Crochet For Beginners {Part 2}- Granny Squares

crochet for beginners

A fortnight ago I shared some beginner tips and you tube videos for Crochet and said that I’d be back in a fortnight to share my progress and tips for making Granny Squares because I hadn’t made any before but they were on my to do list. And then well, I put it off for a week and then when I started it I got myself all confused.

You see the pattern I was using was all kinds of confusing and wasn’t worded with a beginner in mind at all. So I looked for some photos of completed granny squares and started using the photo to work out how they were put together. Doing this let me finish my first Granny Square and at the time of writing this I have made four solid colour granny squares and 1 mixed colour granny square.

So whilst I am not an expert in the crochet granny square fraternity, I do think that I might be able to help the beginners out there like me that are wanting to get started with granny squares and need some straight forward terminology to get it done.

So here goes!

Please note that I learnt to crochet using US terms for all crochet stitches, but I will try to include the UK names for all stitches in brackets.

If you don’t know how to make a slip knot or chain stitch please refer to this post and check out the you tube videos for further explanation.

Please note that I have written this tutorial exactly how I would say it in my head. I haven’t shortened the pattern to indicate repeats etc as I thought writing it this way would be easiest for a complete beginner.

If you have any questions then PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask. This also applies if you think I have made a mistake anywhere.

Now let’s get started.

How to crochet a granny square

1. Make a slip knot.crochet slip knot


2. Chain 6

crochet chain

3. Join with a slip stitch to form a circle.

crochet slip stitch to join circle

4. Chain 3 (this forms the first DC (treble)).

crochet stitch granny square

5. 2 DC’s (trebles) INTO the circlecrochet stitch ch3 2dc in circle6.  Chain 3.

crochet stitch ch3 2 dc ch3

 

7. 3 DC (treble) INTO the circle and then ch 3

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8. 3 dc into circle ch3, 3dc into circle chain 3 and slip stitch into 3rd chain from beginning. This completes round 1.

1st round of crochet granny square

 

9. Round 2- Ch 5, 3dc into corner, ch 3 3 dc into corner, ch 2,
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 2 dc into corner slip stitch into 3rd ch of the beginning chain of 5 (as per photo below)

And you just completed round 2.

3rd round of crochet granny square

2nd round of crochet granny square

 

10. Round 3-

Chain 3, 2 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner ch 3 , 3 dc into corner
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2 and join with a slip stitch into top of 3rd chain from the beginning (see photo below)

 

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11. Round 4-
Ch 5, 3 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner ch 3 , 3 dc into corner
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2, 2 dc and 2 dc into corner slip stitch into 3rd ch of the beginning chain of 5 (see photo below)

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12. Round 5-
Ch3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner ch 3 , 3 dc into corner
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2
3 dc into corner, ch 3, 3 dc into corner,
ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2 join with a slip stitch into top of 3rd chain from the beginning (see photo below)
Tie off and weave in ends. And pat yourself on the back because you just completed your first granny square

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Tips that might help you remember what you need to do.

At the beginning of each round you are either going to chain 3 to form the start of a set of 3 dc’s OR you will chain 5 to form the end of a set of 3 dc’s and 2 spaces.

When you are working along the sides of the square you will chain 2 for spaces, but when you are working into the corner you will chain 3 spaces.

How to Crochet Granny Squares

More in this crochet series.

Part 1. How to get started

Part 2. Granny Squares

Part 3. Granny Stripe Blanket

Part 4. Ripple Blanket

 

Actually Amy (1188 Posts)

When Amy is not blogging here on And Sew We Craft you can find her over at Actually Amy where she blogs about her life and other things.


Comments

  1. Thank you for these very easy to follow directions. I have been trying to learn how to crochet most of my life with very little success and I am very pleased to say I can now crochet a granny square thanks to you.

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