Awhile back, a commenter requested a granny square tutorial. Right on! I love granny squares. They’re versatile and fast, and you can make one with virtually no thought or counting, so you can watch television while crocheting.
Now, this tutorial assumes you know three basic crochet stitches: double crochet, chain stitch, and slip stitch. If you’re totally new to crochet and want to give granny squares a whirl, I suggest you use the video tutorials found here at Art of Crochet. They’re the best video tutorials I’ve found anywhere- clear and concise, and she holds her hook the same way I do! Woot!
On with the tute:
You’re going to want to chain 6, and then join with a slip stitch like this:
Next, chain 3. This is to get your yarn up to the proper height to make double crochets, and it counts as a double crochet. Then do 2 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets, chain 2 and then join this to your first chain. You’re making a little tiny square, and the chain 2s are the corner spaces. Just insert the crochets inside the ring you made- no need to try to fuss with getting them into any kind of individual hole. You may have to push your previous crocheting over as you go. Don’t worry, that’s normal.
When you get finished, it’ll look like this:
Now, here’s the trickiest part.You’re going to slip stitch along the top of these next couple of crochets until you get to the corner space. It’s not exactly hard to do, but I think it’s a bit tricky because it just seems wrong. It’s not wrong, I promise!
Once you get over to the space, you’ll want to chain 3 to get back up to height, then do 2 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets. All in that little space. The chain 2 part is making a corner for us, again. It’ll look like this:
It seems like it’s all stuffed in there, but that’s normal. Chain one to make a space over the 3 double crochets below and then go into the next corner hole and do 3 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets, chain one. Next hole. Keep going until you’ve made it all the way around. Don’t forget to do your last chain one and then join with a slip stitch to the chain 3 you made at the beginning. Now it’ll look like this:
Look, a tiny little square! Now this next round will be how you’ll go until the square is as big as you want it. I’ve made entire afghans by just adding rounds until it was as big as I wanted it. Or, you can make a big collection of squares and sew or crochet them together, or you can make a ton of coasters or hot pads or whatever. But back to the tutorial.
Again, you’re going to ease over to the corner space by slip stitching. This should sound familiar: chain 3, 2 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets, chain 1. Now you’re over in that middle hole you made on the last round. Here, you’ll simply do 3 double crochets in that space, chain 1. Here’s what that will look like:
Now you just go back over to the corner and do your corner deal:3 double crochets, chain 2, 3 double crochets, chain 1, move over to the middle hole, 3 double crochets, chain 1, etc, etc, etc. until you get all the way around, don’t forget your last chain 1 and join. It’ll look like this:
You can stop here, or keep going, or whatever.If you keep going, just remember that a total of 6 double crochets and 2 chains go in each corner, and 3 double crochets in each non-corner space, with chain 1s between each of them. Easy peasy. I could teach my dog to make granny squares, if he had opposable thumbs.
Here’s a little note on how I count with these. I think it’s the easiest way- like I said in the beginning of this post, almost no thought is required. This is what runs in my head while I’m doing this: 1, 2, 3 (the chains) 2, 2, 3 (it’s 3 steps to make a double crochet), 3, 2, 3, chain, chain. 1, 2, 3. 2, 2, 3. 3, 2, 3. chain. Hopefully that makes sense, but that little internal dialogue eliminates the conscious thought, so I can do something else like watch TV or talk to other people. People are always amazed when you can crochet and carry on a normal conversation, so get your granny square skills going on and you can impress people left and right.
Tell me, home eccers- what will you make with your granny squares? And let me know if you have any questions, I hope this is really clear and easy to follow, but what makes perfect sense to me, may have you lost in the woods.