Classic Granny Square Crochet Stitch Tutorial

The Classic Granny Square Crochet Stitch (Tutorial) is a multifaceted stitch that adds spice to home decorations and colors to your wardrobe. 

This crochet pattern is one of the first design a person can make once they start doing the art of crocheting. It is also one of the classic and basic patterns in this craft. 

Learning this classic crochet pattern by heart will level up your skills in making your very own handmade items. It will expand your capabilities in making your own designs from crocheting coasters, place mats, pillow cases to an even more complicated items like blankets, cardigans, and purses. 


A yarn and a crochet hook are all the materials you need to own to start doing this granny crochet pattern. The crochet hook should be proportional to the weight of your yarn as recommended in the printed yarn label to be able to get the desired result.

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Granny Squares Coasters by Kristine Salmina of KristinesCrochet
  1. Make a simple slip knot on your crochet hook.
    Next, chain 3.

    Though there are other ways to start crocheting the granny square, the slip knot is the easiest and widely used method to begin with.

  2. Make your first double crochet cluster (dc) pattern

    The double crochet cluster patterns are the foundation of the granny squares. Each part of the granny square pattern consists of three side-by-side double crochet stitches.

    The “chain 3” is referred as the first double crochet stitch in the first cluster.

    To finish up the clusters, you need to crochet two double crochet (dc) stitches into the base chain of chain 3. You now have a three double cluster stitches next to each other.

  3. Making your second double crochet (dc) pattern

    Construct clusters of 3 double crochet (dc) stitches. Make three double crochet stitches to the base of the first chain round, it is where you made the double crochet stitches earlier.

  4. Polishing the first round of the granny square

    Do this by repeating the preceding step two more times. By now, you should have four clusters of double crochet with a chain two spaces in the middle of each and the last chain two dangling to the end.

    To end doing rounds and to start creating square shapes, make a slip stitch into the first ch 3. This is where the first-round of the granny square ends.

Granny Stitch First Round Summary
  1. Ch 3
  2. 2 dc in third ch from hook
  3. Ch 2
  4. 3 dc in third ch from hook (same sp as before)
  5. Ch 2
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 twice each
  7. Sl st to top of ch 3 to close round
  1. Start doing the second round of the Granny Square Stitch

    To begin with a new round, again start with chain 3. Same thing as the first round, this will serve as the first double crochet of the very first set.

  2. Finishing up the First Double Crochet Set

    Start by making 2 double crochet (dc) beside chain 3 in the open corner right below the chain 3. When the first double crochet cluster is finished, chain 2.

  3. Working around the corners of the second round of the Granny Square

    In the sides, crochet three double (dc) crochet stitches, chain 2, and crochet an additional three double crochet (dc) stitches, all in the same place in the corner.

    Construct every corner of the granny square the same way, except for the part where you started.

  4. Making the third corner of the granny square pattern

    By doing the previous steps in each corner, crochet around the granny square.   

    Once you’ve reached the corner where you started, crochet another cluster of three double crochet stitches, then chain 2.

    Make a slip stitch to the top of the first chain 3 to close the round. The final corner should now appear the same as all the others.

Granny Stitch Second Round Summary
  1. Ch 3. 2 dc in same corner sp
  2. Ch 2
  3. For the next corner sp: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
  4. Do step 3 two times
  5. 3 dc in starting corner
  6. Ch 2
  7. Sl st to top of first ch 3 to close round
  1.  Doing the third round of the granny square

    Begin this round the same way how you started doing the previous rounds.

    Make a chain 3, then proceed in making 2 double crochet (dc) stitches in the same space. Chain 2.

  2. Making double crochet clusters on the sides

    In this part, crochet three double crochet (dc) cluster stitches in the space on the side of the square, then chain 2.

  3. Doing crochet around the third round

    Follow the same steps that you did before in the previous corners. Then start making a cluster of 3 double crochet stitches, chain 2, then make another cluster, and chain

    As you finish making another round of the granny square, again, repeat the previous steps so in each side there will be a cluster and two clusters in each corner.

    When the final corner is reached, wherein the corner where you also started, make a cluster of double crochet (dc) stitches, chain 2, then close the round by making a slip stitch.

Granny Stitch Third Round Summary
  1. Ch 3. 2 dc in same corner sp
  2. 3 dc in next ch-2 sp. Ch 2
  3. For the next corner sp: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2
  4. Do steps 2 and 3 two times
  5. 3 dc in starting corner
  6. Ch 2
  7. Sl st to top of first ch 3 to close round
  1.  Ending your granny squares or making it bigger

    By cutting the yarn and leaving an extra tail of at least six inches, then weaving in the ends, you can now end your granny squares

    Or you can make your granny squares even larger. In every round, you’ll get to have even more spaces and clusters of double crochet stitches along each corner. 

    Just keep adding clusters of double crochet until you get the desired size of your granny squares.

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Granny Square Pattern Baby Blanket by Nella’s Cottage
Taking your skills in granny squares to the next level

Once you’ve mastered this crochet pattern, you can take your skills further by changing yarn colors in each round for a much colorful designs and accessories.

  • Using a ch-1 instead of a ch-2 makes tighter squares
  • Try experimenting on smaller granny square variation to make a big impact.
  • Adding crochet edging to the Classic Granny Square Crochet Stitch to make it more enticing.
  • Make crochet granny square crafts, like a granny square blanket or a pillow case. The first step in doing this is to learn how to join granny squares.
  • Learning other types of square patterned crochet stitches.
  • Study how to crochet more complicated granny shapes such as the granny rectangle, granny triangle, and granny circle.

This Classic Granny Square Crochet Stitch Tutorial is quite complicated but if you really love your craft, this is definitely worth learning and trying.

Imagine the fulfillment in seeing your very own handmade granny square pattern pillow cases or blankets that you made all by yourself. Feels good right? So, what are you waiting for?

Start now and embrace the hard work.