Heart Granny Square
Backed Granny Square

The Heart Granny Square stitch pattern not only teaches how to make the granny square with a heart in the middle, it also teaches how to put a backing on granny squares. You will use Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), and Triple Crochet (tr) to make the granny squares with a heart in the middle.

You can put a backing on any Granny Square. This page also teaches how to do this. Once you've learned let your imagination run wild with ideas. Baby blankets, super warm afghans (closer to blankets), build sweaters and cardigans with squares, and even a warm winter granny square skirt or jacket.

Heart Granny Square, Backed Granny Square

Materials, Tools & Gauge: Heart Granny Square

* Yarn: I used Caron Simply Soft White, and Victorian Rose. 

* Hook: H/8 - 5.00 mm

* Other: Yarn needle and a scissors.

* Gauge is not important for the Heart Granny Square, however my gauge is: Single Crochet, 17 stitches = 4 inches. 20 rows = 4 inches.

Heart in the Middle

For the full Heart Decal pattern, free PDF download. Below you will find the 'short' version. In the PDF of this page you will also get the full instruction for the heart decal.

Chain (ch) 5

Slip Stitch (sl st) connect to the 1st chain stitch. Make sure to connect in the bottom of the chain so the stitch doesn't pull apart. As you work, lay the first loose end down and crochet around it. This hides the first end.

Chain (ch) 3 - working into the loop - 2 Triple Crochet (tr), 4 Double Crochet (dc)Chain (ch) 1, 1 Triple Crochet (tr), Chain (ch) 1, 4 Double Crochet (dc), 2 Triple Crochet (tr), Chain (ch) 2, Slip Stitch (sl st) connect into the nook of the heart.

Continue in the same direction.

3 Single Crochet (sc) around the first chain (ch) 3 post. 1 Single Crochet (sc) in the next 6 stitches. 1 Single Crochet (sc) around the chain (ch) 1 (space), 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the next stitch, 1 Single Crochet (sc) around the next chain (ch) 1 (space). 1 Single Crochet (sc) in the next 6 stitches. 2 Single Crochet (sc) around the last chain (ch) post, 1 slip stitch (sl st) around the nook of the heart.

DO NOT BIND OFF

Making The Granny Square

It's your choice if you would like to continue your Heart Granny Square with the same color, or change color. I like to change color to make the heart stand out.

Round 1:

Turn your little heart over so the back is facing you and tie on your next color. I use a simple knot here as no one is going to see this. Yours should be centered more, I moved this knot to the side so you could see it better.

You will be able to separate the threads of the slip stitch, in the nook of the heart. Push your hook between the threads, also through the stitch area behind it. Draw through a look and Chain (ch) 3.

In the same space Triple Crochet (tr) 2.

Note: You will be changing stitches so the sides end up being more square. Read carefully to make sure you are using the correct stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch, Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Triple Crochet (tc) in the next stitch. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 2 lower stitches, 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the next stitch. Chain 1, Skip 2 lower stitches. 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Triple Crochet (tc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch, 

Chain (ch) 1, connect to the beginning with a slip stitch (sl st).

Slip Stitch (sl st) 6 more times to bring your hook into the corner.

Do 2 more rounds of standard Granny Square stitches.

Round 2:

Chain (ch) 2, 2 Double Crochet (dc) around the corner chain, Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) round the same corner chain.

*** Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the corner. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the same corner. ***

*** Repeat 2 more times around.

Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, Slip Stitch (sl st) connect. Slip Stitch (sl) st) 2 more times into the corner.

Round 3:

Chain (ch) 2, 2 Double Crochet (dc) around the corner chain, Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) round the same corner chain.

*** Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the corner. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the same corner. ***

*** Repeat 2 more times around.

Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, Slip Stitch (sl st) connect. Tie off.

The Heart Granny Square Without A Backing

Backing the Heart Granny Square

You could back the Heart Granny Square in either color, or even pick a new one.

Before I get into the 'actual' instructions for this pattern, here's the basic formula to calculate your beginning backing chain. By using the formula you can back any Granny Square you want to.

When your Granny Square is finished, you are going to count the spaces and stitches across an edge. Start with your space that makes the corner - this is one, count each stitch and each space across, end your count with one more for the last corner.

In our case we count 21. For your beginning chain you would add one more. So the beginning would be 21 + 1 = chain 22.

The first part is simple, we already did the counting (above).

Chain (ch) 22, Single Crochet (sc) 21 stitches, for 21 Rows.

When you're done DO NOT cut your yarn.

Line the Heart Granny Square, with the Heart facing down. I left the crochet hook in this picture so you can see what "upside down" is. The backing is in the back, the granny square is in the front, facing you.

You will be using Single Crochet (sc) to attach the backing to the granny. You will be crocheting both pieces together.

Note: Which side is up is not important for standard Granny Squares.

Chain (ch) 1.

Start by working down the side of the backing square.

Your first Single Crochet (sc) will go around the corner chain of the granny, and through the 1st stitch on the backing.

The second stitch can be hard to catch so I wanted to show you where it goes. The scissors tip shows the exact location. There is only one strand of yarn to designate this stitch.

When you come to the spaces between the 3 Double Crochet (dc) you will Single Crochet (sc) fully around the stitch and into the backing.

Also note that the next stitch only has that one strand again. The scissors points to the place you'll be putting your hook.

Continue Single Crocheting down the side.

The last stitch of each side goes around the Chain (ch) 3 of each granny corner, and into the last stitch on that side of the backing. This should equal 21.

You will then pick up the corner chain ONLY and Single Crochet (sc) 3 around the chain.

This is how it will look. There will be a total of 5 stitches around the chain.

The first stitch goes through the chain and the backing.

The next three around the chain only.

The last goes through the chain and the backing again.

Continue working all the way around the Heart Granny Square using the same pattern outlined above.

At the end, slip stitch (sl st) connect to the first stitch. Pull the tail through the slip stitch to knot the work.

By doing it this way the sewing tail ends up at the bottom of the heart granny square.

Note: Why the long tail? No, you don't have to leave a tail this long, however I plan on sewing mine together (using a Mattress Stitch). Instead of attaching more yarn to the end it's easier to leave a long tail end and just use that. Generally leave about 3 times the length of the side. This only 'really' works well for small projects (not something like a sweater side).

I can think of dozens of ideas for these backed granny squares. You could make afghans, blankets, sweaters, vests, and even a granny square skirt that you can't see through and is super warm.

I personally love these Heart Granny Squares as they are heavier than standard granny squares. You can just back standard Granny Squares, or use any beautiful Granny Square pattern you've found. The possibilities are endless.


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