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Friday, February 20, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Traditional Granny Square Video Tutorial

The Traditional Granny Square is probably one of the most crocheted designs known to man, woman or child. It is used to make full size afghans, baby blankets, handbags, scarves, sweaters, shawls, hats, stitched in all sizes of yarns and threads, in every color combination imaginable, and pretty much universally loved by all. Most people will tell you that a Granny Square afghan reminds them of their grandmother or their great aunt or some other special person of some previous generation. I don't think the Granny Square has ever really gone out of style though.

There are many different designs for a granny square but today I'm going to show you a Traditional Granny Square and then you can watch the not-so-little video and follow along with hook and yarn to make one yourself.

Traditional Granny Square FrontThis is the front of my sample square, made with the Red Heart worsted weight yarn that I had left over from the Special Olympics scarves I made a few months ago. I used a size J hook. You can use any size yarn or thread that you like, along with a hook sized appropriately for your yarn. You can also use as many or as few colors as you like and combine them in any way that you like. My grandmother used to make granny squares with alternating variegated and solid rounds, in many different colorways. She would then edge each block in black and join them in quilt-like patterns. The contrast between the colors and the black was quite striking.

Traditional Granny Square BackHere is the back. Notice that all the stitches show their front side on the front of the square and their back side on the back of the square. This is because, when crocheting a granny square, you do not turn your work. You simply continue crocheting in the same direction around and around until the square is as big as you want it to be. I've seen granny square afghans that are just one gigantic square, begun just like this one and continued until the desired size. Not much finishing work on an afghan like that!

Traditional Granny Square Close-upHere's a close-up of the center of the sample square. I love how the clusters seem to be disconnected from the other clusters of the same color.

Now go grab some yarn and a hook and have your scissors handy. Turn up the volume just a bit so you don't miss a thing. Click the play button, and in about 20 minutes or so, you will have yourself a pretty little granny square.

I must beg your pardon for the very end of the video where I seem to not finish my train of thought. My memory card was full and I was just going to say that you can stitch over that last tail when you join your squares together but I couldn't get my words out quite fast enough!

You can find the written pattern for this granny square by clicking HERE.

There are many different kinds of granny squares. At least one other you have seen here on Hooked On Needles already, but in the coming days and weeks, I will be making videos for many of them so you can see how they are done and hopefully add them to your list of favorites.

Happy Stitching!

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  • thank you, thank you, thank you! i appreciate your hard work so much! ☺

    By Blogger Purple and Paisley, At February 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM  

  • Brings back lots of memories.....my mom had one with the black around each of the squares...Wish I had that one, but I have no clue where it went. (Had a sister who was the wicked witch and disposed of stuff or kept it all for her. *SIGH*) I think I recall it was NOT fun joining all the squares together, though. LOL

    By Blogger Pat, At February 21, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

  • Wonderful of you to put in your time helping newbies - so many people want to learn to crochet these days and so many beautiful yarns about!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

    By Blogger Lurline, At February 21, 2009 at 7:08 PM  

  • You are awesome! Amazing! Excellent! This is such an amazing video/tutorial. Thank you so much for you hard work and effort in making something explainable to someone who didn't have a clue. I will never forget this. You mae it simple and understandable. I can't thank you enough. Hope you on't min if I link to you!

    By Blogger LIESL, At March 25, 2009 at 5:08 AM  

  • Thank you so very much for taking the time to explain crochet granny squares. I am a beginner and have been trying to make a single square with four rounds for three days to no avail. With your video I finally got it! I am having a ball making squares now, and will enjoy a lifetime of afghan making. Your video truly is the only explanation that has worked for me. I appreciate the guidance, and so will thousands of others. A hug and a thank you from first time crocheters everywhere!

    By Blogger Citizen Woman, At December 24, 2009 at 3:58 AM  

  • Oh thank goodness that I found your website, I was going to stop trying to learn granny squares it was so frustrating not knowing how to crochet them. I have now completed my first square I'm suprised you didn't hear me shouting with glee from the UK!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    By Anonymous Kirsty, At January 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

  • great video, very easy to understand!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

  • Thank you so much for such a simplified video. I am a newbie in crochet, and I want to make a baby blanket for my soon-to-come baby. Your tutorial helped me a lot.
    Thanks again!

    By Anonymous rashmi, At January 14, 2011 at 1:11 AM  

  • Hey there! I could complete my 1st Crochet Project with the help of ur tutorial. Thanks a lot. Will link this page in my personal blog. Hope you wont mind!

    By Anonymous Rash, At March 28, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

  • I have been trying to teach myself how to do a granny square for a couple of days now. I printed up directions, and pictures, to help me. Everytime I tried, I got stuck at a certain spot, and pulled the whole thing out!!! This morning I found your video - grabbed my yarn and my crochet hook, and sat at the computer, following along with you while you did one. It came out beautiful! I can't thank you enough - I like how you explain the process as you're going along - to make it easier to understand. I have bookmarked this video, in case I need it again for the next one!!!! Thank you so much!

    By Anonymous Lynne, At December 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

  • Thanks Lynne! So glad you found this video useful! Have fun making grannies! They are addicting, as you will surely discover!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At December 1, 2011 at 1:14 PM  

  • Thank you So much for your helpful video on making granny squares. Easy to understand and see what you are doing! And I love how you get those pesky ends covered up.
    Your video is simply the best. Trust me, I know. I watched lots of them.
    Now I am ready to tackle my own granny square afghan!

    By Blogger Zoe, At May 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM  

  • You do an great job of explaining, Thank you
    for going slow and giving all the details.

    By Anonymous bonnie, june,13th, 2016, At June 13, 2016 at 6:25 PM  

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