As much as I love to crochet all sorts of different blankets there is something so very special about the humble granny square. There are many wonderful examples around some with small squares others with big and some with varying sizes of squares. You can view many lovely examples here on my
But it is the colours which always excite me and draw me to any blanket!
It is a crocheter's basic right of passage to learn how to make a granny square and something many of us start out on. I have fond memories as a young teenager sitting with my Mum with a massive sack of colours crocheting granny squares and have recently spent time with my own daughter passing on this lovely skill.
Over the past few weeks I have been making many rainbow baby blankets
and enjoying the simple granny square
blending the colours has given me oodles of fun
you can find the colour palettes
that I use on a page at the top of my blog
I must add there there are loads of tutorials and You Tube videos out there
and many different methods available. This is just straight from my head
and a method I have developed that works for me!
I am using Stylecraft Special DK with a 3.5mm hook. This is my preference as the yarn is soft and snuggly for a blanket, is very affordable, easily washable and comes in a fabulous choice of 63 wonderful shades!
So here to help with the many questions I have been receiving is my version of
how I make a Granny Square. (I am using UK crochet terminology. You will find a handy conversion to US terms on the Crochet Conversions page at the top of my blog)
1. Make a magic loop (I prefer this starting method as it does not leave a hole that is too big in the centre)
2. Pull through a loop for the 1st stitch
3. Make 3 chain for the 1st treble
4. Make 2 trebles to complete the first cluster
5. Make 1 chain then 3 trebles thus forming a corner
6. Repeat this twice more
7&8. Pull the tail to close up the magic loop. Make 1 chain then join with slip stitch into the 1st treble of the round
9&10 Fasten off 1st colour by pulling yarn through loop and cutting to leave a tail about 10cm / 4inches
11. TURN WORK OVER and make 2nd round from the back. This is very important to stop the granny square from twisting.
12. Using a new colour pull up a loop making sure you leave an end of about 10cm / 4 inches for sewing in later.
13. Holding the tail firmly at the back of the work make 3 chain for the 1st treble
14. Make 2 trebles to complete the first cluster (this is half of a corner)
15. In next chain space make 3 trebles 1 chain 3 trebles (this is a corner)
16. Repeat this twice more in the next 2 chain spaces
17&18. To complete the 1st corner make 3 trebles then 1 chain
19&20. Join with slip stitch into 1st treble of the round
21&22. Pull yarn through and fasten off cutting yarn to leave a tail 10cm / 4inches
23. TURN WORK OVER. You are going to do this every round keep a perfect square. It prevents the awful twisting that is often seen and has the added bonus of making both sides the same so there is no right or wrong side to the blanket!
24. Using a new colour pull up a loop making sure you leave an end of about 10cm / 4 inches for sewing in later.
25. Holding tail firmly at back of work make 3 chain for the 1st treble
26. then 2 trebles to complete the 1st half corner. In the next chain space make 3 trebles and the same in the corner.
27. Complete the corner by making 1 chain 3 trebles
28. Continue around the square making clusters of 3 trebles with 1 chain only in the corners. Note this is different to many other granny square patterns as I prefer a closer texture. Fasten Off.
29. TURN WORK OVER each round - this means you work in alternate directions, anti clockwise then clockwise which prevents a twist forming.
30. Keep hooking until you have your desired number of rounds.
31&32 On completion of each square use a darning needle and sew the tails into their own coloured stitches
33. I sew in half on the front and half on the back
34. Trim ends neatly with sharp scissors
35&36. The result is a perfect square which can be used from any side! Notice it has 90 degree corners and parallel sides, all very pleasing to the eye and easy for joining.
So there you have all the information you need to make squares!
Get hookin and come back in a few weeks for my next tutorial on joining!
Of course if you are a complete beginner
you may wish to make solid squares to avoid all the colour changing
these are equally pretty
and can be joined very simply to make a beginners blanket.
To avoid the joining why not make just 1 big square!
(I hasten to add though that a big square does tend to become frilly
after about 60cm so I only use these for small baby blankets!)
I hope this helps answer the questions you have.
Do please leave me a comment if this has been helpful or
if you have any questions
and I will try to edit and update the tutorial to help!
If you have enjoyed my free tutorial
please consider making a small donation to support my crochet work.
You can do this using the Paypal App on the sidebar of the blog.
Heather X X X