What Is the Granny Square Crochet Stitch?

The Granny Square Crochet Stitch is a cluster stitch consisting of three double crochets together. Traditionally done in rounds of 3-4 to make small squares, but you can easily add additional rows to make the square any size you like!

These instructions cover how to make the Granny Square or Infinity Granny Square. This doesn’t include the Granny Rectangle or other variations of this stitch.


MR – Magic Ring

ST – Stitch

DC CL – Double Crochet Cluster

CH – Chain

REP – Repeat

SK – Skip

RND – Round

DC – Double Crochet

SL ST – Slip Stitch

Double Crochet (DC) – YO, insert your hook, YO pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.

Double Crochet CLUSTER (DC CL) – Three (3) DC in the same space.

Written Instructions


CH 3 (counts as first DC)  2 DC into ring. CH 2. *DC CL into the ring, CH 2* 3 times. SL ST to the top of the beginning CH. You will have four DC clusters and 4 CH 2 spaces at the end of this round. Turn.


SL ST in CH 2 space. CH 2, 2 DC into the same space. Ch 2, DC CL into the same CH 2 space. SK to next CH 2 sp *DC CL, CH 2, DC CL* around. SL ST to the top of the first CH 2. Turn. At the end of this round you should have 8 DC CL and 4 CH 2 spaces.

REPEAT ROUND 2 – Each round will increase by 4 stitches.

*NOTE* Do not add chain spaces on the sides and no more than chain 2 in the corners unless specified in the written pattern.

Printable PDF

Would you like a FREE printable PDF of these instructions?  The PDF includes an up close, detailed picture of the stitch, the complete stitch instructions and gauging information specific to the stitch! You can download it HERE.