The beauty and simplicity of making these is that the materials are purely at your discretion. Hook and yarn are up to you, simply adjust the amount of rounds you need for the size you’d like. I have used a G/4.5mm hook, H/5mm hook, and J/6mm hook, all with various types of worsted (4/medium) and baby (3/light) weight yarns.
There are many posts online regarding the granny shrug but I have not found a step-by-step pattern for making one. I’ve had several friends ask me to write out my steps and so I have. I am in no way claiming this as my invention and am simply providing a written pattern for those who have asked me for help.
^^my first attempt, made the majority of it while on the plane to Honolulu for our 10th anniversary, flight attendants love to watch!
My method might be different from how you’re used to making a granny square. Then again, it might not. Like many crocheters, I cut my teeth on granny squares as they were the first (and only) thing I knew how to make for many years. Every scarf, dish cloth, towel, and blanket I made for my first 10 years of crochet were some variation of a granny square.
The square is worked in the round, the chain 2 at beginning of each round is not counted as a stitch. I begin with a chain 3, working the first round in the 3rd chain. Allow the 3rd chain to come loose as this will make working the remaining stitches of round 1 easier. Once the stitches are completed you can pull the tail to close the 1st chain tight. Make sure you leave a substantial tail (about 18”) so that you don’t pull your tail loose and have to start over.
The increases are made by making corners. Corners are made by [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in the ch 1 sp of each previous corner. The rounds are otherwise made by placing 3 dc in the space between each of the 3 dc from the previous round.
Chain 3 leaving an 18” tail
Round 1: in 3rd ch from hook [2 dc, ch 1] 4 times, sl st to 1st dc to join, pull tail tight to close 1st chain
Round 2: ch 2, 3 dc in ch 1 sp directly behind hook, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in each of next 3 ch 1 sps, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp which will be same sp as first 3 dc, ch 1, sl st to 1st dc to join
Round 3: ch 2, 3 dc in ch 1 sp directly behind hook, *3 dc in sp between the 3 dc directly under hook and next 3 dc from round 2, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in next ch 1 sp*, repeat * 3 times, 3 dc in next sp between the 3 dc directly under hook and next 3 dc from round 2, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sl st to 1st dc to join
Rounds 4 and throughout: ch 2, 3 dc in ch 1 sp directly behind hook, *3 dc in spaces between each of 3 dc from previous round, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in next ch 1 sp of corner*, repeat 3 times, 3 dc in spaces between each of 3 dc from previous round, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sl st to 1st dc to join
Repeat round 4 until you reach your desired size. For a medium/large average woman, I stop at 36”
Final round of square: ch 2, 1 dc in ch 1 sp directly behind hook, 1 dc in each dc of previous round, in next corner [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc], continue with 1 dc in each st, when you arrive at beginning 1 dc in same ch 1 sp as 1st dc, ch 1, sl st to 1st dc to join
You now have a large granny square. To make your sleeves, fold your square in half. You will have a rectangle with 2 short sides and 2 long sides.
<<short side on left and right, long side on bottom
Sew half of the short side stitches together on both the right and left hand sides. I turn my square so that the wrong side (back of work) is facing me, then holding both corners of the left side together place a single crochet working through all 4 loops of the top and bottom sides.
^Shown inserting hook through both top and bottom short sides to single crochet sleeves together.
If your short sides have 80 stitches across top and 80 stitches across bottom, only single crochet 40 stitches together, starting at the corner and ending halfway. Just make sure you have an even number of stitches left for the sleeve openings so that your edging will come out even.
^This picture shows more than half the short side stitches single crocheted together. I pulled some of these out before finishing but forgot to take another picture. Oops!!
^A visual of what your work will look like after 1 sleeve has been closed.
Sleeves, repeat for each sleeve opening
Round 1: join yarn to any stitch of sleeve opening, ch 2, fpdc around same st, bpdc around next st, continue around opening alternating fpdc and bpdc, sl st to 1st fpdc to join
Round 2: ch 2, fpdc around same st, bpdc around next st, continue alternation fpdc and bpdc, making sure to work fpdc around fpdc and bpdc around bpdc, sl st to 1st fpdc to join
Repeat round 2 to desired length. I usually repeat to round 4 or 5.
The long sides of your square should now open up to a large circle. The sleeve seams will need to have double crochet stitches worked into them so you can complete the ribbing. You will work 2 double crochet into the edge of each dc from the final round of your square.
Join your yarn at the inside seam of your sleeve edge.
Round 1: ch 2, place 2 dc around the post of the dc from final round of square, fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st, continue alternating fpdc and bpdc along long side, when you reach the next sleeve seam work 2 dc around the post of dc from final round of square-should be first side of seam, skip the single crochet used to sew sleeves together and place 2 dc around post of next dc from final round of square, continue alternating fpdc and bpdc around next long side, place 2 dc around post of next dc from final round of square-should be other side of seam from first sleeve, sl st to 1st dc to join
Round 2: ch 2, fpdc around same st, bpdc around next st, continue alternating fpdc and bpdc, sl st to 1st fpdc to join
Repeat round 2 until desired collar length. The more you repeat this round the more collar you have to roll down. 5 or 6 rounds should suffice.
Finish off ends
Now you can add a shawl pin, brooch, or button to close your shrug if you make it big enough to close or just to add decoration.
On this one, the sleeves are alternating 2 fpdc and 2 bpdc
Also, the collar edging is only done on the top long side. I did not make it ribbed, opting instead to use rows of hdc with a hdc2tog at the end of each row. That’s why it tapers off on the ends.