Granny Triangle Crochet Pattern and Tutorial

by Marie

Learn how to make an easy and quick crochet granny triangle for banners, bunting and fun home and party decor. This is a free step by step photo tutorial that you can follow.

Ever since I taught myself to crochet, I've been mad on making pennant banners and bunting as a quick and cute way to add color and texture around the walls of our home. I've tried loads of patterns but this one which just uses double crochet (treble UK) is a great one for people still new to this craft.

Double crochet is one of the first stitches that beginners tend to master and it's also quick to make things with. So this pattern relies completely on just that one stitch. This design makes a softer, more curvy triangle that looks cute hanging up. Come and find out how to make it.

Granny Triangle Crochet Pattern and Step by Step Photo Tutorial
Granny Triangle Crochet Pattern and Step by Step Photo Tutorial
Image belongs to the author of this article: Marie Williams Johnstone

Easy Crochet Triangles for Banners and Bunting

I've made lots of different triangular shapes in a variety of stitches and styles for decorative pennant banners but this pattern happens to be the one that I find the quickest and easiest to do. The pattern is easy to memorize once you understand how it works, so no needing to refer back to instructions or needing to mark off rows once you've worked a few.

It's quick to get a reasonable sized motif with just 5 rounds which is all I do or you can make them bigger by repeating the pattern and adding on more. 

If you need a shape with perfectly straight edges (perhaps you want to stitch them together) then this is not the pattern for you. This is a fast way to build up the shape but the trade off is that you don't get exact straight lines. I happen to like the fact that it is a little curvy and I think that gives a softer look which is ideal to use as part of your home decor. These are triangles with curves - curves are good!

Round 1: Making a Circular Base

Granny Triangle Crochet: starting offGranny Triangle Crochet: first round
What You Need: Materials and Tools
  • Crochet hook size 4mm - 5.5mm. I used a 4.5mm clover amour hook.  
  • Some yarn. I used 5 different colors, one for each row/round, in a standard worsted weight or double knitting weight.
  • Scissors or clover yarn cutter.
  • You may need a darning needle to stitch in loose ends at the back. I crocheted mine in as I went along and snipped any extra bits off.

Crocheting in the Round with a Step by Step Video

The first part of making this shape requires making a circle which gives us a nice sized area to work around and gradually form the triangular shape from. So apart from needing to know double crochet or dc US (treble tr UK) you will need to know how to join a round. I've added in an excellent video tutorial to help you on this crochet in the round method in case you are not familiar with it. This will walk you through a couple of easy techniques for doing this.

My Choice of Crochet Hooks: Clover Amour

Non Snagging on the Yarn and Very Comfortable Handles to Hold
Clover 3672 Amour Crochet Hook Set, 10 sizes
$73.50  $32.96
The Instructions for Round 1:

Start off by making a chain 4 loop so you can work in the round. What this means in more simple terms: chain 4 (ch4) then insert your crochet hook back down into the first chain that you made and slip stitch (ss) into it to create a circular chain. Alternatively you can make a magic ring to work your stitches into instead.

1) Now you have your circle or ring, chain 4. See the first photo above for what this looks like.

2) Double crochet dc (tr UK) into the middle of the ring, then chain 1. Repeat this another 7 times and your crochet should look very similar to my second photo above. You should be able to count 9 vertical bars where you have worked the dc around the middle of the circle and you can see that the chain 1's have formed spaces in between these bars.

3) Fasten off this round by slip stitching ss into the 3rd chain of your initial chain 4 that you made in step 1. The first round is complete and you should have made a circle. If you get stuck on this please refer to the video I added that does walk you through how to make a circle and how to fasten off.

Round 2: Working DC US in the Chain Spaces

Granny Triangle Crochet: starting second roundGranny Triangle Crochet: finishing second round
The Instructions for Round 2:

Round 2 is very easy. It's just lots of dc (tr UK) around the circle which is super fast to work. You need to add in a new color here.

4) Find a chain 1 space - that's the chain spaces you made in-between the double crochet stitches. I like to start this on the other side to where the tail of yarn is left over from the last color so I can work over this color neatly. Refer to my photo above. Join with your yarn in any chain 1 space and ch 3. This counts as 1 double crochet stitch. Then make 2 dc in the same chain space. This makes a total of 3 dc stitches in one space and you can see how that looks above.

5) Make 3 dc stitches in every chain space around the circle. There should be 9 spaces altogether to work into. This will make a crochet circle which you can see in the second photo above.

6) Fasten off by slip stitching ss into the 3rd chain of your initial chain 3 that you made in step 4. This completes round 2.

Round 3: Adding in Corners for the Triangle Shape

Granny Triangle Crochet: starting third round with a cornerGranny Triangle Crochet: working on third round
The Instructions for Round 3:

This round is where the shape of the triangle starts to take place because you add in the corners as you work around the circle. It's actually very easy to do and to remember once you've made a few.

7) Choose a color of yarn to work with for the third round. We didn't make any chains back in round 2, so there are no chain spaces to work into. Instead, you need to find a space between a cluster of 3 dc stitches that were worked together. Join your new color into this space and ch 3 which counts as the first dc then do 2 more dc in the same space. Now chain 3 and work 3 more dc into the same space to form your very first corner section. You can see this in the photo above.

8) Find a gap between the next cluster of dc stitches from round two (i.e. move on past 3 dc stitches from the previous round) and work 3 dc. Repeat this once more.* Now your crochet should look similar to my second photo just above. 

Granny Triangle Crochet: working on 3rd round and adding in corners for triangleGranny Triangle Crochet: third round completed

Remember for this round that you are always working between clusters of 3 dc stitches from the previous round.

9) Find your next gap to work between by moving past 3 dc stitches worked in the previous round and then make your next corner as follows: 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc.

10) Work step 8 up to the asterisk *.

11) Work step 9 again to make your final corner.

12) Work step 8 up to the asterisk *.

13) Fasten off this round by slip stitching ss into the 3rd chain of your initial chain 3 that you made in step 7.

Round 4: Adding on Another Row

Granny Triangle Crochet: fourth round follows same patternGranny Triangle Crochet: completed fourth round
The Instructions for Round 4 and All Other Rounds

Now you've formed all the corners of the triangle, the rest of the crochet is a cinch. So easy because you now know where the corners are which is where you work all other corners and the clusters of 3 dc stitches are a lot easier to see now as well for working in-between. 

14) Join your new color between any cluster of 3 dc from the previous round except for a corner and chain 3. DC 2 more times into the same space.

15) Work 3 dc between every cluster space unless it is a corner space. For corner spaces follow step 16 instead.

16) Work into corner spaces as follows: 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc.

17) When you get to the end of the round fasten off by slip stitching ss into the 3rd chain of your initial chain 3 that you made in step 14.

Round 5: Finish Off!

Completed double crochet granny triangle for a banner bunting

All other rounds you choose to add are worked in exactly the same way as round 4. I make just 5 rounds which personally I feel is big enough for banners and bunting but you decide how many rounds you want to add. You can make all kinds of color combinations.

I've added tassels to mine which you can see back at the start of this page. The tassels add more movement and stop your motifs from looking just flat. 

See My Step by Step Yarn Tassel Tutorial Here

I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. If you want to add any comments, please do so in the area below.

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Updated: 02/13/2016, Marie
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Marie on 11/04/2014

Once you've got the pattern in your head, they are so quick and easy to make up. I like squares too for cushions and blankets. Granny patterns are so fast to make. Thanks for visiting, Sheila.

sheilamarie on 11/04/2014

Thanks so much for this tutorial! I have made zillions of squares, but have never tried these triangles. Cute idea!

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