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Crochet Granny Square - Free Pattern

Updated: May 9, 2023


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The Crochet Granny Square is a classic and beloved crochet pattern that has been a staple of the craft for generations. This simple but versatile design can be used in a wide variety of projects, from blankets to clothing to home décor. In this blog post, we will take a look at the the origins of the humble Crochet Granny Square and provide step-by-step instructions for how to make one in UK crochet terminology.


The origins of the Crochet Granny Square are somewhat mysterious. It is believed that the pattern first became popular in the early 20th century, but no one knows for sure who came up with it or where it came from. Some historians speculate that the design may have originated in Europe, while others believe it may have been inspired by traditional Afghan textiles.


Over the years, the Crochet Granny Square has remained popular among crocheters of all ages and skill levels. It has been used in countless patterns and projects, and has been adapted in many different ways to suit different styles and tastes.


The name "granny square" is thought to have come about in the 1960s, during the height of the hippie movement. The pattern became popular among young people who were interested in creating their own clothing and accessories. It was seen as a way to rebel against mainstream fashion and embrace a more DIY approach to style.


Since then, the Crochet Granny Square has remained a beloved crochet pattern that is used in a variety of projects. It has been adapted and reinterpreted in many different ways, but the basic design remains the same.


How to Make a Crochet Granny Square


Now, let's get down to the fun part - making a granny square! Here is a step-by-step guide in UK crochet terminology:

Materials:

  • DK weight yarn in two or more colours

  • 4.5mm crochet hook

  • A pair of scissors

  • A yarn needle

Making your Crochet Granny Square Instructions:

  1. Begin with a slip knot and chain 4. Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

  2. Chain 3 (counts as first treble crochet), then work 2 treble crochets into the ring. *Chain 2, then work 3 more treble crochets into the ring. This forms the first corner of your square .

  3. Repeat from * until you have worked four groups of three treble crochets, chain 2, join with a slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 at the beginning of the round. Fasten off and weave in ends.

  4. To add another round, join a new colour of yarn in any corner space. Chain 3 (counts as first treble crochet), then work 2 treble crochets into the same space, *chain 1, then work 3 double crochets into the next space (between the groups of treble crochets). Chain 2, then work 3 more double crochets into the same space. This forms the next corner of your square. Repeat from * twice more to create a total of 4 corners.

  5. To finish, join with a slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 at the beginning of the round, turn. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 to add as many rounds as desired, changing colours as you go. Remember to turn after each round, otherwise your granny square will look wonky - groovy man!


The Granny Square is a classic and versatile crochet pattern that has stood the test of time. This is a great pattern to always have on the go and to create a stack of granny squares ready for stitching together to make a scrappy blanket for your sofa. Whether you are an experienced crocheter or just starting out, this simple design is a great way to practice your skills and create beautiful and functional projects. So why not give it a try today and see what you can create?

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