The classic crochet granny square is crocheted in rounds. In fact, when you look for crochet square patterns, you will find that almost all of them are worked in rounds. It's kind of funny when you think about it. After all, creating a square in rows is a really simple thing to do, and yet we rarely see that in our patterns for square motifs.
This crochet square pattern takes the best of both options. It begins with a simple, small crochet square that you work in rows. Then you build that square up to a larger size by working in rounds. The effect is very interesting. If you've been looking for something different to do when it comes to crochet squares then this just might be your next go-to crochet pattern.
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Materials Needed for the Simple Rows and Rounds Granny Square
You can use just about any yarn or crochet thread to make this square. That said, if it's your first time crocheting this square then you might want to start with an easy yarn that you are comfortable working with. For example, use a smooth worsted-weight yarn to start.
You'll need a crochet hook that works well with your chosen yarn or crochet thread. The label on your yarn or thread should provide you with suggestions about the right size crochet hook to use.
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Crochet Square Pattern Notes
Gauge and Finished Size:
If you work with a worsted weight yarn and a size I crochet hook then you will get a square that measures about 3.25". However, the size of your square will depend entirely on the yarn choice and crochet hook size that you opt for when making your project. As a result, there is no specific gauge for this pattern.
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Crochet Square Free Pattern
Begin Crochet in Rows
Start with: ch 6.
Rows 1 - 5: Work 5 rows of sc st. Begin by working a sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea st across the row for a total of 5 sc sts.
Begin Crocheting in Rounds:
Round 1: ch 1, work 5 sc down the side of your piece, ch 2 to turn the corner, work 5 sc across the lower edge of the piece, ch 2, work 5 sc up the other side of the piece, ch 2, work 5 sc across upper edge of piece, ch 2, sl st to join to the first sc st in the round.
Round 2: ch 3; this counts as the 1st dc in the row. Work 1 dc in ea of the next 4 sts. [To form the corner: 2 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, 2 more dc in same ch-2 sp. Then work 1 dc in ea of the next 5 dc sts.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around. In the remaining corner, work 2 dc sts, ch 2, 2 more dc sts, and sl st to join to 3rd ch st in the round. End off, leaving a long tail of yarn.
You now have 2 options:
- Either leave a long enough tail for weaving in this end, about 6 inches, or
- Leave a sufficient amount for using this tail for both stitching squares together and weaving in at the same time. If you choose this option, you'll need to leave a longer tail than usual.
Finishing the Square:
Weave in all other loose ends. Block if desired.
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If you don't already know how to join granny squares, then now is a great time to learn this skill. There are different ways you might want to approach this task, so look at the list of possibilities and check out whichever tutorials interest you.
If you aren't sure which method to use, a favorite is whip stitch. You could try that way of doing it if you are agreeable to the idea of sewing your squares together.
If sewing isn't your thing, and you'd rather crochet your squares together, try the slip stitch join instead. Another option is the single crochet join but it might be a bit overpowering for this small square.
Of course, you can change your entire design simply by changing your joining. Therefore, you might want to work up some samples to see which type of join you like best for these squares.