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How To Crochet A Granny Triangle
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I'm sure you've heard of (and maybe experimented with) crochet granny squares. But have you ever tried to crochet a Granny Triangle?

Crochet granny triangles are ideal for beginners because they are super easy to crochet and they take very little time per piece. 

You can crochet them in one color, or change colors every round to make your granny triangles really pop.

Crochet Granny Triangles have a very simple composition, made up of clusters of double crochet (dc) stitches, much like Granny Squares, except you only have 3 corners to compose your triangle.

When would you need a Crochet Triangle, you ask?

Well, you might want to crochet a triangular-shaped shawl or scarf, or if you want to stack your Granny Squares diagonally for a bag or a top, for instance, then you'll have a zig zag bottom and top. Now if you want to fill in those gaps for a straight bottom, then you'll have to fill in those gaps with Granny Triangles.

Once you've made a few Granny triangles, all you gotta do is join these lovely granny triangles to create just about anything you can imagine: tops, bunting, bandanas, shawls, hats, tops, baby blankets, large blankets, bags, dresses, pillow covers, pot covers, mason jar cozies,  you name it! 

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How To Crochet Granny Triangles

You know, what I really love about Crochet Granny Triangles is you can carry them with you whenever you're out. Even if you're working on a large project like a crochet blanket, you don't have to carry the whole project along with you. Just the Granny Triangles you're working on and then join them all together at home.

You will also find a list of frequently asked questions at the end of the tutorial. If you have any questions that I haven't answered there, please drop me a comment below.


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Crochet Granny Triangle For Beginners: Tutorial

What You’ll Learn

  • How to crochet a Classic Granny Triangle in five colours  (for beginners)
  • Three ways to join you Granny Triangles so you can make your projects come to life.
  • Some project ideas for your Granny Triangles
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about crochet Granny Triangles

Materials Needed

  • 5 colors of some classic DK yarn (I used Paintbox Yarns for these Granny Triangles). Any yarn would do really, just make sure it's not hairy or fuzzy.


Abbreviations & Symbols

  • mc = magic circle
  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sp = space
  • fo = fasten off
  • [ ] = brackets

Skill Level

Beginner

Notes

Ch2 at the beginning of the round counts as a stitch.

I use US crochet terms. Here's a US/UK Conversion Chart

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Measurements & Gauge:

Measurement: A Granny Triangle of 5 rounds = 13 cm (5.1”)•
 
Gauge: 21 stitches & 9 rows in dc = 10cm (4")

Note: Gauge is not really that crucial for most granny triangle projects. Just try experimenting with different hook sizes and yarn weights to get a gauge you are happy with for the project you are working on.

Instructions For Classic Crochet Granny Triangle (Multi Color )

There are actually several ways to crochet a classic Granny Triangle, but I find this one the easiest and most straight forward. Here we go:

Foundation:

  • Join to first ch stitch with a slip stitch to form a circle.
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Ch 4 circle

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Magic Circle

Round 1

  • Continuing with color A, ch 2 (counts as first double crochet)
  • 2 dc into center of circle, ch 2, [3 dc into center of circle, ch 2] repeat brackets 1 more time
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  • Join with sl st to top of first ch 2 at beginning of this round.
  • Leave a 4" tail, cut your yarn and fasten off.
  • If you began with a mc, pull the tail to close the circle tight.

You should have 3 clusters of 3 dc at this point and 3 corners (the ch 2 after each cluster creates a corner).

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Round 2:

  • Join color B with a sl st (in the gap/corner space to the right of the tail from Round 1)
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  • ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 dc into same corner space, ch 2,  3 dc into same corner space, ch 1 (This is a corner cluster)
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  •  [Skip to next corner space (big gap) and work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1].
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  • Repeat brackets 1 more time
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  • Join with sl st to top of beginning ch2 of this round.
  • Leave a 4" tail, cut your yarn and fasten off.
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You should have 2 clusters in each of the 3 corners now.

Round 3:

  • Join color C with a sl st , ch 2, 2 dc into same space, ch 1,
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  • Skip to next corner space [in corner space work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1
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  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1]
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  • Repeat brackets 1 more time
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  • In final corner space, work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1 and join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 2.
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  • Leave a 4" tail, cut your yarn and fasten off.

You should now have 2 clusters in each of the 3 corners and 1 separate cluster on each side.

Round 4:

  • Join color D with a sl st , ch 2, 2 dc into same space, ch 1,
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  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1
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  • Skip to next corner space [in corner space work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1
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  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1
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  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1]
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  • Repeat brackets 1 more time
  • In final corner space, work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1 and join with a sl st to top of ch 2. 
  • Leave a 4" tail, cut your yarn and fasten off.

You should now have 2 clusters in each of the 3 corners and 2 separate clusters on each side.

Round 5:

  • Join color E with a sl st , ch 2, 2 dc into same space, ch 1,
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  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1
  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1
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  • [Skip to corner space: in corner space work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1
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  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1
  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1
  • Skip to next ch 1 space and work 3 dc, ch 1]
  • Repeat brackets 1 more time 
  • In final corner space, work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1 and join with a sl st to top of ch 2. 
  • Leave a 4" tail, cut your yarn and fasten off.
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When you're done with your Granny Triangle, take a tapestry needle and weave in your ends for a clean finished look.

You might also want to create a border along the edges of your Granny Triangle. You could experiment with different colours and different stitches. You could use the sc (single crochet stitch) for a neat and easy border.

You can use a Granny Triangle like this for a bunting or bralette, or continue more rounds until you have a large Granny Triangle which you could turn into a shawl.

The other option would be to make a lot of smaller triangles and join them together to form the project you want.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Granny Triangles

How can crochet granny triangles be joined?

Just like Granny Squares, there are several ways you can join crochet Granny Triangles. You can either use a yarn/darning needle or a crochet hook to join them.

Option 1: Whip stitch with a darning / yarn needle:

Do a whip stitch by holding 2 Granny Triangles together right sides together and stitching along each stitch till you get to the end of one side and then connect another two Granny Triangles and continue with your whip stitch.

Here's a good video tutorial by Bev's Country Cottage where she demonstrates how to join your Granny Squares using the Whip Stitch.

Option 2: Sc join with crochet hook:

With this method, you'll be joining your crochet Granny Triangles using the sc (single crochet) stitch going through the spaces between your (dc) double crochet stitches you formed as part of your clusters.  Have a look at this tutorial below where Bella Coco shows exactly how to do this easy joining method.

Option 3: Sl st with crochet hook:

Place 2 triangles together, right sides facing each other. You will see 2 sets of front and back loops along the edge you are joining (the little v's on the top of your stitches).

Here is a video tutorial where Bella Coco shows you exactly how to join your crochet Granny Squares using the sl st (slip stitch).

How long does it take to crochet a Granny Triangle?

It takes me about 8-10 minutes for a 5-round crochet granny triangle of one colour. If I change colours after each round, I'd have to add a couple of minutes to that. But in general, I'd say it would take about 10 minutes per 5 round Granny Triangle.

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The Last Thing You Need To Know About Crochet Granny Triangles

As you can see, crochet Granny Triangles are super simple to make. In this tutorial, I hope you were able to learn how to crochet multi-colored Granny Triangles and how to join them for a Granny Triangle crochet pattern of your choice. 

I hope you enjoyed this Crochet Granny Triangle tutorial. All you need to do now is practice and you'll get the hang of it pretty quick!

Let me know if you have any questions and...

Happy crocheting!

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