Reinvent the Granny Square

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Who says the granny square is old-fashioned? First of all, we think grannies rock. And secondly, this simple, traditional form is anything but stuffy. In fact, it's one of the best patterns ever when it comes to getting creative whatever yarns you have on hand. Once you explore our four simple variations below, we bet you'll end up inventing your own. Have fun!

Simple two-tone

This simple square introduces one additional color, striping it in every other round. You'll switch between your main color (MC) and your one accent color (AC). The soft hues shown here give this a subtle, natural look, but it can be bold and graphic, too, depending on your choices.

Round 1 (MC): [Ch 3, dc 2, ch 2 (dc 3, ch 2) 3 times)] inside a magic ring. Sl st in the 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. Cut yarn. 

Round 2 (AC): Sl st into any ch-2 space. (Ch 3, dc 2, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in that ch-2 space. [(Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in the next ch 2 space] around. Sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-3. Cut yarn. 

Rounds 3-5 (changing color each round): Sl st into any ch-2 space. (Ch 3, dc 2, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in that ch-2 space. [(Dc 3, ch 1) in each ch-1 space to ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in ch-2 space] around. Sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-3. Cut yarn. 

New round, new color

Instead of switching between two colors each round, introduce a new color at the start of each round. Try experimenting with several coordinating yarns for a thoroughly planned design, or be spontaneous and use up small yarn bits from your stash and see what happens! Remember that consecutive rounds will get longer and longer, so budget your yarn accordingly.

Double up your rounds

This square fiddles with the rate that you change the color. It still only uses two colors like the first variation, but colors change every two rounds instead of every other round. The result is much more bold.

Round 1 (MC): [Ch 3, dc 2, ch 2, (dc 3, ch 2) 3 times] inside a magic ring. Join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. Sl st in next two sts and ch-2 space. 

Round 2 (MC): (Ch 3, dc 2, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in ch-2 space. [(Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in the next ch 2 space] around. Sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-3. Cut yarn. 

Round 3 (AC): Sl st into any ch-2 space. (Ch 3, dc 2, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in that ch-2 space. [(Dc 3, ch 1) in each ch-1 space to ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in ch-2 space] around. Join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-3. Sl st in next two sts and ch-2 space. 

Round 4 (AC): (Ch 3, dc 2, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in ch-2 space. [(Dc 3, ch 1) in each ch-1 space to ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in ch-2 space] around. Sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-3. Cut yarn. 

Round 5: (MC): Repeat Round 3.

Meet the granny triangle!

We love how this approach completely breaks the granny square tradition — yet only requires the same basic techniques. There's so much room to play here: arrange these squares to create chevrons, diamonds, and more. 

Round 1: With MC: (ch 3, dc 2, ch 2, dc 3, changing to accent color on the 3rd dc) inside a magic ring. Drop main color, but DO NOT cut it. With AC: (Ch 2, dc 3) 2 times. Ch 2. Sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. 

Round 2: Turn. With AC: Sl st in ch-2 space. (Ch 3, dc 2, ch 1) in ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in next ch-2 space. Dc 3 in next ch-2 space, changing to MC on the 3rd dc. With MC: Ch 2. Dc 3 in same ch-2 space, working over the strand of the main color left from carrying it up the work. Ch 1. (Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in the next ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2) in next ch-2 space. Sl st in 3rd chain of beginning ch-3. 

Rounds 3-5: Turn. Sl st in ch-2 space. (Ch 3, dc 2, ch 1) in ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 1) in each ch-1 space to ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 1) in each ch-1 space to ch-2 space. Dc 3 in ch-2 space, changing color on the 3rd dc. Ch 2. Dc 3 in the same ch-2 space, working over the stand of the current color left from carrying it up the work. (Dc 3, ch 1) in each ch-1 space to ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 1) in ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 1) in each ch-1 space to ch-2 space. (Dc 3, ch 2) in next ch-2 space. Sl st in 3rd chain of beginning ch-3.

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