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Solid Granny Square for beginners

Updated May 20, 2024

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Have you included learning a new craft in your New Years resolutions for 2020?  Granny squares are the perfect projects for beginner crocheters, allowing you to become familiar with crochet stitches and terms.  There is a left and right handed YouTube tutorial for this Solid Granny Square at the base of this post.

Pattern use ideas
  • Blankets
  • Shawls
  • Scarfs and cowls
  • Hats and gloves
  • Accessories
Pattern notes

Written in UK terms

This pattern gives you the basic principles for the solid granny square, designed to help you create your own projects.

Video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.

Yarn used in Sample: Stylecraft Special DK  (Turquoise and Sherbet)

Crochet Terms

Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over pull through stitch and loop on hook

Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through

Treble Crochet(s): tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.

Bella Coco How to Crochet eBook

Solid Granny Square Stitch Pattern

Foundation chain: ch4, insert hook into 1st ch and slip stitch to make a circle.

Round 1: ch5 (counts as tr plus 2 for corner). *Work 3 tr into centre of circle, ch2 for corner.* Repeat from * twice more. Make 2 tr and slip stitch into 3rd ch.

Round 2: ch3. *In corner space, 2 tr, ch2, 2 tr. Work 3tr into the top of the three stitches from previous round.* Repeat from * twice more. In corner space, 2tr, ch2, 2 tr. Make 2 tr and join with slip stitch to top of ch3. 

Solid Granny Square
Solid Granny Square

Round 3: ch3, make 2tr and then *make a corner (2tr, ch2, 2tr), then work 7 tr*. Repeat from * twice more. Maker a corner (2tr, ch2, 2tr) and then 4tr, join with a slip stitch to ch3. 

Round 4: ch3 and make 4 tr. Continue to repeat pattern. 

Each round increases by 4 stitches.

Video Tutorials

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  • Becky
    August 29, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Hello Sarah,

    I am currently working on Round 1. In the pattern it says to chain 3 between each set of 3 trebles, but in the video you only chain 2 between each. I decided to follow the video instructions but wondered if this was a typo or something? I love your videos, I have only been crocheting 12 months and you and Blossom Crochet got me started!!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      September 3, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Hi Becky, thank you for bringing this to my attention, I will double check the blog post I’m really happy to hear that you’ve found my tutorials helpful

  • thenorgrens
    November 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Becky – I just wanted to let you know that the video tutorial and the pattern above are still slightly different. Just starting out so was trying to follow the pattern and then double check on the video but that doesn’t work as they are different. I have literally just started out (only been going a couple of weeks) so will keep trucking. Thank you. Kind regards, Serena

  • Amina
    February 12, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Hi Becky,
    Like others have said above, the video doesn’t match the written pattern. Like above, I was also double checking my work by watching the video after doing the first 2 rounds following the written pattern. I’m also a newbie learning how to crochet. Thank you

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 18, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Thank you for pointing this out and I’m sorry if it’s caused any confusion for you. Both the written instructions and the video tutorial are correct so following either will give you a solid granny square, but they don’t match exactly so I will have that looked at

  • Michele
    February 25, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    First I need to thank you for teaching me the magic ring on your video. I usually cannot follow videos to save my life. ❤️

    Could this pattern be done in half double crochet (US term)? And could I keep going and make a gigantic square as an afghan?

    xx, Michele

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 26, 2022 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Michele You’re welcome, I’m happy to hear my videos have helped you You could work this in half double crochets, but would need to chain two to start each round instead of three. You can just keeping following the pattern and adding rounds until you reach the size you want


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