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Crochet Granny Square Pattern

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This granny square pattern is one of the simplest basic crochet stitches to work on. This square project is perfect for beginners as it requires only small amounts of yarn. Hence, it is a great way to use up your scrap yarn lying around in the cupboard. There are plenty of different crochet square patterns online, but this particular free pattern is a variation of a classic granny square.

how to crochet a granny square

I remember the very first time this traditional granny square pattern caught my attention. At first sight, I was intrigued by the vibrant colors of the square pattern, yet it seemed oddly familiar to me. In my mind, I went through my figurative boxes of memory to retrieve where, when, and how have I seen these crochet patterns before? Was it from a craft magazine or website, or was it a design on an old, square blanket gifted to me by my great grandmother who was an avid crocheter herself? 

And then it hit me! I’ve seen it on countless American TV shows, the most recent one being The Big Bang Theory! You’ve probably seen these granny square crochet patterns too, most commonly as blankets, draped over the back of a sofa on set or on the bed.

With this realization, I went on a social media hunt to spot appearances of this unique design. The deeper I dug, the more I saw it everywhere. It has appeared both on the silver screen and on the small screen, in films such as Nanny Mcphee and Gone With the Wind and TV shows like Roseanne, Taxi, Mad Men, and even Breaking Bad.

crochet granny square


The basic granny square pattern first debuted in 1891 in one of the pages of The Art of Crocheting. It wasn’t until 1897 that a written pattern was published in Weldon’s Practical Needlework.

In pop culture, afghan squares gained popularity in the 1970s. During the crochet bloom decade, these small squares were stitched together to make not just a crochet blanket, but clothing such as vests, hats, shorts, tops and many more.

Since then, crochet granny squares have found themselves a place on the runway and are a nostalgic fashion statement for the younger generation. While looking through articles on the history of granny squares, I was also inspired to start another crochet project. I made this haltered neck top for my daughter with different colors, color combinations and multiple square variations.


There are many types of different crochet square patterns, which include classic granny squaressolid granny squaressunburst granny square pattern, granny square flower pattern, we have compiled a list of granny square variations that you might be interested in exploring more.

If you’re like me, you will start to wonder: what are the differences between these colorful squares? The most obvious difference is the pattern within the square. Some squares are of a single color, while others have a flower design in the middle. Furthermore, some may not even be a square shape. Thus, these crochet squares have remained a trend throughout the years as you will never run out of variations. 

granny square pattern


At this point, I hope you are as eager as I am to start crocheting this simple pattern. As I have mentioned above, there are many different ways of making an easy granny square. This tutorial will demonstrate a variation of a classic crochet granny square.

This square crochet pattern utilizes double crochet stitches in between to reduce the gaps in between each dc cluster. In addition, this tutorial also shows how you can introduce a new color from the first round to the next round skilfully.

This free granny square pattern is suitable for avid beginner and intermediate-level crocheters. This humble pattern is a staple for all crocheters and is a starting point for many to try their hand at crocheting. It involves basic stitches such as chain (ch), double crochet (dc), and slip stitch (sl st).

Beginner crocheters may refer to my guide to crochet for beginners, which includes crochet basics, stitches, techniques, and more free patterns to try out.

Prior to crocheting, you should choose the type of yarn and crochet hook size to use. The correct size crochet hook is based on the yarn of your choice. Also, do keep in mind that this tutorial is written in US terms. Alright, friends, I think we are all ready to dive into the project now.

What’s Next:

crochet granny square

Crochet Granny Square Pattern

Yield: Granny Squares
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Avid Beginner/Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1 - $5

Granny Square is a kind of patch-working in crochet where we can literally put any color combinations we like to make it a square (or a triangle or any symmetrical shapes you can design) and patch them together to form a project.

Enjoy crocheting them!


  • Yarn


  • Crochet Hook



ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch


  1. Pick your favorite yarns’ colors and use the correct crochet hook size according to the yarn of your choice.
    This granny square demonstrates here uses 2 colors, green and white.

    Starting chain: [Green] chain 4, sl st to the first chain to form a ring
    Round 1: ch3, dc2, ch2,*dc3, ch2* repeat 3 times, to form 4 dc cluster on the 1st round.
    sl st to the 3rd chain, continue sl st on the loops of the following 2dc.granny square pattern

  2. To change color, insert the hook to the 1st chain after the dc, draw white color yarn over, sl st and get ready for the round 2 crochet.granny square pattern

  3. Round 2: [White] ch3, dc2 in next space, ch2 [form corner], dc3 in same space, ch1, dc1 in the center dc of round 1 cluster, ch1, *dc3 in next space, ch2 [form corner], dc3 in same space, ch1, dc1 in the center dc of round 1 next cluster, ch1,* repeat 3 times, sl st to the 3rd ch at the beginning of this round, continue sl st on the loops of the following 2dc and change yarn color.granny square pattern

  4. Round 3: [Green] ch3, dc2 in next space, ch2 [form corner], dc3 in same space, ch1, dc1 in the center dc of round 2 next cluster, ch1, dc1 in next space, ch1, dc1 in next space, ch1, dc1 in the center dc of round 1 next cluster, ch1*dc3 in next space, ch2 [form corner], dc3 in same space, ch1, dc1 in the center dc of round 2 next cluster, ch1, dc1 in next space, ch1, dc1 in next space, ch1, dc1 in the center dc of round 1 next cluster, ch1* repeat 3 times, sl st to the 3rd ch at the beginning of this round, fasten off, or you can add as many round as you like by adding 3 sets of ch1, dc1 for each round between the corner cluster.
    Weave in the ends in between stitches and hide them away.granny square pattern

how to crochet a granny square

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susan nash

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

Thanks for the great classic granny square tutorials, love pic that are step by step. I also love the ways to join them , thx for all the great information!

Mary Meachum

Saturday 4th of May 2013

I think you should call it St. Patrick's Shamrock, whatever color you choose to use.

Kathryn Schacht

Friday 3rd of May 2013

Very pretty. Looks just like our high desert cactus flowers. They come in all kinds of colors.

Grandma Lisa

Friday 3rd of May 2013

Reminds me of the dogwoods in bloom. I'll call them Dogwood Blossom!

I Kullack

Wednesday 1st of May 2013

I am trying to name your lovely green granny square and came up with Slice of Avocado. I learnt to crochet doing granny squares as a child. The lady that taught me always made me pull it out if I made a mistake no matter how far back it went. To this day 50 years later I still pull out whether its knitting or crocheting if I find a mistake.

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