If you are looking for a classic granny square crochet diagram, then this is the post for you! The finished square below makes a 4″ x 4″ square when using the recommended yarn and hook.
Below we’ll share a chart for a granny square with explanations of the symbols! As a bonus, you can also find a free printable diagram you can use for on the go crocheting!
This chart is a perfect companion to our basic granny square pattern and can be used along with it for extra help with crocheting.
Stitches & Symbols in a Granny Square Chart
You will see some common crochet stitches used in a classic granny square such as the double crochet stitch, the chain stitch and slip stitch. Below, take a look at the stitches in more detail to learn how to read a stitch chart 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.
- Y0 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 referred to as double crochet clusters.
A double crochet stitch is abbreviated dc and is shown in crochet diagrams as a longer line with 2 smaller lines through it. The longer line can show the angle of the stitch, so it is important to pay attention to that detail.
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.
A chain stitch is abbreviated ch and is shown in crochet diagrams as a small oval shape.
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 slip stitch is abbreviated sl st and is shown in crochet diagrams as a small solid dot.
You’ll need just a few easy to find materials to be able to crochet a granny square. Below, we’ll discuss the easiest yarn and crochet hook size for a beginner to start crocheting a granny square with.
- Yarn: The best yarn for a beginner to crochet a granny square with is a worsted weight (four weight) yarn. But keep in mind, this can be crocheted with any size yarn you wish.
- The example is using Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Lassen Volcanic.
- Crochet Hook: The most common hook size used for a four weight yarn is a H 5 mm crochet hook. You can use whatever hook size you’d like. I suggest reading the yarn label of the yarn you pick for the crochet hook size that is recommended
- We recommend the Tulip Etimo Hook brand.
- Scissors: A nice pair of yarn scissors are great for cutting yarn ends when required.
- A pair of rainbow stork scissors are shown above.
- Tapestry Needle: You will need this to weave in the yarn ends once you are done crocheting a granny square.
You may find occasionally you will need other supplies such as a gauge ruler or blocking board, both of which will help make your squares an even uniform size.
Printable Granny Square Diagram Symbol Chart
Use the button below to get a free granny square pattern chart to print and use whenever you want to make a granny square design.