Colleen Elliott

Production Artist



(published) Crochet a Granny Square: they're not just for grannies!

Update: I've published my class:

I've had a few issues with some videos not wanting to upload, so I published without them. I'm hoping I can figure out the issue soon.

After starting my outline, I have scaled back from my original idea. I originally wanted to teach how to crochet a dog sweater from a granny square, but I realized it would make sense to teach two separate classes. This makes it easier on me to publish my first class and easier for students who already know how to crochet a granny square to get to the dog sweater part of the class easily.

SO, my first class is called: Crochet unravelled- make a granny square!

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 chian, 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 2 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, please let me know if you're interested and I will make that my next class.)

As a bonus, I'll show you two ways to attach granny squares so you can make larger projects and an easy crochet edging you can add to give your blanket or other project a finished look. Once you've learned the basics, it's easy to find lots of projects online. I'll tell you about a few of my favorite places to look for free patterns. If you have any questions along the way, please ask!

The only equipment you'll need is:

  1. a crochet hook- I recommend a metal hook, size XXXXX
  2. yarn - i recommend starting with XXXXX

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.


Crochet a granny square that is at least 10" by 10."

Now that you've learned to crochet a granny square, make it yours by picking the perfect color combination. Will you use a variegated yarn? Change colors with each row? Use just 1 color? The choice is all yours. 

Show us your work and tell us what you plan to do with it! Maybe your idea will inspire someone else. Remember that I'm here if you need help, just leave a comment! Please leave feedback for future classmates as well.

Here is a link to my outline. Please let me know your thoughts!

Update 6/19: Here is a link to my intro video


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