Pretty Granny Square Pattern with Paired Half Double

Crochet a pretty granny square with this free crochet pattern that uses the paired half double stitch. This granny square is lightly lacy and uses a combination of paired and decrease stitches to create a unique texture.

Pretty Square pattern with Paired stitches

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Half Double Granny Square | Free Crochet Pattern

Like many stitches, a slight variation can create a very different stitch.

This free granny square pattern uses both the Paired Half Double and the Double crochet 2 Together.

I’ve previously designed the Paired Bonding Square using just the Paired Half Double, but wanted to showcase how the stitch can varied slightly to create a totally different look.

The result is a lightweight granny square that has a lacy look that is firm in structure.

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Free Granny Square Pattern


US Terms (UK terms in brackets)

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Ch – Chain

Ch Sp – Chain Space

Sc (Dc) – Single Crochet (Double Crochet)

HDc (HTr) – Half Double (treble) Crochet

PHDc (PHTr) – Paired Half Double (Treble) Crochet

HDc2Tog – Half Double (Treble) Crochet 2 stitches together

Skill level: Advanced Beginner


  • Aran/worsted weight yarn
  • I used used 60m PaintBox Simply Aran 100% Acrylic yarn in the following shade:
  • Shade 202
  • 5mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


  • gauge not essential – Use a larger or smaller crochet hook to obtain the correct finished square size.

Finished Size: 

  • 8″ x 8″
Easy Granny Square Blanket Pattern

How to make this Pretty Granny Square Pattern

Pattern Notes:

  • Whatever your skill level with crochet, I always recommend reading through this pattern before beginning. Get in touch if you need any help completing the pattern.
  • Ch1 at the beginning of the rows DO NOT count as a stitch.

Special Stitches:

PHDc = paired half double

  • yo, insert hook into same as last worked,
  • yo, pull up loop,
  • yo, insert hook in next st,
  • yo, pull up loop
  • HDc2Tog by YO, pull through all loops on hook

Row 1: Ch 24, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each across, turn. (23 hdc)

Row 2: Ch 1, (does not count as st), hdc in same and in each across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in same , *phdc, hdc in next; repeat from * across, turn. (11 phdc, 12 hdc)

Row 4 & 5: Repeat Row 2 (23 hdc)

Pretty Granny Square Pattern

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc in same, *ch 1, starting in next, hdc2tog; repeat from * across, turn. (11 hdc2tog, 1 hdc, 11 ch-1 sps)

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in same, ch 1, *working in ch-1 sps and sts, hdc2tog, ch 1; repeat from * across to last, hdc in last, turn. (2 hdc, 10 hdc2tog, 11 ch-1 sps)

Row 8: Ch 1, hdc in each st and ch-1 sp across, turn. (23 hdc)

Rows 9-14: Repeat Rows 3-8.

Rows 15-16: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 17 & 18: Repeat Row 5.

Continue on to edging

Easy Crochet Granny Square Blanket


  • Ch 1, rotate to work across row ends, 24 sc evenly across, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in 1st of opposite side of starting ch
  • sc in each across, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in last (corner)
  • Working in row ends, 24 sc evenly across, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in corner
  • sc in each across, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in last (corner)
  • sl st to 1st st made to join

Fasten off and weave in ends

Hodgepodge Granny Square Blanket CAL

Join the fun of this event is running from 15th August 2022 – 13th September 2022 with 30 new granny squares designs, one released each day. 

Click here to see all the 30 square designs and decide which one you will be stitching up next!

A huge thank you to my pattern testers and editor who kindly helped test all 30 of the square designs to check for accuracy in this pattern – it’s always such a pleasure to see a pattern come to life.

Pretty Granny Square Pattern

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