January 23rd, 2013

Crochet for Knitters – Granny Square Blanket

Size: Any size, each finished block of 6 rounds in the gauge below is approximately 6” square
Hook: Size H crochet hook (5mm)
Yarn: Three colors of worsted weight (10 ply) yarn (info on yardage amounts below)
Additional Materials: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge: 4 double crochet stitches per inch

This pattern is a FREE RAVELRY DOWNLOAD, and the video tutorial can be viewed at the bottom of this post. (There are also links to the four-part video in the pattern.)

Typical Blanket Sizes:
A baby blanket (at 42” square), will require 49 granny square blocks (7 blocks by 7 blocks). A throw blanket (at 48” x 66”) will require 88 granny squares (8 blocks by 11 blocks). A king-sized bedspread (at 90” square) will require 225 granny square blocks (15 blocks by 15 blocks). You can use the information in the pattern to make any size of blanket.

Yardage: In the gauge listed above, each granny square will require approximately 32 yards of yarn. In the photo above and in the video, I change color every two rounds.

For a 42” square baby blanket, 49 granny squares, changing color every two rounds:
• Color A (center of square), 220 yards
• Color B, 588 yards
• Color C (becomes border color for each square), 760 yards

For a 48” x 66” throw, 88 granny squares, changing color every two rounds:
• Color A (center of square), 396 yards
• Color B, 1056 yards
• Color C (becomes border color for each square), 1364 yards

For a 90” square king-sized bedspread, 225 granny square blocks, changing color every two rounds:
• Color A (center of square), 1012 yards
• Color B, 2700 yards
• Color C (becomes border color for each square), 3488 yards

Note: Working in a different gauge will require different yardage amounts. You can work up a single granny square and measure the amount you will need if you choose to use a different yarn weight and/or hook size.

The entire Crochet for Knitters Series can be found here.

More Crochet for Knitters videos in the weeks to come!

Information on things you’ll see in this video:

The yarn I used for the granny squares in the photo above (pink, cream, and green) is Berroco Vintage. (Sorry, I don’t have the information on the color numbers I used.)

In the multi-colored, single (giant!) granny square block I show in the video, I used a size G (4mm) crochet hook and Knit Picks Palette yarn.

The yarn I used while demonstrating seaming in the pink colorway is Three Irish Girls Riddermark Merino.

The sweater on the mannequin is the Saroyan Scarf, designed by Liz Abinante. Free pattern and video tutorial.

The sweater I’m wearing is the Featherweight Cardigan. I knit mine using Malabrigo Lace yarn.

The yarn I’m using for demonstration is Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick, and the size N metal crochet hook is Susan Bates.


  1. Staci:
    It doesn’t look like the video is working because as soon as I click play, it display the message, the video is private…. HELP! Thanks.

    Comment by Debbie — January 23, 2013 @ 9:06 am

  2. Debbie – it’s good now. It takes me a few minutes to get everything up and running when I release a new pattern, but the video is set to “public” now.
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — January 23, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  3. Thanks for all your videos. I love watching them and making all the stuff. You should make a weekly podcast!! Do you watch any knitting podcasts?

    Comment by Jean — January 23, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

  4. What if you’re not yet ready to change colors? Do you continue? to crochet into all of the gaps?

    Comment by Tasha — January 23, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

  5. Tasha – if you want to continue with the same color, you just do as I demonstrate in the video between Round 1 and Round 2 (at 6:54 in the video). You travel over to the next gap with slip stitches, slip stitch into that gap, and continue with the same color.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — January 23, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

  6. Thank you so much!!! Love the crochet for knitters series!!!

    Comment by Tasha — January 23, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

  7. Thanks so much for this new TUTORIAL ! My mom made me a granny square blanket many years ago. She started making it in late 1973, just prior to my meeting my DH Terry.(he passed away in 2002 ) I was still living at home at the time, and after I became engaged to be married, laughed and said “Guess you better double that blanket ! ” She did. She made it in all different colored squares with the main color being black ….My youngest son “lost” this blanket when he was in college, much to my dismay. While being excited to see this tutorial and with the prospect of making another blanket similar to the one I lost, it will never be the same! My wonderful mom passed away in 2006. Again, thanks so much Staci, I really enjoy this site, I have learned so much from you !

    Comment by Jacqueline — January 23, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  8. Staci..so thrilled with these crochet videos. I am always a bit timid when learning a new technique, but as usual you make each new project approachable and give me the confidence that I can accomplish anything! There are many variations of granny squares out there, but your version and teaching method has me “hooked!”

    Comment by Lynn Gebel — January 23, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  9. Wow…what a great tutorial! I am a knitter but have never found crochet to be “intuitive” so its hard for me to catch on. This is the first tutorial I’ve watched and succeeded at finishing a granny square. Love it! You do such great lessons. Thanks so much!

    Comment by kim — January 24, 2013 @ 5:22 am

  10. I love watching your videos. I learned how to knit 8 years ago and put down the crocheting. This was a fantastic refresher course in granny squares. Thank you.

    Comment by Pat — January 25, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

  11. Please continue this series! I’ve tried to teach myself crochet. My friends have tried to teach me without much success. Your tutorials are so easy to follow and understand. I watched your video once through & then crochet along with it. I completed my first granny square! Thank you, thank you!!!

    Comment by Melissa — January 27, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

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  13. I like watching your tutorials. They inspire me. I’ve known how to crochet since I was a girl, but just learned to knit in 2001. I prefer knitted fabric for most things, but I miss the speed of crochet. For afghans, crochet is great. One of the first things I made as a girl was a granny square lap blanket for my grandpap out of purple variegated acrylic. One big granny square.

    Yes, granny squares are simple and basic, but there is an inherent beauty to them. You’ve inspired me to get back to my crochet roots and make some squares. I have decided to start knitting and crocheting for the babies at the hospital, and granny square blankets would be perfect.

    Comment by woollyprimate — February 3, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

  14. I have been wanting to “really” learn to crochet since I tried making a simple crochet flower for some coffee cozies I knitted for Christmas gifts. Finally…I sat down with newly purchased hooks, yarn a-plenty, a free afternoon (VERY hard to come by with a family of 7) and your amazing videos!! They were so quick, simple and easy to follow, that I am now (ashamedly) addicted to crocheting granny squares! The first to benefit from my craziness will be a sweet mama and her brand new baby boy. I can’t believe how quickly and easily these squares come together!! Thanks!

    Comment by Abbie — February 7, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

  15. I just stumbled upon your site. Its great. I have been crocheting for awhile now and wanted to mention something about your “mistake”. I tried looking through the comments to see if anyone else pointed it out but I didn’t see any. When you joined the green yarn and forgot to do the ch 2, 3 dc (double crochet) in that first corner you actually did that correctly. When you continue around the square, as you mentioned, you would be able to add the second 3 dc cluster in at the end, by doing this you eliminate the need to slip stich across to the first corner. Then in your next round you would do that same “mistake” by ch 3, 2 dc as your first cluster and then complete that corner at the end of the round. I hope this makes sense. Its very hard explaining it through text format. I hope this helps!

    Comment by Matt — March 14, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

  16. Stacy
    Why do you used chain 2 in the corner because I used 4 in the corner to sew or crocheting it to together.

    Comment by Cheryl Ransier — March 16, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

  17. Thanks for putting this video and pattern out there!
    I’ve always wanted to do a granny square but none of the other videos explained well enough.

    Comment by Annagail — April 1, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

  18. Stacy
    your videos are watched all the way across the ocean and they are so clear
    the even if one does not speak english (the case of many of my knitting friends) it does not matter; merci beaucoup…

    Comment by Marinella — April 4, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

  19. how mmuch yarn would be needed to make 48” x 66” throw?
    thank you

    Comment by Asma — April 9, 2013 @ 8:03 am

  20. Hello! I am going to try my first granny square for about 35 years! Your youtube tutorials are excellent. Could anyone tell me the english equivalent of Hook: Size H crochet hook (5mm)
    Yarn: Three colors of worsted weight (10 ply)
    or is it the same over here too?

    Comment by alison — April 24, 2013 @ 7:29 am

  21. Hi Alison – yes, all of the information is there. I don’t know where you’re from, but if it’s outside the US, you’ll probably use 5mm/10ply instead of H/worsted. Wherever you’re from, all of the info is there.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — April 24, 2013 @ 8:28 am

  22. I absolutely love this toturiol so easy to follow I’m looking forward in starting my new granny squared toddler blanket.

    Thank you
    Susan ????

    Comment by Susan — May 23, 2013 @ 8:12 am

  23. Hi Staci, I love the Crochet for Knitters videos! Looked at so many granny square tutorial videos on Youtube, yours was the only one I could follow fully. So informative! Love your work!

    Comment by Tomika — June 7, 2013 @ 1:46 am

  24. Do you have a pattern for the other granny square? the purlple one looks more like an X than a square..just curious! thanks for the informational video!!

    Comment by Melanie — June 19, 2013 @ 12:29 am

  25. Melanie – all of the granny squares are the same, using the exact same pattern.

    S t a c i

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  29. How do I stop my square from going crooked?

    Comment by Lorraine — July 19, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

  30. Lorraine – it sounds like you need to block it to square it out. For a quick fix, you can pin it out square on the ironing board, and apply steam (without pressing down with the iron).

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — July 19, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

  31. Having a hard time finding berroco yarn online. Seems like its very limited. Where did you get your yarn? Love the colors.

    Comment by Makeda — August 23, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

  32. Makeda – I have a local yarn shop here in Austin that has a great selection of Berroco. Sorry, I don’t know off-hand of any online retailers with a lot of Berroco.

    S t a c i

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  34. Staci. What is the name of the yarn shop ? If I’m ever in Austin, I will have to stop in

    Comment by Makeda — September 11, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

  35. Makeda – I teach classes at Gauge Knits, here in Austin.
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — September 11, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

  36. Ok. Thank you! Keep up the lovely and inspiring work.

    Comment by Makeda — September 11, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

  37. I love this tutorial. it is very helpful
    I am going to stard making this granny stitch afgan.

    Comment by VivienneFriedman — October 14, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

  38. I have watched quite a few crochet sites but yours is the best, I normally just do 1 large blanket but now I will attempt to do granny squares as you have explained them so clearly that even I can understand, I would like to thank you very much for learning an old dog new tricks thank you so much

    Regards Kim from England

    Comment by Kim Jackson — November 2, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  39. Thanks for the great lesson. I’m a knitter most of the time but since I found your videos on crocheting I’m going to attempt my first granny square throw blanket. Thanks :)

    Comment by Angela Garcia — November 19, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

  40. Thank you so much for this video! It is so clear and easy to understand. I’m a knitter who has never crocheted before but I just finished my first granny square thanks to your awesome instructions. I’m well on my way to making a little blanket and pillow for my grand daughter’s doll (baby steps people!). Cheers from up here in chilly Canada!

    Comment by Nancy — November 23, 2013 @ 12:55 am

  41. Lovely

    Comment by Ana Rezende — January 14, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

  42. Hi Staci!

    A big THANK YOU from Holland!
    I watched other tutorials, but never quite understood them. Thank you for taking time to also explain where exactly it is that we’re going with this. Creating the context really helps with understanding the pattern.
    Just finished my very first square. Not as neat as yours, but proud none the less!

    Comment by Simone — January 23, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

  43. ps: any tips on how to work “clean”, i.e. get all the stitches equal in size and so on…

    Comment by Simone — January 23, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

  44. Hi,
    I just wanted to thank you for all your videos, there a BIG help. I’m a beginner knitter and with you at a click of a button, I’m sure I can’t go wrong. Your great! Can’t wait to start on my granny square blanket:)

    Comment by mara — February 7, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

  45. Thank you a lot for this simple exeplanation

    Comment by marwa f aly — February 14, 2014 @ 3:43 am

  46. So happy I have found this site. I am wanting to learn crochet. I can knit a little but lose interest quickly. I’m hoping that this will work up quickly and inspire me to keep going.
    Beautiful site and instructions so clear.
    Thank You

    Comment by Fiona — February 23, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

  47. Found your pattern at Ravelry and I really like it. Have watched the first three videos and worked the first three rounds easily. However, I have run into a problem when I get to the 2nd corner on this round. I cannot figure out how to get over to the 2nd corner gap. HELP!!

    Comment by Scorpie — February 24, 2014 @ 10:31 am

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  49. Hi Staci
    I watch all of your videos and have learnt so much since doing so.
    I have just completed your 10 stitch blanket, it looks stunning and many people have admired it.
    I now would love to make your crochet blanket, the one you are still working on, it looks really beautiful, and would be great to keep working on in between other projects. Do you have a pattern for this or are you
    making it up as you go?
    Also, is Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn the best I will get for dishcloths, or can you recommend something better.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Kindest regards – Judith Wyeth New Zealand

    Comment by Judith Wyeth — April 3, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

  50. Sorry Staci, that was a rather silly question to ask, I can now see it is just a continuation of the two rows you said you like to do. You have put the colours together very well, it looks lovely. Now I will have to sort my colours which should not be a problem with the amazing variety on Knit Picks. My only problem will be to work out the quantity of wool needed.
    Sorry to trouble you
    Take care


    Comment by Judith Wyeth — April 4, 2014 @ 2:37 am

  51. Love your video demonstrations. Thanks.

    Comment by Stef — May 14, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

  52. I just wanted to tell you that you are an awesome teacher! Whenever I want to learn something new with yarn I know that I can come to verypink.com and you will show me in such a clear and precise way. It is just like you are sitting beside me showing me how to do it in person! Thanks!!

    Comment by LaleeD — June 16, 2014 @ 9:43 am

  53. Thanks for the video! It is so easy to follow. I am making a baby blanket for a baby shower gift. This is my first project ever!! Haha wish me luck. ????

    Comment by Ines — August 2, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

  54. Staci, this video was exactly what I needed! I actually learned basic crochet a few years before I learned basic knitting, but had to give up the crochet because it made my hands cramp. Now I am getting interested in crochet again and I wanted to start with a classic granny square project of some sort. Had forgotten there are so many ways to get from one round to another, chain the corners, etc. Anyway — your process seems the most reasonable to me and I am going to get going on a lightweight scarf or shawl made of #10 bedspread cotton. Thanks for the clear explanations of the reason you are doing something in a certain way, and the closeup filming of your hands while you work.

    Comment by mamamiau / Barb — November 10, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

  55. I can not seem to download the pdf file for this free afghan pattern absolutely love the pattern and colors.
    love this site also. Thank you , Hildegard

    Comment by Hildegard — February 18, 2015 @ 11:23 pm

  56. Hildegard, here is a direct link to the pattern on Ravelry, maybe this link will work better for you:

    Comment by s t a c i — February 19, 2015 @ 7:13 am

  57. I’m about 30 squares into making my blanket. I’m planning to make all my squares and then joining them I noticed some of my squares are 1/4 – 1/5 in large than others. How big of a problem is this going to be when I go to join them?

    Comment by Echo — March 15, 2015 @ 10:29 pm

  58. Staci,

    Thanks for the great pattern and video! I started crocheting last week, and I just made my first granny square with your help.

    I was confused about how best to weave in ends, but I found this video which explained it very well. I hope it’s helpful to others as well: https://youtu.be/oyvdsTz9Jso?t=3m2s

    Comment by Torin — July 18, 2015 @ 3:49 pm

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