Heart Granny Square Crochet Pattern….and a CAL!

beautiful granny square blanket

Heart Granny Square

Can you see that heart granny square in my Granny square sampler blanket? This will be the first square pattern i’m offering for free in a fun and casual granny square CAL. Hooray! I’ve never run a CAL before so this will be fun! I want this to be a very #casualgrannyCAL so noone feels pressured to complete parts by the certain time and all yarn choices will be your own.

Here’s how it will work –

(1) There will be one free granny square pattern posted here on the blog in the first week of every month for the next 10months (10 squares)

(2) I will be making 8 of each square (about 2 a week) but you might like to make just one or two to join in the fun. Basically you decide what you want to do with the squares. You can play along with me and end up with a granny square sampler blanket (8×10 squares) or make as many squares as you like and use in them in other projects – coasters, cushions, bags etc. It’s up to you! Whatever you decide i’d love to see your versions of the squares so tag #casualgrannyCAL if you are sharing on social media.

(3) There will be one additional month where i show how to join your squares and add a border to your blanket.

Here we go with our first square!

crochet heart pattern

Heart Granny Square

Materials

Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, 100% Cotton, 50g ball/125m per ball: 1 ball of Bubblegum Pink (451)(Yarn A), 1 ball of Peach Orange (455)(Yarn B) (0r your own choice of yarn with compatible hook)

3.5mm crochet hook (you might prefer to use a size 4mm)

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations (US)

St(s) = stitch(es)

Sp(s) = space(s)

ch = chain

ch sp = chain space

slst = slip stitch

dc = double crochet (sc)

tr = treble (dc)

rep = repeat

beg = beginning

prev = previous

Magic ring = make a magic ring, hold thread in your hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end.

Changing colours – to change colours, simply pull the new colour through the loop of the last stitch you made.

Finished size

Finished square measures approx. 12.5 x 12.5cm (5×5 inches)

NOTES ON THE PATTERN

There are lot of colour changes in rounds 3 and four. Rather than cutting the yarn each time, i’ve carried it through the back of the square, working over it with the working yarn. When i need to swap to another colour, i simply drop the working yarn and pick up the new working yarn. If you prefer you can cut the yarn, but this will mean more ends to weave in.

NO SIDE CHAINS – you will notice that are no side chains in this granny square. This is because it’s easier to hide the yarn being carried through on the reverse of the square, also it makes the square more compact and creates a nice shaped heart.

There’s a chart at the ends and instructions for US users. 🙂
crochet heart pattern

Rnd 1 Using Yarn A, start with a magic ring, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr, ch1, (3tr, ch1) three times into the ring, slst into the 3rd ch of  beg ch3 [12tr, 4ch]


crochet heart pattern

Rnd 2 slst through the next two tr and into the corner ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) all in the same sp, * (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the next ch space, rep from * twice, ss into the top of beg ch3 [24tr, 4ch]


crochet heart pattern

Rnd 3

slst into the next 2tr and into the ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) all in the same sp, join Yarn B, drop Yarn A,  3tr in the gap between the two tr clusters from the prev rnd, drop yarn B, pick up Yarn A, work (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the corner ch sp, 3tr in next gap between the two tr clusters, pick up Yarn B, drop yarn A, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in corner ch sp work, pick up Yarn A, drop yarn B, 3tr in the gap between the two tr clusters, pick up Yarn B, drop Yarn A, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the corner ch sp, pick up Yarn A, drop yarn B, 3tr in the gaps between the two tr clusters,  slst into 3rd ch of beg ch3, fasten off yarn B [36tr, 4ch]


crochet heart pattern

Rnd 4

slst into the next 2tr and into the ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) all in the same sp, attach Yarn B, drop Yarn A, 3tr in each of the next two gaps between the treble clusters from the prev round, ie; two groups of 3tr along the side.

Pick up Yarn A, drop Yarn B, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in corner ch sp space, 3tr in the next gap between the 3tr clusters.

Pick up Yarn B, drop Yarn A, 3tr in the next gap between the 3tr clusters, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the corner ch sp work, 3tr in each of the next two gaps between the 3tr clusters, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the corner ch sp, 3tr in the next gap between the 3tr clusters.

Pick up Yarn A, fasten off Yarn B, 3tr in the last gap between the 3tr clusters, slst into 3rd ch of beg ch3, fasten off [48tr, 4ch]


crochet heart pattern

Rnd 5

Rejoin Yarn B in any corner ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) in corner ch sp, work 3tr in each of the next three gaps between the 3tr clusters from the prev round, *(3tr, ch1, 3tr) in corner sp, 3tr in each of the next three gaps between the 3tr clusters from the prev round, rep from * twice more, slst into the 3rd ch of  beg ch3 [60tr, 4ch]

 


free crochet heart granny

Rnd 6 slst into the next 2tr and into the ch sp, ch5 (counts as 1tr, ch2), tr in the same sp, 1tr into each st along the side, *(tr, ch2, tr) at corners, 1tr into each st along the side, re from * twice more, slst into the 3rd ch of  beg ch5 [17st along side, 8ch]


Heart Granny Square

 

Rnd 7 slst into the corners sp, * (dc, ch 3, dc) in same sp, 1 dc into each st along the side, rep from * three more times, ss into initial dc [19st along side, 12ch]


Heart Granny Chart

Heart Granny Square


US Instructions for Heart Granny

Rnd 1 Using Yarn A, start with a magic ring, ch3 (counts as 1dc), 2dc, ch1, (3dc, ch1) three times into the ring, slst into the 3rd ch of  beg ch3 [12dc, 4ch]

Rnd 2 slst through the next two dc and into the corner ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1dc), (2dc, ch1, 3dc) all in the same sp, * (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in the next ch space, rep from * twice, ss into the top of beg ch3 [24dc, 4ch]

Rnd 3

slst into the next 2dc and into the ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1dc), (2dc, ch1, 3dc) all in the same sp, join Yarn B, drop Yarn A,  3dc in the gap between the two dc clusters from the prev rnd, drop yarn B, pick up Yarn A, work (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in the corner ch sp, 3dc in next gap between the two dc clusters, pick up Yarn B, drop yarn A, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in corner ch sp work, pick up Yarn A, drop yarn B, 3dc in the gap between the two dc clusters, pick up Yarn B, drop Yarn A, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in the corner ch sp, pick up Yarn A, drop yarn B, 3dc in the gaps between the two dc clusters,  slst into 3rd ch of beg ch3, fasten off yarn B [36dc, 4ch]

Rnd 4

slst into the next 2dc and into the ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1dc), (2dc, ch1, 3dc) all in the same sp, attach Yarn B, drop Yarn A, 3dc in each of the next two gaps between the dc clusters from the prev round, ie; two groups of 3dc along the side.

Pick up Yarn A, drop Yarn B, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in corner ch sp space, 3dc in the next gap between the 3dc clusters.

Pick up Yarn B, drop Yarn A, 3dc in the next gap between the 3dc clusters, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in the corner ch sp work, 3dc in each of the next two gaps between the 3dc clusters, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in the corner ch sp, 3dc in the next gap between the 3dc clusters.

Pick up Yarn A, fasten off Yarn B, 3dc in the last gap between the 3dc clusters, slst into 3rd ch of beg ch3, fasten off [48dc, 4ch]

Rnd 5

Rejoin Yarn B in any corner ch sp, ch3 (counts as 1dc), (2dc, ch1, 3dc) in corner ch sp, work 3dc in each of the next three gaps between the 3dc clusters from the prev round, *(3dc, ch1, 3dc) in corner sp, 3dc in each of the next three gaps between the 3dc clusters from the prev round, rep from * twice more, slst into the 3rd ch of  beg ch3 [60dc, 4ch]

Rnd 6

slst into the next 2dc and into the ch sp, ch5 (counts as 1dc, ch2), dc in the same sp, 1dc into each st along the side, *(dc, ch2, dc) at corners, 1dc into each st along the side, re from * twice more, slst into the 3rd ch of  beg ch5 [17st along side, 8ch]

Rnd 7 slst into the corners sp, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in same sp, 1 sc into each st along the side, rep from * three more times, ss into initial sc [19st along side, 12ch

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56 Comments

  1. Kate
    February 2, 2018 / 10:56 am

    Gorgeous, this will be fun 😊 thank you 💕

    • redagapeblog
      February 2, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  2. February 2, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    I’m going to make this, thanks for sharing your work and time.

    • redagapeblog
      February 2, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Yay! It’s my pleasure. Don’t forget to tag #casualgrannyCAL if you share online. 🙂

  3. Prita
    February 2, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Thank you very much for diagram. This is my first time to make a heart shape granny square. And your diagram very easy to understand

    • redagapeblog
      February 2, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      That’s great feedback! Thank you. Sometimes charts are easier to understand 🙂

  4. Kerin
    February 2, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    I love your work and would love to crochet along! However, when I have previously made squares blankets, I’ve had trouble with getting granny squares to match up when it comes time to join them. I think my previous issue has been that I’ve used different yarn types and brands. Do you think that this may have been my problem?
    Do you always stick to the same yarn when “granny’ing”?
    Thanks for any advice 🙂

    • redagapeblog
      February 2, 2018 / 4:35 pm

      I do tend to stick to the same yarn purely because there sometimes can be a variance….even between the same weight yarns. Although, if you check that DKs from different brands look about the same thickness, it shouldn’t be a problem. I’m going to make sure each square in the CAL has the same number of stitches along the sides, so joining will be easier! 🙂

      • Kerin
        February 4, 2018 / 2:22 pm

        Thanks for the advice. I think I will stick with all the same yarn so that I can hopefully have some granny square success.
        Another question, my tension is likely looser than yours and my first square is 13cm square. Would you think that this would make too much difference? Should I undo the last round and make it a single crochet round?
        Thanks so much! ❤️

        • redagapeblog
          February 4, 2018 / 8:22 pm

          It won’t matter at all if your squares are slightly bigger…as long as they are all roughy the same size. All of the designs will be the same size. 🙂

  5. February 2, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Just perfect for Valentine’s Day! I love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today! Pretty colour choices too!

    • redagapeblog
      February 4, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      My pleasure Sandra! 🙂

  6. Jackie
    February 2, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    I’m super keen to join in but need to order yarn. Roughly how many balls are needed for the 8 squares for this month? I love the options you’ve chosen!

    • redagapeblog
      February 3, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Hi Jackie! I’m going to write up a rough guide and post it here on the blog tomorrow. I can tell you the colours I’ll be working with but the amounts will be an estimate.
      Mandy xx

      • Jackie
        February 3, 2018 / 8:57 am

        That would be super helpful – thanks!

        • redagapeblog
          February 3, 2018 / 12:17 pm

          Done! It’s up now 🙂

  7. Oyee
    February 2, 2018 / 11:29 pm

    Wow! Definitely joining the CAL! Especially pleased to see that a diagram is included, because it’s easier for me. 10 months…that means I can make the blanket a gift for Christmas. Thank you!

    • redagapeblog
      February 3, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Yay! Diagrams are helpful aren’t they!? I’ll be including them with each square. 🙂

  8. February 3, 2018 / 2:30 am

    Oh, I love it!!:)) I’ve been trying to crochet hearts, but they didn’t come all right…I think this will work for me!:))

    • redagapeblog
      February 3, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Have fun! Don’t forget to tag #casualgrannyCAL if you’re sharing on social media.
      Happy Making!
      Mandy xx

  9. Debra
    February 3, 2018 / 4:28 am

    I love this pattern! But I am having trouble carrying my yarn without seeing it on the back side. Any tips or tricks to help with this? What does the back of your look like? Thank You

    • redagapeblog
      February 3, 2018 / 8:31 am

      You will see the carried through yarn on the back unfortunately – the only way to get past this is to cut your yarn each time you change colour. The downside of this is that you will have MANY ends to sew in! I prefer to have a few lines of visible yarn on the back.
      Happy Making!
      Mandy xx

      • February 3, 2018 / 4:19 pm

        I had noticed this issue and preferred to cut my yarn each time I changed colour. Yes, there are lots of loose ends to sew in, but it still looks prettier on the back! I also joined the new colour each time just before the last yarn over on the last treble, it looked neater when I did it this way. It’s a beautiful pattern! I simply love it! I’m using Stylecraft DK as I have a big stash!

        • Debra
          February 4, 2018 / 2:04 am

          I think I will to, I am using paintbox cotton Aran since I have alot of that in my stash!

      • Minette
        March 3, 2018 / 10:07 am

        Would you mind showing us the back ! I am having a big struggle with the dropping and picking up. If I see a visual it will be helpful.
        Thanks !

  10. Aissa
    February 3, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Hi Mandy, Thanks so much for this. I definitely will be joining in on the fun. Have to finish a project first. Is there a downloadable file available?

    • redagapeblog
      February 4, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Yay! There’s really no hurry…plenty of time to play catch up. Downloadable files won’t be available for individual squares but I’ll put them althogther in a PDF with a blanket construction guide at the end of the CAL.
      Happy Making!

  11. Chloe
    February 4, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    Hi Mandy!
    Carmela shared this to CrateCrochet and I will definately be joining in, but a downloadable PDF would be amazing.
    Just to be able to print it and take it everywhere rather than trying to screenshot on my phone and read off that.

    • redagapeblog
      February 4, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Hi Chloe! Thanks for visiting the blog. So nice of Carmela to shoutout about my casual CAL. 🙂 As you can imagine many hours go into designing, writing and charting patterns, so I’m only posting the monthly squares here on the blog. I’ll put all of the patterns, charts and instructions for blanket construction into a PDF at the completion of the CAL. It will be available for a small fee 🙂

      • Chloe
        February 5, 2018 / 8:20 pm

        Carmela is wonderful! Haha
        Ahh okay awesome!
        I will still be participating in the CAL! But I just thought I would check. Thank you for responding!😃

        • redagapeblog
          February 6, 2018 / 8:17 pm

          My pleasure Chloe! xx

  12. Joy Boda
    February 6, 2018 / 9:56 am

    Hi, Mandy
    I, too, will be crocheting along with this Cal. What’s one more WIP? This looks like a lot of fun! Thanks. I absolutely love your work; so bright and cheery!

    Joy

    • redagapeblog
      February 6, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks Joy! You will love the upcoming squares!! I’m already excited about them. 🙂

  13. Inês Durão
    February 6, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Hello Mandy!

    I would really love to participate on this, but as I’m relatively new to crochet I have to buy some yarn but I have no idea how much.. So, just as an estimate, how much weight would you say each square has? I might try to make a bigger blanket anyway…

    Thank you so much!

    Inês (from the other side of the world – Lisbon, Portugal)

    • redagapeblog
      February 6, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      Hello! Yes i’ll give you rough guide – i just need to weigh the square. I’ll get back to you shortly.
      Mandy xx

    • redagapeblog
      February 7, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      i just checked and this months sqaures are about 12grams. I hope this helps. 🙂

  14. Fran Vallette
    February 6, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Hi ,

    Where is a printable version of the heart pattern?

    • redagapeblog
      February 6, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      Hi Fran,
      As i’m sure you can appreciate, many hours go into designing, writing and charting crochet patterns, so i’m only sharing the designs for the CAL on the blog. Once the CAL is over, i’ll be putting all the patterns into a PDF which will be available for download at the small fee.
      HAppy Making!
      Mandy xx

  15. February 8, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Fantastic pattern! I have to try to do it 😉 Thank u very much 🙂

    • redagapeblog
      February 10, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      You’re welcome! Happy Making 🙂

  16. February 12, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Hi Mandy,

    Such a lovely idea to make it a casual cal and I love your first square. Just choosing my yarn so I can start and join in and hopefully I will be a good girl and finish it.

    Fingers crossed for lots of participants.
    Hugs Heike xx

    • redagapeblog
      February 13, 2018 / 8:29 am

      haha no pressure to finish it Heike…..it’s casual! I love seeing your name pop up here. 🙂

  17. Denise
    February 13, 2018 / 12:57 am

    Great idea THANK YOU for sharing with us

    • redagapeblog
      February 13, 2018 / 8:30 am

      It’s my pleasure Denise. 🙂

  18. Debbie Sierra
    February 16, 2018 / 8:11 am

    Can you tell us what yarn you are using and the color names?

  19. Sabine
    February 18, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Hello
    I just finish one of this beautiful granny square 😀i m thinking how do you sew Them together???😀😉 thank you for your pattern 😀👍

    • redagapeblog
      February 22, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      Hello! There are so many ways you can join your squares. You can google “how to join granny squares” or if you are making the blanket for the #casualgrannycal then i’ll have tutorial for joining at the end. 🙂

  20. Ksenia
    April 24, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Hello!
    Making all the 80 squares (and they’ll be 80, right? 🙄☺️), how big the entire blanket will be?

    I love the squares you’ve already published! 🌸💛💜💚🌸 Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations!

  21. Susan
    April 25, 2018 / 4:46 am

    This is so cute! Thank you for sharing your pattern.

    • redagapeblog
      April 26, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  22. July 12, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Hi, can i know how do you hide the yarn when you change color.

    • redagapeblog
      August 1, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      You can’t actually hide the colour change without cutting the yarn. If the yarn showing through bothers you, you can opt to cut the yarn with each colour change and weave in the ends. It means a lot more ends to weave in but it looks neater.

      Mandy xx

  23. Lori
    August 15, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Hi Mandy,
    I just discovered your Casualgrannycal on instagram and now I really want to crochet the beautiful blanket. Do I just sign up here to get all of the different square patterns? Thank you, Lori

    • redagapeblog
      August 31, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Hi Lori! No need to sign up. You will find all of the patterns under the Casual Granny CAL tab. All of the patterns are free and there’s no need to buy new yarn, just use up your stash. Happy Making!

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