How to make a crochet granny square

Use our step-by-step guide to learn to how to make a granny square – even if you've never picked up a crochet hook before!

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If you’ve never made a granny square before, then you’ve come to the right place! Granny squares are a super-popular element of crochet, which can be used to make blankets, clothes, accessories and more!

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make a traditional granny square, with step-by-step instructions and even our video guide to show you how.

You’ll only need some basic crochet knowledge to make a granny square – here’s some handy links if you need any help:

You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. All of these patterns are written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.

Simply Crochet UK-to-US conversion chart

How to crochet a granny square

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You Will Need

  • Yarn (Dk or chunky yarn is best for beginners)
  • Crochet hook (a 3.5mm or 4mm is best)
  • Yarn needle (For weaving in ends)
  • Scissors

Total time:

Step 1

Ch4 and join with a ss in the first ch to make a loop (alternatively you can use a magic loop instead)

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Step 2

Round 1 (RS) Ch5 (counts as tr, ch2 throughout), (3tr, ch2) 3 times, 2tr…

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…ss to 3rd ch of beg ch-5 to join [12 tr]

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Step 3

Round 2 (RS) ss into ch-2 sp, ch5, (3tr, ch1) into same ch-sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) into next 3 ch-sps, 2tr in same place as ss from start of round 2…

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…ss into third ch of beginning ch-5 [24 sts]

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Fasten off (or change colour using your preferred method)

Step 4

Round 3 Using new colour ss into any ch-2 sp, ch5, (3tr, ch1) in same sp, *(3tr, ch1) in next ch-1 sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in ch-2 sp; rep from * another two times, (3tr, ch1) in next ch-1 sp…

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…2tr in same place as ss from start of round 3, ss into third ch of beginning ch-5. [36 sts]

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Fasten off (or change colour using your preferred method)

Step 5

Round 4 Using new colour ss into any ch-2 sp, ch5, (3tr, ch1) in same sp, *(3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 sp across to next corner, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in ch-2 sp; rep from * another two times…

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…(3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 sp across to last, 2tr in same place as ss from start of round 4, ss into third ch of beginning ch-5

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Fasten off (or change colour using your preferred method)

Step 6

Round 5. This is an optional round which will help to straighten your edges and make it easier to join squares together.

Join yarn with ss into any ch-2 sp, ch1 (does not count as st), *(dc, ch1, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each st and ch-1 sp across to next corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ss to top of beg dc

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And that’s how you do it! Now that you know the basics of how to construct a granny square, there’s a huge range of other variations of granny squares that you can try! Check out our list of free granny square patterns here.