By L Puckett
There are many different ways to crochet a granny square. With some patterns, you begin with the center stitch and crochet in a circular motion around the piece. And other patterns will be crocheted in a continuous horizontal back and forth motion. The back and forth pattern is the most basic stitch and is the easiest to learn.
When learning to crochet a basic granny square, try to use 4 ply worsted weight yarn, and any brand will do.
It is also a good idea to use a crochet hook between the sizes G and H while learning to granny square crochet.
Depending on the size of your hook (and yarn) these instructions will should give you a crocheted granny square approximately 8 inches.
Here's how to make a basic square.
First, make a chain of 26, LOOSELY.
Row 1: Once you have made your chain, skip the first chain and single crochet (sc) into the next chain. Do this all the way across until you reach the end. You will have made a total of 25 single crochets. You have completed your first row. This first row is considered the front piece of your work.
Row 2: Make one chain, then turn your piece over. Now single crochet in the top of each stitch all the way across. Again you will have made 25 single crochets all the way across. Row two is considered the back side of your work.
(Each time you finish a row in this pattern you will make one chain before you turn it over because it keeps your piece straight and square.)
Row 3: Make one chain, turn, and single crochet in each stitch across. Total single crochet stitches made: 25 sc.
Repeat Row 3 until your granny square measures approximately 7 inches and you have the right side facing up. Starting at the corner you have stopped at, make a chain, and single crochet three times in the corner. This creates your corner. Now make 23 single crochets across your pattern until you reach the next corner. Once you are at the next corner, again, single crochet three times in that corner. You will follow this technique all the way around you piece until you reach your beginning pointing. That is where you will close off and finish your piece.
Many times when crocheting around the edge of a granny square you will find that while the top and bottom of the piece may have the exact number of stitches (25 in this pattern), the sides will not equal what the top and bottom have. When this happens you can either increase the number of single crochets in a stitch, or decrease a stitch. Just be sure to do it on both sides in order for the piece to keep its shape.
There are so many different techniques to granny square crochet, this is the most basic granny square. With this technique, you can spice it up a little by using two pieces of yarn rather than one, or making your edge a different color than the rest of the piece, or you can make each row a different color. The options are yours for choosing.
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