Crochet a Granny Square

Learn to crochet a Granny Square, this is one of the basic crochet squares which nearly everyone has heard of. It can be made in 1 or more colours, in any type of yarn and once mastered this simple crochet motif can be used to make many different items from coasters to blankets, afghans, garments, bags and much more.

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Crochet a Granny Square- Rounds 3 & 4

Round 3: Sl st into next 2 sts.  Ch 3 (counts as TR), work 2 more TR into ch 3 space, Ch 3, 3 TR into same space *Chain 2, 3 TR in next ch 2 space, ch 2 [3 TR, 3 ch, 3 TR] in next chain 3 space.  Repeat from *twice, then ch 2, 3 TR into next ch 2 space.  Ch 2 and join with a slip stitch into 3rd chain of beginning chain 3

Round 4: is similar to round 3 except that you are now working with a larger square so there will be two chain spaces in each row between each corner. Work 3 TR in each space and corner.

You can continue enlarging the size of your granny square to make it as big  as you like. Simply work 3 TR, 3CH, 3TR  in each corner and 3 TR in each space, joining at the end of each row and beginning the new round with a 3CH to stand  for the first  TR. The classic crochet granny square is generally considered to be a five round granny square.

Make 4 CH, SS in first ch to form ring. Fig.1

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Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as tr), work 2 more TR into ring *CH 3, work 3 TR into ring.  Repeat from * twice, then join with a slip stitch into 3rd chain of the beginning chain 3. 

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Round 2: Sl st into next 2 sts.  Ch 3 (counts as tr), work 2 more TR into ch 3 space, Ch 3, 3 TR into same space.  *Ch 2, [3 TR, 3 CH, 3 TR] into ch 3 space.  Repeat from * twice, CH3, join with a sl st into top of first ch 3.

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For further clarification you may find it helpful to watch this video clip. However for UK crocheters please note that where the commentator talks of dc, we mean tr.

Now you have mastered how to crochet a classic granny square motif in a one colour the next stage is to make   beautiful multi-colour crochet granny squares such as  are featured in so many different patterns, so here is how:-

1. At the end of each round, complete your ss to finish off that round as if you were finishing off any crochet project. Cut the tail and leave the end to weave in later.
2. Join your next colour into any corner of your  square. Begin with a 3CH  for your first treble crochet of the corner and proceed as normal.
3. You can either change colours every round, alternate colours from one round to the next or work a few rounds in each color before ending off and beginning a new colour, the options are  yours.

If you would like to expand your skill at making different and colourful Granny Squares then I am sure this book, which can be purchased from Amazon, will be very useful to you.

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