Would you like to crochet a unique granny square, master new crochet techniques, and elevate your skills? Read on the free rustic granny square pattern inspiration, or scroll down for the free pattern below.
Firstly, why are granny squares so popular?
In 2023, granny squares are everywhere, from cardigans to scarves and more. I can understand why:
First, they are small in size and perfect for travel.
Second, granny squares are stash busters. You can use a single color or go colorful with scrap yarn from your stash; the result is always impressive.
Third, granny squares are versatile, allowing you to mix and match for a visually stunning project.
For example, combine a solid or classic granny square with a rustic one to create a beautiful blanket or a stylish granny square bag.
Last, You can use them for so many different projects like a granny square blanket, granny square scarf, or granny square hat.
The rustic granny square
For me, granny squares are the crochet world’s little black dress! Just as every woman is advised to have a versatile black dress in their wardrobe, I believe every crocheter should be well-versed in the timeless granny squares.
Most of the granny squares use basic stitches, and the rustic granny square pattern is NOT an exception. The difference here is that we work the stitches a bit differently to achieve a 3D effect of the square. That’s why I included a full step-by-step photo and video tutorial.
Is this unusual granny square a beginner pattern?
Even though the rustic granny square is made using easy and simple crochet stitches, it is NOT a beginner pattern. It is for advanced beginners who are comfortable working with advanced crochet stitches and different crochet techniques and would like to upgrade their crochet skills.
If you are new to crochet granny squares, I suggest first to try the classic granny square, which is a basic granny square pattern that uses simple stitches like slip stitch and double crochet stitch.
The classic granny square is the easiest one, and you should definitely try it!
Other free granny square patterns for beginners to try:
How to crochet solid granny square- The solid granny square uses the double crochet stitch. As a result, creates a denser fabric. This feature makes it an excellent choice for crocheting a warmer baby blanket or a cozy winter coat.
How to crochet sunburst aka starbust granny square. – The sunflower granny square pattern is perfect for practicing new stitches like the puff stitch or the double crochet three together (dc3tog) stitch.
Crochet flower granny square – This granny square with a flower center is perfect for learning new crochet stitches and is the perfect beginner granny square pattern.
Moss stitch granny square – It is a unique granny square pattern that uses the moss stitch in an untraditional way to create geometrically shaped blankets.
How to crochet classic granny square– The easiest granny square pattern out there that every beginner crocheter should try.
What is the best yarn for granny squares?
It depends on the overall feel and look you are looking to achieve! If you are a beginner, the best yarn for granny squares is the worsted weight yarn and yarn that does not split.
In this case it can be acrylic or cotton blend yarn. If you are an advanced crocheter, you can use DK-weight yarn or even sock-weight yarn for a more delicate, lacy feel and look.
Recommended size crochet hook for granny squares
For worsted-weight yarn, the best crochet hook size can vary from H (5.0 mm), I (5.5 mm), or J (6.0 mm) hook. If your granny square is loose, use a smaller hook to even out your tension. If it is too tight, use a bigger hook.
When you are following a pattern with a required gauge, try to use an appropriate hook size to achieve the gauge needed.
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Step-by-step video tutorial for the rustic granny square
Prefer a written pattern, scroll down for the free granny square instruction, but if you prefer a step-by-step video tutorial, check it below
The rustic granny square crochet pattern
Selecting the ideal color combination for your granny square is crucial. It’s important to choose contrasting colors for your crochet project.
To put it simply, don’t start your crochet work with two similar shades of green side by side. Instead, pair a white yarn with mustard or grey, as I did. This contrast will make the colors stand out.
In other words, pairing contrasting colors will make your rustic granny square even more unique.
The pattern is written in US crochet terminology
Ch4 at the beginning COUNTS as the first stitch and chain-1 space
Join every new color in any of the corners of the previous round
Materials You’ll Need
For the samples, I used the local yarn brand Zeeman Royal – 100% acrylic yarn 100gr/241m in 5 different colors- white, grey, green, mustard, and terracotta in small amounts
4 mm crochet hook. You can use your scrap yarns as well.
pair of scissors
MR- magic ring a.k.a magic circle
sl – slip
ch-sp- chain space
ch-1 sp- chain-1 space
dc- double crochet
rep – repeat
tr- treble crochet
** – – repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times
()- make all the stitches in the () in the same indicated space or stitch
Overall pattern notes
For this granny square, we use the basic crochet stitches, but we work them a little differently than usual. That’s why read this part carefully and check the photo tutorials provided.
Let me explain to you some key points of this unique granny square pattern:
1. All of the corners are created by crocheting dc, ch1, dc, ch3, dc, ch1, dc. What does it mean?
Basically, dc, ch1, dc – is the first part of the corner, then separated with ch3, and dc, ch1, dc for the second part of the corner.
2. For round 3 and the next ones, we will work the treble crochet stitches into ch-1 sp created by dc, ch1, dc of the previous round.
3. For round 3 after the treble crochet stitch, we crochet double crochet stitch in next 2 spaces. But as can be seen we work them in between the stitches, not on top of the stitches as we regularly do.
4. For round 4, we work double crochet stitches in between two stitches again. As a result this will help for the granny square’s corners to pop up.
Before sharing the pattern I tried to crochet it without this step, but the corners looked awful. That’s why I turned the square into the original version.
For this granny square pattern the only special stitch we use is the treble crochet stitch.
Treble crochet stitch– YO twice,
insert your hook from back to front in the next ch-sp
and from front to back into the ch-sp of the previous round ( for round 2, this is the MR, and for the next rounds, it is the corner sp of the previous round,
then YO, pull through ( 4 loops on the hook ), YO, pull through the first two loops ( 3 loops on the hook ), YO, pull through the next two loops (two loops on the hook ), YO, pull through all the loops.
with color A
Rnd 1: Start with MR and secure with sl knot, ch4, 1 dc into the ring * ch3, 1dc, ch1, 1dc into the ring * rep 2 more times, ch3, join on top of 3rd ch of beg ch4.
Join color B in any of the corners from previous round and secure with a knot
Rnd 2: Ch4, 1 dc into the same corner sp, sk 1 st, 1tr in next ch-sp, ( this is the magic ring, see picture below and special stitch section )
, * sk 1 st (1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3, 1dc, ch1, 1dc all in next corner sp ), sk 1 st, 1 tr in next st * rep 2 more times, sk 1 st, ( 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3, all in next corner sp ), join with sl st on top of 3rd ch of beg ch4.
Explanation for how to work the treble crochet into the corner spaces
For round 3 and each next round, we work the treble crochet stitch into the corner ch-1 spaces that we create crocheting dc, ch1, dc
Join color C in any of the corners from the previous round and secure with a knot
Rnd 3: ch4, 1dc into the same corner sp, sk 1 st, 1 tr in next ch-sp, sk 1 st, 1dc in next st, sk 1 st, 1 dc in next st ( work double crochet in between the stitches as shown in the picture below:
sk 1 st, 1 tr in next ch-sp, sk 1 st ( 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3, 1dc, ch1, 1dc all in next corner sp * rep 2 more times,
sk 1 st, 1 tr in next st, 1 dc in next 1 sts, sk 1 st, 1 dc in next st ( work the stitches in between as shown in the picture above), sk 1 st, 1 tr, ( 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3 all in next corner sp ), join with sl st on 3rd ch of beg ch4.
Join color D in any of the corners from prev round and secure with a knot
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Rnd 4: Ch4, 1 dc into the same corner sp, sk 1 st, 1 tr in next ch-sp, sk 1 st, 1dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 4 sts, 1 dc into the next sp,
1 tr in next st, ( 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3, 1dc, ch1, 1dc all in next corner sp) * rep 2 more times, 1 tr in next st, 1dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 4 sts, 1 dc in next sp, 1 tr in next st, ( 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3 all in next corner sp ), join with sl st on 3rd ch of beg ch4.
Join color E in any of the corners from prev round and secure with a knot
Rnd 5: Ch4, 1 dc into the same corner sp 1 tr in next st, 1dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 8 sts, 1 dc into the next sp, 1 tr in next st, ( 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3, 1dc, ch1, 1dc all in next corner sp) * rep 2 more times, 1 tr in next st, 1dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 8 sts, 1 dc in next sp, 1 tr in next st, ( 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch3 all in next corner sp ), join with sl st on 3rd ch of beg ch4.
Join color A in any of the corners from prev round and secure with a knot
Rnd 6: Ch3, 1dc into the same corner sp, 1 tr in next st, 1 dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 12 sts, 1dc in next sp, 1 tr in next st, ( 2dc, ch3, 2dc all next corner sp ) rep 3 times, ending with 2dc, ch3 in the last corner and join on top of ch3 or finish your square using the perfect finish method.
How to make the granny square bigger?
If you keep repeating round 5, your granny square will grow, transforming into a beautiful granny blanket.
What can I do with granny squares?
Because they’re versatile, you can combine them with basic granny square patterns for various projects. For instance, a popular choice is to create a cozy throw blanket by joining multiple granny squares in different colors.
Personally, I used this pattern to crochet a throw blanket. You can find the pattern for the rustic granny square throw size blanket HERE ( coming soon ).
You could also use your granny squares to make a stylish tote bag or purse. For a fashion-forward accessory, you can make a unique scarf or hat like the Sunburst granny that we did.
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