Want to make a granny square scarf? Which granny square would you like to use? There are hundreds of variations to choose from and no wonder since the granny square has been in continuous print for over 100 years. This versatile little square has been around from colonial times, through the great western push to expand America. The granny square was even alive in the 1960’s and 1970’s when this simple square exploded with color to produce fanciful ponchos, skirts, vest, purses, almost anything you can thing of.
The granny square has remained popular because of its simple use of easy to remember stitch combinations and reliance on scrap or left over yarns. Even the tiniest ball of yarn can at least make one round of a granny square. You can even mix yarn types and weights and still have a fabulous square.
Before you begin your granny square adventure you will need a few things: any color or combinations of yarn or yarns, crochet hook (I recommend an H, it’s not too big and fits most yarns comfortably, scissors, ruler or tape measure, basic crochet skills and time. Not a lot of time either, just spare minutes snatched here and there will do. The granny squares makes a great take along project: easy to pick up, easy to work.
Here are a few granny squares you may like to work:
Crochet Abbreviation Used:
Ch = Chain
St = Stitch
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Sc = Single Crochet
Dc = Double Crochet
Rnd = Round
Beg = Beginning
Rep = Repeat
Bet = Between
Sp = Space
Lp = Loop
Ea = Each
Yo = Yarn Over
This is a traditional granny square. It’s easy to make and looks good in all one color or doing every row in a color if its own.
RND 1: Ch-4, sl st to form a ring, ch-3, 3 dc in ring, * ch-5, 4 dc in ring, * rep bet * 3 times, ch-5, sl st top beg ch-3, do not turn.
RND 2: Sl st to next ch-5 sp, ch-1, * (3 dc, ch-3, 3 dc) ch-5 sp, ch-1, sk 2 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc, ch-1) bet 2nd and 3rd dc, * rep bet * 4 times, sl st top beg dc, do not turn.
RND 3: Sl st to next ch-3 sp, ch-1, * (3 dc, ch-3, 3 dc) ch-3 sp, ch-1, dc next ch-1 sp, ch-1, 3 dc next ch-1 sp, ch-1, dc next ch-1 sp, ch-1, * rep bet * 4 times, sl st top beg dc, fasten off.
This granny square has more of a circle inside a square look to it.
RND 1: ch-6 sl st to form a ring, ch-3, work 15 dc in ring, sl st top beg ch-3, do not turn.
RND 2: Ch-5, * (dc, ch-2) next st * rep * around, sl st 3rd ch of beg ch-5, do not turn.
RND 3: Sl st next ch-2 sp, ch-3, 2 dc same sp as ch-3, * ch-1, 3 dc next sp * rep bet around, ch-1, sl st top beg ch-3, do not turn.
RND 4: Sl st next 2 sts, sc next ch-1 sp, * ch-6, sc next ch-1 sp, (ch-3, sc next ch-1 sp) 3 times, * rep bet * around ending with ch-3, sl st top beg sc, fasten off.
RND 5: Join in any ch-6 sp, ch-3, (4 dc, ch-2, 5 dc) same sp, * 3 dc next 3 sps, (5 dc, ch-2, 5 dc) next ch-6 sp, * rep bet * 3 times, 3dc next 3 sps, sl st top beg ch-3, fasten off.
This is one of my favorites, it works up smaller than most granny squares and features a flower in its center.
Rnd 1: Ch-4, sl st to form a ring, ch-1, work 8 sc in ring, sl st top beg sc, do not turn. (8 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch-2, puff st* next sc, ch-4, (puff st next st, ch-2, puff st next st, ch-4) around, sl st top 1st puff st made, do not turn.
Rnd 3: Sl st next ch-2 sp, ch-1, * 4 sc in ch-2 sp, (3sc, ch-2, 3 sc) in next ch 4 sp, rep from * around, sl st top beg sc, fasten off.
*Puff Stitch: draw up 12” lp, (yo, insert hook same st, yo, draw up 12” lp) 4 times, yo, draw through all 9 lps on hook, ch-1 to lock stitch.
There are only three of the hundreds of granny squares you can find instructions to. All the squares work well in one color of in a multitude of colors. You don’t even have to stick with just one square you can get creative and make a scarf with no two blocks alike.
To make a scarf: chose the granny square or squares you’d like to use. Make several up in the colors you want to use. On a flat surface play with the blocks until you get a pattern you like. Most scarves are about 5” wide and 72” long more or less. Measure your set of squares. Divide the 72” with the length of your squares and you will know how many pattern sets you will need to make to complete your scarf. Make them and sew them together. You’ll be surprised at how many compliments you will receive especially when they all find out you make it yourself.
Here are a few places to find even more granny squares to crochet:
All Free Crafts
Crochet Pattern Central