If you understand the concept of a simple granny square then it can open up a whole world of creative options for you! You can use the simple pattern to add more and more rounds to the square until you have a baby blanket, a throw, or even a comforter if you just keep going!
In another light, you can stop after only a few rounds and then construct all kinds of things by sewing the smaller squares together.
Right now I’m going to show you how to get those rounds started. You need to know how to chain and how to work a double crochet, and how to join with a slip stitch. If you don’t know how to do those or if you need a refresher, I’ve made a video tutorial for each which you can view here:
*Note: If the whole magic knot thing is too much to begin with, ignore it and just tie your yarn around the wide part or your hook, then double knot it. That’s what I usually do anyway. The magic knot just makes it look more smooth or something like that…but no one ever mentions noticing whether I use it or ‘knot’. Hehehe, *snort*.
I’ll also add a link to the simple written pattern so that once you get the hang of creating these squares you’ll have a place to glance over the pattern without all the pictures once you don’t need them.
*Note on hook size and yarn: When I make these squares, I’m using a size K (6.50MM) hook and Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. The great thing about granny squares is that they can be so versatile very quickly. If you want smaller squares, you can use a smaller hook, like an F hook, for example. If you’re like me and want to work things up more quickly, you can use a size N hook and tie two strands of yarn together to work with at the same time and make a chunky granny square blanket. It’s up to you and your favorite hooks! Just remember that the smaller the hook, the tighter the stitches will be, which can be very lovely, but also the smaller the hook the longer it’s going to take you. I go for larger hooks.
For more information on hooks, yarn, and other crochet equipment, click here.