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How To Crochet A Granny Square Part 2 – A Guide For Absolute Beginners

April 14, 2009

More on making granny squares! Remember there are a squillion ways to make a granny – so don’t be scared of ‘doing it wrong’ – maybe your wrong will end up great! Do it bit of research and practice a lot and it’ll all work out fine! So, here are some more tips on grannying…


I wanted to point you to the wonderful Attic24 – where you can learn to crochet a Summer Garden Granny Square – which I have been doing. (More on that tomorrow!) There are lots of diagrams and a great link over there to learn the crochet-cute Bobble Stitch (which is fun and easy). Attic24 uses the same ENGLISH crochet terminology that we use in Australia. So listen closely. She knows what she’s doing! (Unless you are in the States – then go here to convert to US!)

The Handmade Dress also has a really great photo tutorial on how to make a Granny Square over here. Her lovely tute is in the US terminology. So when she says DOUBLE Crochet, you need to treble (see link below) – unless you want to learn the US way. Making sense?!


Between those two (and my previous post here) you should be able to bumble along and get some Granny results. Perhaps you are not sure about Treble Stitch, though? Find a video how-to here. Ignore the fact that they are calling it DOUBLE Crochet. In Australia we call this stitch Treble. So put your fingers in your ears when they say DOUBLE. It’s treble. Okey doke!? It’s the same stitch, but different regional terminology. Silly – but simple enough to work around – don’t let it befuddle you!

Now, if you don’t want to use those two tutorials, then there are plenty more online. Or you can use the plain-English instructions in my book (above). Or you can buy a lovely book full of different ways to make a granny square – like this one.

The basics you must know are: How to Chain. How to Treble. How to Slip Stitch (or loop the loop that’s on your hook into the one you want to join it up to). How to Change Colours – see Attic24’s tute for that.

Then you’re away. So get practicing. A combination of the following will get you Afghani-ing along in no time! Learn How to:

Some other important things:

  • Keep your tension consistent – but your arms and shoulders relaxed!
  • Use your hook to loosen up any tight stitches gently!
  • Fasten off ends tightly – I knot them and hide the knots under the treble stitch clusters.
  • Be careful to choose yarn that doesn’t separate and is smooth and slippery when you are learning!
  • Keep trying – you’ll get it eventually – and you’ll work out the weird language of crochet too! It’s just a series of patterns (and knots) – and once your learn the basic structure it’s super easy, I promise!

Crochet Australia have a basic granny pattern here. They also have a guide to basic abbreviations here (use the ENGLISH column – unless you want to learn the US way).

I’ll be back with an easy to follow granny square pattern in the coming week – and some photos too. And I’ll be back tomorrow with some further exciting news about Granny Squares! It’s something good – and you might want to join in!

xx Pip


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  • Reply Polka Dot Rabbit April 16, 2009 at 3:48 AM

    Love it, i will start looking for some left handed instructions

  • Reply Nat April 15, 2009 at 6:39 AM

    Thanks for such a helpful post, Pip! Now I am excited to start granny-squaring, although I have to stock up on some supplies first. Also, your book looks gorgeous – I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • Reply Lou April 14, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    I also love Attic 24’s “Teeny Tiny Flower’s”.My little girl loves pinning them on all sorts of things.
    Your book has arrived Pip!It is just gorgeous.Only thing is now I will have to go out and buy a sewing machine!My Aunty Marj’s old Pinnock started smoking when I started it up.

  • Reply Hamlet & Co April 14, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Funny, last night I was going to post a photo of the vintage one I picked up yesterday for $5.50, but was distracted by yellow doors … only to awaken to this glorious pic …… hmmmm …. synchronisity?

  • Reply Hello Sandwich April 14, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    I am soo excited about Granny Square posts! I am just about to start one!
    yay! Thank you for the inspiration! I still can’t wait till my book arrives! fingers crossed it will be soon!

  • Reply Anonymous April 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    oh dear! we tried this during brown owls and i was the only one who couldnt pick it up. =(

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