Turn around, Granny!

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An, granny square!  For years I loved to hate you.  When I would try to make you, you were wonky, crooked and twisted.  How could something so simple, so classic and so seemingly straight forward be so frustratingly difficult?

One day, a little bird whispered in my ear to turn the granny square after each row.  Aha!  That was the answer.

By turning on every row, the twisting disappeared.  An added bonus is that the granny square does not have a “right” and a “wrong” side when it’s worked this way.

So turn, turn, turn and stay square, square, square!

Note:  Yarn weight and hook size are up to you.  Change colors at any row and make the square as small or large as you like.

With this method, you can make a Granny-ghan by continuing to crochet until you reach the desired size.

Chain 4, sl st to form loop

granny square in progressturn, sl stitch to the corner

Round 1 – ch 3 (ch 3 = dc throughout), 2dc, [ch 2, 3 dc], rep [ to ] 2 times, ch 2, join to the top of ch 3 with a sl st.  TURN, sl st to ch 3 corner.

granny square in progressch 3

Round 2 – Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch2 space.  [ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 3 space], repeat [ to ] 2 times, ch 1, join to top of ch 3 with sl st.  TURN, sl st in ch 1 space.

Round 3 – Ch 3, 2 dc,  [ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space; ch 1, 3 dc in ch space], repeat [ to ] 2 times.  Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 1, join to top of ch 3 with sl st.

Finish as desired.

granny squareGranny Square close up

Septemeber 2008
Granny-ghan for a baby, donated to The Linus Connection

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6 thoughts on “Turn around, Granny!

    1. ofenjen Post author

      You can’t really avoid the, but you can catch them up and crochet over them when you start a new round. It does make it easier to tuck them all away as you go!

  1. Garden Of Daisies

    Hi, I have tried just about everything to stop the twisting in the giant granny afghan I am trying to make. Two chains in the corners, three chains in the corners, starting on the sides instead of the corners, looser tension, tighter tension, starting new yarns in different locations around the square, trying to block each row before I go on to the next row… the only thing left to try is to turn the entire project around and crochet the other way, to try to get the wonkiness to even out. Glad you had success with it, cuz this is driving me nuts. Does it look uneven to have the front of the stitch on some rows and the back of the stitch on others? Any other helpful hints you have would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      I make all my granny squares with an odd number of rows so that the center row and the last row are both right side up. My squares look more much even by flipping them than they ever did when I tried making them all from one side. I personally like having every other row change so that there is no “right side” like there would be on a traditional granny. I’ve made them this way for years and it has been the best solution I’ve found for the granny twist!

  2. Tanya

    Thankyou so much for the tip. Im new to crochet and found it so frustrating that the bigger the square got the more it twisted. Just tried this method and it worked a treat. No more twisting.


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