This Solid Granny Square is Positively Chic!

Classic granny squares can sometimes read a little...groovy. If you're looking for a granny that's more contemporary, it's time to cut out the frills: eliminate the chain spaces everywhere but the corners and your square is suddenly giving off a totally new vibe.

Solid Granny Square

Level: Easy

What You Need

Pro Tip

You can use any yarn and hook to make these squares, just remember that the weight of your yarn and size of your hook will change the finished size of your square.

Abbreviations

Instructions

Round 1

Ch 3 (counts as first dc, here and throughout).

Pro Tip

If you don't love crocheting into the chain, you can also start this square with a magic ring !

2 dc in 3rd ch from hook.

Ch 2 (this will create the space for your first corner).

3 dc in same st (3rd ch from hook).

[Ch 2, 3 dc in same st (3rd ch from hook)] twice.

Ch 2, sl st into top of ch 3 to close round.

Round 2

To make this a solid granny square, you'll double crochet in each stitch across the sides. The corners will consists of 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc.

Ch 3.

Step 2:

Dc in same corner ch-sp.

Step 3:

Dc in each st across (3 dc).

Work into the corner ch-sp: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc.

Continue working dc in each st across, and working 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in the corner spaces all the way around.

When you get to the final corner, work 2 dc, ch 2 and then sl st into the top of the first ch 3 to close the round.

Round 3 + Beyond

The rest is easy! Each additional round is worked the same way as Round 2. The only difference is that you'll have more dc stitches on each side.

Just to make sure you've got the hang of it, here's a quick step-by-step for Round 3:

  • Ch 3.
  • Dc in same corner ch-sp.
  • Dc in each st across (7 dc).
  • Work into next corner ch-sp: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc.
  • Continue working dc in each st across, working corners as in Step 4, all the way around.
  • When you get to the final corner, work 2 dc, ch 2 and then sl st into the top of the first ch 3 to close the round.

Continue growing the square for as many rounds as you wish!

Try It With a Twist

Even though these look great in a single color, you don't have to stick to solids. Sprightly Spectrum yarn has long color changes, and gives the illusion of stripes. And, depending on where you start in the ball, you can get totally different squares. We're a little obsessed.


Find Your Next Project

Can't get enough granny squares? We know how you feel. Try out a few more squares then join them all together for a wild and crazy mish-mash blanket!

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