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In this tutorial, I am going to show you everything you need to know to be able to crochet a solid single crochet granny square. These are a fun and versatile make you can use for many projects.
Granny squares are the latest cool project to work on. I feel like they have always been a very popular make. They are not only fast to work up, but they are also surprisingly easy to make. Most of the time, granny squares are the first projects beginner crocheters complete.
The typical stitch we use for solid granny squares is a double crochet. This is a granny square that uses solid stitches instead of double crochet clusters.
However, this creates a granny square that still has gaps. That means things can fall through. Depending on the project you are working on, sometimes you need a square that is solid enough to contain and hold things in.
I have recently designed a surprise pop-up gift box as fun mystery crochet along. Part of this project was making up solid granny squares. As the name suggests, it is a box that can be used to place small items or gifts inside. That means I needed it to be sturdy and secure. That is why I used solid single crochet granny squares to make up this pattern.
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When to Use Solid Single Crochet Granny Square?
As I mentioned above, single crochet granny squares are solid squares. There are virtually no gaps which means you can use them for items that contain things.
As an example, you can use these for handbags, pouches, and pencil cases. Other useful items like baskets, gift boxes would be great using these too. You can also use the solid granny squares for rugs or mats, pet beds, and even blankets and seat covers. As you can see, the possibilities are endless.
If you prefer the traditional granny square, be sure to check out my free crochet pattern and tutorial for that also. I even have a collection of different types of granny squares here.
Video tutorial for a single crochet solid granny square
I have filmed a video tutorial for the visual learners. Here I go over the first few rounds in great detail.
One important tip I will give you is to carefully count your stitches as you go. If your square starts to turn into a ball, it means you have missed stitches. If it starts curling, that means that you have too many stitches.
Also, be very careful not to skip stitches. These are normally the stitches immediately after you work the corner. Because you are placing two stitches into the corner, the loop of the next stitch often gets hidden under these stitches.
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Solid Single Crochet Granny Square Tutorial
For this tutorial, you cause any weight yarn and hook you have to hand. If you wanted to make your squares even more sturdy, you can use a smaller hook than the yarn label calls for. This way your stitches will be smaller which will make the square even stiffer.
I have drawn a crochet chart that breaks the solid single crochet granny square into a few simpler steps.
Chart symbols explained
If you never worked or read Crochet Symboles before to check out the tutorial I have. It includes all the basic crochet symbols and a video also.
The solid granny square pattern starts with creating the magic ring or alternative magic ring by chaining two stitches. You then work all the stitches into the second chain from the hook. This becomes the replacement for the magic ring.
In the second round, you will start creating four corners. The corners are created with chain stitched which are represented by a small oval loop. These are created by working single crochet in one stitch, chaining two stitches, and working another single crochet in the same stitch as the first one. This will start turning the circle into a square.
Any subsequent rounds have the corners worked into the chain spaces rather than the single crochet stitches. After you have completed a few rounds, it will become more or less obvious where to place the stitches and corners.
Adding single crochet stitches to each corner of your solid granny square will make it grow. For the following rounds, you will just work one single crochet into each stitch until you get to the corner of two chain spaces. This is where you will repeat the corner again.
You will find that some crochet patterns replace the chain stitches at the corners with another single crochet. This is just another variation on the pattern and works just as well. However, I find these solid granny squares do not lay as flat.
Written Pattern Instructions
Below you can find the simple written instructions for the solid single crochet granny square.
R1: make a magic ring or ch 2, and add 8 sc
Two ways to make a magic ring (click any below for a tutorial):
R2: *1 sc, [1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc] in the next st, repeat from * 3 more times
R3: *1sc in each st until ch-2 space, in ch-2 space add [1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc], repeat from * 3 more times
R4-R7: Repeat R3
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Other Solid Granny Square Patterns
The same formula of working stitches in rounds and creating corners works for taller stitches too. However, you will need to adjust the number of stitches you start within the magic ring. One thing to remember, however, always starts with multiples of four stitches.
For half double crochet stitches, you need to start with working 8 stitches into a magic ring. For double crochet, you will need at least 12 stitches in the first round. These numbers are just a guide, the total number will greatly depend on your tension and properties of the yarn you are using.
The main reason you need a multiple of four stitches to start with is that you need to split them evenly into four sides.
I truly hope you find this solid single crochet granny square tutorial helpful in whatever project you decide to use your squares for. If you think your friends would find it helpful too, share the direct link with them.
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