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 is plenty of different crochet square patterns online, but this particular free pattern is a variation of a classic granny square.
I remember the very first time these traditional granny squares 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 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 hunt on social media to spot appearances of this unique design. And 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, Gone With the Wind, and TV shows like Roseanne, Taxi, Mad Men, and even Breaking Bad.
GRANNY SQUARE THROUGH THE YEARS
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 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.
TYPES OF GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN
There are many types of different crochet squares which include classic granny squares, solid granny squares, sunburst granny square, 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.
HOW TO CROCHET A GRANNY SQUARE
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 a 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.
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- Crochet Hook
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO CROCHET GRANNY SQUARES
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.