How To Crochet A Straight Granny Square

Keeping a Granny Square straight

A beginner friendly pattern

By Kerry Jayne Designs

How To Crochet A Granny Square

Granny squares have been around forever but one of the things that can happen when making one is that they can twist. If you have ever made a continuous Granny square blanket, which is literally one big granny square, you may have discovered that the more rounds you add, the more twisted the granny square becomes, and often by about round 7 the granny square is beginning to twist, lean and swirl! 

How to make a straight granny square

The granny on the left has been crocheted round and round in one direction with top side facing throughout, as you can see the square is beginning to twist. The granny on the right has been crocheted turning the square over after each round, thus alternating the direction of each round, therefore counteracting the twist! This may sound complicated but it really isn’t and to me is well worth learning. 

It's not necessarily a problem if you are happy to have a twisted granny square blanket, but personally, I like the granny square to be ‘square’, to me it looks neater and more professional.

There are a few different ways of preventing your granny square from twisting or leaning, such as blocking with pins, or by starting each round at a different point in the square, but I will show the way I like to do it.

With the method below, it's easy to remember and you also have the added advantage that there will be no right or wrong side to the blanket, both sides will be exactly the same.

As in most of my crochet blanket patterns I have created this step by step photo tutorial for you to follow, showing you ‘How to make a Granny square ‘SQUARE’  :-) 

You will need to know:

How to make a Slipknot HERE

How to make a Chain stitch (Ch) (st) HERE

How to make a Slip stitch (Sl st) HERE

How to make a Treble crochet stitch (Tr) (USA Double crochet) HERE 

I will be using UK crochet terminology for this tutorial (For conversion  to USA see HERE)

Use the appropriate size crochet hook for the yarn you are using, it's usually indicated on the yarn label. I am using a size 4mm hook with a Double knitting (DK) weight cotton yarn.

To start

How to make a Granny square-step-1

Make a Slipknot on your hook,

How to make a chain

Ch 4 (do not count the loop on your hook),

How to make a granny square

Slip stitch into the 1st ch to make a ring.

How to crochet a granny square

Ch 3, (counts as your 1st Tr), 

How to crochet a granny square

make 2 Tr into the ring, (the ch 3 and the 2 Tr’s will count as your 1st 'Treble cluster'),

How to crochet a granny square

Ch 2, (the ch 2 will count as your 1st corner space), 

How to crochet a straight granny square

Make 3 Tr into ring, (2nd cluster done)

How to crochet a granny square

Ch 2, 3 Tr into ring (3rd cluster done) Ch 2, 3 Tr into ring (4th cluster done), Ch 2, slip stitch (sl st) into the 3rd ch of the Ch 3 you made at the beginning of the round (where I am pointing my needle). You will now have 4 ‘Tr clusters’ separated by a ch 2 corner. Round 1 complete :-)

How to crochet a granny square

Turn the square over (you will be turning the square over after every round and working each round in the opposite direction to your last round. By doing this it will counteract the twist that happens if you were to just keep crocheting round and round,

How to make a granny square -Step-2

Make a sl st into the corner to begin, Ch 3 (You will be starting from the corner on every round hereafter and will ‘compete’ this corner at the end of each round),How to crochet a granny square

make 2 Tr into the same corner space,  

How to crochet a granny square

Ch 1, 3 Tr into the next corner space,

How to crochet a granny square

 Ch 2, 3 Tr into same corner sp (1st corner done),

How to crochet a granny square

Ch 1,  3 Tr into next corner sp,

How to crochet a granny square 

Ch 2, 3 Tr into same corner sp, 

How to crochet a granny square

Ch 1, (3 Tr, Ch 2, 3 Tr) into next corner sp, Ch 1, 3 Tr into the 1st corner space where you started (where my needle is pointing. If you feel you are crocheting over the top of your starting chain, pull the stitches back a bit so that you can see your ch3),

 

How to make a granny square

Sl st into the 3rd ch of the Ch 3 (where my needle is pointing).

Round 2 complete :-)

How to make a granny square-step-3

Turn the square over, slip stitch into the same corner sp to start, Ch 3,

How to crochet a straight granny square

Make 2 Tr into the same corner space,

How to stop a granny square twisting

Ch1, 3 Tr into next space,

How to stop a granny square from twisting

Ch1, 3 Tr into next corner sp,

How to crochet a straight granny square

Ch2, 3 Tr into same corner sp. (2nd corner complete),

How to crochet a straight granny square

Ch1, 3 Tr into next sp, Ch 1, *(3 Tr, ch 2, 3 Tr) into next corner sp, Ch 1, 3 Tr into

next sp, Ch 1; repeat from * once more, 3 Tr into the 1st corner sp where you started, Ch 2, Sl st into the 3rd ch of the Ch 3.

How to crochet a basic granny square

 Round 3 completed :-)

How to make a granny square-step-4

Turn the square over, sl st into the corner sp to start, Ch 3,

How to make a granny square

Make 2 Tr into same corner sp, *Ch1, 3 Tr into next sp, Ch1, 3 Tr into next sp, Ch1, (3 Tr, Ch 2, 3 Tr) into next corner sp; repeat from * twice more, Ch1, 3 Tr into next sp, Ch 1, 3 Tr into next sp, Ch 1, 3 Tr into 1st corner sp, Ch 2, Sl st into the 3rd ch of the Ch 3 st.

Round 4 complete :-)

Ok so you should be getting the hang of it now, as you can see, the square is still perfectly straight. Carry on repeating the rounds in the same way.

Just a few things to remember with this method, always turn your square after each round, then slip stitch into the 1st corner and then Ch 3 to begin. Also, remember that you complete your 1st corner, at the end of each round. Every cluster is separated by a Ch 1, except the corner which is a Ch 2.

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Happy crocheting!

Lots of love Kerry x


7 comments

  • Thank you so much . I’ve just completed my very first crochet / square usuing this

    Deborah
  • Hi Kerry, I have just crochet a sample and will do that whenever I do granny square. I had to change it a bit as I am left handed. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Chris
  • Beautiful Work and beautiful color! Just love you work,Please keep up the wonderful job.

    Loretta McCurry
  • What a simple solution to the twist. I am currently attempting to piece together a granny square rug and am struggling. I am kinda crocheting them together with single crochet but I am not sure about the outcome. Have never done this before
    I think I need visual help

    Bev Spriggs
  • I will definately use this method! I am making my granddaughter a rug for her bed – have done 3 granny squares of 16 rows. Can I start doing it on the next square? Don’t want to take the first 3 undone!

    Janice

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