Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never made a granny square. It’s a category of crochet that I hadn’t gotten around to trying yet. But, as I’m getting a little tired of making striped blankets, I just felt like it was time to change things up a bit and try something new.
After taking a look at different free patterns offered, I came to realize that there is really nothing complicated about a granny square. Like all crochet patterns, it’s simply a matter of math and angles, which is how my brain likes to work. So, for my very first granny square, I decided to just go ahead and design my own!
I’ll be joining these together once I’ve made enough (join method TBD), and I’ll release the pattern for a full blanket soon. But for now, here’s a simple pattern for a modern granny square that will brighten any room.
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UPDATE: It’s finished! Click here to see the Wildflower Afghan.
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WILDFLOWER GRANNY SQUARE
Finished Size: About 5.5″ square
Stitches Used: Ch, Sl St, SC, HDC, DC
Yarn: Medium worsted (I used Bernat Satin)
Hook: Size H (5.00mm)
Notes: (1)Pattern is written in American standard terms. (2)The square is built around the flower (so the flower will not need to be attached at the end). (3)Beginning chains DO count as the first stitch in the final row count, HOWEVER, when joining, you’ll slip stitch to the top of the first TRUE stitch (not the chain).
With the color you want your center to be, begin with a Magic Circle (or Adjustable Ring).
Round 1: Ch1 (counts as HDC). 11 HDC in magic circle. Attach a new color for petals, and join with a Sl St to top of 1st true HDC (not the chain). Fasten off first color. (12 HDC)
Round 2 (work in BLO): Ch2 (counts as DC). DC in same st. 2 DC in each stitch around (24 DC)
Round 3 (work in FLO): Ch2. DC in same. DC in next; Ch2 and Sl St to same st as last DC; this is your first petal. (Sl St to next st. Ch 2. DC in same. DC in next. Ch2 and Sl St to same st as last DC) around, for a total of 12 petals. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Attach yarn via one of the loops on the back side of the finished flower. (Remember in Round 3 when we worked in FLO? The loop we didn’t use is the loop we’re using now.)
Round 4: Ch3 (counts as DC). DC in same St. 2 DC in each remaining St around. Join to top of first true DC. (48 DC)
Round 5: Ch3 (counts as DC). (In next St, 2DC + Ch2 + 2DC. DC in next St. HDC in each of the next 3 Sts. SC in each of the next 3 Sts. HDC in each of the next 3 Sts. DC in next St) around, with your final DC being the Ch3 from the beginning of the round. Join to top of 1st true DC.
Round 6: Ch3. DC in each St around; (2DC+Ch2+2DC) in each corner. Join with a Sl St to top of 1st true DC.
Each side should consist of 15 DC, not including the DCs that make up the corners.
Round 7: Ch3. DC in each St around; (2DC+Ch2+2DC) in each corner. Join with a Sl St to top of 1st true DC. Fasten off; weave in ends. DONE!
Each side should consist of 19 DC, not including the DCs that make up the corners.
I fell in love with this blanket and so I taught myself to crochet so I could make it. A year later I finally got my own blanket and I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for sharing your talents.
Hi, how many skeins of each color is need?
For the blanket, I unfortunately didn’t write it down. I made this pattern back when I wasn’t taking fully detailed notes of my processes. For most of the colors, 1 should be sufficient. You’ll need more of white if you follow my color scheme.
Has anyone tried to make these in a hexagon. I would love to but not sure the best way to do that, I am still fairly new at crocheting.
I haven’t tried!
I did try following the instructions, it looked more like a star. Then tried with all double crochet and no hdc and sc and it wrinkles to much. It also wrinkles when following instructions. So I am at a loss as to what other adjustments to make with it. It sure would be pretty though 🙂
What is the magic circle?
Lovely patrons I am going to give it a try
This is so nice I would love to make it but I am inexperienced at crocheting
If I figure it out I will let you know. I have only made some ripple afghans
This will be a challenge. Thanks for sharing
I am a beginner crocheter venturing into the world of granny squares. This is a great pattern! I’m not sure how I ended up with only 10 petals on my flower but will keep trying til I get it right :). –Connie from Erie, PA
what a pretty pattern square – thank you for sharing
You’re welcome 🙂
Hello, I am very happy about find your site it is very very useful, your crochet is nice and comfortably for me , I’m living in Iran but love your site with videos its sample for doing. I hope be happy in your life. Thank faithfully
Thank you for stopping by! I’m glad you found me. I love making new friends from all over the world. 🙂
Thank you so much for the tutorial, very easy for a beginner to follow. also for the yarn tips I
You’re welcome! 🙂
I recently found ur sight when decided to try to make hats! You’re my favorite blog. I’ve always shyed away from granny squares cause thought it’d be too difficult. But this pattern is so simple n easy to read (once I figured out the BLO & FLO). I just kept reading n you answered the question before I asked, lol! I made one of your hat patterns n granddaughters loved them! Thanx for ur time generosity.
Thank you Barbe! How sweet!
I am very confused about round 3. Can you help me?
I’ll try, but you’ll have to let me know what’s tripping you up 🙂
hOW DID THE side DC go from 15 to 19 in the last round. I DC in each one of the 15, excluding the corner directions, and end up with the 15 original ones. How does it increase to 19?
You don’t exclude the DCs from the previous corner. When you did round 6, you did 15 DCs plus 2 on each side of those DCs, which helped to build a new corner for Round 7. So the 15+2+2=19, and that should get you to the new corner space (which was created when you chained 1). Hope that helps 🙂