Granny squares are my favorite thing to crochet. These classic shapes can be made into so many things: blankets, scarves, hats, bags, skirts, tops, even dresses and jackets! They're a really fun way to use up little bits of yarn, too.
Granny squares can encompass a range of techniques and knowledge levels. For beginners, you will learn the two basic stitches (the chain and double crochet) and then learn to combine them to make a one-color granny square. You'll also learn how to follow both a written pattern and a crochet chart.
Following the beginner techniques, you can learn aspects such as how to start a granny square with a magic ring, switch between colors, tricks for having less tails to weave in, and a couple different seaming techniques for sewing the granny squares together.
Sign Up: Learn these techniques in our Open Studio class! Open Studio is a drop-in workshop every Sunday from 3–5 PM. It's open to all crafts & experience levels, a time where you can learn anything you want, including granny squares! Click here to sign up.
Pattern: provided when you sign up to learn granny squares during one of our Open Studio sessions.
Required Experience: you should be comfortable with the chain stitch and single crochet in order to begin granny squares.
Recommended Yarn & Tools: I recommend using any yarn weight between worsted and super bulky when you're learning, see chart below for estimated yardage and hook needed for each weight.
|Yarn Weight||Est. Yardage (for 1 square)||Hook Size|
|80 yards||US I / 5.5 mm|
|Aran||70 yards||US J / 6 mm|
|Bulky||60 yards||US L / 8 mm|
|Super Bulky||50 yards||12–20 mm|