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Perfect Granny Square

*I wrote this pattern in 2013, but I’ve relocated it here in order to further organize my free pattern library – Thank you!*


Here is a quick tutorial for the Perfect Granny Square! 🙂

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(US Terminology, Worsted weight yarn, size K/6.5mm hook)

I have featured this tutorial on Facebook, but I have decided to give it a permanent home, here on my website. I have found that I’m not the only one who does this method, but maybe you’ll learn something new!

The yarn I am using is a soft and sturdy economical powerhouse, KnitPicks Brava Sport. Read more about this yarn on my Crafter site!

Okay, I like to start with an adjustable ring (“Magic Ring”) – see it at Crochet Cabana (.com) tutorial.

You can also chain 4 and join to make a ring.

Round 1: All in ring, SC, chain 2, (3DC, chain 1) 3 times, 2DC, join with a slip stitch in the chain directly above the beginning SC.

Round 2: Slip stitch in same chain space, FLIP WORK OVER to the opposite side, (SC, chain 2, 3DC) all in same space, (3DC, chain 1, 3DC) in all 3 other spaces around, 2DC in first space, join with a slip stitch to the chain directly above the beginning SC.

Round 3 (pattern round): Slip stitch in same space, FLIP WORK OVER to opposite side, (SC, chain 2, 3DC) all in same space, 3DC in all spaces across, (3DC, chain 1, 3DC) in corners around the blanket until you reach the first space. 2DC in that space and join with a slip stitch in the chain directly above the beginning SC. Cut yarn and finish off when your work is large enough.

I like to end on an odd round so that the first and last rounds are both facing up.

If you are using many colors, you would cut yarn and finish off after every join, and then flip the work over, attach yarn in any corner, and work as normal.

I use this method (flipping work to alternate sides, omitting chains between 3DC groups, working only 1 chain in the corners) as a means to make a perfectly straight-edged granny square. If I do not do these things, I end up with a warped, twisted-centered, loosey-goosey, un-structured thing… 🙂

Around the square in the photo below, I did a reverse SC round. Nice and neat!


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14 replies »

  1. Como le comentaba en el vídeo anterior, sería muy interesante poner de vez en cuando vídeos y gráficos de sus trabajos. Pues a personas como yo, que nos es muy difícil entender los tutoriales, nos iría muy bien y podríamos realizar trabajos que ahora no podemos
    Un abrazo,
    Pd: Recibo sus correos hace bastante tiempo.

    • Hola! Realmente no se como se poner videos, pero Es muy buena idea dibujar graficos para que pueda mas jente entender el tutorial. Voy a organizar un “crochet-along” o sea “CAL” donde ustedes construyen junto a mi una cobija que tengo ya deseñada. Ya con ese patron, voy a empezar a poner los graficos 👍🏻👍🏻
      Gracias por su apoyo! 😊❤️
      Rachele C.

  2. I’ve never seen this type of granny square before. Looks really nice. Thanks for the pattern.

  3. I use a different granny square pattern and end up with some goofy-shaped squares if I do more than three rounds. Definitely going to give your pattern a try!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I think I know what you mean! I call it the turning center situation.. Like the square starts spiraling and going all wonky! Give it a shot and let me know 🙂 Happy crafting and thanks for stopping in!

  4. So to make this bigger do you do you start over with row 1. Or do you continue doing row 3 until it is the size you want.

    • Hi there! You do need to work 3 over and over, but make sure to flip your work after each round to achieve the same “ridged” look as in the photo.
      Happy crafting!
      Rachele C.

  5. Hi Rachel.
    Please could you tell me why for this perfect Granny Square you turn your work every row as well as skipping a stitch, however for your Plain GS you continue on the same side throughout?

    • Hi there! If I’m making a large GS, my center tends to “spin” and go all wonky.. so I find that turning every rnd corrects that quite well. Also, it makes a nice ridged texture. For my plain GS I believe the granny part is only five rounds or something, not large enough to go wonky 🙂 – Hope that helps a bit! I do love the texture of the turning even on a small square, but it’s not necessary. Thank you for stopping in! – Rachele C.