Crochet Granny Square Bib Basics
Learn to crochet this adorable baby bib using chunky yarn. The bib is comprised of one large granny square and two small granny squares. Learn to crochet a granny square here.
This crochet project uses super bulky yarn, which is what allows it to work up really quickly. However, you could use the basic instructions in this baby bib crochet tutorial to work this project with other yarn weights. You simply need to increase the number of rounds on the granny square to get the size that you want for the bib when crafting it with thinner yarn.
Crochet Granny Square Bib: Materials
This crochet project uses bulky weight yarn. Worked as intended, it uses three colors of yarn. You can use any super bulky weight yarn (weight #6). The yarn used in this project is Premier Yarns Mega Tweed Super Bulky Yarn. It is worked in three colors:
Color A: Apricot Tweed
Color B: Blue Tweed
Color C: Stormy Blue Tweed
Note that you do not need full skeins of any of the yarn colors to complete this project. One skein of yarn will provide sufficient yardage for the entire bib so this can be worked as a fast one-skein crochet project if you elect to work it without any color changes.
In addition to the yarn, all that you need to complete this crochet project is a size N crochet hook.
Step 1: Crochet a Large Granny Square
The bulk of your baby bib is made with one large crochet granny square. This square is worked as a classic granny square. You will work four rounds for your large granny square. In this example, the first two rounds are worked in Color A, the third round in Color B and the fourth in Color A. Fasten off at the end of each color change. Weave in ends.
Step 2: Crochet Two Small Granny Squares
A crochet bib fits best when it has “arms.” The two arms of our bib are each one-round crochet granny squares. Using Color B, crochet two single-round classic granny square motifs. At the end of the round, leave a long tail, at least 8″ in length. The two tails (one on each square) will be the ties that you use to secure the bib around the baby’s neck.
Step 3: Attach The Two Granny Squares
Now you need to attach the two granny squares. They are attached to the left and right corners of the same side of the large granny square. Pick a side and place your squares. When placing the squares, be sure to position the little squares so that the long tail ends (neck ties) are facing the outside of the granny square bib. Attach the two small squares to the large squares using the joining method that you prefer. In this example, the squares were attached using slip stitches on the back of the bib only.
Step 4: Crochet Baby Bib Edging
Now that you have the full shape of your bib, you are ready to add the border. Join Color C in any corner of the large square. Chain one. Single crochet in every stitch around the bib, working around the sides and tops of the small granny squares only (the bottoms are now joined to the large square; do not work around the bottoms). When you get all the way around the bib, join with a slip stitch to your chain one to complete the round. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Variations on the Crochet Granny Square Bib
There are many different ways that you can work this tutorial to make variations on the basic chunky granny square bib. Some examples of variations include:
Work the granny square bib in fewer or more colors. You could crochet it all in just two colors, using Color A or Color B as the contrast, for example. You could also change colors every round and even use different colors for the small squares.
Use a different yarn weight and crochet hook size. As mentioned in the introduction, you will increase the number of rounds when using different yarn weights. For example, if you use a worsted weight yarn and size H crochet hook, your large granny square might be eight rounds and your small granny squares 2-3 rounds each.
Use a crochet chain or iCord for the straps. You don’t have to use yarn tails as the neck ties for this baby bib. You could crochet chains or iCords, attach them to the small granny squares at the top of the bib and use those as the neck ties.
Use small granny squares for the straps. You don’t have to have small neck ties at all. You could use 3-4 small granny squares atop one another on each side (where you currently have only 1 small granny) to create long, thick straps. Make them long enough to tie them together or add a button and buttonhole for closure instead.
Change the border of the bib. Single crochet makes a simple, beautiful border as we’ve seen here but you can use any edging of your choosing, especially when working with lighter weights of yarn. Slip stitch, reverse single crochet, half double crochet, picots and shells are just a few examples of variations for the border that will pleasantly alter the design of the baby bib.
This granny square bib can be worked as planned in less than half an hour using less than 100 total yards of bulky weight yarn. Alternatively, you can play around with different variations to create your own unique granny-inspired crochet baby bibs.