How To Crochet a Large Granny Square (so it stays square)

If you know how to crochet then you likely know how to make a granny square. (If you don’t here’s a tutorial on how to make a granny square.)

I’ve made small squares, medium-sized squares and a large granny square. However, I’ve always had a problem when making a large granny square; the square would end up, well, less than square. Once the square would get to, say bigger than ten rows, it would lean to one side, look crooked and just generally displeasing to this crocheter’s eye. But hurrah! I’ve figured out how to overcome this worrisome predicament.

crochet granny square blanket afghan

And I’m pleased to say it’s a pretty simple solution. I’m sure I’m not the first to work it out but that’s no reason not to do a happy dance. I tried the technique on The Hodge Podge blanket. All it took was turning the blanket after each row. Instead of crocheting round and round, I crocheted a round, flipped the blanket over and started another row. You can see below where the “seam” is in the blanket, where I’ve turned it over after each row. Of course if you are making each row in one colour you won’t see the seam. I’m not worried about it on The Hodge Podge, because well, the whole point of The Hodge Podge is not to worry!

crochet blanket granny square turning crooked lean seam
There’s an added benefit to turning after each row. There is no “front” or “back” to the blanket.

crochet blanket granny square multicoloured multicolored stripey
A lovely, lovely, straight granny square. Made with a pretty whack assortment of colours. Today’s message from Life Lessons Katie Learnt from Crochet – sometimes you have to turn something upside down to find the solution. And I thought it was just crochet!

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18 Responses to How To Crochet a Large Granny Square (so it stays square)

  1. I love your giant granny squares, they are so colourful. And that is a great tip too – I recently made a granny square with large squares and found the same problem – maybe I’ll try it this way next time!

    Thanks!

  2. Gladys Gallagher

    Hi,
    So glad To find out I’m not the only one who noticed the square became off kilter after 7 or 8 rows. I just couldn’t continue with an unsquare square but I do just love the afghan it’s so colorful. I do have a question tho — when you say “turn or flip” do you mean like turning the piece as I would if I were doing a plain old dc afghan from the front to the back? I had called Lion Brand because I bought the pattern from them and they advised me to start each new color row in a different corner of the Granny Square — didn’t work. Anxious to start once again. Thanks for your time.

    • katieskitchenblog

      Hi Gladys,
      Yes, I turn the blanket over and start the new row, just like if you were doing straight rows. I do also try to start the new row in a random spot each time so the “join” isn’t in the same place for every row.
      Good luck!
      ~K

  3. Yvonne Washington

    Thanks for this info. I’ve had the same problem also. I’m not sure if I’m getting the instructions correct. When you flip the blanket are you fasting off & starting @ a different spot? Would you have a video on this? Thanks much.

    • katieskitchenblog

      Hi Yvonne,

      At first I wasn’t starting in a different spot when I flipped the blanket. You can see this caused a “seam” in the blanket, only because I was using such random scraps rather than a set pattern (eg each row being a separate colour would not show a “seam”)

      Later I decided to start each row in a different place, just to mix up the colours.

      I didn’t find either method to affect the overall straightness of the square. In the scrappy blanket I’m working on at the moment I have decided to start each row in a different place, after flipping the square over.

      ~K

  4. marian

    what is the best way to join the squares together , just sew them?

  5. Lauren

    Hi!
    I found this blog and am so happy to maybe get some answers! A friend of mine taught me a super simple way to make the afghan however, she does not use a slip stitch to make new rows. And each new row comes together in the corner where I can also change colors. I can’t remember how she did it but there is no slip stich and chaining three for each new row. Can you help?!

    Thanks!

  6. Beverley

    My large Granny squares are more like diamonds. They seem to go out too much at the corners, more than in the middle. Any ideas? will flipping it over help?

    • katieskitchenblog

      Hi Beverley,
      Do you mind if I ask which size hook and yarn you are using?
      ~K

      • Beverley

        5.5 and am using double knit

        • Beverley

          I have actually tried using a 4, 4.5 and 5 an always have the same problem with the corners going out further than the sides. I have tried to fiddle to make it look better by doing less chains on the sides and also less trebles on the corners ie 2, this has not helped. My mother in law has looked and cannot see what I am doing wrong from a stitch perspective.

          • Mari

            Hi,
            I also had a problem with a seemingly uneven large basic granny square. Despite an equal number of stitches on all four sides my blanket was looking like a four legged starfish.
            In my case the corners were the cause of the problem and this is why. While the method I used for the corners was nothing unusual (3tr, 2ch, 3tr), I ended up with too much chain length in the corners to maintain a neat squared shape in relation to the sides.
            This problem was not noticeable when my piece was still small to about 30cm across, but at about 50cm a distortion had become apparent, which I ignored, thinking that blocking would fix the shape once I’d finished.
            When almost finished (120cm) I laid it out on the floor, and half would be nice and flat and the other half had excess no matter which side I’d start from. But when I started flattening from the centre out towards each edge all the excess fell evenly along the diagonals like 4 darts. (No blocking will fix this).
            My solution was to unravel several rows and reduce the corners to (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) to tighten up the corners a bit and improved the overall shape of my blanket.
            Next time I make a similar large project I think I’ll stick with 1ch in all the corners after the first 3 or 4 rows. Also will be tightening that single chain as my crochet style is loose to begin with.

  7. maypole

    Lovely blanket.
    I also turn every row and it does work. However my blanket doesn’t appear square as the corners seem to flare out as it grows. I have a consistent tension and I use a the correct hook for the yarn. Is there a solution to this please?

    • Beverley

      I had this problem but it is now solved. I went back to the beginning and bought a book from Dorling Kinersley and followed their very clear pictorial instructions on doing trebles. I do 3 trebles, 1 chain then at corners, three trebles, three chain. It works. I use a size 3.5 hook. hope this helps x

  8. maypole

    Thank you Beverley I will try that

  9. Brodie Bee

    hi im Brodie,
    I had only started crochet about a year ago and now everyone is calling me a pro but Im not quite sure I get this. so just to make sure I have it right all you have to do at the end of the row just flip your large granny square and it will stay as a square.
    please email me back Thanx, Brodie ……

  10. Beth

    Hi,
    Your tip works well. But I have another problem. My large granny square corners are so pointy that the sides pull and as well as buckle. Like I’m building up too much fabric at the corners. Any ideas? Thanks. Beth

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