How to crochet a Basic Granny Square
A couple of months ago at the WI Craft Group I was asked if I would teach the other ladies how to crochet – I happily agreed and set about making a photo tutorial that I could take with me. I decided that the easiest thing for me to teach and others to learn would be a basic granny square, they are so versatile and I love to make them so much.
When I first arrived there was only myself and Karin the craft group organiser. Oh no was nobody going to turn up?? Was the thought of learning to crochet so terrible?? But I needn’t have worried soon the room was filling up with lots of lovely WI ladies.
Drinks were bought, bottoms were on seats, then away we went.
We had a ball, crocheted like mad and laughed and giggled like crazy women.
Ladies who knew how to crochet already help those who had never picked up a hook before. What a fantastic bunch they are.
It was a fabulous evening, I had a blast and I think everyone else did too. I promised the ladies that I would put a tutorial on my blog with larger clearer pictures, so here goes.
This tutorial is written in US terms –English terms are in brackets.
Stitches needed are:
Double Crochet (Treble Crochet)
You will of course need some yarn and appropriate hook – I used Stylecraft DK Acrylic and a size 4 hook.
Attach the yarn to the hook with a slip knot.
Slip stitch into the furthest chain from the hook to make a ring.
Chain 3 this counts as your first double crochet (treble crochet)
2 x Double crochet into the ring. Then chain 2. (2 x treble crochet, chain 2) This is your first cluster.
3 x Double crochet into the ring. Then chain 2. (3x treble crochet, chain 2) This is your second cluster.
3 x Double crochet into the ring. Then chain 2. (3x treble crochet, chain 2)This is your third cluster.
3x double crochet into the ring, chain 2. (3x treble crochet, chain 2) This is your final cluster for this round.
Join into the top of the first double crochet with a slip stitch. Cut yarn leaving a tail and pull through the slip stitch to secure.
Now to join your next colour – knot tightly onto the granny square in the corner , pull yarn through and chain three.
2x double crochet into the same corner space, chain 2, 3x double crochet, chain 1 all into the same corner space. (2x treble crochet, chain 2, 3x treble crochet chain 1)
3 x double crochet, chain 2, 3 x double crochet, chain 1 into the next corner space. (3x treble crochet, chain 2, 3x treble crochet, chain 1)
3 x double crochet, chain 2, 3 x double crochet, chain 1 into the next corner space until you reach the beginning of the second round. (3x treble crochet, chain 2, 3x treble crochet, chain 1) Slip stitch into the top of the first stitch, cut yarn leaving a tail and pull through to secure.
Now add your next colour – this is the same routine as before – told you it was easy!!!
I usually add colours after round two into a side space not in the corner as I think this looks neater.
Just remember to chain 1 between clusters on the side and chain 2 between clusters on the corners.
You can make your Granny Squares as small or a large as you like, in as many colours as you like.
How does it feel to be a hooker?? Great isn’t it??
Hope this helps – any questions or if you spot a great big fat mistake feel free to email me.
Have a great day.