This is a free granny square crochet pattern that is a variation on the classic crochet granny square. It uses the same first two rounds that you would use for a traditional granny square, then it is finished with two more rounds of single crochet stitches. This creates a four-round square that is a little smaller than a classic four-round granny square. The variation is very easy to accomplish and creates a different style from the basic granny square, giving more options for your designs even... if you're a beginner to crochet.
How to Use This Crochet Granny Square
This granny square pattern creates a beautiful motif that can be used to make anything from coasters to afghan squares. The single crochet stitches give a nice finished edge to the crochet square. You can vary the size of this square easily by changing your crochet hook and yarn weight. Alternatively, you can add additional rounds to the square to make it larger; the instructions to do so are found at the end of this post.
This pattern was originally written by expert Amy Solovay. It has been updated by Kathryn Vercillo.
01 of 06
Crochet Granny Square: Required Materials
This crochet granny square is a versatile design that can be worked using any thread or yarn and any size crochet hook. Typically, of course, you want to choose the right hook size for your thread size, but you can play around with different options to get tighter or looser granny squares. In this example, you'll see worsted weight yarn worked with a size H/8 5mm crochet hook.
02 of 06
How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round One
To begin your granny square, you need to start with a circle. To create your circle, you will chain five then join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
- Chain 3 – this counts as the first dc.
- Work 2 more dc in the center of your ring.
- [ch 2, 3 dc into center of ring]
- Repeat previous step twice.
- Ch 2
- Sl st to join to beginning of round.
You'll end up with a total of 12 dc sts all together in this round, counting the first chain three as one of the double crochet stitches. They will each be... separated by a chain of 2. The chain two spaces are the corners of the square.
Other Granny Square Starting Methods
People have different methods than the one above for starting their granny squares, and you can use the one that you prefer.
One alternative way to begin your crochet granny square is to chain four (do not slip stitch to create a ring) then start with the second step above, working two double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook. This counts as the first set of three double crochet. Continue the instructions as normal, ending with a slip stitch to the top of the first double crochet to close the round. The result will look the same as if you followed the original instructions.
One more alternative way to begin your crochet granny square is to make a magic circle. You would then work [3 dc, ch 2] four times into the center of that ring and slip stitch to the top of the first double crochet finish the first round. The result will look the same as if you work the instructions the other way except that your magic circle can be closed tighter if you don't want as big of a circle in the center of your square.
However you choose to begin, when you complete round two you should have 4 sets of 3 dc stitches with ch-2 between each of them.
03 of 06
How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round Two
Work your way over to the corner by crocheting several slip stitches into the next stitches, until you get to the next ch-2 space. Begin the next round in this space.
- Ch 3 – this counts as the first dc stitch.
- 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same space.
- [ch 2, 3 dc in next space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space]
- Repeat sequence in brackets 2 more times for a total of 3 times.
- Ch 2, sl st to join the end of the round to the beginning of round.
You'll end up with a total of 24 dc sts in this round. Each... corner of the square will have six double crochet stitches separated by a chain of two.
Granny Square Round 2 Alternative
Another way to do this step is to make half of the first corner at the beginning and the other half at the end. This allows you to skip the step of crocheting to the next corner because you will begin right there in the corner that you are already closest to. So you would chain three and make 2 more double crochet stitches in the same corner space. Then you complete the rest of the corners as described above. At the end, make three more double crochet stitches in the first corner, where the first three already are, chain two and slip stitch to the top of the first chain three to close the round. See the classic granny square crochet pattern for photos that explain the steps in this way.
04 of 06
How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round Three
Work several slip stitches so your next round can start in a ch-2 space. Note that you do not have to do this step if you followed the second (alternative) set of instructions in Round Two. That's because you will already end in a corner and can begin there.
- Crochet 1 sc in the first corner.
- 1 sc in each of the next 3 dc spaces.
- 1 sc in the ch 2 space.
- Repeat previous two steps.
- Chain 2 to create the corner.
- The steps above complete one entire side of single crochet stitches. Repeat... those steps above three more times to finish the other three sides, beginning with 1 more single crochet in the same corner, after your ch-2.
- At the end of the round, slip stitch to close.
There are nine single crochet stitches per side so you will end with 36 sc stitches. There will be a chain 2 space in each corner.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06
How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round Four
Now you are basically just going to single crochet all the way around the square ; each corner will have two single crochet stitches (one for each side) with a ch-2 space between them.
- Crochet 1 sc in the first corner.
- Sc in each sc across.
- In corner, work sc, ch 2
- Repeat those steps above three more times to complete each edge of the square.
- Join the end of the round to the beginning with a sl st
You'll end up with a total of 44 sc sts in this round; there are 11 sc sts on each side of... the square.
End off. Weave in ends. Block if desired.
06 of 06
How to Grow Your Crochet Granny Square
This four round crochet granny square is a perfect motif for so many projects. But you can make it larger if you want to. Simply repeat round 4 as many times as you would like to make a bigger square; you'll be increasing by 2 sts on each side, 8 sts total per round. Don't forget that each corner should have two single crochet stitches with a ch-2 in between.
This works with most yarn and hooks to grow the square larger. However, depending on your materials and your tension, you may find... that a larger square begins to get too tight. You can loosen your stitches and / or add some additional stitches in the center of each row to compensate. Play with options if you find your square getting too small.
Note that you can also grow a classic crochet granny square, larger than just the first two rounds, and then add the two rounds of single crochet later. (For example, make four rounds of a classic granny square and then an additional two rounds of single crochet.)