There’s something about crochet granny squares, isn’t there? They’re so much fun to crochet and come in a variety of styles, so there are always new and interesting squares to make. This mitered granny square for blankets fits right in with it’s unique construction, pretty lace structure and, of course, the granny stitch!
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When Debbie of Madame Stitch asked me to join her Granny Stitch Sampler Blanket Crochet-A-Long (CAL), I couldn’t deny her. I love designing squares and I instantly knew exactly what I wanted to make.
The rule we were given when designing squares for Debbie’s CAL was this: It must include the granny stitch somewhere in the pattern. Challenge accepted!
Previously, I designed the Melody Triangle Shawl and Melody Rectangle Shawl, both of which are fan favorites. The Melody designs couple the V stitch and the granny stitch together to create a melody of beloved stitches (see what I did there? 😉 ).
I knew immediately that I would tweak the Melody designs to fit into a square but I wanted it to have something a little different and unique compared to the two previous designs. So, I designed it to be a mitered granny square and I have to tell you, the result is phenomenal!
Isn’t the finished blanket for the Granny Stitch Sampler Blanket CAL absolutely gorgeous? You can see my Melody Square on the center right in the corner of the blanket.
All of the squares are so beautiful and I love how unique they are, despite all using the granny stitch somewhere in the pattern.
You can join the free CAL by heading over to the main CAL post for the Granny Stitch Sampler Blanket.
If you want all the square patterns, the seaming instructions and the border pattern all together in one place, you can grab the Granny Stitch Sampler Blanket eBook! Purchasing the eBook will save you a ton of time and money as opposed to buying each PDF for the pattern separately.
What is a mitered square?
This crochet square pattern uses the Mitered Square technique, which means there are no long starting chains and that the squares are easy to alter the size if you need to, by crocheting more or less rows than stated in the pattern.
The Mitered Square technique begins the square in one corner and continually grows in size and stitch count as you work the rows. Rows are worked on two sides of the square with a corner created by a chain 2 space in the center.
If you’ve never worked a mitered square before, don’t worry! It’s a lot easier than it sounds and I have included a ton of photos in the PDF pattern.
You can also check out some of my smaller mitered square patterns to get an idea of the method prior to making this mitered granny square.
What yarn should I use for my mitered granny square?
This pattern is written to use Medium (4) worsted weight yarn that has a blend of acrylic and wool. As this square was designed originally for use in a crochet blanket CAL, this yarn weight and fiber is typically best for this type of project.
If you’re using this square for something else, want to make it by itself for a project, or for any reason you desire, you can make this mitered granny square using any yarn.
Yep! You read that right. Any yarn of any weight and fiber.
From smooth and sleek cotton to fluffy soft hygge, this mitered granny square will look fantastic in any color or fiber.
Keep in mind that the yarn usage listed does reflect medium (4) worsted weight acrylic/wool blend yarn, so if you change weight or fiber, your yarn usage will be different.
Where to get this Crochet Mitered Granny Square Pattern
The Melody Square is a free crochet pattern in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version.
However, if you’d like a more robust pattern with photo tutorials, the steps for the photo tutorial written out in full sentences and a printer friendly version of the PDF, I recommend you purchase the PDF pattern.
With the PDF pattern, you will receive photo tutorials for the special stitches, as well as a detailed photo tutorial for each row which will set you up to work this crochet mitered granny square pattern with confidence. The photos include details with arrows and dots to help identify all the stitches and their placement.
Additionally, you can get the PDF version of this pattern in the Granny Stitch Sampler eBook which includes 11 other square patterns all designed using the Granny Stitch.
Confident Advanced Beginner. Crocheters looking to follow this pattern should know how to:
- Read a crochet pattern – There is NOT a video tutorial for this mitered granny square pattern.
- Work the basic stitches – Chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet.
- Understand how to make chain spaces, skip chain spaces and/or work into them.
- Understand and be willing to block a project. You will need to block this square.
- Know how to keep track of a corner chain 2 space or be willing to use stitch markers to keep track.
This is NOT an absolute beginner pattern. Absolute beginners will find this pattern outside of their skill level but adventurous beginners could be able to work through it, especially with the PDF pattern that includes a ton of photos to help you through.
If you are unfamiliar with any of these techniques or aren’t familiar with reading patterns, I highly recommend the PDF as it will walk you through everything step by step.
Medium (4) worsted weight yarn of your choice.
You will need approximately: 60 grams / 2.11 ounces / 131 yards
Sirdar Country Classic in colorway Oyster. This yarn is 50% Merino Wool and 50% Acrylic.
TOOLS & NOTIONS
5 mm (H-8) Hook – Check out my favorite crochet hooks!
Stitch markers, if you prefer them
Blocking Boards and Pins
Check gauge after completing 7 rows. Your square should measure approximately 4 inches along the raw side. Gauge is listed unblocked.
Gauge will not make or break this pattern. You can work the row repeat as many times as necessary to achieve 11.5 inches prior to the border and blocking.
Note: I am a tight crocheter, so my tension is usually tighter than others. Learn more about gauge and what this means here.
12 inches x 12 inches square
Size is listed after blocking.
You can easily customize the size of this square by repeating more or less rows as indicated in the pattern. The project will always be square regardless of how many times you repeat the rows. You will need to block the square to strengthen the square shape.
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
- Ch – Chain
- Sl St – Slip stitch
- Sc – Single Crochet
- Dc – Double crochet
- V st – V stitch (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc all in the same stitch or space).
- STsc – Stacked Single Crochet
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- Spc(s) – Space(s)
- Sk – Skip
- Corner Ch 2 Spc – Refers to the only ch 2 space in the instructions. This ch 2 spc controls the corner of the square.
- […] – Repeats are listed within brackets.
- (…) – Instructions within parenthesis in the row instructions indicate to work all stitches inside ( ) in the same stitch or space.
- (…) – Stitch counts are listed at the end of the row in parenthesis & bold italics.
- This pattern uses Stacked Single Crochet (STsc) to begin rows. This is an alternative to turning chains and helps to keep the edges straight. You can change this to your preferred method of starting a new row, if you prefer.
- This pattern uses the Mitered Square technique. This means that it is worked from one corner outward and grows larger with each row.
- Working a mitered square is very similar to working a triangle shawl. The difference is we only increase in the corner chain 2 space. We do NOT increase the start or end of the rows.
- Blocking is required: The square will be more of a diamond shape than a square prior to blocking. This is the nature of using a lacy stitch in a mitered square. Once blocked, it will hold the square shape.
- Measure along the raw edge to get the most accurate length prior to blocking.
- You can work more or less rows as needed to reach 11.5 inches prior to the border round and then block to 12 inches.
- Corner instructions are bolded to help break up the size of the instructions: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch 2 spc.
Because this crochet pattern uses both the mitered square technique and a lacy stitch, you will need to block the finished piece.
Left Square: Unblocked. Right Square: Blocked
Once worked through the pattern and prior to the border, the “square” (or diamond shape) should be approximately 11.5 inches along a raw edge. Place your border of single crochets and then block the square to not only ensure the shape but also the size.
Stitch Count Note
The stitch counts are listed at the end of each row in parenthesis and bold italics. You will notice that the stitch count has more than just a number listed. This is to help with breaking down the stitch count. In later rows, there will be many stitches and it can be tedious to count them. This pattern breaks down the stitch count to help make counting stitches easier.
For example, on Row 8, you will see: “(32 sts, 16 each side – 13 dc, 3 ch 1 spcs)”
This means that for Row 8, you will have 32 stitches total. On each side of the corner chain 2 space, you will have 16 stitches. Making up these 16 stitches are 13 double crochet and 3 chain 1 spaces.
Special Stitch – Stacked Single Crochet
The Stacked SC is an alternative way to start a new row that does not require turning chains. This helps to keep the edges of your work straight and without gaps or bumps.
I have a full photo tutorial with all the steps, tips and information you need to learn this technique. Check out the Stacked Single Crochet tutorial.
You are welcome to use a different method for starting each row if you prefer. You can: Use a chain 2 and not count it as a stitch, which means you will place your first double crochet in the first stitch. Or, you can chain 3, count the chain 3 as a stitch and do not place a stitch in the first stitch of the row.
To create a Stacked Single Crochet, you will: Turn your work. Do not create any turning chains.
Insert hook into first stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. 2 loops on hook.
Yarn over, pull through both loops. 1 loop on hook. (All we have done so far is make a single crochet in the first stitch without chaining 1).
Now, insert your hook into the left leg (right leg, if you’re left handed) of the single crochet.
Yarn over and pull up a loop. 2 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.
This stacks 2 single crochets on top of each other to create the height of a double crochet.
If you’re not familiar with Stacked Single Crochets, I recommend putting a stitch marker in the top of the second single crochet created. This is the top of your stitch and what you will work into when finishing the next row. The top of the first single crochet made in the stack will lean to the side. Don’t work into it or it will unnecessarily increase your work.
Melody Square – Free Pattern
If you have not read all of the notes for this mitered granny square crochet pattern, please go read them now before starting.
Make a Magic Circle (Click for tutorial, if needed)
Row 1 – In Magic Circle, ch 1 (does not count as a stitch. This is the only time you will chain 1 prior to making a STsc). Place 1 STsc, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Pull tail tight. Do not join. (4 dc, 2 on each side)
Row 2 – Turn. STsc first st. Sk next st. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch 2 spc. Sk next st, 1 dc last st. (8 sts, 4 each side)
Row 3 – Turn. STsc first st. Sk 1 st, V st next. Sk 1 st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch 2 spc. Sk 1 st, V st next st. Sk 1 st, 1 dc last st. (12 sts, 6 each side – 3 dc, 1 V st)
Row 4 – Turn. STsc first st. Sk 1 st, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. Ch 1, sk 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch 2 spc. Ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. Sk 1 st, 1 dc last st. (16 sts, 8 each side – 7 dc, 1 ch 1 spc)
Row 5 – Turn. STsc first st. Sk 1 st, V st next st. Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, V st next st. Sk 1 st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) corner in ch 2 spc. Sk 1 st, V st next. Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, V st next st. Sk 1 st, dc last st. (20 sts, 10 each side – 3 dc, 2 V sts, 1 ch 1 spc)
Row 6 – Turn. STsc first st. Sk 1 st, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. Ch 1, sk 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch 2 spc. Ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. Sk 1 st, 1 dc last st. (24 sts, 12 each side – 10 dc, 2 ch 1 spcs)
Row 7 – Turn. STsc first st. Sk 1 st, V st next st. [Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, V st next st.] Repeat inside brackets until 1 st remains prior to corner ch 2 spc. Sk 1 st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch 2 spc. Sk 1 st, V st next st. [Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, V st next st.] Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain prior to end of row. Sk 1 st, 1 dc last st. (28 sts, 14 on each side – 3 dc, 3 V sts, 2 ch 1 spcs)
Row 8 – Turn. STsc first st. Sk 1 st, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. [Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st]. Repeat inside brackets until 3 sts remain prior to corner ch 2 spc. Ch 1, sk 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch 2 spc. Ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st. [Ch 1, sk dc, ch 1 and dc, 3 dc in ch 1 spc of V st]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain prior to end of row. Sk 1 st, 1 dc last st. (32 sts, 16 each side – 13 dc, 3 ch 1 spcs)
Rows 9 through 22 – Repeat Rows 7 and 8 in sequence. For example, Row 9 will be a repeat of Row 7 and Row 10 will be a repeat of Row 8. Row 22 will be a repeat of Row 8.
If you need to work more or less rows to achieve 12 inches, that’s okay. Repeat the instructed rows until your work measures approximately 11.5 inches along one of the raw edges. This is the most accurate place to measure.
Make sure to end on a repeat of Row 8.
Ch 1 (does not count as a single crochet). Do not turn but rotate 90 degrees to work down the long raw edge.
Place 2 sc in side of each dc to the end. (44 sts so far)
In the Magic Circle that started Row 1, place (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc). You may have to pull the tail of the Magic Circle tight again. That’s okay!
Continue working up the next raw edge, placing 2 sc in side of each dc to the end. (90 sts so far – 44 sts on side + 2 sts in Magic Circle + 44 sts on side = 90)
Ch 2 and rotate to work along the top of the stitches from Row 22. Place 1 sc in each st and ch 1 spc across to the corner ch 2 space.
In the corner ch 2 space, place (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc).
Then, place 1 sc in each st and ch 1 spc across to the end.
At the end, ch 2 and sl st to the first sc made to close the border. (180 sts total – 45 sts on each of the 4 sides, 4 ch 2 corners)
You can now cut your yarn, weave in your ends and block the square. You’re done!
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