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NSAD Rewind: How to Crochet the Traditional Basic Granny Square

This stitch was originally posted on February 11, 2012


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This video crochet tutorial will help you learn how to crochet the traditional basic granny square. This classic pattern is the foundation of millions of afghans that have been made throughout history. They are quick and easy to make and great for using small scraps of yarn. They can be used for everything from blankets, to scarves, to pillows, and even pants!

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Left Handed

Skill: Easy

Abbreviations:
Chain – ch
Slip Stitch – sl st
Single Crochet – sc
Double Crochet – dc

Pattern Instructions:

CH 4, join.

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC in the loop,* CH 2, 3 DC in the chain loop, complete 3 times total from*, CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3. This will put you at the center of your chain space.

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

*Optional*
Round 4: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

You can continue enlarging the square as much as you want.

After you fasten off, work piece should look like this:
Example of the Traditional Basic Granny Square (3 Rounds)

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latchxe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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