Granny Square Pattern

The Granny Square is a crochet tradition, but is still as popular as ever.

This page describes how I make a multicolour Granny Squares, where you change colour after each round. This page includes a written pattern, a step-by-step photo tutorial and has been updated to include a video tutorial at the bottom of the page.

Notes on the Granny Square:

The pattern is based on the traditional Granny Square.  The Granny Square uses groups of treble crochet to form ‘treble clusters’. It is a really simple technique and suitable for a beginner.

There are many different ways to make a Granny Square. Below outlines how I like to make my Granny Squares. The instructions listed below describe using 2 chains in each corner space. Some patterns have 3 chains in each corner and some have 1 chain. For a couple of the projects on my website I have used 1 chain, but on the whole I like to use 2 chains. This is personal preference and I decide which I will use depending on each new Granny Square project.

This pattern also suggests you turn the work over after each round – I find this helps to keep the square even and it also makes the work reversible. 

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology:

  • UK terms are used throughout. 
  • ss         slip stitch
  • tr         treble crochet
  • ch        chain
  • beg-ch beginning chain
  • *to*     instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified

Stitch Guide/Conversion Guide

Stitch conversion

Instructions (for 2ch in each corner)

Video Tutorial

Video tutorial can be found here.

Written Pattern

Foundation Ch4, join with ss in first ch to form a ring (alternatively you can use a magic ring).

Round 1 Continue with same yarn colour, Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr in ring, (ch2, 3tr) 3 times, ch2, join with ss in 3rd ch of beg-ch.  Fasten off.  

[4 groups of 3tr]

Round 2 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop of new yarn colour in any ch2 corner space.  Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *(3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[8 groups of 3tr]

Round 3 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop of new yarn colour, in any ch2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from round 2, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from round 2, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[12 groups of 3tr]

Round 4 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop of new yarn colour in any ch2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from round 3, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in the next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from round 3, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[16 groups of 3tr]

Round 5 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop of new yarn colour in any ch2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[20 groups of 3tr]

Subsequent Rounds Repeat as for round 5

You can add as many rounds as you desire.

Step-by step Instructions (note this pattern has 2 chains in each corner, you can use chain 1 or chain 3 if you prefer):

Foundation

Round 1 

[4 treble clusters]

Round 2 

[8 treble clusters]

Round 3

 [12 treble clusters]

Round 4 

[16 treble clusters]

Round 5 

Turn work over.  Using colour E.  Pull up a loop in any chain 2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next chain 2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

Subsequent Rounds: repeat round 5