Crochet a Granny Square: They're not just for grannies! | Colleen Elliott | Skillshare

Crochet a Granny Square: They're not just for grannies!

Colleen Elliott, Production Artist

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11 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Crochet a Granny Square: Intro

    • 2. Crochet a Granny Square: Supplies & pattern

    • 3. Crochet a Granny Square: Round 1

    • 4. Crochet a Granny Square: Round 2

    • 5. Crochet a Granny Square: Round 3 and Finishing

    • 6. Crochet a Granny Square: changing colors

    • 7. Finishing : Single and Double crochet borders

    • 8. Joining Granny squares

    • 9. Project #1: Gift card holder

    • 10. Project #2: Pillow Cover

    • 11. Crochet a Granny Square: Inspiration and thank you!

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About This Class


Granny squares aren't just for grannies...they're for everyone! This class will teach you how to crochet a simple, basic granny square. I'll show you how to choose yarn and an appropriately sized hook, how to start with a "magic circle," how to chain, do double and single crochet stitches, and how to change colors. In no time at all you'll have completed your very own granny square.

What can you do with your granny square when you're done? Use one as a trivet or sew one or two together to make a decorative pillow cover. Make a bunch of little ones and sew them together into a blanket, poncho, or slippers! Crochet a 36" square and you have an easy baby blanket to give to a friend who is expecting, or keep going and make a big blanket for yourself! Whatever you decide to make, granny squares are super versatile and I'm sure you'll think of 1000 uses for them. (I've even made a dog sweater!)

As a bonus, I'll show you two easy projects you can make with your granny squares. Once you've learned the basics, it's easy to find lots of free patterns and tutorials online. I'll tell you about a few of my favorite places to look for patterns and inspiration. If you have any questions along the way, please ask!

The only equipment you'll need for this class is:

  1. yarn - I recommend worsted weight/medium/#4
  2. a crochet hook- I recommend sizing up slightly from the size recommended on your yarn label
  3. a yarn or darning needle
  4. scissors

If you choose to complete the pillow bonus project, you will also need a square pillow form or throw pillow that you can cover.

I taught myself to crochet when I was living out of the country without access to my normal crafting supplies. My friend was expecting and I didn't have access to a sewing machine to make her a quilt. Crochet hooks and yarn can be very cheap, so I decided to try to crochet a blanket for her since I wouldn't be out much if it didn't come together the way I wanted it to. Crochet was so easy and relaxing that I was immediately hooked! I hope you'll love crochet as much as I do.

I've created a Pinterest board to help inspire you, you can check it out here.