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 :)