On a gray picnic table, 12 skeins of brightly colored yarn in all different colors are arranged neatly into a square. To the left of the yarn are two granny squares made out of blue and pink yarn, and a pink crochet hook.

10 Tips for Making Crochet Granny Squares

Written by Kate Curry

Are you someone that wants to learn how to crochet? Or do you remember your first crochet projects? DGY has some sweet basic crochet and knit patterns for beginners so be sure to see what we have for inspiration! We all have to start somewhere! (And remember, I tend to save the best ideas for last in this blog!)

1. You know where I started with crochet? Well, once I got beyond the chain stitch (ch) and learn the single and double crochet (sc and dc), I began making crochet granny squares. I highly recommended this once you get the basics down because the repetition helped me to be a better crocheter. I also loved it because I could make squares whatever size I wanted and once I got proficient, I made some really cool patterns in no time!

The finished multicolored granny square pouch is resting on a fluffy gray and white rug. Pencils and crochet hooks are peeking out of the case and to the right of the case is a wooden yarn bowl and a cake of sparkle classic blue worsted weight yarn.

If you need some help getting started, check out our Stitch Learning Center

2.Crochet Granny Squares are a great way to practice your basics and how about gauge? Experiment with different hook size to see what that does to your squares. And remember, that if you make an afghan you will want to have your squares all come out the same size so you can sew or crochet your squares together in a tidy fashion!

3. You  know me by now, and I am a color junkie! Start practicing with left over yarn but once you "get the idea" of granny squares, get yourself some unique fibers and really go for it! Color in granny squares is what really makes them unique!

A multicolored color skein of sari ribbon on a white background

4. Be sure if you are using thicker weight fibers (which work up wonderfully quick) that you use a large crochet hook. The two go hand in hand so be sure to start your official granny square project with the right combination. It makes life easier!

Laying on a wooden table, a granny square made out of sari silk ribbon yarn in green, red, and blue.

5. Finish a square and take a few notes. How many rows did you do, what size yarn and hooks?  Did you add any special stitches? Did your turn the corners with consistency? This helps if you leave this project for a bit so you come back with a cheat sheet in case you're a forgetful crafter like me! 

The 3rd and final yarn is being crochet onto the granny square. A white/blue/pink multicolored worsted weight yarn is being worked into the granny square's corner and side with a purple crochet hook.

6 Grab a ruler and measure the end result. For most granny square projects, you are going to want to have the squares all be the same size so hook size, yarns, stitches, and tension will make the difference between squares that are uniform in size.

7. Get beyond the idea of afghans! There's so much more out there for you to create! Here are 5 Granny Square Patterns & Kits to help you change it up a bit! 

 8. If crochet granny squares is something you enjoy, please visit the Crochet Guild of America to find ways that you can donate your hand made squares. Seems like a simple way to give back to soldiers, ill children, or cancer patients!

9. Not a crocheter but enjoy sewing? How cool is this? This has similar patterning to granny squares but is handmade by a sewer. Did you know we have supplies for all crafters including our sewing friends?

10. I love saving the best and most intriguing for last. So here is an example of a crochet granny square made out of our ultra soft worsted weight silk yarn! 

A large granny square made out of rainbow watercolors worsted weight silk yarn is laying on a white background.

I mean with all the open areas that granny squares create, there is a whole lot more to consider. Yes, there is the crochet piece and then what will you do with the square using other fibers?  Yahoo! I love how creativity takes off!

Also, here's a puppy in a granny square bandana. 

A black puppy is laying on a soft green blanket, wearing the white, green, blue, and black bandana around her fluffy little neck!

Meet the Author

Profile picture of the author, Kate Curry, wearing a dark red Nanda Poncho sitting on concrete stairs in front of brick wall.

Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.