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How to Stop Granny Square Crochet From Twisting

Updated March 23, 2017

When you crochet a granny square, the instructions usually tell you not to turn the work when you finish one round and begin the next. If your granny squares twist, you may be pulling the yarn too tightly when you finish working with one yarn colour and change to the second---or third---yarn colour. Prevent a twisted motif by turning the work at the end of each round. Just as you turn the work from right side to wrong side when you make something with rows, turn an item that usually does not have a right or wrong side.

Crochet a foundation chain of four chain stitches. Join with a slip stitch (SL ST) to make a ring.

Crochet three chain stitches for the first double crochet (DC) stitch of round 1. Crochet two DC. Repeating twice, crochet two chain stitches and three DC to finish round 1. Crochet two more chain stitches and join the final stitch to the top of the chain three with a SL ST. Turn the work and SL ST to the chain-3 corner. Fasten off and cut the yarn with the scissors, leaving a 4-inch tail.

Join with a new colour and work three chain stitches for the first DC. Work seven DC in the chain-2 space. Repeating twice, work one chain stitch and eight DC in the chain-3 space. Work one chain stitch and join the final stitch to the top of the chain-3 with a SL ST. Turn the work and SL ST in the chain-1 space.

Join with a new colour and crochet three chain stitches for the beginning of round 3, then work two DC and repeating twice, crochet one chain stitch and eight DC in the chain-2 space, then one chain stitch and three DC in the chain space. Crochet one chain stitch and eight DC in the chain-2 space, then crochet one chain stitch and join the final stitch to the top of the chain 3 with a SL ST. If you are crocheting additional rounds, turn the work and finish as you desire. When you are finished crocheting the motif, fasten off and cut the yarn. Weave in the ends neatly with the tapestry needle.

Tip

Use other crochet stitches to make granny squares---single crochet and triple crochet.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted-weight yarn, 3 light colours
  • Size H/8 crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Large-eye tapestry needle
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Genevieve Van Wyden began writing in 2007. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs. She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system. Van Wyden earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New Mexico State University in 2006.