Solid Granny Square Pattern

This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, and I’m a little nervous. I have spent all day taking photos for this and I *hope* that this all makes sense. Wish me luck!

So, this is the pattern I used to make the above squares which currently form the front of a cushion cover I’m making. I was inspired by several images on Flickr, but I haven’t seen any other patterns – I just made it up as I went along based on seeing those photos.

I used Rowan Handknit Cotton DK with a 4mm hook to make these squares but you can just use whatever materials you like to suit you.

You need to know how to make a US double crochet “DC” stitch/UK treble crochet “TR” stitch, chain stitch and a slip stitch. I’ll be using the UK “TR” stitch throughout the pattern. If you don’t know how to make a TR stitch, this is how:

The writing is a little small I’m afraid, but you need to:

1. Yarn over, and insert hook into the centre of the ring.

2. Yarn over and pull back through (giving you 3 loops on your hook)

3. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook (giving you 2 loops on your hook)

4. Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.Voila – you have made a treble stitch!

I’m sorry for the amount of photos.

Enough dawdling. On with the pattern!

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 of yarn to the tail you have left, as tightly as you can.

9. Put your hook through the corner space, and yarn over to bring the yarn through to the front.

10. Chain 3, and then make 1 TR into the corner space. This makes a cluster of 2, and is the first part of making a corner for your squares.

11. Look at your first cluster of the first round. There are 3 TRs in each cluster, right? But in this one the first TR is made from a chain 3. So, we are going to IGNORE this chain 3 in this cluster, and to make it even we are going to ignore the first TR of every following cluster. We are working out of the stitches themselves in these rounds, not the spaces between the stitches or anything like that.

So what you need to do here, is make a TR in the top of the stitch from the previous round. I’m not too good at explaining this, but have a look at the picture and you should see what I mean:

Do you see? good! Now, make another TR in the top of the next stitch along, like this:

12. Now you need to make 2 TR stitches into the corner space, like in the photo below. Have a good look at the photo because you need to understand what’s going on here to understand the whole pattern. Do you see 2 TRĀ  clusters in each corner space? (just on the one side of the square obviously!) and the, do you see that inbetween these 2 clusters there are 2 stitches in the tops of the stitches from the previous round?

Good. Because for this pattern, you have a cluster of 2 TRs at each end, and then a number of TRs in the stitches in between.The number of TRs in the tops of the stitches increases with each round, but you always have a cluster of 2TRs at each end.

13. Now, to make the corners: You have already made your cluster of 2TRs (as above). Now you need to chain 2, and then do another TR cluster in this same corner space, like this:

14. Do you remember how we ignored the chain3 of the first cluster, and how we are therefore ignoring the first TR of every subsequent cluster? Excellent. So, make your next TRs into the 2nd and 3rd TRs of the previous round. I’m demonstrating with my needle just incase you aren’t sure where to make the stitch:

15. Now make a cluster of 2 TRs into the corner space…

16. … and then chain 2, make another TR cluster in the same space and then repeat all of this until you have completed this round. Join into the last chain of your initial chain 3, and then tie off your yarn.

So, Round 2 is completed – hurrah. Now you should be able to clearly see that for each side, there is a TR cluster of 2 at each end, and then 2 TR stitches in the tops of the stitches of the previous round. I’m going to show you rounds 3 and 4, but much more briefly because you know the score now. The only thing that changes is the number of stitches that you make in between the TR clusters. This round, you make two. In Round 3, you will be making five. So, join your next yarn and bring it through to the front like I showed you earlier.

Make your first cluster by chaining 3 and making 1TR into the corner space. Now, ignore the first chain 3 of round 2, and make TR stitches all along that red side, and then do your TR cluster in the corner. Like so:

Sorry for the dark photo. It got darker and I didn’t notice and failed to change my flash settings in time.

Can you see that there is a 2TR cluster at each end, and then 5 TRs inbetween them? Good stuff – now repeat this all the way around.

Then join to your inital chain 3, tie off your yarn. Round 3 – done! This round has FIVE stitches in between the two end clusters.

Again, sorry for the dark photo!

Round 4: Join your 4th colour, and make your first TR cluster of a chain 3 and a TR into the corner space. This round has EIGHT TR stitches in between the two end clusters.

Continue all the way around like you have done for all the previous rounds, and then join.

And that’s it! I have only made them four rounds big, but there is no reason that you can’t make these as big as you like.

I hope this has all made sense, do give me a shout if you need me to explain anything differently and I’ll do my best.

You will probably want to block these squares. I haven’t blocked mine, because I’m lazy, and don’t have anywhere to do it. Also I’ve never tried: blocking is the next thing I must master.

Oh and if you can think of a decent name for these squares please let me know because I can’t think of one.

Lots of love xxxxxx


16 thoughts on “Solid Granny Square Pattern

  1. Pingback: Wildest» Blog Archive » pictures of granny squares

  2. EXCELLENT tutorial! Just done my first Granny Square and it actually turned out quite well! Well done! Thank you xx

  3. I’d just like to say “thank you”. I’ve tried dozens of tutorials for granny squares and this is the only one that has made sense. I CAN DO IT NOW! Best wishes :-)

  4. Thankyou so much!!! I can crochet a granny square at last.
    As for what to call them,well for me the only name should be “Helpful Heather squares”
    Many thanks.
    Christina.x

  5. Thankyou so much!!! I can crochet a granny square at last.
    As for what to call them,well for me the only name should be \"Helpful Heather squares\"
    Many thanks.
    Christina.x

  6. I’ve looked at loads of patterns and they all say the exact same thing

    “just join”

    HOW? Can someone please post, with pictures *exactly* how to join the end bit? People have said “oh, just use a slip knot!” but a slip knot through what exactly. Please please treat me like a dumb toddler and show me exactly how to “just join” it.

  7. Thank you so much. I used to crochet as a child but haven’t done it for years. I read about someone locally who is making blankets for the homeless and people send her the squares. Thanks to you I can now do that. Thanks again, I’ m chuffed.

  8. Thank you so much. I used to crochet as a child but haven\’t done it for years. I read about someone locally who is making blankets for the homeless and people send her the squares. Thanks to you I can now do that. Thanks again, I\’ m chuffed.

  9. Yay – thanks for this. I’ve managed to crochet a granny square! I’ve been struggling to do anything more than basic chain stitch so feeling very proud of myself. Thanks again!

  10. Thank you so much !! The first time I’ve managed to make a granny square. Now going to just keep going and make a vintage looking blanket for my bed !!

  11. So easy now, thank you. I have just finished my 9th square and am so proud of myself. I also am one with a dozen practice swatches that ar kinda wonky and not too much good. Now I have some pretty and useful little squares to show for it and it was not as hard as I thought, thanks to your great tutorial. I am wondering now, how to put them together properly, I don’t want to ruin my pretty little jewels by not doing it correctly. Do you have or plan to do a little lesson for that pert. Again, thank you for showing me the way so far. :-)

    Val

  12. So easy now, thank you. I have just finished my 9th square and am so proud of myself. I also am one with a dozen practice swatches that ar kinda wonky and not too much good. Now I have some pretty and useful little squares to show for it and it was not as hard as I thought, thanks to your great tutorial. I am wondering now, how to put them together properly, I don\’t want to ruin my pretty little jewels by not doing it correctly. Do you have or plan to do a little lesson for that pert. Again, thank you for showing me the way so far. :-)

    Val

  13. So easy now, thank you. I have just finished my 9th square and am so proud of myself. I also am one with a dozen practice swatches that ar kinda wonky and not too much good. Now I have some pretty and useful little squares to show for it and it was not as hard as I thought, thanks to your great tutorial. I am wondering now, how to put them together properly, I don\\\’t want to ruin my pretty little jewels by not doing it correctly. Do you have or plan to do a little lesson for that pert. Again, thank you for showing me the way so far. :-)

    Val

  14. Blooming gorgeus
    the circle square ,very sunny and easy
    Really looking forward to more patterns from you
    You also have a luvly eye for colour
    Thankyou from Oz !

  15. Thanks so much Heather for the very clear photos and easy to understand instructions. I crocheted quite alot when I was very young, and now have the desire to begin crocheting all over again. You have helped me to achieve this. All the best and thank you !!! I like “Happy Heather Squares” because I feel happy whenever doing them. Cheers from Australia.

  16. Thanks so much Heather for the very clear photos and easy to understand instructions. I crocheted quite alot when I was very young, and now have the desire to begin crocheting all over again. You have helped me to achieve this. All the best and thank you !!! I like \"Happy Heather Squares\" because I feel happy whenever doing them. Cheers from Australia.

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