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Classic one color Granny square

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Who loves granny squares? I know I do with each year more and more. They are so versatile and I am using them for blankets, bags, home decoration, bottle holders, afghans, purses. This single color granny square comes with a twist or a flip to crochet faster and keep a nicer square shape and a variation for smaller gaps between.

 

 

According to Wiki: “A granny square is a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward. Granny squares are traditionally handmade. They resemble coarse lace. Although there is no theoretical limit to the maximum size of a granny square, crocheters usually create multiple small squares (called "motifs") and assemble the pieces to make clothing, purses, Afghan blankets, and other household textiles.”

The stitches used in this pattern for the crochet single or one color granny square are:

  • magic ring
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain stitch
  • dc - double crochet stitch (US terms)

Classic pattern walkthrough:

  • CORNER: 3DC, CH2, 3DC
  • CORNER IS MADE IN THE CH2 OF THE PREVIOUS ROW
  • SIDE: CH1, 3DC
  • SIDE IS MADE IN THE CH1 OF THE PREVIOUS ROW

Pattern:

  • magic ring
  • R1: ch3, 2dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1 - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain
  • TURN THE WORK TO THE BACK SIDE
  • R2:ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1, {(3dc, ch2, 3dc), ch1} x3  - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain
  • TURN THE WORK TO THE BACK SIDE
  • R3: ch3, 2dc, ch1, ((3dc, ch2, 3dc), ch1, (3dc), ch1) x3, (3dc, ch2, 3dc), ch1 - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain
  • TURN THE WORK TO THE FRONT SIDE
  • R4:(ch3, 2dc), ch1, {(3dc, ch2, 3dc), ch1, {(3dc), ch1 }x2, } x3, (3dc, ch2, 3dc), ch1, (3dc), ch1 - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain

Diagram for the classic granny square:

 

Video tutorial on YouTube on How to make a single color granny square:

 

Variation for smaller gaps walkthrough:

  • CORNER: 3DC, CH, 3DC
  • CORNER IS MADE IN THE CH OF THE PREVIOUS ROW
  • SIDE: 3DC
  • SIDE IS MADE IN BETWEEN TWO CLUSTERS OF 3DC OF THE PREVIOUS ROW

Variation for smaller gaps written pattern:

  • magic ring
  • R1: ch3, 2dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1 - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain
  • TURN THE WORK TO THE BACK SIDE
  • R2:ch3, 2dc, ch1, 3dc,{(3dc, ch1, 3dc)} x3 - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain
  • TURN THE WORK TO THE FRONT SIDE
  • R3: (ch3, 2dc), {(3dc, ch1, 3dc), (3dc)} x3 (3dc, ch1, 3dc) - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain
  • TURN THE WORK TO THE FRONT SIDE
  • R4:(ch3, 2dc),  {(3dc, ch1, 3dc), {(3dc) }x2, } x3 (3dc, ch1, 3dc), (3dc) - join with a sl st in the 3rd chain

The diagram for the pattern:

 

 

Video tutorial on YouTube on How to make a single color granny square with smaller gaps:


 

Happy crafting

Alex xx

Comments

  • 14.07.2021 @J.B.

    Thank you for your great vide tutorial. It was bothering me to make it, but when I tried your trick. I have to say my crochet granny square actually looks like a square. Can't wait to make 12 more so I will be able to make them into a bag. But I will make more rows so my bag will be bigger.

  • 12.06.2021 @Alex from TheCrochetCircle.com

    Yes, I will make also a classic one, where I change the colors. And I will actually make 2 different videos on how to start a new row. A standing double crochet and with a chain of 3.

  • 11.06.2021 @anonymous

    This Is great. Thank you, will you be making a classic granny square also? Where the colors change?


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