Solid Granny Square Pattern – Seamless & Without Gaps.

solid granny squares

Solid Granny square pattern is an unusual because we all are used to seeing crochet square with holes (chain stitches). This tutorial will show you how do you crochet a tight Granny square seamlessly and without gaps! Suitable for crochet beginners.

In this tutorial I will use US crochet stitch abbreviations. 

US UK crochet stitch conversion chart

USUKSymbol
ch – chainch-chain

sl st – slip stichsl st – slip stichslip stitch symbol
sc – single crochetdc – double crochetsingle stitch symbol
hdc – half double crochethtr – half treble crochethalf double crochet
dc – double crochettr – treble crochetdouble crochet symbol

Seamless solid granny square

Seamless solid granny square we can achieve by hiding turning chain in the increase. It will be almost invisible. 

Solid crochet Granny square diagram

hdc (half double crochet) solid granny square pattern

hdc solid granny square

Solid Granny square written instructions

I am starting Granny square unusually because I use bulky ribbon yarn. If I make many half double crochet (hdc) in the first round, I cannot close the hole properly. So, I start with chain 2 and 7 single crochet in the magic ring (which counts as 8 stitches together). Each Corner will be 4 hdc cluster in the same stitch.

Foundation Ring. Start with magic ring technique. 

Round 1 [8 stitches]

  1. Chain 2. This counts as a single crochet (sc)
  2. 7 sc in the magic ring.
  3. join with sl st into the top of the beginning chain.

Round 2 [20 stitches]

  1. Chain 2. This is our corner space. This counts as the first hdc.
  2. 3 hdc in the same stitch. Place marker in the middle of stitches. (1st corner)
  3. 1 hdc in the next stitch
  4. 4 hdc in the same stitch. Place marker in the middle. (2nd corner)
  5. 1 hdc in the next stitch.
  6. repeat steps 4 and 5 two more times.
  7. join with sl st into the top of the beginning chain.
  8. 2 more sl st until you get to the marker – middle of the 1st corner.

Round 3 [32 stitches]

  1. Chain 2. This is our corner space. This counts as the first hdc.
  2. 3 hdc in the same stitch. Place marker in the middle of stitches. (1st corner)
  3. 4 hdc
  4. 4 hdc in the same stitch. Place marker in the middle. (2nd corner)
  5. 4 hdc in the next stitch.
  6. repeat steps 4 and 5 two more times. (3rd and 4th corners)
  7. join with sl st into the top of the beginning chain.
  8. 2 more sl st until you get to the marker – middle of the 1st corner
Round 4 [44 stitches]
  1. Chain 2. This is our corner space. This counts as the first hdc.
  2. 3 hdc in the same stitch. Place marker in the middle of stitches. (1st corner)
  3. 7 hdc
  4. 4 hdc in the same stitch. Place marker in the middle. (2nd corner)
  5. 7 hdc in the next stitch.
  6. repeat steps 4 and 5 two more times. 
  7. join with sl st into the top of the beginning chain. (3rd and 4th corners)

Next rows work similarly, every row will increase by 12 stitches. 

dc (double crochet) solid granny square

square

Double crochet Granny square written instructions are the same as half double crochet. Instead of hdc place dc. Instead of chain 2, make chain 3, because double crochet stitch is taller than half double crochet stitch.

If you want to get full written instructions in double crochet, download the pdf instructions below.

Solid Granny square pattern PDF

 

Half double and double crochet charts with written instructions in one place – crochet granny square pdf pattern.

YouTube crochet solid Granny square video

For visual learners, YouTube video will be the best option-all the nitty gritty stuff is there.

How do you make a granny square step by step in pictures?

crochet granny square
granny square tutorial
  1. How to finish a granny square neatly?

How to end crochet without a knot, so the edge looks exactly as the rest of the Granny square?

When you reach desired size, do not join the last round with slip stitch.
  1. Cut the working yarn
  2. Take out crochet hook from the last loop
  3. Pull out the yarn tail.
  4. You will have a single strand which you wrap around last round’s first stitch. Go under both legs (loops).
  5. Go back to previous stitch.
  6. Put a crochet hook under back leg from underneath.
  7. Make yarn over and get the yarn through that loop.
This way, we replicated edge stitches and Granny square is fastened off neatly.
Fasten off crochet neatly

FAQ

Why is my solid Granny square wavy (puckering)?

Answer is obvious: puckering or wavy edges happen if there are too many stitches. If edges are curling up – not enough stitches. If you crochet from a pattern – find a mistake or try a different one.

How do you crochet a seamless solid granny square?

Make crochet seam invisible by hiding turning chain in the corner stitch cluster. In this post I show you a step-by-step tutorial.

How much yarn is needed for solid Granny square?
 

There are several factors involved:

  • what is your gauge?
  • what size is the crochet hook?
  • what yarn do you use?
  • how big you want the square?

No one will give you a simple answer. The smaller is the square, the less yarn you need.

How do you read a Granny square pattern?
 

First, we read granny square crochet charts counter-clockwise. The beginning usually is a chain stitch. The best way to learn is having a stitch legend in front of you, a chart and written instructions for the chart. Try to follow the chart and look at the written instructions. In this tutorial, I presented chart, written pattern and video.

How do you start a Granny square solid?
 

Do not use chain stitches in the corners. Start with an adjustable circle. 

How do you crochet a solid Granny square without gaps?
 
Replace chains in the corners with solid crochet stitches – for example, half double or double crochet stitches.
 
How many granny squares does it take to make a blanket?
 

In America, the “standard” sizes for blankets are:

  • Crib: 45 by 60 inches (115 by 150cm)

  • Twin: 66 by 90 inches (167 by 228cm)

  • Double: 80 by 90 inches (203 by 228cm)

  • Queen: 90 by 90 to 100 inches (228 by 228 to 254 cm)

  • King: 108 by 90 to 100 inches (275 by 228 to 254cm)

Measure Granny square size. Let’s say it is 5 inches. If you want to make Twin size crochet Granny square blanket, you will need 234 squares.

how many granny squares for a blanket

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