How to Crochet a Perfect Solid Granny Square – Free Pattern Tutorial (2024)

The crochet solid granny square is a very beautiful and simple variation of the classic granny square.

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As the name suggests, the advantage of solid granny squares is that they are solid!

Of course not as solid as this granny square variation where there are really no gaps, not even at the corners, but it’s still more solid than a classic granny!

So, if you’re wanting to crochet something with fewer holes, or just want to alternate your classic grannies with something different, then, this solid granny square is what you’re looking for.

These crochet blocks are fun to make, for both beginners and more advanced crocheters. Plus, they work up very quickly, and are awesome for using all sorts of scrap yarn!

Explore more crochet granny tutorials

  • Solid Granny Square – No Gaps!
  • Classic Granny Square
  • Half-and-Half Granny Squares

Project Ideas with Solid Granny Squares

There are really so many things that you can make with granny squares…

  • Blankets
  • Pillowcases
  • Potholders…
  • Shawls, scarfs, and cowls
  • Hats and gloves!
  • And so many more…

Find out more ideas in this roundup post where I collected more than 20 awesome crochet projects using granny squares!

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Not Only One Way to Crochet a solid granny square!

Like with many other crochet stitches and techniques, there is not just one way to crochet a solid granny square.

The three ways I know to make a solid granny square differ for the point in which you join each round of the granny:

  • Joining in the middle of the side;
  • Joining at the turning chain-5;
  • Shifting joining point.

Each of these techniques has its own pros and cons.

Joining in the middle of the side– All corners are the same.– The joining seam can be a bit distracting.
Shifting joining point– All corners are the same.– The joining point is less visible but it is still there…
Turning 5-ch– No visible join!– The joining corner tends to be larger than the others.
My Method: Turning 4-ch– No visible join!
– All corners are the same.
– I just love it, so I cannot say…

Joining in the Middle of the Side

This method is very easy and it is the one that I instantly used when I started making solid granny squares.

However, I was kind of bothered by the visible seam (see the grey square in the picture below).

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Shifting joining point

One way to hide the visible join is to shift the joining point at each round of the granny square.

So, the initial chain 3, which counts as your first double crochet, will always be the first double crochet of each corner. You can see what I mean on or on

This method is very neat but I somehow really don’t like chains that count as a stitch in the middle of a side. My chains are always thinner and form a sort of gap, which bothers me a ton!

Turning chain-5

In the “turning chain-5” technique, the joining point of each round of the granny square is in the first ch-5 corner, where the 5 chains count as one double crochet and one chain-2 space.

This method is great because you will not any visible join at all. However, there is one very annoying thing with this method, which is that the joining corner will always be larger than the others.

That’s a bummer…

My Method: Turning chain-4

The technique that I’ll show you today is a slight modification of the “turning chain-5” technique.

For me, this is the best technique because first of all, I don’t like using chains instead of stitches in the middle of my work, and second of all, I love, love, love an invisible seam.

But how to solve the problem of the larger corner?

Well, how about using just 4 chains instead of 5?

So, that’s basically what I did and I am very happy with the result! There is no visible joining point and the corners are all the same.

So, let’s see how to crochet a perfect solid granny square with my turning chain-4 method!


You can actually use any yarn weight with the appropriate hook size!


Ch– Chain
Dc– Double Crochet
MCMagic Circle
Sl St– Slip Stitch
St– Stitch
Yo– Yarn over


  • If the pattern says “dc 2”, it means that you have to crochet 1 dc into each of the next 2 sts.
  • (…)– Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated times.
  • […]– Crochet the instructions within brackets into the same indicated st.

How to Start Your Granny Square

To start crocheting my granny squares, I always make a magic circle, also known as an adjustable ring.

The reason why I like the MC is that it will close the center of the square completely, without leaving any holes!

If you do not want to use a MC (by the way, I have a step-by-step tutorial onhow to crochet a magic circle here), you can:

  • Ch 5 and crochet all the sts of round 1 in the first-made ch;
  • Ch 4, join with a sl st into the first ch, and ch 4. Then, crochet all the sts of round 1 inside the little ring you created.

With these two methods, the center of the granny square will not be as tight as with the MC, but both methods work perfectly fine!

Solid Granny Square Chart Diagram

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Crochet Solid Granny Square – Tutorial

Round 1

Start with a magic circle (MC) and ch 4. (Dc 3, ch 2) 3 times in the MC, dc 2, join the round with a sl st into the third initial chain.

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How to join each round of the Granny Square

To join the rounds, I like inserting my hook under both top loops of the third-made chain.

This way the joining point is less floppy than joining only into one of the loops of the chain.

  • Step 1. Identify the third-made chain;
  • Step 2. Insert your hook under both top loops (you will have the back bump of the chain below the hook);
  • Step 3. Sl st.
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At the end of round 1, you will have 3 dc on each side, a ch-1 space in the first corner, and a ch-2 space at the other three corners.

Round 2

To start, sl st into the ch-1 space/corner.

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Ch 4, and dc 2 in the same ch-1 space where you slip stitched.
Dc in each dc from the previous round, and at the ch-2 spaces at the corners, [dc 2, ch 2, dc 2].

When crocheting over the dc from the previous round, pay extra attention not to miss the first stitch, which might tend to hide behind the corner sts.

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On the last side, make sure not to skip the ch-3 from the previous rounds, which counts as a dc. To make a dc over the ch-3, you will have to insert your hook in the same top loops where you made the sl st at the end of the previous round!

Then, dc 1 in the ch-1 space of the first corner, and sl st into the third-made ch to join your round.

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At the end of round 2, you will have 7 dc on each side, a ch-1 space in the first corner, and a ch-2 space at the other three corners.

Repeat the instructions for round 2 to add more rounds to your solid granny square!

At each round, you will 4 dc sts per side! So, on round 3, you will have 7+4=11 sts, on round 4, 11+4=15 sts, and so on.


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Here are some more crochet tutorials for beautiful crochet squares!

  • Mini Gerbera Granny Square
  • Proserpina 12″ Afghan Block
  • Simple Circle Granny Square
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What is the best crochet stitch for granny squares? ›

The join as you go method is hands down THE BEST. So easy it's like just doing the granny clusters but you join them on either side.

What is the easiest granny square to make? ›

Easy Granny Squares for Beginners

A basic granny square can be created in just three rounds, using a few types of foundational stitches: chain, double crochet, and slip stitch. Use this tri-color granny square pattern to create a traditional square using granny clusters, which are made up of three double crochets each.

How do you stiffen granny squares? ›

You can also stiffen crochet projects using starch. This is how many crocheters block their crocheted doilies. You can use the powdered kind that is dissolved in water or you can use the pressurized starch sprays that are available in the laundry section.

Why is my crochet granny square not flat? ›

Choose a bigger or smaller hook than what has been prescribed. If your squares are tight, curling up or looking round, it could be that your hook size is too small. If your square is really floppy and ruffling, it could be that the hook is too large. I always advise increasing by 0.5mm each time.

How do I make a perfect square? ›

To find a perfect square, we need to multiply the whole number by itself. The first 20 perfect square numbers are 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100, 121, 144, 169, 196, 225, 256, 289, 324, 361, and 400.

What is the prettiest crochet stitch? ›

12 Stunning Crochet Stitches
  • Iris Stitch.
  • Linen Stitch.
  • Block Stitch.
  • Primrose Stitch.
  • Tilted Rows Stitch.
  • Side Saddle Stitch.
  • Single Crochet Chevron Stitch.
  • Even Berry Stitch.
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How many chains to start a granny square? ›

Each cluster has three 'posts' in it. Each corner has 2 chains, and on the straight parts of the edge, it has 1 chain. If you look at other granny square patterns sometimes the the chains in between will be different – some people use 3 at the corners – I like using 2 and 1 because it keeps it a bit tighter.

How many solid granny squares do I need for a blanket? ›

Typical Blanket Sizes: A baby blanket (at 42” square), will require 49 granny square blocks (7 blocks by 7 blocks). A throw blanket (at 48” x 66”) will require 88 granny squares (8 blocks by 11 blocks). A king-sized bedspread (at 90” square) will require 225 granny square blocks (15 blocks by 15 blocks).

What is the basic DC pattern for a granny square? ›

The basics are the same. If you are familiar with most solid crochet square patterns, you begin with 3 DC (American Terms) on each side, with a chain 2 for each corner. To increase you will have (2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC) in each corner gap. Then a single stitch in each stitch across until you reach the corner gap.


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