Crochet -simple granny square pattern

photo ftom: knitgarden

I am still learning to crochet. I am hummin’ along with my crochet blanket -but I am still dropping and adding the odd stitch at the turns, its good practice I keep telling myself, but dam it’s disappointing when ya hold up the thing and it veers off into oblivion. If I read my stitches like tea leaves I can see clearly that I am fighting my nonconformist personality with this exercise.

I was thinking that I would learn how to do a granny square so I have a small project (not like the huge, but lovely one in the photo) that I can then take anywhere and then assemble into a nice blanket at a later date. My search began for a good, simple pattern to start with. I actually do have a great book called Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting . It’s very good at showing all kinds of interesting stitches clearly and with lots of photos. The pattern in this book is clear, but it suggests you start with an adjustable ring by creating a “loop”. The adjustable loop part was not so clear. So I looked on the net for more photos of every step of the process. I found a good visual tutorial here. The photos are a bit small, but you can see clearly a step-by-step process of starting an adjustable ring. Just what I needed.

So I searched for a simple GS pattern that uses a chain loop. Yes I could have used that info from my wonderful book as well –as it does describe all loop methods very well. It is a great book. I wanted to share online resources with you lovely readers.

I dunno -sometimes I think that I just love reading creative books. Knitting and crochet books are kinda like cookbooks to me. I can actually sit and read them and think of all the nice things I could do if I had all the time in the world to do them. I will look at beautiful plots of waterfront land on MLS also -and dream about building that beautiful, but simple and eco friendly 1 room cabin that I saw years ago in a Harrowsmith mag. I think I have an attention disorder. Anyhow -crochet.

Simple Granny Square Pattern
from this page at

This pattern contains the following: chain stitch, double crochet, use of circles, slipstitch, repeats, and spaces.

Row 1:
Chain 5 (chain stitch 5 times)

Slip stitch in first chain (this makes a circle.)

Row 2:
Chain 3 (this will be considered a double crochet)

DC twice in circle. (think of the circle as a space)

yo*(Chain 2

DC three times in circle)*

Repeat twice * * (do what is between the asteriks two more times. Here is what you will do. Chain 2. DC 3 times in circle. Chain 2 again and DC 3 more times.)

Chain 2

Slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 (remember the chain 3 at the begining of the row? The third chain is where you need to slip stitch)

I promise they will all fit. It looks and feels cramped now, but will look good later!!

Row 3:
Chain 4 (the first three chains are considered a double crochet, the fourth chain will be a space.)

*Skip the next 3 dc, work 3 dc in next space, chain 2, work 3 dc in same space as the previous 3 dc.
(to skip 3 dc, look at your previous row and count 3 dc that you would have normally stitched in, now skip those. The next thing on your previous row should be the chain 2 you did. That is your space. DC three times in that space, then chain 2, and DC three times in that same space. We are making a corner.)

Chain 1*

Repeat twice

Skip the next 3 dc, work 3 dc in next space, chain 2, work 2 dc in same space.

Slip stitch to the chain 4. (the chain is counting as a double crochet to the set of two dc making it 3 dc)

Row 4:
Chain 3, work 2 dc in space. (chain 3 counts as one dc. In that space you will have “3″ dc)

*Chain 1, work 3 dc in chain 2 space. Ch 2, DC 3 times in same ch2 space.

Chain 1, work 3DC in next 1ch space.*

Repeat * * twice.

Ch 1, Work 3 DC in next 2 ch space, ch2, work 3 DC in same 2 ch sp.

Ch 1 and slipstich to the top of the chain 3.

Can you see the square now? Can you see how the pattern works?

Row 5:

Ch 4, work 3 DC in next ch sp, *ch1, work 3 dc in next ch2 sp, ch 2 , work 3 dc in same ch2 sp, ch 1 work 3 dc in
next ch 1 sp, ch 1 work 3 dc in next ch sp*, repeat * * twice, ch 1, work (3dc ch 2 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, work 2 dc in next ch sp, slipstitch to ch4.

I am trying to prepare you for reading the patterns. I use different words and directions that all mean the same thing so you can get use to the terminology.

Row 6:

Ch3, dc twice in ch sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp*, **ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch sp, ch 2, work 3 dc in same sp**,
(Repeat * * 3 times, Repeat ** **), Repeat pattern between ( ) three times. Ch1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1 and slipstitch to top of ch3.

Cut and tie off yarn and weave in.

Thanks to a reader I’ve added a post with a great tutorial from YouTube that shows you how to change colours and weave in the ends while you go! Enjoy!

14 Responses to “Crochet -simple granny square pattern”

  1. Comment by emma — June 23, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

    the blanket looks absolutely fab! sooo colourful!
    I was just wondering what type of wool you used?
    Emma Louise

  2. Comment by shelby — August 24, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

    hi i was wondering ive been “trying” to make a blanket but it keeps turning into a circle and poofing up!cdo u know whats wrong with it??

  3. Comment by 21st Century Girl — August 24, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

    Hi Shelby -

    Can you tell me a bit more about what kind of blanket you are making -is it a granny square one or a strait crochet blanket?

  4. Comment by Jen — April 12, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

    For some reason when I am making this granny square, the larger it gets, the more the squares look slanted. Do you know how to fix this please. Thank you :)

  5. Comment by 21st Century Girl — April 16, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    Hi Jen! Humm -I’ve been thinking about your problem. It is hard to say what might be happening.

    Try to think of the granny square as a series of side-spaces and corner-spaces. You work 1 cluster of dbl crochet in each “side-space” and you work 2 clusters of dbl crochet in each “corner-space”. This post might help:

    Do you have a photo of what you are talking about? If you send it to me I can have a look and see if I can understand the issue.

    Have a look at the video link below as well -maybe you can spot something that you do differently while watching. Good luck Jen and if I can help I sure will.

    Granny square YouTube Video:


  6. Comment by Kristy — May 8, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

    I was struggling to read some patterns (the books ‘Happy Hooker’ and ‘Stitch and Bitch’ are great for clear diagrams) but going to youtube is sometimes even better!
    The one small downside is that I’ve kind of spoiled myself, I can crochet, and even make up my own designs, but I can’t really read or write a pattern to save myself lol.

  7. Comment by 21st Century Girl — May 9, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    I agree Kristy -youtube is amazing for knitting and crochet help. Sometimes a video is really necessary.

  8. Comment by Rea — July 17, 2009 @ 12:33 am

    How would you crochet a scarf using double stitching in rows rather than going in a square?

  9. Comment by 21st Century Girl — July 18, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    Hi Rea -
    You could approach this in a few ways. If you really don’t want to crochet squares you could crochet back and forth width wise or lengthwise. You could also crochet a number of squares and just stitch them all together until you have the length you want. When you say double stitch -do you mean that you want to use the same clusters as with a granny square?

  10. Comment by little stitcher — September 8, 2009 @ 11:53 am

    Yours is still the brightest and best on the internet!

  11. Comment by Kristy — September 12, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    Just a note about going lengthwise, one problem I’ve had, is the original chain is always tighter and when the scarves are wrapped I find that the chain can be felt (and it’s uncomfortable).
    I’ve also noticed this with straps going lengthwise for bags & purses.

  12. Comment by 21st Century Girl — September 12, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    Hi Kristy -I have THE perfect solution for you (I hope). I too was having this issue with scarves. The solution is to use what is called “Chainless Crochet” OR “Single Crochet Foundation Row” OR “Double Crochet Foundation Row”.

    I will create a post about this because I think it is something that if you don’t know about it and you do Crochet -you will want to know about it. I just about fell off my chair when I found it. Thanks for asking!

  13. Comment by Kristy — September 12, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

    Oh I’m so glad I posted then, I’ll be watching for this post!

  14. Comment by Jenni — November 12, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    I have been lokoing for a long time to find a granny square pattern that makes sense to me and this one works. My only question is how to I switch colors and hide the tail of the new color?

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