Learn to crochet – Granny Square – Round 1

Ding ding!  That’s what I think of when hearing Round 1!  Would you really like to learn how to crochet?  Would you love to know how to make a Granny square?  This is the post for you.  If you are starting to crochet for the very first time, check out these two posts, which talk about how to hold your hook and yarn, and how to make a chain.  Then you will be ready to start here.  For those in the know I am using UK terminology (if you are in the US, I will post later about the differences)

The basic treble-crochet granny square is easy to learn how to make and is a great way to use up some of your yarn stash.  You can use grannies for much more than blankets—with just a few you’ve got the start of a bag, or a colourful headband, coasters, placemats, etc.

Firstly, Yarn and hook.  for the video and when I teach, I use a Double Knit acrylic yarn (Stylecraft Special DK) and a 5mm hook.  Any double knit will be ok, but i have found that this has the perfect mix of stretch and firmness.  You may be recommended to use a 4mm hook, but I have found that using a larger one is better for beginners, as there is a tendency to crochet tightly when you start.

Next a little summary of the basic crochet stitches – don’t worry I will use proper english for the explanations, then put the pattern as it would be written at the end of this post
sl st :: slip stitch – insert  hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook.
tr :: treble – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops.
ch ::chain – yarn over and pull through loop on hook.
and we will be using a chain to start 🙂

Here is a video to watch, then there are photos and an explanation, and lastly the pattern as it would be written.

(This seems not to be working automatically from WordPress as it has does in other posts… so click anywhere here to go to the video on Youtube 

To get started, make a slip knot in the yarn and chain 4, and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

DSCF4830   LH Granny pics 1

Once you make the ring, chain 3 —this will count as your first treble stitch This is really important, these 3 chains are the same as a stitch… Make 2 more treble stitches into the ring. This is your first 3 treble shell.

DSCF4831   LH Granny pics 02

Then chain 2 stitches, and make 3 more trebles into the ring – make sure that every stitch you make goes into the first ring that you made. (2nd shell)

Repeat this 2 more times – Chain 2, and make 3 trebles into the ring, Ch 2, and make 3 trebles into the ring,

DSCF4832   LH Granny pics 03

Finally, chain 2 and join yarn with a slip stitch to the 1st treble stitch you made (side note – usual instructions are to slip stitch to the 3rd chain of the starting chain – this is my method, but either will work) Fasten off by making a chain, snipping the yarn and pulling it through the working loop. You’ll have a nice little starter square.

DSCF4833  LH Granny pics 4

This would be written as follows…

With first colour, 4ch, slst to make a ring

Round 1:  3ch, 2tr in ring *2ch, 3tr repeat from * 3 times, 2ch, slst to join, Fasten off.

(when you see a * you repeat just that little bit for however many times specified, then continue with the rest of the line of the pattern)

Wow that’s short isn’t it!  don’t worry, watch the video to get the hang of making this first round, and make loads (you are going to want to make many, many granny squares very soon!  They are ridiculously addictive.  The pattern will gradually make sense we are in no hurry here, and you will learn to read the pattern as we go along.

Please leave comments, I would like to know what you think of the videos especially, as I have chosen to use captions rather than talk!  Now get that yarn, and get hooking your first granny square!

2 thoughts on “Learn to crochet – Granny Square – Round 1

  1. Jenny Andersson

    I love, I love, I LOVE this post. Simple steps on how to do practical stuff with your hands like crochet, painting, sculpture is what clumsy clots like me need! I love anything arty but I’m really not good at it so this kind of post lights up my day!

    1. Diana Post author

      Thanks for your comment, I agree, we do so much sitting at screens, it is great to be able to be creative in an actual physical way.


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