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How to Make Solid Granny Squares

How to Make Solid Granny Squares

Granny squares are fun to make and once you have mastered the basics you can make them as big as you like and have fun with different colour combinations. I’m using Deramores Studio DK and a 4½ mm crochet hook. 

Here’s how to get started.

First, here is a traditional granny square.

Begin by making 4ch, join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Work a slip stitch into this ring.

 

For the first round, start by working 5ch (this counts as 1tr and 2ch), then work (3tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring. End the round by working 2tr into the ring, then join with a slip stitch to the 3rd of the 5ch you made at the start of the round.

For the second round, slip stitch into the first chain space, then start by working 5ch (this counts as 1tr and 2ch), work 3tr into the same chain space. All subsequent rounds begin the same way.

Work 1ch, skip the next 3tr, then work (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) into the next ch space. Repeat this around – that’s 1ch, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) into the next ch space. End the round by working 2tr into the same ch space you started in. Join with a slip stitch to the 3rd of the 5ch you made at the start of the round. All subsequent rounds end the same way.

Start the third round in the same way (slip stitch into the first ch space, 5ch, 3tr into same ch space). This time, there is a 1ch space in the centre of the round. Work 1ch, work 3tr into the ch space in the centre of the round, work 1ch, then work (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) into the corner 2ch space. Repeat this across the round. End the same way as before.

To recap:

Begin each round as follows: Slip stitch into next ch space, 5ch, 3tr into same ch space

Along each side: 1ch, 3tr into next ch space

In each corner: 3tr, 2ch, 3tr

End as follows: 2tr into last ch space, slip stitch to 3rd of 5ch

Following these basic instructions you can make your square as large as you like. 

Have fun with colours, by changing every alternate round.

If you prefer a more solid granny square, try this.

The first round is exactly the same as the traditional granny square.  Begin by making 4ch, join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Work a slip stitch into this ring. For the first round, start by working 5ch (this counts as 1tr and 2ch), then work (3tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring. End the round by working 2tr into the ring, then join with a slip stitch to the 3rd of the 5ch you made at the start of the round.

For the second round, slip stitch into the first ch space, work 5ch (this counts as 1tr and 2ch), work 2tr into the same ch space. All subsequent rounds begin the same way.

Work 1tr into each tr on the side of the square. Work (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into the ch space at the corner. Repeat this across the round. End by working 1tr into the last ch space, join with a slip stitch to the 3rd of 5ch. All subsequent rounds end the same way.

Continue adding rounds the same way.

To recap:

Begin each round as follows: Slip stitch into next ch space, 5ch, 2tr into same ch space

Along each side: 1tr into each tr

In each corner: 2tr, 2ch, 2tr

End as follows: 1tr into last ch space, slip stitch to 3rd of 5ch

Following these basic instructions you can make your square as large as you like. 

Have fun with colours, by changing every alternate round.

That’s how to make granny squares!