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First Principles: The Humble Crochet Square

Posted by yarnberry on November 18, 2007

I promised my beginner crochet class that I would post plain-English directions for a simple granny square (below).

There’s something about this pared-down version of the granny square. It’s the simplest crochet square that you can make. Once you master it, you can easily make them in front of the TV, or even a book. And yet, when you add a bunch of them together in the right colours, you can get something as elegant as the Babette Blanket.

Although working in the round can be a bit of a mental challenge at first, I hope that this square will make a good starting point for my class. It covers the basics and is also a great springboard for the wide, varied world of crochet squares.

crochet square

Simple square

Make a slipknot on your hook, then make four chains.

Round 1: We are ready to start the first “round” of the crochet square.

Find the fourth chain from your hook — this is the one next to the knot. Working into the 4th chain:

  1. Make 1 double crochet.
  2. Make 2 chains, then 3 double crochets.
  3. Repeat line 2 twice more.
  4. Make one more double crochet.

Stretch out your stitches. There should be 4 “corners” made where you made 2 chains. There should also be 4 “sides.” Three of these sides have 3 double crochet stitches. The fourth side is where your square begins and ends. At the beginning of the round is one “turning chain” made from chain stitches, and one double crochet. At the end of the round (where you are right now) is one double crochet. Make a slip stitch into the top of the turning chain. This joins the beginning and end of the round together.

Round 2: Make three chains. You are now going to work into the stitches of Round 1. The next stitches in front of you are a double crochet followed by a chain-2 space. Double crochet into the double crochet.

Step 1: Working into the chain-2 space, make all of these stitches:

  • Make 2 double crochets.
  • Make 2 chains.
  • Make 2 double crochets.

Step 2: Now work along the side of the square, making 1 double crochet into each of the double crochets below.

Repeat Step 1 + Step 2 twice more, then repeat Step 1 one more time. There is one double crochet left from Round 1, before the turning chain that begins Round 2. Double crochet into this last double crochet.

Stretch out your stitches again. Find the 4 corners and the 4 sides. This time there are 7 double crochets on each side. Make a slip stitch into the top of the turning chain to join the beginning and end of the round together.

Round 3: Make three chains. Double crochet into each of the double crochets from the previous round until you get to the chain-2 space at a corner.

Step 1: Working into the chain-2 space at the corner, make all of these stitches:

  • Make 2 double crochets.
  • Make 2 chains.
  • Make 2 double crochets.

Step 2: Now work along the side of the square, making 1 double crochet into each of the double crochets below.

Repeat Step 1 + Step 2 twice more, then repeat Step 1 one more time. Double crochet into the remaining double crochets, until you get to the turning chain at the beginning of the round. Make a slip stitch into the top of the turning chain to join the beginning and end of the round together.

Round 4 and above: Repeat Round 3 until the square reaches desired size. 5 rounds is recommended.

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8 Responses to “First Principles: The Humble Crochet Square”

  1. What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I especially love the blanket images that you linked to in flicker! It reminds me of the artwork of Gustav Klimt! Lovely.

  2. Mitsuko said

    Thank you so much for this great tute! I was struggling with these squares and they were always coming in different sizes. I just made 12 of them, (almost) perfectly equals!

  3. Lois said

    I’m trying to re-learn crocheting after many years of not doing it…my mother taught me how when I was a girl, but I haven’t done it for over 20 years. Anyway, I tried following this tutorial, but I must be doing something wrong because my square turns out lumpy, not smooth, and the pattern is uneven. I can’t figure out where the corners are, and how many stitches to do along each side.

    Love the colors of that square in your picture. Purple and green is my favorite color combo. :o)

  4. […] and with a minimum of colour changes (I don’t like weaving in ends), so when I came across yarnberry’s humble crochet square I decided that that was the way to go. I’ve got some blue yarn in various shades kicking […]

  5. Andrea said

    Wonderful explanation. I just ordered yarn for a bed spread and was looking for a more solid pattern than the traditional granny square. This will be perfect. Thanks.

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  7. KDoyle said

    I am struggling mightily with following your instructions. I keep ending up with 6 double crochets on the round 2 and can’t figure out where I am missing the 7th double crochet on each side. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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