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Crochet a Sweet Granny Square That’s Full of Heart

Want to give your granny squares a seasonal twist? Before Valentine’s day gets here, whip up a handful of these simple heart granny squares! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to create a heart at the center and build your square with the granny stitch skills you already have.

Crochet granny square with a heart in the center

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to crochet the heart for the center of the granny square, plus one round of granny stitch. From there, you can grow the square as much as you like, following the classic granny square pattern.

How to crochet a granny square with a heart center

Step 1:

Chain 4. Work all the stitches in the next step into the fourth chain from the hook.

Starting heart granny square

Or, if you prefer to start with the magic ring, create your magic ring, chain 3, then work the stitches in the next step into the magic loop. 

Step 2:

Complete the following stitches all into the same space:

  • 3 treble crochet
  • 3 double crochet
  • Chain 1
  • 1 treble crochet
  • 3 double crochet
  • 3 treble crochet

Step 3:

If you plan to change colors (which will really make the heart stand out!), fasten off the working yarn and weave in the ends.

Small crocheted heart made with pink yarn

At this point, you should start to recognize the heart shape. Don’t worry if it’s a little misshapen — it will look more uniform after you finish the other rounds and after you block the finished square.

Step 4: 

crocheted heart with gray yarn attached at the top

Find the top of the chain 4 (or chain 3, if you used a magic ring) that began the last round. Join the other yarn color here.

Step 5:

Starting in the same stitch where you joined the yarn and working around the heart, complete the following stitches:

  • Into the same stitch: Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (this is the first corner of your granny square)
  • Ch 3 and skip the next five stitches.
  • Into the next stitch: 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc (this is the next corner)
  • Repeat the previous two steps twice more to create the third and fourth corners. Be sure to work the final corner into the top of the last treble crochet you made in the first round.
  • Ch 3, then slip stitch to the top of the first ch 3 to finish the round.

Step 6:

If you plan to change colors or end your granny square here, fasten off your working yarn and weave in yarn tails.

two round crochet heart square

From here, you can continue growing your granny square, or block the granny square before joining it with other motifs to build a new project.

One Comment

DeAnn Nichelson

What a wonderful, romantic, and feminine adaptation to the original granny square. It’s times like this that I wish my fingers could work with the crochet hook and yarn. Your talent, as well as that of all needle artists and crafters, is admired and appreciated. Those receiving this afghan will be lucky!

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