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Get Hooked: Beginner's Guide to Crocheting Granny Squares

Updated: Jan 12

Learn how to make a granny square from start to finish in this beginner crochet class.

Once you master the granny square, craft a gorgeous blanket to match your mood.

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Do you find yourself constantly navigating the rollercoaster of moods? Join the club! In a world that never stops, we all crave a touch of self-care, and what better remedy than immersing yourself in the soothing art of crochet?

Picture this: a tranquil moment with yarn slipping through your fingers and a hook creating a masterpiece. Get ready to unravel the therapeutic world of crochet, where each stitch becomes a unique expression of your mood. Welcome to a class where relaxation meets creativity – it's time to stitch your emotions into something beautiful!

But first, let's talk "Granny Squares".  We have all seen them, they're what most people immediately think of when crochet comes to mind, and one of the best beginner projects in crochet.

Today's class we are going to make a granny square from start to finish, learn to change colors to add a border, and learn how to join the squares to make virtually anything from a blanket, pillow, scarf, bag...Grannies are so versatile!

Grannies are definitely for beginners and enjoyed by experienced crocheters alike! 

Here is the class preview for all the details.

This material was originally uploaded to Skillshare, which is a popular class on the platform. Skillshare is such a cool place to learn new skills. If you want to check it out here is a link for a free trial. I've improved my photography, digital design, hand lettering and ipad digital painting on the platform! The class includes a free printable PDF of the granny square pattern and a mood tracker.


Okay enough of the chit chat, let's get down to the good stuff. First, let's talk materials...


  • yarn in multiple colors (worsted (4) medium weight)

  • hook (5.0mm preferably)

  • scissors

  • yarn needle

  • coffee (optional)

  • positive attitude (mandatory)


Let's chat yarn for a sec. You can use any yarn and corresponding hook you would like but in this class I used a medium worsted weight acrylic yarn. I know you want to know where I got these gorgeous colors so here they are:

You'll need to know the following terminology to make your granny square. However if you are more of a visual learner like me, you'll want to follow along with this youtube video.


  • Ch:  Chain

  • DC:  Double Crochet

  • F/O:  Finish Off

  • Sl St: Slip Stitch

  • Sp:  Space

  • St:  Stitch

  • Rnd:  Round


  • Written in US crochet terms

  • Skill level is beginner

  • Ch 3 counts as a stitch

  • Each additional Round will increase your stitch count by 12 double crochet stitches, or 1 additional space on each side.

Granny Square:  Solid Color

Ch 4, counts as 1 dc plus a ch sp.  Sl st in the last ch from the hook to make a circle.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in the center of the circle.  (Ch 2, 3 dc in same sp) 3 times.  Ch 2, sl st to the top of the ch 3.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, in the corner sp make (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) 3 times.  In the last corner sp 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc.  Join w/ a sl st to the top of the ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in ch sp.  (In the corner sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.  3 dc in ch sp) 3 times.  In the last corner sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.  Join w/ a sl st to the top of the ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 3. ( 3 dc in the next 3 ch sps.  In the corner sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.) 3 times.  3 dc in the next 3 ch sps.  In the last corner sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc.  Join w/ a sl st to the top of the ch 3.

Optional Border Rnd:  w/ border color

Rnd 5:  Join in yarn in any corner.  Ch 3, 3 dc in ch sp.  (In the corner sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.  3 dc in the next 2 ch sps) 3 times.  In the last corner sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.  2 dc in the ch sp.  Join w/ a sl st to the top of the ch 3.

You have permission to sell your finished products however, please do not use my photos as your own.  Please do not copy, remake or distribute this pattern.

I hope you enjoyed making this pattern!  I’d love to see your finished Squares and blankets.  Don’t forget to post a photo in the project gallery on Skillshare or share and tag me on Instagram @butfirstcrochet .


You crocheted your mood...

As we wrap up this journey into the enchanting realm of crochet and the delightful dance of granny squares, remember that self-care is not just a luxury; it's a necessity. Embrace the joy of crafting and the meditative rhythm of your hook and yarn. Whether you're creating vibrant blankets or intricate accessories, each stitch tells a story of your mood and the care you've invested in yourself. So, let the soothing click of your crochet hook be your companion in moments of stress and celebration alike. Here's to finding solace, expressing yourself, and crafting a life as colorful as your granny squares. Happy hooking!

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