How To Crochet Granny Squares

Granny squares are often one of the first things taught in crochet books. They are the building blocks of some of the most popular crochet projects, such as blankets and table mats. But it’s one thing to learn how to crochet granny squares, and another to do them well. It’s the kind of thing that’s easy to learn but takes time to master—but it’s well worth the effort. Read on for a few quick tips.

Most people would start with a slip knot or magic ring, and that works for the square itself or for small projects. If you’re working on something bigger, like a blanket, a six-chain ring might do the job better. Projects that get pulled and tugged on a lot will need much tighter knots to hold up to the abuse. If it’s just for show (rugs and covers, for example), you can go with whatever’s easiest.

Start with a three-chain ring as your first double crochet, then add a couple more over it. This makes your first shell (each round creates a shell, which also makes room for the shell over it). Do another two-chain and three more double crochets over the ring, then repeat a couple more times. Then add a two-chain and hook the yard onto the third chain of the outermost round. You should have a small square at this point.

You can choose to add a second color after your first square. To do this, join the new yarn with one of two-chains on the corners. Make your first double crochet with a three-chain ring, then add a couple more, followed by a two-chain and three double crochets. This should create an outer corner. Next, skip the shell and repeat the same steps over the other corners, so that you have a nice secondary square.

Next, you can add another color or use one of the two you already have. Join it into one of the corners as described above, then follow the order three-chain (which makes a double crochet), two double crochets, chain ring, then three double crochets, two-chain ring, and another three double crochets. You’ll be adding three double crochets to each single-chain space. Repeat the steps until, as above, you have your third outer square.

At this point each shell sets the stage for another one, so you can stop or make your square bigger. Once you get the basics, you can experiment with other colors and yarn sizes, or combine different yarn types. The secret is to keep mixing and matching—you never know what you can come up with!

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