I have made so many solid granny squares in the past 4 years for blankets and I’ve been through a few different patterns until I feel I have perfected it.
Unlike the classic granny square or traditional granny square, each side of the square is made of only the double crochets stitch – one in each stitch. This creates a ‘solid’ row on each square thus a ‘solid’ granny square.
Find below the written crochet pattern and a video tutorial for the perfect solid granny square.
Perfecting the Solid Granny 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 solid granny squares and this is the pattern I have used for my last several granny square blankets.
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.
Seamless Granny Square
The key to getting a seamless granny solid square is all in the slip stitch. When crocheting the square, at the end of each round we use slip stitches to get back to the beginning corner of the square so there isn’t a seam on the side of the square.
When we slip stitch back to the corner, we can start our beginning chain in the chain space and the seam there will be essentially hidden or not as noticeable if it were to be on the side of the square.
This was a big game changer for me and it also allowed for easier joining on my granny squares!
Crochet Hook Size
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 mm or K/6.50 mm 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.
Troubleshooting Wavy Granny Squares
If your granny squares are ever wavy and not laying flat, the culprit is usually that there are too many stitches on each side.
Since I’ve used this solid granny square pattern hundreds of times, these squares should come out flat. However, if it does not then tension and hook size could be the issue.
If your granny squares are turning out wavy and you are following the written pattern/video tutorial correctly then I suggest going down a hook size to remedy the problem.
Other Granny Square Tips
- How to Crochet Granny Solid Squares Together
- Join as You Go Method (for Solid Granny Squares)
- Sew Appliques (onto granny squares)
Solid Granny Square Crochet Pattern Written Instructions
Abbreviations (US terms)
Ch = chain, dc = double crochet, sl st = slip stitch, st = stitch
Round 1: Magic circle, 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.
I have made your ocean granny square blanket for one grandson and your monkey granny square blanket for the other. Fabulous!!!! Please tell me how to make a successful magic ring, I’m really stumped.