The Solid Granny Square

A few weeks ago I did a video tutorial of the Traditional Granny Square, but I also talked a little bit about how “officially” a granny square is any motif worked flat, in a square, from the center out. Nonetheless, there are a few squares that are considered typical, while the rest rarely get called “grannies.” One of the better known simple squares is the Solid Granny Square, and here’s how it’s made!

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How to Crochet the Solid Granny Square:

Written Instructions for the Solid Granny Square:

Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2). [Dc 3 into ring, ch 2] 3 times. Dc 2 into ring, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.

Round 2: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 3 sts, [dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 3 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.

Round 3: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 7 sts, [dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 7 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.

Round 4: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 11 sts, [dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 11 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.

At this point you can fasten off, or you can just keep going! I think you can see how the pattern works by now – dc in each dc from a previous round, and work a set of dc 2, ch 2, dc 2 in each corner ch sp.

There are, of course, many variations on this square as well. To get a fully solid square, some patterns work 3 dc in each corner.. Others work a big chain 4 in each corner. This video shows a sort of middle ground with the ch 2 corners. Changing colors each row is another great way to change things up, and one of the reasons granny squares are so persistently popular – they’re a great way to use up scraps and odds and ends of yarn!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this video, and if you have ideas for more videos you’d like to see from Moogly, please let me know in the comments! I love to take requests!

The Solid Granny Square -  a basic square every crocheter should know! Video tutorial in HD on mooglyblog.com #crochetWhile the solid granny square is well known and not copyrighted, the written pattern here is in my own words and copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint, or repost this blog post or written pattern, but please do link to this page or video to share the pattern with others. [email protected]

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  1. 1

    Darlene Lehman says

    I have to tell you, I sincerely appreciate the step-by-step instructions you provide for the various squares, stitches, etc. And, of course, the collections of ten -somethings, or round-ups of various designs. I think I’ve pinned quite a few of them for future reference! Anyways, just wanted to say thank you!!

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    Dee Turner says

    OMG!!!! thank you for the step by step and the video…. You make this look so easy to do..I have tryed a few granny squares and i just cant do them, so i am going to try yours… BUt i was wondering instead of making a bunch of sqaures, can i jut make this 1 big square for a baby blanket??

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    Susan G. says

    Love everything you post!! Thank you! I wanted to ask …on the solid granny square here what needle and yarn did you use ?

  4. 10

    Lakshmi says

    A very very wonderful and easy to follow set of instructions. Thank you very much. Enjoyed making the granny square.

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    says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, I have been struggling with a few attempts and at last this one is just so easy to understand you certainly have a gift explaining the tutorials so we understand clearly.

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    Sharon Valvano says

    I have to say this is the first granny square I have done (not tried ) and was able to do. I have been crocheting for over a yr now and never understood the granny square.

    Thank you so much for your step by step instructions !
    Sincerely ,
    Sharon

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      Tamara Kelly says

      :D You’re so welcome Sharon! I’m so glad it helped! I know people who crocheted for years before the granny square “clicked” for them, and then there are those who only made grannies for years! Such a funny thing!

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    says

    This is the granny square I’ve been looking for to make my son a blanket. He’s 6’2 and wants a king size blanket for Christmas. He doesn’t care what kind just nothing blue. This will be a great portable project and I can control the size. Thanks!

  8. 17

    says

    the sound on this page is so low, a person can’t hear what your saying, have mine on as loud as it will go, can’t hear you !!!!

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    Debbie D. says

    I love making motifs and granny squares. However, the challenge for me is knowing how to join them together. What is the best way to join these together? Thanks for all the information you provide. It is much appreciated on my end!

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