Solid Granny Square Crochet Tutorial

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By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

Most people are content with the traditional granny square.  It’s recognizable right off, even by beginners.  But what if you don’t want the gaps?  What if you’d like a more solid look, but the freedom that granny squares give you when creating your masterpiece?

I think that granny squares in general do give a certain amount of freedom—you can make them any color or multiple colors that you want.  Mix and match, create a design by arranging the granny squares in a certain way (pixel crochet), and so on.

The solid granny square just offers another way to achieve this.

What you will need:

Abbreviations:

Ch(s)—chain(s)
St(s)—stitch(es)
DC—double crochet
SS—slip stitch
MR—Magic Ring (video tutorial here)
FO—fasten off

Magic Ring vs Chain 4 and Slip Stitch:

There are two types of people in the “working in the round” crochet community: the magic ring (or circle) and the chain 4, ss to the first ch made.

Is one better than the other?  It’s a long-time debate.  My answer is: no.  Both of them trap the tail end for easy ends weaving.  Both of them provide a circle to work into (albeit one is larger than the other).  And both of them form the same end result: a ring. A circle.  It looks the same in the end.

So start this project with whichever method you use to make a circle.  No judgement here.  If you don’t know how to do the magic ring and want to learn, visit the Traditional Granny Square tutorial either on the blog here, or on the YouTube video here.

The Method:

As I mentioned above, create a ring and chain 3 to get started.  Ch3 does count as a stitch for the entire pattern.

Round 1:

  1. 11 dc into the ring (12 total)
  2. SS to top of ch3 to join.
  3. Ch3, dc in same place as ch3, ch1, 2dc—all in the same joining space.
  4. Dc in the next two sts.
  5. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  6. Dc in the next two sts.
  7. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  8. Dc in the next two sts.
  9. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  10. Dc in the last 2 sts.
  11. Ss to top of ch3.

  

  

Round 2:

Now we’re just growing the square since in the previous round, we created the center and established corners to a rounded area.

  1. Ch3, dc in the next st
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 6 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 6 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2cc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 6 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 4 sts
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3.

  

Round 3:

This actually creates round 4 of the granny square which is where I like to stop if I’m not making a giant granny square.  I personally prefer 4 round grannies to 5 rounders.  A lot of people do.  The repeat isn’t any of the rounds, but the technique involved in making the granny.

  1. Ch3, dc in the next 3 sts
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 9 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 9 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 9 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 5 sts.
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3. FO and weave in ends.

  

How to Continue on the Pattern:

As you can see, your granny gains stitches each round to make it bigger and bigger.  All you need to do to continue growing it, is after you have done your ch3, dc in each stitch over to the first chain 1 space, where you will complete a corner [2dc, ch1, 2dc], and then dc in each stitch along the next side until you come to another corner and make that corner pattern (instructions in the brackets) in the next ch1 space.

Continue on in this manner until you have come all the way around to your starting ch3, and slip stitch to join the round to the top of that ch3.

The solid granny makes a very cool throw pillow, especially if you change colors at some point in the pattern.

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Hi there, I’m Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet. Designer, blogger, and mother of one amazing little girl whom inspires me each day! Crocheting helps my anxiety by keeping my mind busy and is very satisfying to do. We have a saying in the crochet world: “I turned a string into a thing!” My goals with my business are to have a thriving blog, Etsy shop, and YouTube channel. My expertise is used to provide tutorials and new patterns to crocheters of all levels. Join me at www.sunflowercottagecrochet.com.

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