This beginner granny square Christmas doily uses just one skein of yarn. Pair the easy crochet stitches used in a granny square with these pretty Holiday colors for a quick crochet project.
Christmas is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to be giving your friends and family. One of the best gifts that I’ve found that people often don’t think of, but really appreciate, are handmade items.
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Easy Granny Square Pattern for the Home
A granny square is a popular crochet pattern that has been around for decades. It’s used to create everything from afghans, clothing, and home décor items. This easy crochet project took me about 15 hours to make. So, if you have a few hours each day for a week, you can have this beauty done too.
Handmade Holiday Gift
This makes such a lovely Holiday decoration. The doily is the perfect a DIY craft idea for those who are new or experienced with crochet.
Crochet a Festive granny square table topper for someone special in your life. It would make a perfect hostess gift or something you can give your co-worker. Everyone seems to love this gorgeous doily.
Sparkling Christmas Yarn for a Pretty Display
When my daughter and I were taking photos to show you how attractive this doily is with the sparkling yarn, we had a hard time getting the green to show up true to color. It looks more like black and grey in the camera lens.
One of the ideas he tried for getting getter coloring was to turn off the lighting and try to use a bit less light to show the true colors of the yarn.
Well, I am not sure that we have still captured the yarn colors, but we did see how the sparkles in the yarn twinkle in the light. Just imagine this doily under your favorite Christmas village display or other Holiday decorations. If there is anything with a pretty lighting display, this handmade doily will give you a glittery light show.
Changing Doily Design
When I as first deciding how to make this pattern, the yarn seemed a bit thin to be a doily. Therefore, I used two skeins of yarn together. You can see from the photo how the first attempt looked. It was okay, but really did not tick my boxes.
After taking out the stitches, I used just one strand of yarn. The colors of the yarn really looked lovely with just one strand of yarn. While I was initially worried about the thickness of the yarn for the doily, it turns out it is just the perfect thickness.
The result is a light and lacy table centerpiece that can be used throughout the home. As a centerpiece under a statement piece or even under your Holiday decorations.
Lacy Christmas Doily Pattern
I used a bit larger crochet hook than what the yarn calls for as I wanted a lacy look to the granny square pattern. The yarn is a fine fingering sock yarn that has long Christmas colors throughout the yarn with a thin glittery thread spun in. It adds just the right amount of glamour and glitter to this project without adding too much bling.
Directions: Beginner Granny Square Christmas Doily
26 single crochet to 4-inches
Christmas Universe yarn from Hobbii in color number 22 (Twinkle Star), 505 yards. If you are not able to find this yarn locally, you can find it here. Note: this is a seasonal yarn and may not be available year-round. However, any fingering yarn will work well with this crochet pattern.
Crochet Hook Size H
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SP = Space
ST = Stitch
STs = Stitches
YO = Yarn Over
[ ] repeat between
Crochet Pattern Notes
This crochet pattern is worked as a continuous granny square, with the doily growing in size with each round.
Round 1 crochet stitches are worked inside the initial circle.
My crochet doily is 27 rounds.
Granny Cluster, or shell: A granny cluster is a term for a special crochet stitch that consists of a set of 3 double crochets, all worked into one stitch or space. The clusters are then separated from one another with chain stitches. You can find a photo tutorial on how to crochet the granny square, which will be helpful if you are a beginner at crochet.
There are also video tutorials on how to crochet the classic granny square below the written pattern.
CH 4 in the 4th CH from the hook, work a SL ST to form a circle.
Chain 3. (This counts as a DC.) Working inside the circle, work: 2 DC and CH 3. Continue working in the ring and work (3DC, CH 3) three times. Join with a SL ST into the 3rd CH of the beginning CH STs.
This will complete the first round of the granny square. There should be 4 clusters of 3 DC with 4 areas of CH 3 between. (The CH 3 Spaces are the corners.)
Chain 4. (This counts as 1 DC plus CH 1.) In the next CH 3 SP work (3 DC, CH 3, 3 DC, CH 1). In the next 2- CH 3 Spaces, work (3 DC, CH 3, 3 DC, CH 1). You should now have three sets of 3 DC, 3- CH 3 Spaces, and 3-CH 1 Spaces. In the last CH 3 SP, work (3 DC, CH 3, 2 DC). End the round by joining with a SL ST into the 3rd CH of the beginning CH STs. (You should have 8 shells, 4 chain 3 spaces, and 4 CH 1 spaces).
Chain 3. (This counts as 1 DC.) Then into the same space, work: 2 DC, CH 1. (This completes the first granny cluster of this round.) Skip the 3 DC of the previous row. In the next CH 3 SP, work (3 DC, CH 3, 3 DC, Ch 1). In the next CH 1 SP work 3 DC and 1 CH. Skip to the CH 3 Space in the corner and work (3 DC, CH 3, 3 DC, Ch 1). Repeat steps 4 and 5 two more times until all 4 corners are complete. After the last DC in the CH 3 space CH 1 and SL ST into the top ST of the first DC of this round. (You should have 12 shells and 4-CH 1 spaces and 4 CH 3 spaces after the completion of this round).
Repeat rounds 2 and 3.
Now that you know the pattern, you can keep adding rows to make the granny square as large as you like.
Finishing The Granny Square Doily
Pull the yarn through the last ST. Leave about a 12-inch yarn tail. Using the yarn needle, weave the ends yarn back and forth through the crochet stitches until a bit snug. Cut off excess yarn.
If you like granny squares, here are a few more granny square patterns to try.
YouTube Video Tutorial on How to Crochet a Classic Granny Square
You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has worked in restaurants for many years. Her many crochet patterns and quilt patterns are enjoyed by many. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.