How to Crochet the Drunken Granny Stitch (Photos + Video!)

A super fun spin on the traditional granny stitch: today I’m excited to share a tutorial for the Drunken Granny Crochet Stitch!

drunken granny crochet stitch swatch

When I first saw the name of this stitch, I went, “huh? What a strange name for a stitch!”

But when I looked it up, everything started to make sense. The Drunken Granny Stitch was given its name because it looks similar to traditional granny stitches, but lopsided. Whoever named this stitch certainly had a sense of humor!

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drunken granny crochet stitch

A different ‘Granny’ Stitch

Now that you’ve seen the stitch, I’m sure you can tell what I mean. It is not as symmetrical as traditional granny stitches. But, from my perspective, it’s actually a nice change!

Best of all, this “crazy” granny stitch actually makes for beautiful scarves, baby blankets, and more.

More Crochet Stitches to Try:

drunken granny crochet stitch swatch

Is This Stitch Hard to Crochet?

Nope, the drunken granny stitch isn’t hard at all! It is super easy. All you’ll need to know is how to make chain stitches and double crochet stitches. And don’t worry, if you get stuck, I’ll have photos and videos to help you.

If you are a beginner looking for new stitches, some other great ones to try are the Crunch Stitch or Spider Stitch.

drunken granny crochet stitch close up

Drunken Granny Crochet Stitch Tutorial

So let’s get right into learning this stitch!

Video Tutorial


  • The Drunken Granny Stitch is worked in multiples of 5+4 chains. It is a one row repeat.
  • Chain 3 at beginning of rows counts as a double crochet.

Abbreviations/Stitches Used

  • Chain – ch
  • Double crochet – dc
  • Skip – sk
  • Space(s) – sp(s)


This stitch can be worked in just about any size and type of yarn you’d like! I am using a sport weight yarn and an F/3.75mm crochet hook in this tutorial. However, many people use worsted weight yarn and an H hook! Feel free to try different combos and see what you like best.

Drunken Granny Stitch Written Pattern:

Chain 34 (or any multiple of 5, plus 4 more chains).

Row 1: Sk 5 ch, (3 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch. *Sk 4 ch, (3 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch. Rep from * until 3 ch are left. Sk 2 ch, dc in last ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3. *(3 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * across all ch-2 sps. Dc in last dc.

Repeat row 2 for the stitch pattern!

Photo Tutorial

Let’s now make this stitch together step by step with photos! Sometimes this is the easiest way to learn a new stitch, especially if you’re a beginner.

Step 1:

First, make your chain with a multiple of 5+4. Next, skip the first 5 chains and make 3 dc in the 6th chain. (top left photo). Note that the 5 skipped chains count as a double crochet, plus 2 chains.

Step 2:

Chain 2, and then make one more double crochet in the SAME chain. You’ve now finished one drunken granny stitch! (top right photo).

Step 3:

Skip 4 chains this time, then make a drunken granny stitch into the 5th chain. (Remember, a drunken granny is made by doing 3 double crochet, 2 chains, and then 1 more double crochet all into the same stitch). (bottom left photo)

Step 4:

Repeat step 3 across the whole row, until there are only 3 chains left. Skip two of these chains and simply make a double crochet into the last chain to finish the row (bottom right photo).

drunken granny stitch photo tutorial

Step 5:

Turn your work and chain 3 to start the next row. Then, insert your hook into the next CHAIN SPACE to start your first drunken granny stitch. (top left photo shows a close up of where to insert hook).

You will now be making drunken granny stitches into every chain space of the row.

The top right photo shows what it looks like to have 1 double crochet in the chain space, while the bottom left photo shows what it looks like with a whole drunken granny complete.

The bottom right photo shows where to insert your hook for the NEXT drunken granny stitch of the row.

drunken granny stitch photo tutorial

Below you can see what two drunken granny stitches look like. The “lopsided” look of the stitch is starting to form!

drunken granny stitch up close tutorial

And finally, here’s what your finished row 2 should look like. Note that once you finish doing drunken granny stitches into all the chain spaces, you’ll end by doing one last double crochet into the LAST double crochet.

two rows of drunken granny stitch done

And that’s all there is to it! From here on out you can simply repeat row 2 for an awesome stitch.

drunken Granny Stitch Scarf

To make a scarf using the drunken granny stitch is very very simple. All you need to do is decide how wide you’d like it to be. Make chains in a multiple of 5 until you reach this width. Add 4 more chains to meet the multiple, and then start the stitch! You can work the 1 row repeat until the scarf is as long as you’d like it to be.

drunken Granny Stitch Blanket

This stitch also works great for blankets. It seems to be especially popular for quick baby blankets. You can make a blanket of any type in the SAME exact way I described for the scarf!

Simply decide how wide you want the blanket to be first. You can do this by measuring a crib or bed, OR you can look up standard blanket sizes to get an idea of what size you need.

Then, simply work the rows of the stitch pattern!


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