Mama Gamez Granny Square Crochet Pattern

Upon Request

A few days ago I posted an image on instagram with pictures that had a set of granny square blankets I just finished. To my surprise (and my delight), one of my followers, @theburgundybox, asked if I had the pattern available because she wanted to make a blanket of her own too. How awesome is that, that someone liked my work to the point they wanted to try it too!? Sarah, this one’s for you! 😉

I decided to share the go-to patterns I have for making these granny squares. My grandmother taught my mother these patterns when she was young, and when I picked up my first crochet hook at twelve years old, my mother taught me this pattern first.

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Three Styles, Three Patterns?

My mother taught me two versions of a granny square when I first began crocheting. So that you can pick from which one you like best, I’ll be sharing both patterns below. AND! I’m including the instructions for how I make the granny squares that require color changes on new rounds.

Now, the projects that prompted the inquiry for the pattern is a set of blankets that were supposed to be from  Christmas gifts. Clearly…I missed that deadline. However, I am glad to say that at least three of them are finished up (just in time for high school graduation), one of them is just in need of assembly, and the last one is coming along quite nicely.

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If you’re curious about how they all look so far, I have long-term project blog posts you can check out, and I’ll be posting a new one with the completed blankets and status report on the other ones soon.

Part one: here.

Part two: here.

Mama Gamez Granny Square Patterns

I’ll include a list of the yarns I used for the blankets after the patterns are spelled out (for those who are curious and don ‘t want to hunt for it in my other posts). I’ll start with the materials I use for each project. Be sure to read the notes before you start because they’ll give you good clues on what to expect and what to do.

The gauge of the square really depends on you and how your stitches will be when you use the same tools. But if you want to know mine: the center square measures 1 1/2 inches across and each new round after that adds an inch. So for example, a 5 round square, like the blankets I made, you should have a square that measures 5 1/2 inches.

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Materials

  • Size I Hook
  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Scissors

Notes and Abbreviations

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s) = chain(s)
  • Dc(s) = double crochet(s)
  • St(s) = stitch(es)
  • Sl st(es) = slip stitch(es)
  • Sp(s) = space(s)
  • Rnd(s) = round(s)
  • Rep = repeat

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Notes:

  1. This pattern is worked in rounds.
  2. The corners are made with 3 loose chains.
  3. The ‘petals’ are 3 dcs together.
  4. For the one-sided square: you will NOT turn the project at the beginning of each rnd; this gives you the one-sided look.
  5. For the one-sided square: the rnds will begin by alternating 3-ch posts and then 4-ch posts.
  6. For the two-sided square: you WILL turn at the beginning of each rnd; this gives you that two-sided look.
  7. For the changing-colors squares: You’ll end off at the end of each rnd, BUT you will attach the new color to a different corner; this allows you to avoid having so many knot-bumps on one corner or any of the sides of your squares (less messy looking).

One-sided Granny Square

1. Ch 3.

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2. Sl st to the first ch to create a small loop.

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3. Ch 3 (this 3-ch post counts as your first dc). Dc 2 into the 3-ch loop. *Ch 3, dc 3 into the loop*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 3, sl st to the 3rd ch of the 3-ch post.

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4. Ch 4 (this is your first dc and the first ch between petals), do NOT turn. Dc 3 into the next 3-ch corner. Ch 3, dc 3 into the same corner. *Ch 1, dc 3 into the next corner, ch 3, dc into the same corner*. Rep from * to * 1 more time. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner (the corner you started on), ch 3, dc 2, and sl st into the third ch of the first 4-ch post.

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Ch 4 (this is your first dc and the first ch between petals), do NOT turn.

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5. Ch 3, do NOT turn, dc 2 in the first 1-ch sp between 2 petals. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner sp, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner sp. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp between 2 petals, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, sl st to the 3rd ch of the first 3-ch post.

Ch 3, do NOT turn

Ch 3, do NOT turn

dc 2 in the first 1-ch sp between 2 petals.

dc 2 in the first 1-ch sp between 2 petals.

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6. Ch 4, do NOT turn. Dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp between 2 petals. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 on the same corner. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 2 in the next 1-ch sp (the ones you started with), sl st into the third ch of the first 4-ch post.

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Ch 4, do NOT turn.

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Dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp between 2 petals.

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7. Ch 3, do NOT turn, dc 2 in the first 1-ch sp between 2 petals. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner sp, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner sp. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp between 2 petals, ch 1, dc 3 between the next petals, ch 1, dc 3 between the next petals, ch 1, dc 3 in the 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 more in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp between petals, ch 1, sl st to the third ch of the first 3-ch post.

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Two-sided Granny Square

1. Ch 3.

2. Sl st to the first ch to create a small loop.

3. Ch 3 (this 3-ch post counts as your first dc). Dc 2 into the 3-ch loop. *Ch 3, dc 3 into the loop*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 3, sl st to the 3rd ch of the 3-ch post.

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4. Ch 3, turn. Dc 2 in the 3-ch corner you’re in. Ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 more in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, sl st to the third ch of the 3-ch post you started the rnd with).

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Ch 3, turn.

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Dc 2 in the 3-ch corner you’re in.

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5. Ch 3, turn. Dc 2 in the first 1-ch sp. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, sl st to the third ch of the first 3-ch post.

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6. Ch 3, turn. Dc 2 in the 1-ch sp next to your 3-ch post. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, sl st to the third ch of the first 3-ch post.

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7. Ch 3, turn. Ch 1, dc 3 in the nex 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1 again, dc 3 in the next 1-ch again, ch 1, dc e in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, sl st in the third ch of the first 3-ch post.

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Changing-colors Granny Square

1. Ch 3.

2. Sl st to the first ch to create a small loop.

3. Ch 3 (this 3-ch post counts as your first dc). Dc 2 into the 3-ch loop. *Ch 3, dc 3 into the loop*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 3, sl st to the 3rd ch of the 3-ch post. [If you’re switching colors, end off here]

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4. Attach new color to a new corner; it doesn’t matter if you want a one-sided or two-sided square, just make sure you’re facing the way you want. Create your first dc either by a sl st and ch 3 (counts as a dc) OR do 1 standing dc. Dc 2 in the same corner you’re beginning in. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 3 in the first corner, ch 3, sl st to the first st (either your 3-ch post or your standing dc). [If you’re switching colors, end off here]

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Attach new color to a new corner

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5. Attach new color to a new corner, facing the correct direction. Dc 2 into the same corner you’re beginning in. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp between petals, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the first corner, sl st to the first st. [If you’re switching colors, end off here]

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Attach new color to a new corner

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6. Attach new color to a new corner, facing the correct direction. Dc 2 into the same corner you’re beginning in. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the first corner, sl st to the first st. [If you’re switching colors, end off here]

Attach new color to a new corner

Attach new color to a new corner

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7. Attach new color to a new corner, facing the correct direction. Dc 2 into the same corner you’re beginning in. *Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 3-ch corner, ch 3, dc 3 in the same corner*. Rep from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the next 1-ch sp, ch 1, dc 3 in the first corner, ch 3, sl st to the first st.

Attach new color to a new corner

Attach new color to a new corner

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How Many

Now, if your gauge is similar to mine, you can make 100, 5-round squares to make a throw blanket; it’ll measure approximately 55 inches. I’ve also made 144, 4-round squares blankets that measure approximately 54 inches. It’s up to you!

If you would like to add a flower instead, my mother also taught me how to make crocheted flowers that equal about the first 2 rounds of a granny square.

The pattern for the flower: here.

The pattern to turn it into a square: here.

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Yarns I Used

1)   Blanket 1

  1.     A)  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aran
  2.     B)  Red Heart Super Saver in Dark Orchid
  3.     C)  Red Heart Super Saver in Medium Purple
  4.     D)  Red Heart Super Saver in Orchid

2)  Blanket 2

  1.     A)  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aran
  2.     B)  Red Heart Super Saver in Light Plum
  3.     C)  Red Heart Super Saver in Orchid
  4.     D)  Red Heart Super Saver in Mwdium Purple

3)  Blanket 3

  1.     A)  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aran
  2.     B)  Red Heart With Love in Hot Pink
  3.     C)  Red Heart Super Saver in Light Raspberry
  4.     D)  Red Heart Super Saver in Baby Pink

4)  Blanket 4

  1.     A)  Bernat Super Value in Cherry Red
  2.     B)  Big Twist Sincerely in Light Grey
  3.     C)  Big Twist Value in Medium Grey
  4.     D)  Red Heart Soft in Charcoal

5)  Blanket 5

  1.     A)  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aran
  2.     B)  Bernat Giggles in Giggling Green
  3.     C)  Red Heart Super Saver in Aruba Sea
  4.     D)  Patons Beehive Baby Chunky in Swifter Sea

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Piecing Together!

I use two different methods to piece together the squares. One method is using a thinner hook and piecing together with slip stitches. This method creates a more defined seam. The other method I use is a whip stitch with a tapestry needle. They have both worked fine for me so far.

After piecing them together, you’re all done! Add a border if you’d like. Be sure to hide and weave in your ends.

Be sure to leave me a comment or any questions below. You can also find me on the Family Craft Studio facebook, tumblr, instagram, and pinterest pages. I’d love to see your projects, so include pictures in your comments. Happy crafting!

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3 Responses

  1. July 13, 2016

    […] A new development, along with the blanket-project nearing an end, is that someone liked the way I made the granny squares and requested the pattern. So if you would like to know how to make these, check out the pattern for the one-sided, two-sided, and color-change squares here. […]

  2. August 4, 2016

    […] Oh! And if you’re curious how to make the granny squares the way I do, you can use the tutorial for the Mama Gamez Granny Square here. […]

  3. September 5, 2016

    […] I typed up the patterns I use and posted them recently here on the blog. You can find the Mama Gamez Granny Square Pattern here. […]

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