Solid Granny Square – Crochet Tutorial

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Solid squares are a simple and fun alternative to the traditional granny square that many crocheters know and love. The solid version offers a more dense appearance and looks wonderful when made in solid shades or multi-coloured rounds. You can make them as big or as small as you’d like to accommodate the type of project you are working on.

Learn how to make a simple solid granny square below…


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Please read the tutorial thoroughly before starting your granny square.

Notes:
– This tutorial is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– This is a tutorial for a solid granny square using one colour. It includes written and photo instructions to help guide you along
– There are many different techniques when making a solid granny square. This tutorial is based on my own preferences and style
– This tutorial goes up to 4 rounds, but you can easily continue to grow the size of your square. Simply follow the pattern and add in the appropriate increases each round. This will make sense as you work through tutorial
– Beginning CH 2 counts as 2 DC throughout
– As you practice making solid granny squares, you might find that using a beginning CH 2 creates a slight “pulled in” appearance after completing each round. Using a CH 3 instead can help eliminate that issue

Materials Needed:
– This tutorial uses Dishie worsted cotton yarn but please use whatever yarn you have on hand or prefer. For beginners, I would recommend a worsted weight yarn while learning. I used approximately 17 yards for 4 rounds
– Please use an appropriately sized crochet hook that is complimentary to your yarn choice. I will be using my 4mm Furls Streamline Teak
– Yarn needle (I love these ones)
– Scissors (This pair is my favourite)

Stitches:
SS- Slip Stitch
CH – Chain
DC – Double Crochet


Pattern:
Begin by making a magic circle OR CH 3 and SS into the second chain from your hook to form a circle

Round 1:
– CH 2 (counts as the first DC stitch) and place 1 DC into your circle. (You will complete this grouping later with your last dc of the round to make 3 stitches on this side)
– CH 2 (this creates your first corner space)
– Make 3 DC stitches into your circle.
– CH 2 (this creates your second corner space)
– Make 3 DC stitches into your circle.
– CH 2 (This creates your third corner space)
– Make 3 DC stitches into your circle.
– CH 2 (This creates your fourth corner space)
Make 1 DC into your circle. SS into the top of your beginning CH 2 (This last DC will complete your first grouping)

After round 1, each side contains 3 DC stitches (12 total) with 4 CH 2 corner spaces

Round 2:
– CH 2 (counts as the first DC stitch)
– Into the next stitch, place 1 DC
– Into the first CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 3 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the second CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 3 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the third CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 3 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the fourth CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Place 1 DC into the next stitch and SS into the top of the beginning CH 2

After round 2, each side contains 7 DC stitch (28 total) with 4 CH 2 corner spaces

Round 3:
– CH 2 (counts as the first DC stitch)
– Into each of the next 3 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the first CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 7 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the second CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 7 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the third CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 7 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the fourth CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 3 stitches, place 1 DC and SS into the top of the beginning CH 2

After round 3, each side contains 11 DC stitches (44 total) with 4 CH 2 corner spaces

Round 4:
CH 2 (counts as the first DC stitch)
– Into each of the next 5 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the first CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 11 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the second CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 11 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the third CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
– Into each of the next 11 stitches, place 1 DC
– Into the fourth CH 2 corner space, make 2 DC, CH 2, 2 D
– Into each of the next 5 stitches, place 1 DC and SS into the top of the beginning CH 2

After round 4, each side contains 15 DC stitches (60 total) with 4 CH 2 corner spaces

At this point, my square measured approximately 4×4 inches. If you’d like, feel free to fasten off here and weave in your ends (don’t forget to tighten your magic circle!). This size would make for a great coaster if you’re looking for a quick and easy beginner project. Crochet a set of 4 and you have yourself a practical gift idea!

Larger squares can be made by continuing the round increases just like they were done in previous rounds: making 1 DC into each stitch with 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in each corner space. Large squares can perfect for seaming together into a throw blanket and make great stash buster options. I really enjoy using the invisible seam method for joining motifs and squares which you can find here. You can even make one giant square into a blanket itself!

Solid granny squares are so much fun, super fast and have a ton of different uses. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you’d like to explore more content, check my other tutorials below:

Happy crocheting!

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