I’ve read in various places and pattern books that granny squares can be sexy. I’m not making that claim. If these guys can’t make granny squares sexy then I don’t think anyone can.
But I will make the claim that granny squares are easy. Today I have three videos demonstrating how to make a basic, no-frills granny square.
As I mention in the videos, I’ve noticed a certain amount of confusion when crocheters start on their first granny square. I think that’s because they often don’t have specific, stitch-by-stitch instructions. Granny Square making is done more by method than following a pattern. Since you can (and often do) cut after each round, crocheters will start the next round any ol’ place they like. That makes it a bit tough to have specific instructions.
You never know when the urge might strike to make easy (but not sexy, nope) granny squares. So let’s have a few videos around for that.
In this first video, I’m working the fourth round of a granny square. I made it to demonstrate how the previous round gives you all the cues you need to make the next round. Think of it as an introduction to granny squares.
If you’re ready to make a square, here are two videos to get you started. The first demonstrates how I start with a base chain and then make the first round. The second shows rounds two and three.
I use two
cheats clever tricks to make things easier.
- in place of the first double crochet in each round I make a single crochet followed by a chain stitch. There are (almost) as tall and don’t get stretched out of shape.
- to join and the end of each round, I cut and thread the tail through with a tapestry needle.
If you like free video tutorials I have more!
Tutorials for Knitters
Tutorials for Crocheters
Tutorials for Handspinners
Tutorials that don’t fit anywhere else
"There is no failure. Only feedback." - Robert Allen
11 Comments on "Sunday Stitch – Making Crochet Granny Squares"
OOOOH! Clint Eastwood wears granny squares!
So sexy! Who knew?
I’m imagining Dirty Harry in that granny square vest hunting down bad guys….
Thanks for the great tutorial. Wish I had seen it 8 months ago. Due to health issues, hospitalization etc I had limited mobility for about 6 months and I made 2 full size granny square afghans. The squares are so portable (hosp) and the saved my sanity. I would loved to have known about the sc, ch to start a round and the join with the needle. That join seems to give a neater, cleaner join than the sl st way. I will use these next time and there will be a next time.
Great! I love to hear feedback like that. Knowing that i helped a little bit is a wonderful feeling.
Comment on new site…
Each I try to post a comment I have to re-enter e-mail address and name. The old site saved it or is it my software?
Hmm1 Let’s see.
I did have to fill in name and email but only the one time. Now, with your permission I’ll try to reply to someone else.
Well that is an improvement at least.
Seems to have worked. On this post at least.
Good. Thanks for being the guinea pig.