Are you looking for a crochet project that works up fast, uses up leftover yarn, and is a beginner-friendly project? If so, learn how to crochet a small solid granny square with this easy crochet tutorial.
Below, we’ll teach you step-by-step how to crochet a solid granny square that is 3″ by 3″ big, as well as a solid square with no spaces. Not only that, but we’ve also found some fun free crochet pattern ideas to use these squares in when you are done making them.
How to Make a Solid Granny Square
Crocheting a solid square like the one shown above is easy! A few supplies and knowledge of basic crochet stitches are all you will need.
You will need a few crochet tools and supplies to make this square, all of which are easy to find.
- Four weight (worsted weight) yarn: Any brand
- H-8 5 mm crochet hook: Any brand
- Tapestry needle
The tutorial sample uses a four weight yarn called Wool-Ease from LionBrand in the color wheat with a Tulip Brand 5 mm crochet hook.
You can use any yarn brand and hook brand you wish in place of the one shown and still get the same outcome of a 3″ x 3″ square.
On the other hand, you can also use a different yarn weight and hook size, but keep in mind this will change the size of the square depending on the yarn weight used.
Stitches & Techniques
To be able to crochet a square as shown, you will need to know how to make a double crochet stitch, slip stitch and a chain. You will also need to know how to make a magic circle in crochet.
Double Crochet (dc)
- Yarn over (yo) the crochet hook, insert the crochet hook into the designated stitch.
- Yo the crochet hook again, draw the yarn through the stitch, so there are 3 loops on the crochet hook
- Yo the crochet hook again, draw through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the crochet hook.
- Yo the crochet hook, draw through the final 2 loops.
Groups of double crochets are worked together in one stitch when crocheting a granny square, and those groups of double crochets are usuallly referred to as double crochet clusters.
Chain Stitch (ch)
A chain stitch is a simple crochet stitch that often serves as the foundation for other crochet stitches worked into a project.
- Make a slip knot.
- Yo (yarn over)
- Draw a loop of yarn back through the loop on the crochet hook. You have completed your first chain stitch.
- Yo and draw a loop through the loop on the crochet hook for each new chain stitch.
Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Insert the crochet hook into the designated stitch
- Yo (yarn over) and pull back through the stitch and through the loop on the crochet hook.
A magic circle is an adjustable loop (magic loop or magic ring) technique that quickly starts a crochet project in the round that has a yarn tail that pulls to close the center hole when tightly closed.
Uses for 3″ x 3″ Granny Squares
Granny square motifs are a great to use in many crochet projects and are a great way to use up scrap yarn. Take a look below at a collection of free crochet patterns that are perfect for a granny square design!
Tip: For every project you make, you can save the scrap yarn and make a few of these 3 inch squares. Eventually, you’ll have enough to make one of the easy crochet projects above.
Small Solid Granny Square Pattern
Learn how to crochet a solid granny square that has a finished size of 3 inches by 3 inches with our simple tutorial.
Skill Level: Easy
- Four Weight Yarn (Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat, shown)
- H-8 5 mm Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- This pattern is written in US standard terms.
- Use any weight yarn and corresponding hook (will change size)
- Do NOT crochet into the slip stitches (sl st).
Size: 3″ x 3″
Round 1: magic circle, 12 dcs into the magic circle, sl st to the top of the first dc.
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc into the next st.
*2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc into the next st, 2 dc in the next st, 2 dc into the next st.
Rep from * around ending with 2 dc into the last st, sl st to the first
Finishing: Weave in loose ends with a tapestry needle.