Granny knows best!
Granny squares are fun and once you have the crochet basics they are quite simple to do. They are a great way of using up ends of yarn and can be joined together to form a variety of crafty projects, blankets, throws, scarves, cushions, bags etc. This is not a tutorial, just the pattern, you will need to get to grips with the basic starter crochet stitches first, but once you've got those down it's be granny squares galore!
NOTE: This pattern is in US crochet stitch terms (as when I taught myself crochet I accidentally learnt the US names instead of UK terms and so just stuck with them) So if you are used to UK terms there is a helpful conversion chart here.
It doesn't really matter how thick your yarn is (as long as you use an appropriate hook size for the yarn you've chosen) the squares will vary in size depending on yarn thickness and how loose or tight you crochet. For me granny squares are just a fun thing to make, don't worry about trying to make them perfect.. just have fun! Use as few or as many colours as you like, make them as big as you like (just keep adding more rounds). It really isn't as hard as it looks! I make mine using this pattern..
Basic Granny Square Pattern
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 3, * 3 dc in ring, ch3.Rep from * 2 more times.
Join and break off on this and every round. (if changing colours)
Rnd 2: Join yarn in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in same sp, * ch 1, work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in next ch-3 sp.Rep from *2 more times, end ch 1.
Rnd 3: Join yarn in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in same sp, * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1 work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in next ch-3 sp(corner). Rep from * around end ch 1.
Rnd 4: Join yarn in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in same sp, * (ch1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1, work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in next corner sp. Rep from * around, end ch 1.
Continue for as many colours/rows as you like!
[Note for the first round it really doesn't look like a crochet square shape, don't worry keep going and it should take shape as you add more rounds]
Want to see my first granny squares?... Here!
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(You can find crochet abbreviations here)