Learning how to crochet granny squares can seem very daunting. This could be because there are so many holes formed when doing the trios of treble crochet.
Once the technique to making crochet granny squares have been mastered then items can be made by joining single ones together to make blankets, cushion covers, bags and even waistcoats.
Lot of different colours of wool can be used if making single ones in one colour or the wool can be changed when halfway through one square. The size can be change to suit the item being made.
In the blanket shown above one granny square was made as the beige in the very centre, then this square was made bigger by going round and round changing the colours every two or so rows.
Recap on the treble stitch to crochet granny squares.
Wrap wool around hook before going under the "V" of a chain stitch, go into the "V" wrap the wool around the hook and through the chain giving three stitches on the hook.
Wrap the wool around the hook and pull through the first two stitches, leaving two stitches on the hook.
Wrap the wool around the hook for the third time and pull through the remaining two stitches leaving one stitch on the hook.
When learning to crochet granny squares the first round comprises of four sets of a trio of treble stitches and chains of three crochet chains to act as the corners.
To make a granny square start with a length of six crochet chains. That will be six underneath the hook.
The length of chain stitches needs to be turned into a circle and this is done by putting the hook through the "V's" of the first chain grabbing the wool and pulling through both stitch.
This makes sure that no extra height is added and the ends are joined together. Slipping the stitch through another one.
When starting the first treble stitch the first stitch is usually three chain stitches which represents a mock treble and give the height needed.
The granny square stitches are groups of three treble stitches, this mock stitch counts as one and the first trio is completed by doing two treble stitches not into a "V" of a chain but into the middle of the circle that has just been made by joining the ends.
One set of a trio of treble stitches is done. The next step is to do three chains that will make the corner of the square.
Into the centre of the ring make the second trio of treble stitches and the second set of three chain
Into the centre of the ring make the third set of treble stitches and another three chain.
Into the centre of the ring make the fourth set of treble stitches and another three chain.
After four sets of three treble stitches and four lengths of three chains, the first round of the square is finished.
Slip stitch under the top of the first of the three chain to join ends.
The next round of the square always starts at a corner. Slip stitch another three chain to get up to the corner to begin the second round.
There is no added height but just moving the wool up to the correct place without doing any stitches.
At the start of any round the colour of the wool can be changed. This is done by grabbing the new colour onto the hook then cutting the old colour and fastening in the new colour. The ends can be weaved into the square at the end. There are other ways this can be done but for me this is the easiest.
As the square gets bigger it is important to know which gap the stitches are going into.
When at the end of the second round slip stitch to close the gap and then continue to slip stitch to move the wool up to the next corner to begin the third and final round in the granny square.
In my granny square I changed the colour of the wool in this round.
Remember in each corner there are three treble stitches then three chain stitches (which give the corner shape), another three treble stitches and finishing with one chain.
There will be more gaps as the square gets bigger and apart from the corners each gap has a trio of treble stitches.
The third round would be three treble, three chain, three treble and one chain into the first corner gap. Into the middle gap make three treble stitches and one chain. Into the next corner do the same as the first corner and continue until you get back to the start.
In the fourth round there will be corner, gap, gap and corner so there will be three trebles stitches and one chain into each single gap in-between the corners. the one chain makes it easier to reach the next gap whether corner or not.
Have fun trying to crochet granny squares.