How to Make a Granny Square

Try this simple granny pattern today!

Traditional grannies are worked with 3-double crochet shells separated by chain-1 spaces. By working increases at four points in each round, you create the corners that turn it into a square.

To begin Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1 Chain 3, which counts as the first double crochet, then work 2 more dc into the center of the ring. This completes the first 3-dc shell. Chain 2 and work 3 more dc into the center of the ring.

NOTE To complete this and each subsequent round, work a slip stitch into the third chain of each beginning chain-3, shown here with a stitch marker.


Work a total of four 3-dc shells. After the last shell, ch 2, then join with a slip stitch to the third chain of the beginning ch-3 (shown above).

NOTE The white marker keeps track of the first stitch of the round--move it up as you work each round.


Round 2 Slip stitch into the first ch-2 sp; ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same ch-2 sp (corner made), *ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch-2 sp (corner made); repeat from * 2 more times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beginning ch-4 corners.

NOTE Work into each chain-2 space from the round below, to see the square take shape.

Round 3 Slip stitch into the first ch-2 sp; ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * 2 more times, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; join with sl st in top of the beginning ch.

NOTE In this round, place a stitch marker in each corner chain-2 space to keep track of where to work the corners.

Round 4 Sl st into first ch-2 sp; ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same ch-2 sp, *[ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] across to next ch-2 sp, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * 2 more times, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] across to next ch-2 sp, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—4 corners, 12 ch-1 sp, 6 dc along each side.

After joining the round with a slip stitch, fasten off by cutting the yarn and pulling the yarn tail through the slip stitch to secure it.

NOTE You don't have to stop now--keep going and make a giant granny! Each subsequent round is worked the same as Round 4. Make sure to work a 3-dc shell in each ch-1 space, and work only the corners where they’re established (in the ch-2 spaces). You can also change color for each round.