There are some great knitting and crochet traditions that remain perennially popular – and granny squares are no exception. These classic crocheted motifs are pieced together to make all manner of things: you’ve probably seen them in gorgeous blankets and throws, but they can also be used to make clothing and accessories.

If you’ve never made a granny square before then all you need is some spare yarn and an appropriately sized crochet hook – look on the yarn’s ball band for a guide. You can make a granny square in just one colour, but part of the fun is mixing and matching different shades. It’s best to use yarns that are similar in weight; if you use a combination of yarn weights then it will be hard to make your squares all the same size. 

You’ll need to have mastered only a few basic crochet stitches – the chain, slip stitch and treble crochet. For a reminder on how to work these, go to Knit & Stitch Creative issue 4. Although you are making a square, you will be working ‘in the round’; in other words, you don’t turn your work over at any point (as you would do when working in rows). Granny squares can be made in a range of sizes but generally speaking, most are made up of four to five rounds.

Here’s how to make a basic four-round granny square using four different colours:

Using your first colour, make a 4 chain, then slip stitch into the first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: chain 3 (this counts as 1 treble), then work 2 trebles into the ring. *Chain 2, then work 3 trebles into the ring. Repeat from * twice more, then chain 2. Insert your hook in the top of the 3 chain and draw through your second colour (i). Cut off your first colour.

Round 2: Chain 4 (this counts as 1 treble and 1 chain), then work 3 treble into the corner space (ii). Chain 2, then work 3 more treble into the same corner space. *Chain 1, then work 3 treble, 2 chain and 3 treble into the next corner space; repeat from * once more. Work 3 treble, 2 chain and 2 treble into the last corner space, then insert your hook into the 3rd chain of the 4 chain and draw through your third colour (iii). Cut off your second colour.

Round 3: Chain 3 (this counts as 1 treble), then work 2 treble into the next chain space. *Chain 1, then work 3 treble, 2 chain and 3 treble into the next corner space. Chain 1, then work 3 treble into the next chain space. Repeat from * twice more. Chain 1, then work 3 treble, 2 chain and 3 treble into the next corner space. Chain 1, then insert your hook into the top of the 3 chain and draw through your fourth colour (iv). Cut off your third colour.

Round 4: Chain 4 (this counts as 1 treble and 1 chain), then work 3 treble into the next chain space. *Chain 1, then work 3 treble, 2 chain and 3 treble into the next corner space. Chain 1, work 3 treble into the next chain space, chain 1, then work 3 treble into the next chain space. Repeat from * twice more. Chain 1, then work 3 treble, 2 chain and 3 treble into the next corner space. Chain 1, then work 2 treble into the last chain space. Join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the 4 chain. Fasten off (v).

The granny square shown here is made in four shades of CreaCrafts Harmony yarn – Teal, Grass Green, Indigo and Duck Egg – but there are lots of other lovely colours in the range that you can use for your granny squares.

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