Beginner-Friendly | Whip Up a Zippy Crochet Square

Hey Gang, Jane here and I’m back today with another crocheted granny square tutorial.  Today we are making a beginner friendly square that I call the Zippy Crochet Square.

This one is super quick and easy to make.  I have had a few requests for a nice and slow tutorial of a simple square that you could work right along with me from start to finish, all repeats included.   

There are so many granny squares out there with the same names, so I try to get a little more inventive and sometimes silly with my square names these days. I named it Zippy for it’s speedy construction as well as the feeling of Zippy Do Dah I get when they work up so quickly and my scrap basket gets smaller!

I love making this square when I am ” in between ” projects, to use up all my scraps.  So I will grab my basket of leftover, small balls of yarn and get comfy with my fav movie or audio book and just let the colours speak to me.  It doesn’t take much yarn at all.  In fact one square uses in total approx 5 g of yarn.

If you’re looking to explore more captivating color combinations for your squares, hop on over to my Instagram and Pinterest. I love sharing lots of pics of my colour experiments there!

If you would like the ad-free pattern for the Zippy Crochet Square as a PDF, with Symbol Charts, Find it in my shop, HERE

zippy crochet square

This is also a great square for new crocheters or those just getting back into it after taking a long break.   All the basic stitches are in this one,  single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet as well as chain stitches. 

The Zippy Crochet Square is 5 rounds total and I will be making it in 3 colours today.  A green, a white, and a Purple.

As I said, all you need is about 5g of yarn total, not much at all.

I will be using a worsted weight yarn and a 5.5 mm crochet hook. 

Other tools you will need are a pair of scissors and a darning needle to work in your ends.  

So, pick your favourite colours, gather your supplies, and let’s begin our Zippy Crochet Square.

Zippy Crochet Square

Zippy Crochet Square Supplies

Skill Level:

Beginner Friendly

Tools and Supplies:

The Yarn used in this pattern is a Worsted Weight   #4
I use a variety of odds and ends with my granny squares

The Colours I’m using today

small amounts of 3 different colours of yarn

Green, White and Purple

Hook:  5.50 mm  US 9 / I

Other Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for darning in ends

Zippy Crochet Square Finished Size:

4″ x 4″

More Information on Hooks Sizes, Yarn Weights and Crochet Language

Hook Sizes see the Craft Yarn Council’s Page Here

For Standard Yarn Weight Information See this Page

A Handy PDF from Annie’s on the difference between UK and US Crochet Terms

A Nice Explanation from LoveCraft’s on The UK and US differences

Zippy Crochet Square


ch – chain

st(s)– stitch(es)

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

tr – treble crochet

lp(s) – loop(s)

yo– yarn over

rnd – round

beg – beginning

prev – previous

sp – space

sk – skip

rep – repeat

dec – decrease

Cont – continue

Zippy Crochet Square

Zippy Crochet Square Instructions

Foundation: With Green, Make a Magic Ring OR Ch 4, sl st in first ch, to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Continue with Green, ch 3 ( counts as first hdc and ch 1 ), [ hdc, ch 1 ] 11 times into ring, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch 3,  fasten off.   { 12 hdc, 12 ch-1 sp }

Rnd 2:  Join White with a sl st in any ch-1 sp of prev rnd, ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp as join, ch 1, ( sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1 ) 11 times, sl st in first sc of rnd, fasten off.  { 12 sc, 12 ch-1 sp }

Rnd 3: Join Purple with a sl st in any ch-1 sp of prev rnd, ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp as join, ch 2, ( sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2 ) 11 times, sl st in first sc of rnd. { 12 sc, 12 ch-2 sp }

Rnd 4: Continue with Purple, sl st in first ch-2 sp of prev rnd, ch 4 ( counts as first dc, and ch 1 ), [ tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1 ] into same ch-2 sp ( corner made ), * [ hdc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1 ] 2 times, [ dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1 ] in next ch-2 sp, ( corner made ), rep from * 2 more times, then [ hdc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1 ] 2 times, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4. { 8 hdc, 8 dc, 4 tr, 20 ch-1 sp }

Rnd 5: Continue with Purple, sl st in first ch-1 sp of prev rnd, ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [ sc, ch 2, sc ] into next tr st from prev rnd ( corner made ), [ ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp ] 5 times, rep from * 2 more times, then ch 1, [ sc, ch 2, sc ] into next tr st from prev rnd ( corner made ), [ ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp ] 4 times, ch 1, sl st in first sc of rnd, fasten off.  { 28 sc, 24 ch-1 sp, 4 ch-2 sp }

Zippy Crochet Square

Finishing The Zippy Crochet Square

  • Weave in any loose ends, block gently to size

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If you would like this pattern as a PDF, with Symbol Charts, it is available over in my shop, HERE

This step by step video tutorial will walk you through how to make the Zippy Crochet Square

Joining Your Zippy Squares

So now you have all these awesome little scrappy squares.  What do you do with them?

I experimented with a Join As You Go method of making a throw with these squares.  I altered it so I could use my lacey join stitch that I use to join all my throws.  It worked up great.

Find the Tutorial Here

Zippy Crochet Square

Thanks for joining me and getting creative.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

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