Multicolor Granny Squares

Recently I got a request from a Moogly reader who wanted to see a video for a multicolor granny square, the kind where each row is a new color! There are a few different ways to achieve this, but I want to take it to the next level, pull out all the stops, and share the way that I think gives the most seamless, perfect looking result. Here’s how I crochet a traditional (improved!), multicolor granny square.

How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly

Before we start the new video tutorial, you should make sure to familiarize yourself with the following techniques (click each to go to the tutorial). We’ll be combining these 4 techniques to get the best possible multicolor granny squares! Since there are step by step video and photo tutorials for these techniques already, I won’t spend too much time on the “how to” of the individual pieces.

Traditional Granny Squares
Chainless Starting Double Crochet (CSDC)
Seamless finishing
Standing Double Crochet (STDC)

Now to combine them into one project!

Traditional Multicolor Granny Squares Video Tutorial:

Traditional Multicolor Granny Squares Photo Tutorial & Written Instructions:

You can weave in your ends as you go, or leave them until the end, it’s up to you! I’ve given instructions for the first few rows – enough to show you the general pattern. You can stop after a few rows and join many squares together, or you can just keep going and going and going to make one giant multicolor granny blanket!

Round 1: With the first color, ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring. CSDC, ch 2. [Dc 3 into ring, ch 2] 3 times. Dc 2 into ring. Break yarn and seamless join to top of CSDC.

How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly

Round 2: With the next color, join with a STDC in one of the ch 2 sps of Round 1. [Dc 2, ch 2, dc 3] in the same ch sp. *Ch 1, sk 3 sts, [dc 3, ch 2, dc 3] into the next ch sp. Repeat from * twice, then ch 1. Break yarn and seamless join to top of STDC.

How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly

How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly

Round 3: With the next color, join with a STDC in one of the ch 2 sps of Round 2. [Dc 2, ch 2, dc 3] in the same ch sp. *Ch 1, sk 3 sts, work 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1, sk 3 sts,^ [dc 3, ch 2, dc 3] into the next ch sp. Repeat from * twice, then from * to ^ again. Then ch 1. Break yarn and seamless join to top of STDC.

How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on MooglyRound 4: With the next color, join with a STDC in one of the ch 2 sps of Round 3. [Dc 2, ch 2, dc 3] in the same ch sp *[Ch 1, sk 3 sts, work 3 dc into next ch sp] twice. Ch 1, sk 3 sts,^ [dc 3, ch 2, dc 3] into the next ch sp. Repeat from * twice, then from * to ^ again. Then ch 1. Break yarn and seamless join to top of STDC.

How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly How to Crochet Multicolor Granny Squares that look perfect every time! Video and photo #crochet tutorial on Moogly

And that’s how I do it! It’s a departure from the truly “traditional” way in that I use a few different tricks to spruce things up and make it as seamless as possible. You won’t be able to tell where each round begins and ends – perfect! If you don’t want to use the special stitches, chain 3 instead, and use a slip stitch to join each round. I hope you’ve enjoyed this multicolor granny square tutorial! If you’ve got a tutorial request of your own, let me know in the comments or send me an email at the address below!

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  1. 4

    LizzieK8 says

    If you start in the corners and do only one grouping of 3 dc, work around and do the last group of dcs in the first corner, and then the invisible join, the join will be covered by the next corner grouping. As it is now, the seamless join does leave a bit of a tattle tail dent in the group of 3 dcs.

  2. 7

    Lynda says

    I just found Moogly on Facebook and I am enjoying the patterns and tutorials. I just watched the 5 tutorials on granny squares and learned a few very valuable things that will make my projects better. You mention a tutorial that demonstrates how to weave in the cut ends. I would really like to watch this to get some tips. I wasn’t able to find the tutorial – would you send me a link to it? Thank you!

  3. 11

    Melissa says

    Isnt there a mistakenin the first square and some of the following. One of the green corners only has five insteadmof six.

    • 12

      Tamara Kelly says

      If you look at the second picture for Round 2 you can see there are 6 dc in each corner. I think in the finished picture one just got tucked a bit behind when I made the next row. I hadn’t blocked the square for the photos (taking them as I made the square) so it’s just a little tucked in.

  4. 14

    Cathy says

    OH MY GOODNESS! Thank you for these tutorials. I have made so many grannies and shawls and these tips will help make the next ones look even better. This combined with the steam blocking for acrylic yarn I just tried will make prettier shawls for me to give away.

  5. 16

    Angel says

    Tamara, I have been trying to do a chainless dc after beginning with a magic circle. Do one of your tutorials or videos show that?
    Thanks again for all the work you do. Angel

  6. 17

    says

    I hope you can tell me what I am doing wrong. I start my granny square just like the tutorial but after the third row it starts to look like I either put to many stitches or change needle size. I would appreciate any advice you can offer
    I chain 4 connect to first chain then start next row etc after that it makes what looks like a cup and I haven’t figured out what I might be doing wrong

    • 18

      Tamara Kelly says

      It’s hard to say for sure without being there with you, but my best guess for the cupping is that your chains are worked more tightly than your stitches – you might need to relax your chain stitches a bit.

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