The Crochet Granny Square Blanket

The crochet granny square blanket can be as easy or complex as you like – that’s what’s so great about it; there are so many design options to suit all skill levels that you never* get bored of adding to your collection.

*don’t hold me to this, but I’m seven blankets down and ready to go again.

You can start off with a single 4″ x 4″ square and watch it grow to whatever size you choose – there is no predefined end, which is why I think the crochet granny square blanket is the perfect project for absolute beginners.

The granny square blanket was my first crochet project, and it’s what cemented my passion for this craft. I made a blanket for my first child whilst on maternity leave to remind us both of our first few months together. So much time, effort and love goes into making your blanket that it becomes special and something to be cherished. It’s a make that you can be really proud of.

Crochet granny square blanket
The blanket I made for my daughter when she was born

 

Grey crochet granny square blanket
Grey crochet granny square blanket

Free granny square crochet pattern:

*US terminology*

The pattern is simple as it only consists of three double crochet clusters and chains of three.

I generally use a standard dk yarn with a 4mm hook.

For step by step supporting imagery take a look at my PDF version of the pattern; Granny Square Instruction Sheet. If you’d prefer to see the pattern without imagery, read on.

To start: ch 5 and join with a sl st to create a ring

Round 1

Step 1: ch 3 (this counts as your first dc) and work 2 dc into the ring (this makes up your first cluster of 3 dc)

Step 2: ch 3 (this is your first corner)

Step 3: work 3 dc into the ring (your second cluster)

Step 4: ch 3 (your second corner)

Step 5: work 3 dc into the ring (your third cluster)

Step 6: ch 3 (your third corner)

Step 7: work 3 dc into the ring (your fourth cluster)

Step 8: ch 3 (your fourth corner) and join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the 3 ch from your first cluster

Round 2 

Step 1: ch 3 (this counts as your first dc) and work 2 dc into the chain space beneath your ch 3

Step 2: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 1 (your first corner of round 2)

Step 3: work 3 dc into the next corner ch space from round 1

Step 4: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 3 (your second corner of round 2)

Step 5: work 3 dc into the next corner ch space from round 1

Step 6: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 5 (your third corner of round 2)

Step 7: work 3 dc into the next corner ch space from round 1

Step 8: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 7 (your fourth corner of round 2)

Step 9: join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the ch 3 from your first cluster

Round 3 (and every subsequent round): 

Step 1: ch 3 (this counts as your first dc) and work 2 dc into the ch space beneath your ch 3

Step 2: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 1 (your first corner of round 3)

Step 3: work 3 dc into the next ch space from round 2

Step 4: work 3 dc into the next corner ch space from round 2

Step 5: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 4 (your second corner of round 3)

Step 6: work 3 dc into the next ch space from round 2

Step 7: work 3 dc into the next corner ch space from round 2

Step 8: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 7 (your third corner of round 3)

Step 9: work 3 dc into the next ch space from round 2

Step 10: work 3 dc into the next corner ch space from round 2

Step 11: ch 3 and work 3 dc into the same ch space as step 10 (your fourth corner of round 3)

Step 12: join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the ch 3 from your first cluster

Each subsequent round will follow the same pattern as this; 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc for a corner, and 3 dc for every ch space in between. Join the end of each round with a sl st, and start each row with a ch 3 (acting as your first dc).

You can then decide if you’d like to make multiple granny squares and stitch them all together at the ‘end’ (see: the blanket I made for my daughter when she was born), or whether you’d prefer to make one giant granny square (see: grey crochet granny square blanket) – the latter is a lot less time consuming, but time consuming all the same.

Pink crochet granny square blanket
Pink crochet granny square blanket

You should also think about different coloured yarns and how you can build up your design through contrasting shades. To change colour mid square simply fasten off at the end of a round, and attach your new coloured yarn to start the next round with a ch 3. You can weave in all loose ends once you’ve finished your blanket.

Monochrome granny square crochet blanket
Monochrome granny square crochet blanket

Borders are a nice finishing touch once you’ve decided that your blanket has reached its full size. You can see various finishes on my pictures; pom pom boarders (see: the blanket I made for my daughter when she was born),  scallop edging (see: grey crochet granny square blanket) or a final row of single crochet (see: Multicoloured granny square blanket).

Multicoloured granny square blanket
Multicoloured granny square blanket
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