How to crochet a 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!

How to crochet a granny square

If you fancy learning how to make a granny square, 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 fact, granny squares are so popular, we even celebrate them online on the 15th August each year with Granny Square Day, where people from across the world hook up their favourite granny squares and share pictures of them on Instagram!

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make a granny square with step-by-step instructions, or alternatively you can check out our how to make granny squares video tutorial!

You’ll only need some basic crochet knowledge to make a granny square – If you’re completely new to crochet you might want to start with our crochet for beginners guide and How to crochet in the round, but here’s some handy links for each of the stitches used if you need any help:

You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This ‘how to make a granny square’ tutorial is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

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 space, ch5, (3tr, ch1) into same ch-space, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) into each of the next three  ch2-spaces, 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 (We’ll change colours in the next round using the slip stitch join method, but you can find more ways to change colours in our how to join yarn and change colours in crochet tutorial)

Step 4

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

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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 space, ch5, (3tr, ch1) in same space, *(3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 space across to next corner, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in ch-2 space; rep from * another two times…

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…(3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 space 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 space, ch1 (does not count as st), *(dc, ch1, dc) in ch-2 space, dc in each st and ch-1 space across to next corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ss to top of beg dc

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And that’s how to crochet a granny square! Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can effectively just repeat the same process and keep expanding from row 4 to make your granny square as big as you want! Some people find that occasionally your granny square can start twisting slightly – but a simple way to fix this is to turn your work at the end of each round. Now that you know the basics of how to make a granny square, there’s a huge range of other variations of granny square patterns that you can try! Check out our list of free granny square patterns here.

P.S. If you want your finished granny squares to look super professional, you can finish them off by learning how to do the invisible crochet join, and blocking your granny squares is an important step for getting those edges perfectly straight (find out more in our how to block crochet tutorial). If you’re new to crochet and are struggling to get your squares looking perfect, check out our crochet troubleshooting tips for some handy advice

Once you know how to crochet a granny square, there’s a whole world of patterns you can make! Here’s just a few of our free granny square patterns that are perfect for beginners.

Free granny square baby blanket crochet pattern

Free granny square cushion crochet pattern

Free granny square slippers crochet pattern

Free granny square beach bag crochet pattern

40+ granny square projects

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this how to crochet a granny square tutorial, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.