Learn how to crochet mitered granny squares! Wait! Don’t all granny squares have mitered corners? Well, yes, but this is a little different. This is a whole different type of granny square, with the pattern offset to one side.
Mitered Granny Squares Tutorial
What is a Mitered Granny Square?
The term mitered is used in many different contexts- quilting, woodwork, bed making, knitting, and now in crochet. It means a corner where two edges meet at a 45-degree angle, making a 90-degree corner.
So you may think that all granny squares have mitered corners because all the corners meet and turn at 45 degrees to make a right-angled corner, right? Well, yes, that’s true, but in this context, it is a whole different type of granny square.
In this case, the starting ‘center’ of the square is actually in one corner, and the rest of the square looks like one large mitered corner. The crocheted mitered square is a square that is worked diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner of the square.
You will be increasing in that center corner but without having to decrease like in the corner to corner method of crochet. The end result is a most effective “off center” square.
This tutorial will show you 2 methods of mitered granny squares
- Conventional Mitered Granny Square
- Solid Mitered Granny Square
Beginner. Believe it or not, this is actually an easy square to make! It will be especially easy if you have already learned to make granny squares.
- Yarn of your choice. This design is especially effective in multi color stripes.
- Crochet hook suitable for your yarn.
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
Abbreviations for Mitered Grany Squares
All instructions for mitered granny squares are written in Us terms.
- ch = chain stitch
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- st = stitch
- sl st = slip stitch
- sp = space
- sc 3tog = single crochet 3 together
How to Make a Mitered Granny Square, Step by Step
Let’s dive into working this enjoyable version of granny squares.
1. Conventional Mitered Granny Square Style
This version is worked in the well-known “granny clusters”. The final result looks a bit like an off-center basic granny square. You can make lots of small squares and join them together, or you can just keep crocheting to make a large blanket out of just one square.
- Start as for a normal granny square- with a magic ring or ch4 and sl st into first ch to make a ring.
- Ch2, (counts as a dc), work 2 dc into ring. (first cluster formed)
- Ch 2 to make first corner.
- 3 dc into ring, ch2 to make 2nd corner.
- 3 dc into ring, ch2 to make 3rd corner.
- 3 dc into ring, ch1, sl st into top of original ch2.
Work another normal granny round, as follows:
- Turn work. Work a sl st to the corner.
- Ch2, (first dc) and 2 dc into same corner. Ch1.
- Work into next corner- 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1.
- Work into 2nd corner- 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1.
- Work into following corner- 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1.
- Into final corner, dc 3, ch2, sl st into top of original ch.
Change color now if you are working stripes for your mitered granny squares. It is very effective to work 2 rows per color.
- Turn work. You will now be working rows rather than rounds.
- Into any corner, work 2 ch, 2 dc, ch1 (First cluster)
- Now you will only be working into two sides of the square. 3 dc into next 1 ch sp, ch1.
- Create corner by working 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1 into corner from previous round.
- Work 3 dc, ch1 into next 1 ch sp.
- You have now reached the second corner, which is the end of this row. Work 3 dc into this corner, then stop.
- Ch3, go to next space and work 3 dc, ch1.
- Work 3 dc, ch1 into next space.
- 3 dc, 2ch, 3 dc, ch1 into corner space.
- 3 dc, ch1 into next 2 spaces.
- 1 dc into top of 2ch. (From first cluster of previous row.)
- Change color and turn work.
You will be working on the same side of the center square, turning your work each time.
- Ch 3, 2 dc into first space, ch1.
- Then work 3 dc,ch1 in each space to the corner.
- Into corner space work 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc, ch1.
- Crochet 3 dc, ch1 into each space down the side again.
- Finish this row with 3 dc into last ch sp.
- Turn work, ch3, 3 dc, ch1 into first sp.
- Work 3 dc, ch1 into each space to the corner.
- Make corner with 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc, ch1.
- 3 dc, ch1 into each sp again, 1 dc into final st.
Change colors, turn work. Keep going in this manner until your mitered granny squares are the required size. Fasten off the yarn and weave in the ends.
2. Solid Mitered Granny Squares Style
The simplest version of this square is using single crochet, but of course, you can make it in hdc or dc if you wish. You will turn your work every row with this version. Read how to make a solid granny square.
- Start with ch 35 as your foundation chain.
- Work 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook.
- 1 sc into next 15 sts.
- SC 3 tog in next 3 ch. (To do this, insert hook into next st, pull through, don’t complete the st. Insert hook into next st, pull through, don’t complete. Insert hook into 3rd st, pull through, yarn over, and pull through all 4 loops on hook. This will create your corner.)
- Sc into next 16 sts.
- Turn work. Ch1, counts as first sc.
- Skip first st, 1 sc in next 14 sts.
- Sc 3 tog in next 3 sts. This should be directly over your last sc 3 tog.
- Sc in next 15 sts.
- Turn work. Ch1, skip first st, sc in next 13 sts.
- Sc 3 tog in next 3 sts.
- Sc in next 12 sts, sc in top of turning ch.
- Ch1, skip first st.
- Sc in next 12 sc.
- Sc 3 tog in next 3 sts.
- Sc in next 11 sts, sc in top of turning ch.
Rows 5 – 15:
Repeat row 4, but work 1 less sc before and after the sc 3 tog, until 3 sts are left. Your sc 3 tog must always be directly over the previous one.
- Ch1, sc 3 tog for the last 3 sts.
- Fasten off and weave in ends.
This version of mitered granny squares can also be worked in stripes, or each square can be a different color, and then all the squares can be sewn together in the pattern of your choice.
You will see that because you are decreasing in each row, you cannot keep going into a larger and larger square to make one big square blanket! This version has to be made up of multiple small squares.
What Can I Make With Mitered Crochet Squares?
These mitered squares obviously lend themselves to making granny square blankets or throws of any size. Learn how to make a granny square blanket.. But they would look equally good as pillow covers or bags. You could even make a scarf out of them! The way that you arrange your squares will make a difference to your final project. You can place them all in the same direction, in opposite directions, or you can make squares out of your squares!
How Do I Join My Mitered Squares?
Read how to join granny squares for each method of joining.
If you are not a fan of sewing, you can join the squares using slip stitch or single crochet stitches.
With a single crochet, you put two squares wrong sides together and start single crocheting through both layers on the sides of the squares. It's quick and easy, and it gives the piece more texture.
To work the slip stitch method, you should work in the back loops on all sides of each square, including the chain spaces in the corners. To start connecting, put a hook in the back loop of the second chain in each corner of both squares, yo, pull up the yarn, and then put a hook in the back loop of the next stitch in each square, yo, pull up the yarn. Now your hook has two loops on it. Bring the second loop through the first.
Mitered Granny Squares - In Conclusion
Mitered granny squares are easy to make and have a stunning diagonal design. They will add variety to your crochet projects without needing any special, complicated skills! Have fun creating different and unusual blankets or pillows with this enjoyable technique!
- Crochet Hook
- This is what your final mitered granny square will look like.
- ROUND 1: Start as for a normal granny square- with a magic ring or ch4 and sl st into first ch to make a ring. Ch2, (counts as a dc), work 2 dc into ring. (first cluster formed) Ch 2 to make first corner. 3 dc into ring, ch2 to make 2nd corner. 3 dc into ring, ch2 to make 3rd corner. 3 dc into ring, ch1, sl st into top of original ch2.
- ROUND 2: Turn work. Work a sl st to the corner.Ch2, (first dc) and 2 dc into same corner. Ch1. Work into next corner- 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1. Work into 2nd corner- 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1. Work into following corner- 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1. Into final corner, dc 3, ch2, sl st into top of original ch.
- ROUND 3: Turn work. You will now be working rows rather than rounds.Into any corner, work 2 ch, 2 dc, ch1 (First cluster) Now you will only be working into two sides of the square. 3 dc into next 1 ch sp, ch1.Create corner by working 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1 into corner from previous round.Work 3 dc, ch1 into next 1 ch sp.You have now reached the second corner, which is the end of this row. Work 3 dc into this corner, then stop.
- ROW 4: Ch3, go to next space and work 3 dc, ch1. Work 3 dc, ch1 into next space.3 dc, 2ch, 3 dc, ch1 into corner space.3 dc, ch1 into next 2 spaces.1 dc into top of 2ch. (From first cluster of previous row.) Change color and turn work.
- Continue pattern until your square is the desired size.