Crochet-a-Long: Let’s Make a Granny Square Bag

Welcome happy crafters. Who’s ready for another crochet lesson? Me too. Today’s lesson: granny squares.

The lovely Mandi, who’s been very generous with her time and yarn, has researched a great pattern for us.  We’ll be using a free pattern, Granny Square Bag from JoAnn’s. Learn new skills and make a new tote, best deal ever.

how to crochet a granny square


Isn’t it beauty-ful? The great thing about this pattern is that you can make it as big or small as you like. Once you get the hang of granny squaring, adjusting the pattern to suit you is simple.

I thought it would be fun if we did it together, a team of busy crocheters all getting on our granny square craftiness together. We’ll get started sometime Friday night and support each other through the tricky bits. Then when we’re all done, there will be high fives for everyone. And a big virtual group hug.

Who’s in? Join our Flickr group to upload pictures of your progress. (P.S. Flickr has a great iPhone app) and join us on Twitter and Facebook to check in with any questions and to cheer others along.

Let’s get started:

  1. Leave a comment telling us that you are joining us for this most awesome crochet-a-long.
  2. Print out the pattern, click here.
  3. Procure yarn and a crochet hook. The pattern calls for Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn. (Yes, Vanna White has her own yarn line). You don’t need to find that exact kind of yarn, it’s a medium weight or worsted weight yarn, anything with the same thickness will do. The good knowledgeable people at the yarn store will help you, just bring the pattern yarn shopping.
  4. Read the pattern. The whole pattern. On the second page there’s a list of what all the abbreviations mean. We’re going to need to keep that handy.
  5. Then come Friday, chain on.
Oh, and watch the videos. Mandi tells us exactly how to do it.

If you can’t see lesson 1 click here.

If you can’t see lesson 2 click here.

If you can’t see lesson 3 click here.

To help you along we’ve also got a video on changing yarn and sewing in ends. And when you are all done and ready to assemble your bag and make the handle, there’s the video to help.

It might look like I’ve got a head start on the granny square making but let me assure you I will be starting fresh on Friday.

Crochet on good crafters!





  1. Jessica Anne says:

    I’m in.

  2. I am looking forward to seeing all of the great tote bags that are going to be crocheted! I will check in this weekend and help out if there are any questions!

    Happy Crafting!! @CrazyCatsX2

  3. Carol Anne says:

    Getting started right now!

  4. Mavil Monserrat says:

    They removed the videos, oops that sadness I wanted to make this bag,
    another link to find it?

    • Kristin Glasbergen says:

      I am working on moving the videos to another channel, sorry about that. They aren’t up yet. Hopefully by the end of the month.
      The pattern is a free one, you could get started with that.

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