Across the Square Granny Square Pattern

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My Across the Square Granny Square Pattern is an easy to crochet afghan square that features crossed double crochet stitches worked in rounds.

I have included 2 different Across the Square Granny Square patterns below. One pattern (Pattern 1) is written for those who will be using a single color, or single ball of yarn. The second pattern (Pattern 2) is written for those who will be making color changes for every round.

If you would prefer an ad-free PDF of the pattern, it is available in my shop and it includes both written patterns, as well as, a stitch diagram for Pattern 2 (the one with the color changes). The stitch diagram is only available in the PDF pattern. Get the ad-free version from my shop here.

Or continue reading 🙂 Both versions of the pattern are available for free in my post below.

This block was designed as part of the Stash Busting Crochet Along hosted by The Unraveled Mitten. This is the 4th block available in this annual CAL. You can find the other blocks and more details about this stash-busting CAL in Heather’s Intro post here:

2023 Stash Busting Crochet Along

The yarn used for this CAL was Medium Weight / Worsted Weight [4] and the squares were crocheted with a 5 mm (H) crochet hook.

The crochet along is taking place from January 2023 to October 2023.

This block was designed as part of the Stash Busting Crochet Along hosted by The Unraveled Mitten.

Disclaimer: The yarn used to create this project was given to me by Yarnspirations.


The Yarn I Used

For this project I used 1 package of O’Go Tangle-Free, Quick-Start Super Saver Yarn.

My Across the Square Granny Square is an easy to crochet afghan square that features crossed double crochet stitches worked in rounds. Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver. #yarnspirations #freepattern #grannysquare #crochet #freecrochetpattern #afghansquare

I love using yarns like this for afghan squares (and amigurumi) because I get lots of colors in small quantities that are perfect for smaller size projects. It allows me to have color in my projects in an affordable way – without needing to buy 5 full balls of yarn. I disassembled the package to make 5 separate balls of color and worked each round in a separate color.

  • The instructions for an afghan square that uses a different color for every round can be found in the Table of Contents below as Across the Square Granny Square Pattern (Pattern 2). Please read the Notes section before you begin.

I also crocheted this granny square using 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn. I love how that square turned out too and I didn’t need to change colors for every round (which made it much easier – less ends to sew in!). The yarn was not quite as dense/heavy so it will require an additional round to make it to 12 inches square. I’ve included this ‘extra’ round in case you are using a lighter Medium Weight Yarn for this project.

  • The instructions for an afghan square that uses only a single color can be found in the Table of Contents below as Across the Square Granny Square Pattern (Pattern 1). Please read the Notes section before you begin.
My Across the Square Granny Square is an easy to crochet afghan square that features crossed double crochet stitches worked in rounds. Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver. #yarnspirations #freepattern #grannysquare #crochet #freecrochetpattern #afghansquare

Across the Square Granny Square Pattern

This is an never ending granny square. You can keep crocheting this project for as many rounds as you want to make a project as large as you want! I made a baby blanket using this never ending stitch pattern here: Across the Square Baby Blanket

Supplies

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver O’Go. 5 oz (141 g) and 236 yds (215 m). 100% Acrylic. Medium-Weight Yarn [4]. Machine washable and dryable.
  • Colors: 1 skein in Jeweltone
  • Hook: 5 mm (H). 
  • Finished Project Yardage: 2.66 oz (75 g) and 125.5 yds (114 m)
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Note: I also crocheted this square using Red Heart Super Saver Ombre Yarn (Scuba). This yarn did not work up the same as the Super Saver O’Go. You may require an 11th round to reach 12 inches X 12 inches if you are using a different Medium Weight Yarn. 

Difficulty Level

  • Easy

Finished Size

  • Afghan Square height approximately 12 inches X 12 inches width

Gauge

  • First 3 rounds measures 4 inches X 4 inches square

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute, if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

  • ch – chain
  • ch2sp – chain 2 space
  • dc – double crochet
  • DMR – double magic ring
  • sk – skip/skipped
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • * to ** – Work the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
  • [ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches; within the row – a set of instructions to be repeated the given number of times.
  • ( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch or space.

Helpful Tutorials

Notes:

  • Pattern is written with a ch 3 to begin. I prefer to use a double magic ring (DMR)  to begin, as it can be closed completely. Either is acceptable for this pattern. 
  • TIP: If you are using a ch 3 to begin, leave about a 4-inch yarn tail at the beginning. You will use this yarn tail to close the hole that will be there from using this method to start. You need to close that hole before beginning Rnd 2.
  • Two versions of the pattern are provided below. 
    • PATTERN 1:  Across the Square Granny Square Pattern without color changes. 
    • PATTERN 2:  Across the Square Granny Square Pattern with color changes.
  • PATTERN 1: Pattern is written with a sl st join at the end of each round, a sl st into the next st and a sl st into the corner. We will be working into these sl st so make them loosely. 
  • PATTERN 1: The initial ch 3 counts as 1 dc.
  • PATTERN 2: If you are changing colors every round, sl st to join tightly at the end of each round and finish off. 
  • PATTERN 2: The pattern is written with a standing double crochet join, you may substitute a sl st and ch 3 (counts as the first dc) if you prefer.
  • PATTERN 2: 5 colors were used. The colors were created by disassembling an O’GO yarn skein into the 5 colors it included.
  • Add the Across the Square Granny Square Pattern to your Ravelry Library here.
Across the Square Solid Color

Across the Square Granny Square Pattern
(PATTERN 1)

This 12-inch afghan square is crocheted in joined rounds without changing colors, beginning in the center and working towards the outer edges.

Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge):

Rnd 1: Ch 3 and working in the 3rd ch from the hook make (3 dc, ch 2) 4 times. Sl st to the first st to join, ch 2 and sl st into the corner ch2sp. [12 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Note: We will work around the ch 2 (to enclose it) and into the stitches beneath for the last stitches of Rnd 2.

Rnd 2: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. Sk the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the first sk st. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. Sk the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the first sk st**. Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [24 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 3: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 3 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 3 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [40 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Square measures approximately 4 inches in diameter.

Rnd 4: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 5 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 5 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [56 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 5: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 7 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 7 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [72 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 6: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 9 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 9 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [88 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 7: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 11 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 11 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [104 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 8: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 13 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 13 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [120 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 9: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 15 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 15 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join, sl st into the next st, sl st into the corner ch2sp. [136 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 10: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 17 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 17 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join. Finish off.  [152 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Across the Square Granny Square measures 12 inches X 12 inches.

  • If your square does not measure 12 inches, add Round 11.

Rnd 11: (Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 19 times. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 19 times**.  Work from * to ** 3 times. Sl st to the first st to join. Finish off.  [168 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

My Across the Square Granny Square is an easy to crochet afghan square that features crossed double crochet stitches worked in rounds. Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver. #yarnspirations #freepattern #grannysquare #crochet #freecrochetpattern #afghansquare

Across the Square Granny Square Pattern 
(PATTERN 2)

This 12-inch afghan square uses a different color for every round and it is crocheted in joined rounds beginning in the center and working towards the outer edges.

Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge):

Rnd 1: With Color A: In a DMR make (3 dc, ch 2) 4 times. Sl st to the first st to join. Finish off. [12 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 2: With Color B: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. Sk the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the first sk st**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join. Finish off. [24 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 3: With Color C: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 3 times**. Sl st to the first st to join. Finish off. [40 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Square measures approximately 4 inches in diameter.

Rnd 4: With Color D: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 5 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [56 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 5: With Color E: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 7 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [72 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 6: With Color A: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 9 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [88 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 7: With Color B: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 11 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [104 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 8: With Color C: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 13 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [120 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 9: With Color D: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 15 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [136 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Rnd 10: With Color E: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 17 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [152 dc, 4 ch2sp]

  • If your square does not measure 12 inches, add Round 11.

Rnd 11: With Color A: Join in any corner ch2sp. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner ch2sp. [Sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the sk st] 19 times**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first st to join.  Finish off.  [168 dc, 4 ch2sp]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions

  • Weave in ends.
  • Wet block to 12 inches square.

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My Across the Square Granny Square is an easy to crochet afghan square that features crossed double crochet stitches worked in rounds. Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver. #yarnspirations #freepattern #grannysquare #crochet #freecrochetpattern #afghansquare

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