How to Crochet the Granny Stitch

Published July 9, 2016 by estherknit

The crochet granny stitch is a very popular stitch and has many names and variations.  It is a filet and mesh stitch called Granny Rectangle Stitch, Filet Boxes Stitch, Chequerboard Stitch, or Open Checker Stitch.  It can be worked in rows or in squares called granny squares.  It is worked in US double crochet (dc) (UK treble (tr)) and chain stitches.

How to work a US Double Crochet (dc) Stitch

This stitch has three turning chains.

Chain a number of stitches divisible by 6, plus 3.
Step 1
Wrap the yarn over the hook.
Step 2
Miss 3 chain (turning chain).
Insert hook into the 4th chain from hook.
Step 3
Wrap the yarn over the hook again.
Step 4
Draw the yarn through the chain only.
Now you should have three loops on your hook
Step 5
Wrap the yarn over the hook again.
Step 6
Draw the yarn through the first 2 loops on the hook only.
Step 7
Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw the yarn through the last 2 loops on the hook.
One double crochet stitch is completed (plus the turning chain).

How to work the granny stitch pattern

There are two versions of this pattern.

Version 1

Pattern for Granny Stitch in US Double Crochet (dc)
Chain a number of stitches divisible by 6, plus 3.
1st row: Work 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, * ch 3, skip next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch; repeat from * ending 3 ch, skip 3 ch, 1 dc in last ch. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in first ch-3 space, * ch 3, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next 3-ch space; repeat from * ending 3 ch, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in 3rd of 3-ch. Turn.
The 2nd row forms the pattern and is repeated.

Pattern for Granny Stitch in UK Treble Crochet (tr)
Chain a number of stitches divisible by 6, plus 3.
1st row: Work 1 tr in 4th ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, * ch 3, skip next 3 ch, 1 tr in each of next 3 ch; repeat from * ending 3 ch, skip 3 ch, 1 tr in last ch. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr in first ch-3 space, * ch 3, skip 3 tr, 3 tr in next 3-ch space; repeat from * ending 3 ch, skip 2 tr, 1 tr in 3rd of 3-ch. Turn.
The 2nd row forms the pattern and is repeated.

Version 2
There is another version of granny stitch. This pattern gives you three double crochet stitches at one side and 1 double crochet stitch at the other. With version 2, you can alter the pattern to make both ends the same – so you will have three double crochet stitches at each end of one row and 1 double crochet stitch at each end of the next row. This makes the pattern more even.

Scarf Pattern

This stitch makes a lovely scarf.   Here is the chart.

Granny Scarf Chart

You will need 150 g of double knitting yarn. With 4 mm (G) crochet hook, ch 33.  Turn.

Granny Stitch 1

Foundation row: Work 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, * ch 3, skip next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch; repeat from * ending 3 ch, skip 3 ch, 1 dc in last ch.  30 sts.Turn.

Granny Stitch 2

2nd row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in first ch-3 space, * ch 3, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next 3-ch space; repeat from * ending 3 ch, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in 3rd of 3-ch.  Turn.

Granny Stitch 3

Repeat 2nd row until scarf measures 180 cm or 71½ inches.

Granny Stitch 4

Fasten off.

Granny Stitch 5

Edging

With 4 mm (G) crochet hook, work in rounds and US single crochet (sc).

Round 1: Join yarn to corner of scarf.  Work sc in each st around edge of scarf. Join with sl st in beg ch1.

Round 2: Work crab stitch (reverse sc) in each sc around edge of scarf.

Fasten off.   Weave in ends.

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