Today, I would like to share with you my go-to pattern to crochet a Simple Circle Granny Square.
This round afghan block is very easy and beginner-friendly.
The round-shaped center of this square makes it a really versatile pattern, and I have been modifying it in many different ways to create animals, flowers, and many fun squares with different themes:
When crocheting with DK acrylic, the final size of my simple circle granny square is 5.5” (14 cm), which I find a great size for crocheting baby blankets, pillows, and many other projects that use granny squares.
You can find a few ideas of patterns to crochet with granny squares HERE.
But for now, let’s dive into the free crochet pattern of the Simple Circle Granny Square!
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- 4-mm (G/6 USA, 8 UK) Hook
- DK Yarn in two different colors. For this tutorial, I used Paintbox Yarns Baby DK.
- Tapestry Needle
Abbreviations (US Terms)
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
MC – Magic Circle
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Yo – Yarn over
One increase consists of 2 sts crocheted into the same indicated st.
Magic Circle (MC)
To learn how to crochet the magic circle, please, check out this step-by-step tutorial.
|Yarn||Crochet Hook||Square Size|
|DK (3, Light) Cotton||3.5-mm (E/4 USA, 9 UK)||4.75″ (12 cm)|
|DK (3, Light) Acrylic||4.0-mm (G/6 US, 8 UK)||5.5” (14 cm)|
|Worsted (4, Medium) Acrylic||5.5 mm (I/9 USA, 5 UK)||7″ (18 cm)|
Gauge is not too important for this pattern. Just keep in mind that the final size of your square will vary depending on your yarn, hook, and gauge.
- If the pattern says “hdc 2”, it means that you have to crochet 1 hdc into each of the next 2 sts.
- (…) – Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated number of times.
- The stitch count is indicated within brackets at the end of each round’s instructions.
- Join each round with a sl st between the last and first st of the round.
How to Change Color
When changing yarn color, my preference is to do it in the middle of a stitch.
- Yo, insert your hook into the next st, yo, and pull up a loop.
- Drop your currently used yarn (CA in the case of Round 4), and hold the new color yarn (CB) behind your work. CB is now your working yarn.
- Yo with CB and pull yarn through all the loops on your hook.
Simple Circle Granny Square – Pattern
With CA, make a MC.
Round 1. Ch 2, hdc 11 in the MC. Join the round with a sl st into the first hdc. (11 sts)
Round 2. [CA] Ch 1, hdc inc 11. Sl st to join. (22 sts)
Round 3. [CA] Ch 1, (hdc inc 1, hdc 1) 11 times. Sl st to join. (33 sts)
Round 4. [CA] Ch 1, hdc 1, hdc inc 1, (hdc 2, hdc inc 1) 10 times, 1 hdc. Close the last st with CC. Sl st to join. (44 sts)
Squaring the Circle
Round 5. [CB] Ch 1, sc 2, hdc 2, dc 1, dc inc 1, ch 2, dc inc 1. (dc 1, hdc 2, sc 3, hdc 2, dc 1, dc inc 1, ch 2, dc inc 1) three times. Dc 1, hdc 2, sc 1. Sl st to join. (13 sts on each side and ch-2 at the corners)
Round 6. [CB] Ch 2, dc 7. (In the ch-2 corner, [dc 1, ch 2, dc 1]. On the next side, dc 13) three times. [dc 1, ch 2, dc 1] into the last corner, dc 6. (15 sts on each side and ch-2 at the corners)
Round 7. [CB] Ch 2, dc 8. (In the ch-2 corner, [dc 2, ch 1, dc 2]. On the next side, 15 dc) three times. [Dc 2, ch 1, dc 2] into the last corner, dc 7. (19 sts on each side and ch-1 at the corners)
Round 8. [CB] Ch 1, sc 10. (In the ch-1 corner, [sc 1, ch 1, sc 1]*. On the next side, sc 19) three times. [Sc 1, ch 1, sc 1] into the last corner, sc 9. (21 sts on each side and ch-1 at the corners).
*When working the corners, make sure not to skip the first dc of the next side, which might hide behind your last sc.
Fasten off and weave in all your ends.
Your crochet Simple Circle Granny Square is ready!
Looking for more granny square patterns? Take a look here!