How To Crochet A Granny Square
See this video and try your hand with the intricacies of crochet. Learn how to crochet a granny square which can become the basis of anything you want to crochet. These step-by-step techniques will take you a long way into the craft of crocheting.
Granny squares aren't just for grannies anymore. I'm going to show you how to make these really cute squares that you can use to create a blanket, a bag or whatever you want to use it for. To make a granny square, you're going to begin by creating a chain circle. Into it, you're going to put your individual stitches. So, we're going to begin by making a slip knot, and then we're going to make four chains. If you don't know how to make chains, you can refresh the video that we have about making chains. We're then going to make a circle by inserting our hook into the first chain that we made, and we're going to thread it into the bump at the back that makes a nice, strong joint, and then you're going to do a slip stitch. So, you're joining over the hook and pulling through the stitch and the loop on the hook without your joining over again. So, you've made a circle. We're now going to chain 3, and that first chain 3 is going to count as our first treble crochet, and then we're going to make two treble crochets into the center of that loop, so let me pull back and show you that again. So, we are round the hook, and we're inserting the hook into the middle of that circle, and then yarn over and pull back to the circle, so you've got three on the hook, and then finish your treble crochets like you normally do - two and another two, okay, and we're going to make another treble crochet. So, you've now got three treble crochets, or rather our first chain three and two trebles which is counted as three. We're now going to make our first corner space and we're going to do that by chaining two. So, we chained two, and then we're going to make another three treble crochets into the center of that circle. We keep going into the same space. So, three treble crochets, okay, and then we need to make our next corner space. So, we make two chains for the corner, and then three trebles. I realized I'm kind of a fast crocheter, so you need to pause the video and make your treble crochets, and then you can restart it. And then our next chain 2 corner space, and then we want our last set of three trebles, we want four sets of three treble crochets in total separated by two chain spaces. Okay, last one. Okay. So, we want to make our last chain 2 corner space here, and then we need to join in the top of our first chain 3. So if you count that from the bottom - one chain, two chains, there's the third one, and you do one and insert your hook under both legs to be of that stitch if you can get in there. There you go. And then you're going to make a slip stitch to join, so yarn round the hook and pull through that stitch and the loop that's on the hook. Okay. So you've now got a square with four corners and that's what we want. Now's the time to change color, so we're going to cut the yarn that we have, and you have to finish off any piece of crochet, you have to yarn around the hook, and pull that tail through to close it, and then we're going to pick up our new color. Okay. You're going to insert your hook in any one of the corner spaces that we've made, and then take your new yarn and pull that yarn through the corner space. Now, for my first chain, I like to yarn over with both the tail and the active yarn just to anchor myself into position, and then after that, I can drop the tail and just carry on working with the active yarn. I need to make two more chains for a total of three chains to begin. Now, in our corner space, we need to make two sets of three trebles separated by a two-chain space. So we're going to make three treble crochets, or rather our chain 3 which counted as our first treble, plus two, and then two chains, and then three more treble crochets. That's what we put into all our corner spaces - three trebles, two chains and three trebles. Okay. So that's what your corner should look like when you've finished with it. Two sets of three treble crochets with the two chains facing between. Now, you need to travel to our next corner space, and in order to do that we're going to chain 1. So, we make just one chain and move directly to the next corner space. We're going to ignore these stitches in between. So, here we go into the next corner space, and we're going to make three treble crochets. And remember, you're inserting your hook directly into the big hole. You don't need to go into the chains, you're just going into the space formed by that two chains. Okay. So, we're making three trebles, and then we're going to chain 2, and then three more trebles. Okay. So, we do our second corner with chain 1 to go to the next corner and then we do it again, three trebles, always going into the big hole in the corner, continuing to go into the same space. Chain 2 to make our next corner, and then three more trebles. Chain 1, and we got our last corner to do. So we're making three trebles, chaining two, and then making our last sector 3 trebles. Okay. Now, we need to make one last chain 1, and then we're going to join on the top of our chain 3. So, one, two, three and one stick your hook under both legs to be there, so you get into it properly like that, and then yarn over and pull through the stitch and the loop on the hook. So, that is the beginning of a granny square. You can see that. Now, as you carry on, you're always going to be putting three trebles, two chains, three trebles in the corner spaces, and then for side spaces, you got one in this next round and you'll have two and three. You'll get one more side space in each round. You just put one set of three trebles in the side spaces, two sets with the chain 2 in between in the corner and one set of three trebles in the side spaces. And that's how you make a granny square.