In this blog post, you will quickly learn how to make an easy solid granny square. The solid granny is an painless pattern based on basic crochet stitches. All you have to know is how to start a slip stitch and make chain stitches; the whole square is made with double crochets. I assume you are a beginner and are just taking baby steps in the crochet world. That’s why I’ve described the easiest method of making a solid granny square – the starting and ending point of each row is at a corner.

granny squares solid free crochet pattern and tutorial

A Traditional (Basic) Granny vs Solid Granny

 

The most popular granny square is a basic granny. Both squares are easy patterns based on the double crochets. 

They also have similar sizes, if they have the same number of rows, as the length and height are determined by the numbers of rows of double crochets.

 

A traditional granny and solid granny squares grow bigger by increasing the number of stitches in consecutive rows. Hypothetically, they can grow and grow without any limits 😉

Traditional basic Granny square vs solid granny square

A basic granny square has noticeable, separated rows and groups of stitches. A solid granny square is more …. solid 🙂 It has a more dense texture. You can use it in the same projects as a basic granny square –  a central motif for a top, blanket or a dress. Most often out of all projects, granny squares are used for bags. In each of these projects, a solid granny gives you a more dense texture and, in my opinion, a more elegant look. Although I am not a huge fan of the basic granny square, I love the solid granny.

How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square

Materials you will need:

  • Yarn ( I am using Lily Sugar’n Cream – its a worsted weight yarn) 
  • You can use yarn scraps and introduce a new color in each round. In the tutorial, I used a worsted weight yarn.
  • Crochet hook (to choose the right hook size read the yarn label for info on which size of crochet hook to choose)
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain stitches

Sl St = Slip Stitch

Dc  = Double Crochet 

 

St(s) = Stitch (es)

Foundation:

  1. Make a slip knot. 

  2. Ch 4.

  3. Insert the hook into the 4th chain from the hook (it will be the first chain just after the slip knot). Yarn over and pull loops on the hook through – (you just made a sl st closing the foundation ring.

TIP: Instead of using a foundation chain, you may start with a magic ring. But it is optional and entirely up to you.

Solid Granny square how to crochet a foundation

First row:

  1. Start with ch 5. It will counts as our first dc and 2 chains.

Al the next dc stitches will be made into the foundation chain: 

  1. 3 dc. ch 2.  Repeat 2 times. 

  2. 2 dc. Insert the hook into the 3rd chain of ch-5 from the start of this round. Sl st.

Sl st into the closest  2-ch space.

Solid Granny Square how to crochet the 1st row

Second row:

  1.  Start with Ch 5.

Make 2 dc into ch-2 space. 3 dc into each of the following dc of the first row.

Confusing spot while making the crochet granny squares

Tricky spot while crocheting granny squares

Here is a very tough spot if you are a beginner. I had a problem with it too. Where to insert the hook to start our 3 dc? The photo on the left will help.Start your stitches in the chain just before the first dc of the previous row.
  1.  2 dc into the 2-ch space. Ch 2. 2 dc in the same 2-ch space. 3 dc into each of the following dc of the first row.

Repeat this step two more times.

  1. 3. Next, 1 dc into 2-ch space. Sl st into the 3rd chain of the starting ch 5.

4. Finally, Sl st into the next ch-2 space.

Solid Granny square following steps of row 2
Solid Granny square- steps of row 2

Third row: 

  1. Start with Ch 5

  2. Make 2 dc into ch-2 space and 7 dc into each of the top of the following stitches. 

  3. 2 dc into the 2-ch space. Ch 2. 2 dc in the same 2-ch space. 7 dc into each of the top of the following stitches.

Repeat this step two more times.

 

  1.  Next, 1 dc into 2-ch space. Sl st into the 3rd chain of the starting ch 5.

 Finally, Sl st into the next ch-2 space.

Solid Granny square- steps of row 2

Fourth row: 

  1. Start with Ch 5

  2. Make 2 dc into ch-2 space and 11 dc into each of the following stitches. 

  3. 2 dc into the 2-ch space. Ch 2. 2 dc in the same 2-ch space. 11 dc into each of the following stitches.

Repeat this step two more times.

  1.  Next, 1 dc into 2-ch space. Sl st into the 3rd chain of the starting ch 5.

 Finally, Sl st into the next ch-2 space.

granny square row 4

Finish off: 

Make  1 ch more, cut the yarn and pull the end out. Pull the yarn to tighten the knot. Weave in the ends using yarn or tapestry needle. . 

Final remarks: 

Congratulations, if you made it this far, this means you have just made your first granny square!

The solid granny square pattern is easy to understand and to follow even if you are a beginner. I would say more – it is a beginner’s must! 

All you have to remember is some math, grr. 

 

Each row has 4 double crochet stitches more than the previous one. The  first row has 3 dc, second 7 dc, the third 11 dc, and the fourth  15 dc.

How to increase rows of a solid granny square

You can go to any size you want by increasing each subsequent round by 4 double crochets.

Solid Granny Square crochet tutorial

 

If you want your square to look even more neat, I recommend you to block it. 

What is blocking in crochet you may ask?

Blocking is spreading evenly and pinning a crochet item to  a surface. It allows the stitches to spread out evenly and level the edges.

 

 To strengthen the effect, mist, steam or even washing all projects are techniques used in combination with blocking. But you may block your project without water as well. Spreading it out on a flat surface for a few hours in the desired even shape will work its magic as well. Blocking will prevent your double crochet granny squares from curling at the corners and allow them to look their best.

What can be used as a crochet blocking board?

You don’t have to spend money on blocking. A special reusable blocking board with holes and wooden pegs allows you to block squares and hexagons, and looks nice in the photos, but you will get similar results by using something you already have at home. A towel, an iron board, and even a mattress will do.  You can use sewing pins to give your crochet item its desired shape.

How to block your granny square at no cost

How to block your granny square at no cost

I used a foam mat my children use to play on. I cut one of these mats into smaller pieces to use with small items like squares or snowflakes. As pins, a set of toothpicks was unbeatable.

Best Solid Granny Square Projects

Once you have learned a solid granny square, you are free to run with amazing handmade projects! When you see them, I’m sure you’ll agree that there is no other granny square as easy and versatile as a solid granny. 

Solid Granny Square Blanket Free Pattern

 
A crofter blanket will be a great opportunity to practice the granny square and learn how to switch colors while making a solid square. A great yarn-scraper!
Crofter solid blanket

Solid Scrappy Granny Pillow Free Pattern

 
Decorate the whole bed and practice the granny square at the same time. Also, it will be a wonderful stash-buster for all those yarn scraps that are too short to do anything with, but too long to toss out.
solid granny square pillow

Solid Scrappy Bag

Unfortunately, the  tutorial for this amazing bag is no longer available. But for those who have already made bags in the past, here is one of the most beautiful usages for the solid granny that you can get:
photo: a creative being / ravelry

Solid Granny Square Bag

Instead of using small granny squares, you can make one big square for each side of a bag instead. This gives it a smoother, much more consistent look.
solid granny square bag with diagram
photo: Maya Kiss @Instagram

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