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Solid Granny Square – Photo Tutorial

Hey guys! I promised in my last blog post that I would bring you a Solid Granny Square tutorial, and now I’m delivering on that promise! So, here we go! Hopefully the photos will help you, and if you have any questions just feel free to ask! Here we go!

Today I am using a worsted weight (4) yarn in the colour pale pink and a 5mm (US Size H) crochet hook. You can use any size yarn and a hook that is sized appropriately for your yarn.

Step 1: Make a slip knot on your hook and chain 4. Remember that the slip knot does not count as 1.
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Step 2: Slip stitch into the beginning Chain 1 to form a ring. If you need to, place a stitch marker in the centre of the loop you just created so that it’s easier to find for the next step.
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Step 3. Chain 5. This counts as your first double crochet and your chain 2. The chain 2 will act as your first corner as well. It’s going to look like a really tall and weird stitch. Don’t worry, it’ll look better by step 5.
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Step 4: Pinch the tail end of your yarn against the loop. This will help secure the yarn end into the project as you will be crocheting around both the loop and the tail end of the yarn.
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Step 5: Double crochet into the centre of the loop. To do this, yarn over once (two loops on your hook) and insert your hook into the centre of the loop. Yarn over and draw up a loop (three loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops remaining on your hook). Yarn over once more and pull through both remaining loops (one loop on your hook). You should have something that looks like this:
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Step 6. Double crochet two more times into the centre loop. This creates the first side. You should have something that looks like this:
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Step 7: Chain 2 and double crochet three more times into the centre loop. This creates the second corner and the second side. It should now look like this:
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Step 8: Chain 2 and double crochet three more times into the centre loop. This creates your third corner and your third side. You should have something that looks like this:
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Step 9: Chain 2. This time you will double crochet twice into the centre loop because your chain 3 from the beginning acts as your first double crochet. You should have something that looks like this:
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Step 10: Count up the first chain 3 and join with a slip stitch to the top of the chain 3. Congratulations! You’ve completed the first row! You should have something that looks like this:
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At this point, you may feel free to cut that tail yarn that you crocheted over. Don’t worry, you secured it in place and your square won’t come undone.

Step 11: This is the start of row 2 and it’s a bit different than before. Stick with me and I’ll show you how to make it. πŸ™‚ First, chain 3. This counts as your first double crochet. Notice how it is in line with the double crochet below it:
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Step 12: Double crochet twice into the corner space, chain 2, and double crochet two more times into the SAME space as before. This creates your first corner of the row:
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Step 13: Here’s where things get a little different. You’re going to want to crochet directly into the stitches, instead of the spaces. The first one might be a bit hard to find. If you push the last two double crochets you made over a bit, you will be able to find the spot where you need to make your next stitch. I’ve illustrated it down below:
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Double crochet into the three stitches as shown above. You should now have something that looks like this:
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Step 14: Double crochet twice into the corner space. Chain 2. Double crochet two more times into the SAME corner space. This creates your second corner:
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Step 15: Just as before, double crochet into each of the three stitches available to you:
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Step 16: Time for another corner! Double crochet twice into the corner space. Chain 2. Double crochet two more times into the SAME corner space:
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Step 17: Double crochet into each of the 3 available stitches, just as before:
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Step 18: Last corner! Double crochet two times into the corner space. Chain 2. Double crochet two more times into the SAME corner space:
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Step 19: Double crochet into the next two spaces available to you. Remember that the chain 3 at the start counts as your first double crochet and the third double crochet of this side:
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Step 20: Slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 to close the square and then chain up 3. You have now completed the second row and have started the third:
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Step 21: You’ll notice that you are now two stitches away from the corner. That’s okay! Double crochet into those two stitches:
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Step 22: Time to make a corner! It’s exactly the same as before: double crochet twice into the corner space, chain 2, and double crochet into the SAME space as before:
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Step 23: You will notice on this row that instead of having only three stitches to crochet into, you now have 7 available to you. Go ahead and double crochet into all 7 of those stitches:
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Step 24: It’s corner time! You know what to do. Double crochet twice into the corner space, chain 2, and double crochet two more times into the same corner space:
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Step 25: Double crochet into the next 7 available stitches:
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Step 26: Next corner! Double crochet two times into the corner space, chain 2, and double crochet two more times into the SAME corner space:
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Step 27: We are almost done! Double crochet into the next 7 available stitches:
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Step 28: Last corner! I know you already know how to do it, but I’ll go through it again just because. πŸ˜› Double crochet twice into the corner space, chain 2, double crochet two more times into the SAME corner space:
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Step 29: You’ll notice that you only have 4 stitches available to you now. Go ahead and double crochet into those last 4 stitches:
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Step 30: Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 to close your square, and you’re done! (well, for this tutorial anyway):
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Congratulations! You managed to make it to the end of this tutorial and you have a little square to show for it! πŸ˜€
You have a few options now. You can either choose to fasten off (leave a long tail and cut your yarn, yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook all the way, pull the string tight to create a knot), weave in your ends, and leave it the way it is OR you can continue to make it bigger. As it grows, you will have more stitches to crochet into on the sides. This number increases by 4 each time, starting when you first crochet into the 3 stitches available to you (3, 7, 11, 15, etc.). The corners will remain exactly the same as before.

I really hope you enjoyed my first ever tutorial! I hope you will have fun making solid granny squares now (I know I do!). Leave me a comment below if this helped you or if I just confused you. πŸ˜›

~Calindy

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