Granny Square Crochet Pattern Diagram

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.

Basic Granny Square Diagram Chart

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): 

  1. Yarn over (yo) the crochet hook, insert the crochet hook into the designated stitch.
  2. Yo the crochet hook again, draw the yarn through the stitch, so there are 3 loops on the crochet hook
  3. Yo the crochet hook again, draw through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the crochet hook.
  4. 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.

  1. Make a slip knot.
  2. Yo (yarn over)
  3. Draw a loop of yarn back through the loop on the crochet hook. You have completed your first chain stitch.
  4. 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):

  1. Insert the crochet hook into the designated stitch
  2. 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.
  • 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
  • Scissors: A nice pair of yarn scissors are great for cutting yarn ends when required.
  • 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.

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