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Standard Granny Square

Materials Needed:

Worsted weight 4ply yarn, any colors.
Size G or H aluminum crochet hook
Yarn needle

Abbreviations Used for this pattern.

  • Ch------Chain
  • dc------Double Crochet
  • slst----Slip Stitch
  • sp------space
  • rnd-----round
  • rg------ring

I like to make granny square afghans or pillows using coordinated colors instead of just using left-over yarns. I start by finding a nice variegated yarn then select a combination of light and dark complimentary colors for the squares. I usually make multiples of 6 or 8 versions of the squares in which I vary the orders of the colors used in the rounds, for example:
Square 1 Square 1: Rnd 1 in variegated, Rnd 2 in color1, Rnd 3 in color2, Rnd 4 in color3
Square 2 Square 2: Rnd 1 in color2, Rnd 2 in variegated , Rnd 3 in color1, Rnd 4 in color3
Square 3 Square 3: Rnd 1 in color1, Rnd 2 in color2, Rnd 3 in variegated, Rnd 4 in color3
Square 4 Square 4: Rnd 1 in variegated, Rnd 2 in color4, Rnd 3 in color5, Rnd 4 in color6
Square 5 Square 5: Rnd 1 in color5, Rnd 2 in variegated , Rnd 3 in color4, Rnd 4 in color6
Square 6 Square 6: Rnd 1 in color4, Rnd 2 in color5, Rnd 3 in variegated, Rnd 4 in color6

I assemble the squares so that the outside colors alternate for the squares while also establishing a pattern for how each row and column is laid out similarly to the following example. I then use dc stitches to crochet a border around the whole to finish it off.

NOTE: These icons are not the actual squares, they just represent them. The squares are really typical granny squares.

Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4
Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1
Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5
Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3
Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6
Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2
Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4
Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1
Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5
Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3
Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6
Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2 Square 4 Square 1 Square 5 Square 3 Square 6 Square 2

Crochet Instructions

Wrap yarn around your finger to form a ring

RND 1: Ch3, 2 dc in rg. Ch 2, *3dc in rg, ch3. Repeat from * 2 times more pulling the ring taught as you go then working the yarn tail into the last 2 dcs. Ch2, slst in top of ch3.

RND 2: Sl st in the first 2 dc's and in the first ch 2 lp. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Work the following 3 times (Ch1, work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 lp.) Ch1, join with slst to top of ch 3.

RND 3: Sl st in the first 2 dc's and in the first ch 2 sp. Ch 3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, work 3 dc in same sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1. Work the following 3 times (Work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1.) Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

RND 4: Sl st in the first 2 dc's and in the first ch 2 sp. Ch 3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, work 3 dc in same sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1. Work the following 3 times (Work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. *Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1.* twice) Join with sl st to top of ch 3.


Changing Colors

To change colors at beginning of each rnd Fasten off after slst to top of ch3. Leave yarn about 3" long and weave end into work before adding new color. Slst new color in ch 2 lp and proceed onto the next rnd in pattern weaving end into work as you go.

Tip for Keeping each Square SQUARE

As you work the dcs for the corners, pull them to the right for the first side of the corner and to the left for the second side of each corner. Since you are working in a ch 2 sp, the dcs should slide freely so that they are tight against the dcs of the previous round.


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last modified: April 12, 2000

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