If you have been crocheting for any time at all, you will know all about Granny Squares. In fact, that is how a large percentage of people actually learn to crochet - by making Granny Squares. Today we are going to explore their little sisters, granny triangles. A half granny square is just half of a traditional granny square, as its name suggests.
Half Granny Squares Tutorial
What are Half Granny Squares?
A half granny square is simply a triangle which is half a regular granny square cut on the diagonal. They are often used in conjunction with granny squares placed on the diagonal to fill in the gaps along the edges and create a straight edge. These can also be called a half granny square triangle.
♥ Half Granny Square Ideas
Because of their shape, you can explore all sorts of different designs, almost like creating a quilt. Look at quilt block patterns with triangles for ideas! You can have a lot of fun experimenting with different colors and arrangements to make something unique and individual.
Supplies for Half Granny Squares
- Yarn weight and type of your choice
- Crochet hook size suitable for that yarn
- Yarn needle for weaving in the ends.
I made my samples with a DK weight yarn and a 3.5 mm hook.
You will only need basic crochet stitches for this free tutorial on half granny squares. All instructions are written in US terms.
- ch = chain stitch
- dc = double crochet stitch
- st = stitch
- sl st = slip stitch
- mc = magic circle
- sc = single crochet
- sp = space
Half granny squares or granny triangle are easy for beginners and mainly use the double crochet stitch.
How to Make a Half Granny Square, Step-by-Step Instructions
Style 1 - Easy Half Granny Square Crochet Pattern
Here are the instructions for a half granny square with holes.
- Make a magic ring (this counts as a dc and a ch-1 space). If you don't like using the magic ring, you can ch 5, then slip stitch into the first chain to make a ring.
- Work 4 ch, 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc, 1 ch, and 1 dc into the ring.
- Pull the magic ring tight if you used one.
If you are making a multicolored half granny square you may join a new yarn color on every subsequent round.
- Chain 4 (this counts as a dc and a ch-1 space) and turn your work.
- In the first chain-1 space, [dc 3], then chain 1.
- [dc 3, ch 2, dc 3] in the next ch-2 space.
- [dc 3] in the last ch space.
- Ch 1, and dc in the third ch from row 1's first four ch. (Do not skip this last ch and dc, you may think is is unnecessary, but it gives the triangle a nice straight edge.)
- Chain 4 (this counts as a double crochet and a chain-1 space) and turn.
- [Dc 3, ch 1] in each ch-1 space on the first side,
- [dc 3, ch 2, dc 3] in the ch-2 sp at the triangle's point,
- [ch 1, dc 3] in each ch-1 space on the second side.
- Ch 1, dc 1 in the last stitch (the third ch made from the first four ch made in the previous row).
- Repeat row 3 until your triangle is the size you require. The number of rounds is up to you.
- Cut yarn, fasten off, and weave ends in. If you used multiple colors instead of the solid color in this sample, you will have a lot of ends to weave.
Style 2 - Solid Granny Style
Here is how to make a half granny square that is solid. Read about how to make solid granny squares.
- Make a magic ring and chain 4 (this counts as a dc and a ch-1 space). If you don't like using the magic ring, you can ch 5, then slip stitch into the first chain to make a ring.
- Chain 3 (this and all future rounds count as 1 dc),
- 4 dc in ring, chain 2, 5 dc in ring. (You have 2 dc clusters and 1 ch2 space)
- Ch3, turn work,
- 2 dc in the first stitch, 1 dc in each of the next 4 stitches,
- 2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in the ch2 corner space to make a corner,
- 1 dc in each of the next 4 stitches, and 3 dc in the last stitch.
- Chain 3, turn work, 2 dc in the first stitch,
- 1 dc in each of the next 8 stitches,
- 2 dc, chain 2, 2 dc in the ch2 corner space to make the point of the triangle,
- 1 dc in each of the next 8 stitches,
- 3 dc in the last stitch.
- Repeat row 3, increasing your dc stitches in each row until your triangle is the size you require.
- Cut yarn, fasten off, and weave ends in.
Half Granny Square FAQs
Is it a Half Granny Square Or a Granny Square Triangle?
Well, actually, both! It is triangular, and its shape corresponds to the diagonal that runs halfway across a traditional granny square. When crocheting a granny square blanket with the granny squares slanted on their tips (in a diamond shape), half granny square triangles come in handy.
In that scenario, you'll want to add these half-grannies to fill in the gaps at the border. In other words, if you rotate your Granny Squares so that the corners are on the top and bottom and left and right sides of your project, you will need to make half granny squares to fill in the gaps and make the edges straight.
Why Make Half Granny Squares?
However, there is a lot more you can do with a half granny square.
You may, for example, create a very basic shawl by just adding as many rows as you require. You might also use these granny triangles for shaping the armholes of granny square sweaters and any other clothing.
Because these half squares are small, you can use up scraps to make them. You can mix and match colors and textures and get rid of all those little leftover bits of yarn. This will create something new and different!
If you like instant gratification, these are the perfect projects for you! They are super quick and easy to make, and you can see progress in no time at all.
What Can I Make With a Half Granny Square?
- As mentioned above, you can use these triangle shapes to fill in the gaps at the sides of a blanket or afghans if you have placed your granny squares on their points to make diamond shapes.
- You can keep crocheting your half granny square larger and larger until it is big enough to create a shawl.
- You can use the triangle shapes combined with squares and other shapes to make a patchwork-style item—a blanket, a pillow cover, a bag—anything!
- You can string a lot of them together to make a bunting-type garland.
- You can use them as individual motifs and appliqué them onto other items.
Half Granny Squares - In Conclusion
Whether you like to call them half granny squares or granny triangles, they are useful items to know how to crochet. They will add their own charm to any project! It is well worth giving them a try because they are so quick to make and can be used in many different ways.
Whatever you decide to make with them, whether it is a cozy blanket, a wrap for a baby, a warm scarf, or a creative garment, they will add extra charm to your project. Have fun stitching these little granny square triangles, and I hope you find them as rewarding and satisfying to make as I do!
Half Granny Square Pattern, Granny Triangle Pattern
- Crochet Hook
- ROW 1: Ch 5, then slip stitch into the first chain to make a ring. Work 4 ch, 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc, 1 ch, and 1 dc into the ring.
- ROW 2: Chain 4 and turn your work.In the first chain-1 space, [dc 3], then chain 1.[dc 3, ch 2, dc 3] in the next ch-2 space. [dc 3] in the last ch space. Ch 1, and dc in the third ch from row 1's first four ch.
- ROW 3: Chain 4 and turn. [Dc 3, ch 1] in each ch-1 space on the first side,[dc 3, ch 2, dc 3] in the ch-2 space at the triangle's point,[ch 1, dc 3] in each ch-1 space on the second side. Ch 1, dc 1 in the last stitch
- Repeat row 3 until your triangle is the size you require.