Mitered Granny Square

Update:  I now have a diagram for this.
Update:  Link to Sliding ring tutorial, if you would like to start your squares the way I do.
Update:  Link to Join As You Go tutorial, if you would like to check out how I like to join granny squares.

These are the directions for the blanket I first showed in the Crochet in Progress post, here is a better photo (the colors look a bit washed out, the sun was bright):

And a closer look, remember it is posed on a chair, instead of lying flat so the squares look less than square.

I’m sure that there are variations of this kind of square out there.  Here is another one I did, I really like the off centered square, definately going to make something with these!

Ok, back to the subject at hand…these are easy to do and have many possibilities with different color combinations.  For my blanket, I was going for a half log cabin quilt sorta thing, with a modern look.  I decided to do as many variations of the 5 colors I chose as I could, with an off white to border each square.  I am using Loops and Threads Impeccable, as I didn’t want to spend lots of money on all the yarn I need for this.  It is worsted weight and I am using a size 7 (4.5mm) hook.

Start with a basic Granny Square

Round 1

Make a Magic Circle or sliding ring or use your favorite method of starting granny squares, pull up a loop and ch3 (counts as first dc here and everywhere).  2dc in circle, ch3.
{3dc, ch3} 3 times
Slpst to the top chain of the beginning ch3,  Do not end off.

Round 2

Ch3, in the next chain 3 space {3dc, ch3, 3dc}
{3dc, ch3, 3dc} in the next 2 ch3 spaces.
In the last ch3 space, 3dc, ch3, 2dc.  Slpst to top of beginning ch3.  End off.  Basic Granny Square accomplished.

Now, the Mitered Part

Attach a new color in any ch3 corner, I prefer to attach with a beginning dc, or you can use a slpst and ch3.  Choice is good!
2dc in same space.
3dc in the space between the 2 groups of 3dc of the previous row
3dc, ch3, 3dc in next ch 3 corner space
3dc in the space between
3dc, ch3 in the next corner space.  Now this part is a teeney bit tricky…turn.  Now we are working as if it is rows, doing them along 2 sides of the square.

3dc in next space.

And continue across, doing 3dc, ch3, 3dc in the corner and 3dc between each to the end.  Dc in the top of the stitch on the end, and end off.

Flip it over and attach a new color with a dc or ch3.

Carry on as before, along the 2 sides you did before.

Do as many rows as you desire.  This was how many I desired : )

Around We Go Again

Now to do the border around.  With the beginning center square right side up/face up (the yellow in the picture above), attach white in the space at the beginning of the row, as before and do 2dc, ch3, 3dc to make a corner.

Continue on across to the other corner, 3dc, ch3, 3dc as usual for a granny corner, and go on to the next. and do the corner.

Now you should have reached the sides of the rows.  Still going to do 3dc’s, they go into the same space that the bottom of the dc’s of the sides are, it’s easy to tell, it’s an obvious space…

Continue along, (you may have guessed) by doing the 3dc’s and the 3dc, ch3, 3dc corners.

And finally, we reach the end and slpst into the top of the first stitch and we are done… phew!

To join the squares together, I use this join as you go method, it is a very nice tutorial on the things to make and do blog with clear photos of how to go about it.

Update 1/14/14: or you can check out my new Join As You Go tutorial.

Updated 1/22/13:  To help with some confusion on the borders and joining, please note, when doing the join as you go you do the white border all the way around on the first square only.  In the remaining squares, the white border is created in the joining round.  If you want to do your squares in advance and then join, just leave off the white border until you are ready to join them all.

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107 thoughts on “Mitered Granny Square

  1. Dear Sue,
    Thank you for this lovely pattern. I found you thru’ Tangled happy”. I hope to make this Mitered square blanket someday, was just waiting for the right pattern.
    Regards

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  2. Wow, saw this on tangled happy and came over for a visit. Love the granny squares – I am making a throw at the moment using a normal granny square – want to finish it as quickly as possible now, so that I can make this one! Thank you for the great tutorial. : o ) x

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  3. I think this will be my next project! Question what size it the blanket above and how many squares did you have to make?

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    • My blanket isn’t finished yet, still in progress. Not even big enough to be a throw yet. Each square measures 6 1/4 inches, including the white border if that gives you a better idea of the proportions. I was thinking of making it big enough for my bed (queen size) but I might just make it large enough to look nice on the end of the bed, since I will probably still be working on it this time next year for bed size : )

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  4. I just love this variation of the granny square. Thanks so much for sharing not only your pattern but for making your directions so easy to understand.

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  5. hiya, thanks for the variation pattern.. i love it.. am currently trying it now, but found it hard to make the tricky part not tricky. LOL…. i dont get the straight edge corner like what you did. I think I’ll find a way.. maybe because I am using a thicker ply of yarn.. :) and I put a screenshot of your page on my blog as reference and bookmark. :)

    hugs. Dee

    hugs,

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    • If you can post a photo of what you have done, I’ll be glad to take a look. I find that it squares up nicely once I do the white border around. Maybe my directions aren’t as clear as I had hoped and need tweaking…

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      • Hi Sue I am trying to make this but am confused on instructions! When you do the groups of 3dc do you chain between them? Please help I really want to make this thank you. Linda Hughes

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      • I don’t chain in between the cluster of 3dc’s when I do granny squares. Other people do. Whatever works for you.

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  6. Bonjour it is a lady fom GrannyMania blog who talked about your plaid and tutorial;
    So I am discovering your blog.
    And what achet with them. I also like your tuto and the motif of your sqaures! Bravo! supride, I see that you also use a ETIMO TULIP GOLDEN ERGONOMIC HOOK! I have the set of 11 hooks, I love crochet wuth them. FleurBelfge

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  7. I also love teh tuto you are sharing with us , the motif of this square is so nice ,
    bravo for the lovelly Blanket!
    FleurBelge

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    • Thanks so much for sharing your lovely squares, I like the gradient colors you used. : ) granny mania has lots of wonderful crochet! I’ll be stopping by there again!

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    • Yes, I love my Tulip hooks. I got a set of 8, in a folding case, with scissors and needles and a little ruler. Thinking about getting a steel set too, if I get into doing thread crochet again.

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      • Yes , I also think of maybe needing the other numbers in steel… , Merci for your answer.
        FleurBelge ( sorry for my English, I speak French normally)

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      • Your English is wonderful! I have to rely on Google translate when I visit sites in other languages, sometimes that turns it into some very strange things! : )

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  8. Merci pour ce magnifique modèle….j’aime beaucoup je vais l’attaquer pour faire une couverture Amicalement
    Bonne continuation

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  9. Hello, I found the original model and very beautiful.
    I just can not seem to understand.
    Is it possible to have a diagram?
    Thank you and hope to see your beautiful rélisaions.

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  10. This is beautiful! As to ‘optional dog hair’ – if your puppy is anything like ours – sort of ‘obligatory’ :) Thanks for the laugh!

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    • LOL, yes, it is only optional in theory. In theory, I would be sufficiently obsessed about cleaning up all the dog hair, that there wouldn’t be much. That theory has never worked out too well in real life. It was much worse here when I had shelties too, Zip only has a fraction of the fur of one of them!

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  11. This is so beautiful! I connected to you through Knit and Crochet for a Cause. They shared the photo and your site. I love miters and will keep this pattern for a near future project…so many patterns … so little time! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Greetings from India.
    Found your beautiful blog through pinterest. First of all i thank you for your tutorial for better rectangle granny start up. At present i am half way through granny stripe shawl and i am very much interested in making a rectangle granny. Love this mitered granny square.

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  13. Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts on my granny square. It is so wonderful to hear that it is working out and blankets are being crocheted (nothing better than a crocheted blanket : )

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    • I don’t ch1 in between. I go back and forth on that, I don’t have a problem with the 3dc clusters fitting neatly next to each other. A ch1 does give more room for the 3dc to fit more easily, but also seems to make a larger ‘hole’ in between. Depends on what you like and how you want it to look.

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  14. Sue – Stumbled upon your site by accident. Your squares are a rendition of the log cabin crochet patterns I’ve been looking at. Your color choices for your afghan are wonderful and lively. Keep at it and you’ll be done in no time. Loved your comment about the “optional” dog hair. I myself have a Sheltie. I think Border Collies are cute & definitely high energy & highly intelligent. I bet he helps you when you’re trying to count stitches. My little Brandy likes to help me.

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    • Thank you! I love log cabin quilts, and well, quilts in general, so inspiring! I debated on calling it a half log cabin, but lots of crochet is called mitered so I went with that : ) Been itching to make a sampler type of granny blanket, that will take some planning, with kinds of granny stitch squares needed for it (and finish my other blankets!).

      I had shelties too, lots more opportunity for dog hair with them!

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  15. Hi. I love this pattern! I made all the squares, and then did the white border around each of them. But I am confused when I read the instructions for joining them all together. When I look at those instructions, it looks like she only does the border on one and then starts joining the other squares to that one while adding the border. Is that what I should do with this pattern?

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    • Yes, that is how it is done. You do the white border on the first square. The remaining squares the joining is done while you are doing the white border.

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  16. I’m new to granny squares having been previously a bit sniffy about their 70s heritage. This one is so beautiful that I will try this as soon as I get home. My first granny square. Thank you!

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  17. I told my daughter about your Mitred Granny Square and showed her what it looked like. She decided she wanted me to make her a baby afghan of those squares in pink and cafe latte a color from Red Heart Yarns. So, I have started making the squares, but am not completely sure that I want to make them as big as that because I am using a size J crochet hook. My daughter wants it to be bigger than the afghan I made for my grandson, so she can use it longer, and now I have 2 other boys to make afghans for, too. I’m going to be one very busy “gramma” in the next few months as the baby is due at the end of August. Just thought you’d like to know that this is more fun with the Magic Circle in the center than I had thought it would be before.

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    • Hook size 7 (more details about the size just before the directions start above), How much yarn depends entirely on how large you want it and what weight yarn you use.

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  18. Thank you so much for this pattern as well as how awesome you explained it!!! I have started my squares and can’t wait to finish. God bless♥

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    • That’s right, I don’t ch between my dc (that’s how I learned to do them). I do ch3 in the corners. My squares will curl up a bit on the edges, but lie nicely flat when joined.

      Feel free to try it out with ch between if that is what your prefer to do.

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  19. I have been looking up different granny squares to make and I was nervous about this one because I’m still a semi beginner, but your instructions are so easy to read and you can actually tell what you’ve done in the pictures. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to try this when I get home.

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    • You could use the print button in the “share this” section after the post (above the comments). That opens my printer dialog box (might depend on your browser) Depending on what you want, I might just copy the text I want into Word and print it from there (so I save ink and print all the photos too).

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  20. I have always been too impatient to do a granny afghan, all the squares & then joining. I usually won’t touch a pattern with motifs unless they are at least 12 inch squares. I love your variation on the granny. I am going to try to make it bigger, like somewhere between 12 & 16 inches. I believe it will really look quilt-like in a bigger size. I love my crochet & my quilts. I have about 150 quilts in my collection. Most are “scrappy” vintage quilts, none are tied. I wish people valued vintage crochet as much. I see too many afghans in thrift stores that somone like me worked hours to make. I know there was a time when yarns, colors & patterns weren’t as sophisticated as today but they were still lots of work.

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    • I’d love to see it when you do, I think it would look great in larger squares! I greatly admire and am inspired by quilts, I wish I had your collection!

      The join as you go method makes it much less tedious. The weaving of ends however….

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  21. Love the pattern. I’ve finished one square and have done another to the point of putting the final round and joining it but I can’t figure out to join them as you go without putting another round which will make the second square one round bigger. Any suggestions?

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    • Only the first square do you put the white border around before joining. The remaining squares, the first white round is the one you join on, so they all should only have one round of white.

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  22. I love this pattern but I certainly am not going to print out all the pages necessary to get it. PLEASE provide a PRINT friendly copy of just the pattern for those of us who like the pattern but do not want and do not need all the instructions. THANK YOU

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  23. hi, I love this square. I am wanting to run out and buy wool. NOW ( not hat I am addicted to wool or anything) :( Have you finished yours or heard from anyone as to how much wool was used for anyone’s/what ever size so that I can guesstimate? If I have to, I will make one and rip it out and measure it but it is so sad to do that LOL

    Marla

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    • If you check out the projects people have done on Ravelry, some might have put info on the yarn they used. The image near the top of the post that says “projects” links to that page.

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  24. I love this pattern! Finished my afghan but had some squares that didn’t seem to lay quite flat after they were all joined. Did anyone else have this problem? I steamed them and that seamed to help.
    Will definitely use this pattern again.

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  25. Love the Mitered Granny Square! Do you have instructions for the Off-Centered Granny? Would love to have it! Just when I think I might have it figured out, I get so confused!

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    • Very briefly, start by making a granny square (I did 3 rounds in the photo) then, change to the blue and start as in the mitered by going along 2 sides, turning and going back (so you have 2 rows on 2 sides only of the square), don’t end off. Now, continue with the blue and go back to going all the way around for 2 rounds.

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  26. Me gusto mucho descubrir que el tutorial que seguí para mi mantaCasa es el tuyo… Y también me gusta que puedas ver el resultado en una preciosa manta que alegra mis sillones y es excelente abrigo en los días de invierno..
    Gracias por compartirlo… !! :)

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  27. I found this pattern on Pinterest and fell in love with it! I have decided to make it for my grandma, shes been very sad and lonely since my grandfather’s passing and this Christmas will be the first without him and hopefully this blanket will cheer her and help to ease the grief

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