Knitwear designer Karelle Levy crochets this easy granny square pattern for use in a number of beginner crochet projects!
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One of the most popular crochet motifs for using up bits and bundles from your yarn stash is the granny square. It’s a traditional favorite that you may have seen as a blanket, table cloth, scarf or shawl.
This granny square pattern is easy, versatile, and lends itself to colorful creations. You can keep expanding out from the center to make one giant granny square! Or join dozens of small ones together for any kind of project, decorative or wearable.
Granny square pattern instructions:
Sl knot, ch 4, sl st to join, ch 2, 2 dc thru center, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1 to join, knot, change color. Ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, *3 dc and ch 1, into the next corner, repeat from * around for 4 total corners, sl st to join, knot, change color. Ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, *3 dc and ch 1 into the next corner, 3 dc, repeat from * around for 4 total corners, sl st to join, fasten off.
A little help reading crochet pattern instructions:
To form a center circle, begin with a crochet chain of 4 and a slip stitch to connect to the start.
Working into the center, create 4 sections of 3 double crochets for the corners. The first chain 2 counts as a double crochet. Use a chain 1 to separate each section, and to connect the first stitch to the last.
To change colors, knot the yarn and pull the new colorway thru the last stitch.
Now chain 2, which will count as a double crochet, do 2 more double crochets, and chain 1. Working into the next corner, do 3 double crochets and chain 1. Repeat this section in the remaining 2 corners.
Once you have created 4 sections of 3 double crochets, join the first stitch with the last using a slip stitch.
Again, knot it and pull the new colorway thru the center area between 2 corners. This time, you will do 3 double crochets between each section.
So with the new color, chain 2 (counts as a double crochet), do 2 more double crochets, and chain 1. Then do 3 double crochets in between that center section and the corner. Continue into the corner with 3 double crochets and a chain 1.
Repeat all around for 4 center areas and 4 corners.
To recap, a corner edge will be created by 3 double crochets, a chain 1, and 3 more double crochets. A center area only needs one series of 3 double crochets.
Finally, join the first stitch to the last with a slip stitch and fasten off.
To join this motif, try the invisible seam method (AKA mattress stitch), a simple slip stitch, or dozens of other crochet joins. Maybe try using just one as a component of a freeform project with mesh, hearts and flowers!
What’s your creative take on the granny square? Share in the comments section!