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How to Crochet the Granny Stitch

A Simple, Speedy, and Step-by-Step Crochet Tutorial for Beginners

Also known as the granny stripe, and flat granny stitch.

The granny stitch, a classic and versatile crochet technique, finds a myriad of applications in the crafting world. Its adaptability makes it a popular choice for various projects. Here are some common uses of the granny stitch:

  1. Blankets and Afghans: The granny stitch is a go-to for crafting cozy blankets and afghans. Its repetitive pattern creates a timeless and visually appealing design, making it perfect for snuggling up on chilly days.

  1. Scarves and Shawls: Whether you're creating a stylish scarf or an elegant shawl, the granny stitch adds texture and warmth. The openwork design also makes it suitable for lighter, breathable accessories.

  2. Home Decor: From throw pillows to table runners, the granny stitch lends itself well to home decor. Its classic look can be adapted to match any color scheme, making it a versatile choice for adding a handmade touch to your living space.

  3. Bags and Totes: Create trendy and functional bags using the granny stitch. The solid construction of this stitch ensures durability, making it suitable for carrying everyday essentials.

  4. Garments: Incorporate the granny stitch into your wardrobe by crafting stylish tops, vests, or cardigans. The openwork nature of the stitch provides a breezy feel, making it suitable for warmer weather garments.

  5. Baby Items: The granny stitch is ideal for baby blankets, hats, and booties. Its soft and textured finish adds a touch of comfort to handmade items for little ones.

  6. Quick Projects for Beginners: Due to its repetitive nature, the granny stitch is excellent for beginners. It allows new crocheters to practice and build confidence while creating beautiful and functional items relatively quickly.

  7. Stitch Combinations: Combine the granny stitch with other crochet stitches to create unique patterns and textures. Experimenting with different yarns and color combinations can yield stunning results.

In essence, the granny stitch is a crochet staple that caters to a wide range of crafting preferences. Its simplicity, speed, and versatility make it a favorite among both beginners and seasoned crocheters alike.

Grab Your Materials and Let's Get Started!

For this step by step tutorial I'm using:

  • "I" 5.5mm crochet hook

  • worsted, medium (4) weight yarn

    • This particular colorway is Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" in the color "Blossomopolis"

  • Scissors

  • Yarn Needle


Ch: Chain

Dc: Double Crochet

Sk: Skip

St: Stitch

Sp: Space

Note: I'm using US crochet terms

Follow along with the full video tutorial here:

if you're a leftie (I love you too, my husband, my 2 boys, and my bff are left handed) click this link:

Chain any multiple of 3 + 1

The granny stitch is made in multiples of 3 (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, etc.) then once you've chained the number you want chain 1 more for the turn.

For our tutorial today start by chaining (ch) 15 + 1 = 16 chains.

Double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook

(Dc in the 4th ch from the hook.  )

Skip 2 chains, then double crochet 3 times in the same chain. Repeat the previous sentence until 3 chains remain.

(sk 2, 3dc) repeat until 3 ch remain.

Place 2 double crochets in the last chain.

2dc in the last ch..

Chain 3 and turn your work (Like a page in a book)

Ch 3, turn.

Make 3 double crochets in the space between the clusters from the previous row.

3 dc in sp from previous row.

Make 3 double crochet in each of these gaps or spaces.

Place 1 double crochet in between the last 2 stitches.

Dc in between the last st and the turn chain from the previous row. (four 3dc clusters, two dc)

Chain 3 and turn.

Ch 3, turn.

Double crochet in the space directly below the chain 3.

Dc in sp directly below ch 3. 

Place 3 double crochets in each space from the row below.

3dc in each sp from row below.

Place 2 double crochets between the last 2 stitches from the previous row.

2dc in between the last st and the turn ch from the previous row.

Rinse and repeat!

After the completion of the first row, it is a 2 row repeat until you've reached your desired height!

Here is it written out in a more condensed form:

This is the gauge swatch for the Granny Gratitude Blanket.

Gauge Swatch

Finished swatch should measure 4.5in x 4.5in

  1. Ch 16, Dc in the 4th ch from the hook.  (sk 2, 3dc) repeat until 3 ch remain.  2dc in the last ch.

  2. Ch 3, turn.  3 dc in sp from previous row.  Place 3dc in each sp from the row below.  Dc in between the last st and the turn chain from the previous row. (four 3dc clusters, two dc)

  3. Ch 3, turn.  Dc in sp directly below ch 3.  3dc in each sp from row below.  2dc in between the last st and the turn ch from the previous row. (three 3dc clusters, two 2dc clusters.

      4-9.  Repeat rows 2 and 3.

You crocheted the granny stitch!

Do a little happy dance for yourself, I"m proud of you!

As we wrap up this granny stitch journey together, I hope you've found joy in the rhythmic dance of your crochet hook and yarn. The simplicity, speed, and step-by-step approach of the granny stitch make it not just a technique but a gateway to endless creative possibilities. Let your imagination run wild as you explore this timeless stitch in your own unique way. Whether you're a crochet enthusiast looking for a quick project or a beginner eager to embark on your crafting adventure, the granny stitch is your steadfast companion. Don't forget to check out the tutorial and video, guiding you through each stitch with care.

Happy crocheting, my dear friends, and may your granny stitch creations be a testament to the beauty that unfolds when yarn and passion intertwine!

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