The granny square is one of the most iconic crochet squares and quite often where beginner crocheters start their crochet journey. Including myself. You will find the easy to follow tutorial below, available in both left and right handed versions. You will also find the written instructions below so keeping reading.
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Pattern Use Ideas
Written in UK terms
This pattern gives you the basic principles for the granny square, designed to help you create your own projects.
Video tutorial can be found after the written pattern.
Yarn: In the video tutorial I use Paintbox simply DK in Blush Pink, I also recommend Style Craft Special DK
Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over pull through stitch and loop on hook
Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through
Treble Crochet(s): tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
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Granny Square Pattern
Foundation chain: ch 4, ss in 4th ch from the hook.
Round 1: Ch3 (counts as tr here and throughout), into ring work 2tr, ch3, *3tr, ch3; repeat from * twice more. Join with ss into top of ch-3 [12 tr, 4 ch-3]
Round 2: Ch4 (counts as tr plus ch-1 here and throughout) skip 3 sts and work (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into ch-3 space from previous row. *Ch1, skip 3 sts, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in ch-3 space; repeat from * once more. Ch1, skip 3 sts, (3tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch-3 space. Join with a ss into ch-3 from beginning of the round. [24 tr, 4 ch-3, 4 ch-1]
Round 3: Ch3, 2tr in ch-1 sp, ch1. *skip 3 sts, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into corner space. Ch1, skip 3 sts, 3tr in ch-1 space, ch1; repeat from * twice more. (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into corner space. C1 and join with ss in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. [36 tr, 4 ch-3, 8 ch-1]
Round 4: Ch4, skip 3 sts, 3tr in ch-1 sp, *ch1, skip 3 sts (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner sp, (ch1, skip 3 sts, 3tr in ch-1 sp) twice; repeat from * twice more, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in last corner space, ch1, skip 3 sts, 2tr in ch-1 sp, join with ss in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. [48 tr, 4 ch-3, 12 ch-1]
Fasten off and sew in ends
Right Handed Video Tutorial
Left Handed Video Tutorial
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MARGE MILHAMSeptember 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Love your videos. You have taught me to crochet and I am loving It
BellaCocoTeamSeptember 5, 2019 at 10:31 am
Thank you so much 🙂
Mary Mead,October 13, 2019 at 5:40 am
I am wondering if you have a video showing how to join another colour when making a granny square.
BellaCocoTeamOctober 17, 2019 at 10:43 am
Hi Mary Here’s a video on how to change colour, if you think this may help here is the link:- https://youtu.be/MaIuAWV2BA4 or you could watch the tricolour square tutorial and the link for this is here:- https://youtu.be/vYBcKknbP3A
Hope this helps 🙂
BeeJanuary 19, 2020 at 9:31 am
I’ve been using this pattern for ages since I first found it. By any chance do you have a written guide on how to join granny squares in this pattern? I found your video but written guides help me better.
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 21, 2020 at 9:38 am
Hi Bee I don’t have a written pattern for this at the moment but I am in the process of updating all my tutorials with written patterns, as you can appreciate this will take time. Sorry I can’t be of more help 🙂
EmmaFebruary 5, 2020 at 3:22 pm
I might be going crazy but I think that the written pattern here is different to the pattern in the Granny Square video tutorials and the end result is also different to the photo at the top of the page?
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 6, 2020 at 3:50 pm
Hi Emma No you’re not going crazy it was an error I was aware of and have been working on to correct it. This has now been done and I am so sorry for the confusion 🙂
sheryl husseyApril 8, 2020 at 11:43 am
well, i wish i could send a pic, i am still doing something wrong, but your video has been a huge help…i think I am ‘joining’ (at end of a row?) in the wrong place, i have a wonky area…not sure what im doing wrong…
BellaCocoTeamApril 10, 2020 at 7:35 pm
When you come to the end of each round you should be making a slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 from the beginning It can help to use a stitch marker – when you make your chain 3 at the start of a round, pop a stitch marker into that 3rd chain, and when you come back round you will know where to join 🙂
AngeMarch 25, 2021 at 12:36 pm
Hi do you put a stitch marker 4 every round
BellaCocoTeamMarch 29, 2021 at 6:13 pm
Hi Ange You can use stitch markers in this way if you find it helps, but you may find that after a few rounds you don’t need them
AnnApril 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm
I thought I saw how to make large one colour granny square on tutorial.
There was no chain between each cluster, and 2 chain between clusters at corners.
I started this and put it down and now can’t find tutorial.
Also when finishing rounds, I think you worked into space behind hook.
BellaCocoTeamApril 23, 2020 at 8:08 am
I have a written tutorial on how to crochet a granny square available on my blog here: https://bellacocoblog.frogspark.agency/granny-square-pattern/ and although it does include one chain stitch between clusters and three chains in the corners, there is no reason why you can’t use the pattern as a guide only and do the chain stitches as you want. I think these variations on how to make a granny square all come down to personal preference as we all crochet using slightly different tension etc, so it’s good to experiment
JoanApril 20, 2020 at 9:17 am
Learnt a granny square from your video. Very clear and easy to follow
BellaCocoTeamApril 20, 2020 at 5:11 pm
Thank you 🙂
Elizabeth BojorquezMay 6, 2020 at 12:20 am
I am so glad you provide left handed crochet videos! I finally learned how to crotchet and it came out beautiful! Thank you for showing me and everyone else!
BellaCocoTeamMay 12, 2020 at 10:46 am
Hi Elizabeth you are very welcome 🙂
SamanthaJune 7, 2020 at 10:18 pm
Thanks so much, I really appreciate your content! The clarity of instructions and videos is invaluable. In regards to the granny square, do you alternate between chaining 3 and 4 at the start of each round, or should it be 3 or 4 every time? Thanks, Sam
BellaCocoTeamJune 9, 2020 at 8:53 pm
You’re welcome It depends whereabouts in the granny square you start. The chain 4 counts as one treble plus a chain space so is used to move over to a new treble cluster, however if you are at the beginning of a cluster you would chain 3 as you will be making another two trebles afterwards. Hope this makes sense!
bardonsusanAugust 10, 2020 at 5:03 am
Hi thank you for this tutorial on the granny square.
If I want to keep going to make it bigger, do I keep alternating the starting and ending instructions per rows 3 and 4. Also I have seen some comments on the facebook group where people turn their work for each row. Is this necessary?
BellaCocoTeamAugust 11, 2020 at 5:13 pm
Hi As you continue making the granny square you will get a feel for whether to use the start/end instructions shown in round 3 or round 4 It’s a personal preference whether you want to turn your work after each round – some people find this helps to keep the granny square nice and straight and it also means that both sides of the square can be used.
AlisonAugust 30, 2021 at 8:11 am
Hi – thank you for the tutorial. I’m a complete beginner and found this really easy to follow. Now that I’ve made a few squares I would like to try adding a border. Do you have a video on how to do that please?
BellaCocoTeamAugust 31, 2021 at 9:14 am
Hi Alison you are very welcome. I have several border tutorials if you search bella coco borders on youtube all the different ones will come up so you can have a look through to see which one would suit you best. Good luck 🙂
ZohaOctober 21, 2021 at 9:49 am
Hi, thank you for this tutorial on the granny square.
If I want to keep going to make it bigger, do I keep alternating the starting and ending instructions per rows 3 and 4? Also, I have seen some comments on the Facebook group where people turn their work for each row. Is this necessary?
BellaCocoTeamOctober 22, 2021 at 3:22 pm
Hi Zoha You’re welcome Whether you begin your round with a chain 3 or 4 depends on whereabouts in the square you are – if you are at the end of the cluster you should chain 4 (which counts as the last treble stitch, plus a chain space), whereas if you’re at the beginning of a cluster you should chain 3 (which counts as the first treble stitch). It’s easier to remember this rather than to keep alternating rows as this might not always work out. If you are planning to make a really large granny square I would turn your work after each round, as this will keep it nice and straight.
ZohaOctober 21, 2021 at 9:50 am
Hi, thank you for this tutorial on the granny square.
If I want to keep going to make it bigger, do I keep alternating the starting and ending instructions per rows 3 and 4?
Tracy NixonAugust 17, 2022 at 1:29 pm
Hi, how many grams of dk yarn does each granny square use? Thank you xxxx
BellaCocoTeamAugust 18, 2022 at 9:12 am
Hi Tracey this would really depend on the size of hook you use and your personal tension 🙂