Basic Granny Square Pattern


As promised, here is my pattern for the Basic Granny Square. I didn’t invent this pattern in the slightest, (obviously) but I’m going to show you step by step how to make the basic granny square. When I started to learn I couldn’t find a pattern that I could understand easily and so I hope to change that by doing one with lots of pictures :-) This is the pattern I used to make the squares for the Granny Alice blanket (above).

For this pattern, you will need to know how to chain stitch, and how to make a UK treble (TR) stitch. This is equivalent to the US double (DC) stitch but I will be using the UK terminology for this pattern.

If you don’t know how to make a TR stitch, have a look HERE. You can also refer back there for more instructions on adding your next colour etc.

I am using Rowan Handknit Cotton DK (and a 4mm hook) to write this pattern as I think it’s easier to see the stitches with cotton than wool.

Basic Granny Square Pattern.

1. Chain 4 stitches

2. Join to make a ring

3. Chain 3 stitches – this counts as your first treble (tr) stitch

4. Make two TRs into the centre of the ring, and then chain 2. (The 3chain and the two TRs make up a cluster, and the 2chain is to separate it from the next cluster. The 2chain makes the corners for the square.)

5. Make 3 TRs into the ring, and chain 2. This is your 2nd cluster.

6. Make two more clusters separated by 2 chains. After you have made your fourth cluster you need to chain 2.

7. Join your chain 2 to the last stitch of the initial chain you made. You remember – the very first chain 3 that you made which equals the first TR of your first cluster? Yep, that one :) Join it with a slip stitch, and tie off your yarn, leaving a tail. Congratulations – you have completed round one!

8. Join your next colour by tying it as tightly and as close to the knot as you can. Then, pull the yarn through to the front and chain 3.

9.  Make 2 TR stitches into the same space as your chain 3. This is your first cluster of this round. All of your clusters will be made in the chain spaces, rather than out of the stitches like we did in the Solid Granny Square pattern.

10. Chain one (the chain spaces are what you will be working out of in the following rounds.) and then make 3 TR stitches into the next corner space.

11. Chain 2, and make another cluster of 3 TR stitches into the same corner space. This makes your corner. You will notice that corners are separated by chaining 2, but the sides have a chain 1 space. Some people prefer to make 3 chains in their corners – it is up to personal preference really.

12. Chain 1, and then make another corner into the corner of the first round. (a cluster of 3 TR stitches, chain 2, another cluster of 3 TR stitches in the same space.)

13. Continue around the square in this manner, remembering that the corners have chain 2 in them, and then the sides have a chain 1 space. When you get to the start, make a cluster of 3 TRs into the corner space where you started, chain 2, and join it to the last chain of the initial chain 3. Like usual :-)

14. Tie off your yarn, join your next colour, bring it through to the front and then chain 3.

15. Make your first cluster (you know the drill by now I’m sure :-) )

16. Then, chain 1 to make a space, and make one TR cluster into the next space, and then chain 1. Now it is time to make a corner … I know you know how to do this by now :-)

17. Repeat this process all the way around the square. So, to make a corner you have 2 clusters in the same space, separated by chain 2. You are now making sides as well as corners from now on, so you need to make one cluster in each non-corner space. These are separated by chaining 1.

18. When you get back to the beginning, make one TR cluster in the corner space where you started, chain 2, and then join it to the last chain of the initial chain 3 of the first cluster.

19. That’s 3 rounds completed! Well done :) It’s easy when you know how isn’t it? Now, you can either stop there and weave in your ends or you can keep going and make your granny square a big as you like. You just need to remember that you will be making more side clusters each time, but the number of corners will always be the same.

You may wish to block your squares. As I mentioned before, I’m lazy and so haven’t done. hehe.

I hope this pattern is of some help to you anyway :)

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85 thoughts on “Basic Granny Square Pattern

  1. What a fab blog. All so well thought out and easy to understand plus it\’s so informative(the photos are excellent). I\’m a newbie at this but this is one of the best of many sites/blogs I\’ve visited. Yes many thanks for the inspiration :-) Chris x

  2. What a fab blog. All so well thought out and easy to understand plus it\\\’s so informative(the photos are excellent). I\\\’m a newbie at this but this is one of the best of many sites/blogs I\\\’ve visited. Yes many thanks for the inspiration :-) Chris x

  3. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I am new to crochet and finding I need to follow photo tutorials at the moment to get going. This is perfect for me using up a whole bunch of scraps. Looking forward to making a pile to make into a blanket!

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  5. An excellent tutorial but got a problem.
    Q) What do I do with all my loose ends?
    Not sure im closing my round off in correct space. Step 7)
    A picture would be brilliant showing the correct spot. Its easy to get lost.
    Even a drawing. could you email me a picture to clarify.

  6. An excellent tutorial but got a problem.
    Q) What do I do with all my loose ends?
    Not sure im closing my round off in correct space. Step 7)
    A picture would be brilliant showing the correct spot. Its easy to get lost.
    Even a drawing. could you email me a picture to clarify.

  7. I used to make these many years ago as a child and have been trying to remember how to do them. I watched endless u tube videos and got nowhere but your tutorial has got me going again. Thank you so much for such brilliantly clear instructions!

  8. Oh how I have struggled to follow a granny square pattern, using videos and written patterns.

    I followed yours and now I can boast my first granny square.

    Onwards and upwards, I will definitely be following your other tutorials. Thank you so much.

  9. My compliments for you beautiful blanket. Excuses for my English, I hope you understand me. I have knitted all my life and I try crochet since 5 months.
    Since then I am addicted on granny squares. You have made a very beautiful one.
    Greetings from Holland.

  10. I have serioius blanket envy! Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I’ve always loved granny squares but have never really mastered crochet. I’m now on the way to my first blanket. Onwards and upwards! :)

  11. I have serioius blanket envy! Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I\’ve always loved granny squares but have never really mastered crochet. I\’m now on the way to my first blanket. Onwards and upwards! :)

  12. I have serioius blanket envy! Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I\\\’ve always loved granny squares but have never really mastered crochet. I\\\’m now on the way to my first blanket. Onwards and upwards! :)

  13. I also found this very very useful and am so pleased with my little square, although I need a bit more practice with joining the colours. Am already planning a colour scheme for my blanket! Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa

  14. This is THE clearest and easiest to follow pattern that I have found. Thank you!! I like how you explain what each stitch is for and how the square is being built.

    I will be bookmarking your blog and recommending to others.

    Thank you again.

  15. Thanks so much for your lovely, clear explanations and photos. It’s a long since I last made these little squares and your instructions were great.

  16. Thanks from across the pond! I live in America in the beautiful state of Arkansas. I started teaching my young 5th graders to crochet. They love it…boys and girls alike. This is a huge help in that I have left handed students as well. Now they will ha e this lovely site to PRA twice with at home.
    Thanks again,
    Sereatha

  17. Thank you for such a well written, informative blog/instructions. I have never made a granny square and was searching he internet to find a good pattern to follow. My square turned out really well and I plan to make lots more as I am trying to make a blanket for my husband.

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  19. Many Thanks for taking the trouble to write up your instructions, as well as pics. I spent yesterday trying to follow folk on YouTube, but couldn’t see where I was going wrong – stepping up. I’ve already got a large centre piece done in just a short specs of time. Very grateful.

  20. Many Thanks for taking the trouble to write up your instructions, as well as pics. I spent yesterday trying to follow folk on YouTube, but couldn\’t see where I was going wrong – stepping up. I\’ve already got a large centre piece done in just a short specs of time. Very grateful.

  21. Thankyou so much for your explanations and pictures of the granny squares. You make it so simple. I just couldn’t get it before now I can thanks to you.

  22. Thankyou so much for your explanations and pictures of the granny squares. You make it so simple. I just couldn\’t get it before now I can thanks to you.

  23. Thankyou so much for your explanations and pictures of the granny squares. You make it so simple. I just couldn\\\’t get it before now I can thanks to you.

  24. I have made these squares years ago, but forgot the pattern. So pleased I found your blog now I can start again and show my grand daughters how to make them. :)

  25. Hi loving your blog. How did you connect the sqaure up to make the blacket please many thanks dee

  26. I looked at many photo and video tutorials, this was by far the easiest and best to follow! I’ve now done 3 rounds of my very first granny square. Thank you so much for sharing.

  27. Crocheting was one thing on my bucket list and have tried and failed miserably for too many decades. I decided to give it a go once again and do something simple as a granny square so i could at least make something worthwhile..After searching and watching videos and still failing at it ..I finally come across this blog of yours and i have to say THANK YOU , i actually made what looks like a granny square..I feel so accomplished and i have this tutorial of yours to thank. Your description of why we chain 1 2 or 3 etc..really put it into perspective for me… AWESOME job.. This is very well done..

  28. Crocheting was one thing on my bucket list and have tried and failed miserably for too many decades. I decided to give it a go once again and do something simple as a granny square so i could at least make something worthwhile..After searching and watching videos and still failing at it ..I finally come across this blog of yours and i have to say THANK YOU , i actually made what looks like a granny square..I feel so accomplished and i have this tutorial of yours to thank. Your description of why we chain 1 2 or 3 etc..really put it into perspective for me… AWESOME job.. This is very well done.. one more thing off my bucket list.. :)

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