3 and two treble crochet stitches.
Then work *3 trebles into the ring and 3 chains. Rep from * two more times.
- Step 4 – Join in the round.
Join the round with a slip stitch into the top of the first 3-ch in the round.
For a multicolored motif, fasten off the yarn and join in a new color for this and each following round.
Cut the old yarn and weave it in; join the new color into any 3-chain corner space.
- Step 5 – Begin the second round with the new color.
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 6 – Work into the next space.
*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.
- Step 7 – For the third round, join the new color 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 8 – Continue to work into the next space.
*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 9 – 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 sl st – slip stitch into the top of the first 3-ch.
- Step 10 – The finished 3-round crochet 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.