I have made so many granny squares in the past 4 years and I’ve been through a few different patterns until I feel I have perfected it.
Perfecting the Square
My first big granny square blanket was this Woodland Afghan and I hate to say it, but they were the worst squares because they needed to be blocked. I did love the concept of starting with a circle and turning it into a square though. It allowed my applique designs to have a good base to be sewn onto.
My next version was so much better and actually stayed square and I did not have to block them. The only little imperfection was the seam. It didn’t bother me too much, but I knew I could eliminate it.
Now we have this solid granny square pattern with NO seam. It’s my favorite way to make squares and this is the pattern I have used for my last several granny squares.
Written pattern is below along with the video tutorial! If you are making any of my past granny square blankets, I suggest you use this pattern below for the best outcome.
I have used different hook sizes in the past – mostly because I never remember what I typically use and looking back into a pattern would just be too easy for me. Yep, I just called myself lazy.
I find a J/6.00 or K/6.50 works best for me to get 6-8″ squares. It all depends on my tension at that particular moment. If you are following one of my patterns, check out the notes/gauge section to see what size squares you need to make and adjust your hook size accordingly.
Other Granny Square Tips
Solid Granny Square Crochet Pattern
Round 1: Magic ring, ch 2, 10 dc in ring, join to first dc (10)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2dc in each st around, join to first dc (20)
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as stitch), (dc, ch 2, 2dc) in same st as ch 3, dc, hdc in next 2 st, dc, *(2dc, ch 2, 2dc) all in next st, dc, hdc in next 2 st, dc, repeat from * around, join to beginning ch 3 (each side of square will have 8 st)
Round 4: Sl st to ch 2 space from previous row, Ch 3 (counts as st) (dc, ch 2, 2dc) all in same ch 2 space, dc across, *(2dc, ch 2, 2dc) all in ch 2 space from previous row, dc across, repeat from * around, join to beginning ch 3 (each side of square will have 12 st)
Round 5-6: Repeat Round 4 (Each side will grow by 4 stitches after each round)
Fasten off and weave in ends.