These granny square patterns with their simple yet intricate design, are a perfect way for beginners to learn the basics of crochet while also providing a fun and satisfying project for more experienced crocheters.
Whether you're a seasoned crocheter or just getting started, this post is sure to inspire you to pick up your hook and start creating beautiful granny squares.
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Why Make Granny Squares
Granny squares are a popular type of crochet motif that can be used to create a variety of items such as blankets, clothing, and accessories.
There are several reasons why people make granny squares:
- Granny squares are easy to learn making them a great project for beginners because they are made up of simple stitches and can be worked up quickly.
- Once you have mastered the basic granny square pattern, you can create endless variations by changing the colors, stitch types, and sizes.
- Granny squares are a great way to use up leftover yarn from other projects.
- Granny squares are small and easy to transport, making them a great project to work on while traveling or on the go.
- Many people enjoy making granny squares because they find the repetitive process to be soothing and relaxing.
What You Need For Making Granny Squares
To make granny squares you will need:
Yarn - You can use any yarn you like, but do choose a yarn that is easy to work with.
Crochet hook - you will need a hook in an appropriate size for the yarn you are using.
Most granny squares are made with a slightly larger hook than recommended on the yarn label, because it gives them a softer and more flexible feel.
Also, a larger hook works up larger stitches and a larger square, which can be helpful if you need to make a large number of squares for a project.
Scissors - You will need a pair to cut the yarn at color changes and when you finish the granny square.
Tapestry needle (yarn needle, darning needle) - will be needed to weave in the loose ends of yarn to finish your granny square.
Pattern - You will find plenty of patterns here on this page to get you started, or do a search online or look at crochet pattern books for more ideas.
Popular Granny Square Designs
There are so many different granny square patterns to choose from like:
Heart Granny Square - this is very similar to the classic granny square and has a heart shape worked into the center of the square.
This heart granny square requires several yarn color changes in round three and would be suited for a beginner looking to grow their crochet skills.
Sunburst Granny Square - this bright and cheerful-looking square would be more suited for an advanced beginner or intermediate crocheters.
What to Make With Granny Squares
Granny squares are incredibly versatile and can be used to create a wide variety of crochet projects. Some popular items that can be made with granny squares include:
- Blankets - Granny squares can be joined together to make a cozy and colorful blanket like this daisy granny square blanket.
- Shawls - Granny squares can be crocheted in lightweight yarns to create a beautiful shawl or wrap.
- Bags - Granny squares can be used to make unique and stylish handbags or tote bags.
- Pillows - Granny squares can be crocheted and sewn together to make decorative throw pillows.
- Clothing - Granny squares can be used to create unique and colorful vests, sweaters, and even skirts.
- Home decor - Granny squares can be used to create beautiful wall hangings, table runners, and coasters.
The possibilities are endless with granny squares, and they provide a fun and creative outlet for crocheters of all skill levels.
What Is The Best Yarn For Granny Squares
When creating granny squares, you can use any type of yarn.
However, the ideal yarn for crafting granny squares depends on your individual preferences and the intended purpose of the project.
Acrylic yarn is a good option for granny squares, as it is not only durable and affordable but also comes in an extensive variety of colors.
And it is easy to maintain and can be machine-washed and dried without compromising its shape or softness.
Another excellent option for granny squares is cotton yarn, particularly if you would like a more natural and breathable feel for your finished project.
Cotton yarn is also highly absorbent, making it a suitable choice for dishcloths or other items that require moisture absorption.
For a softer and more luxurious touch, you may want to consider using wool yarn.
In conclusion, the optimal yarn for creating granny squares depends on your personal preferences and the intended use of the completed project.
Experiment with various types of yarn to discover the one that best suits your needs.
25 Granny Square Patterns
These stunning crochet granny square patterns are easy for beginners and are a great way for you to practice basic crochet stitches before moving on to bigger projects.
6. Mosaic Granny Square
This mosaic granny square pattern looks complicated but it is not. It is worked in four colors in alternating stitches to create a lovely textured look.
This can be used to make anything from blankets to pillows. Experiment with different color combinations to create a personalized project.
7. Daisy In The Corner Square
This is another granny square that looks difficult to make but is beginner friendly.
The center starts as a flower and the remaining row is worked like a standard mitered granny square.
Super easy to make and you will also learn how to make a standing double crochet stitch in this pattern.
9. Farmhouse Granny Square
This easy farmhouse-style granny square is quick to make. The center "x" is made up of a series of double crochet three stitches together, but it can easily be replaced with a puff stitch.
10. Hexagon Granny Square
The hexagon granny square is a fun and unique twist on the classic granny square pattern.
To make this six-sided design, start with a magic ring and work double crochet stitches in a repeating pattern, increasing at the corners to create the hexagon shape.
Experiment with different colors and yarn weights to make your project truly stand out.
This pattern can be used to create anything from coasters to blankets. Give it a try and enjoy the creative process!
11. Diagonal Granny Square Patterns
To create this design, start with a foundation chain and work double crochet stitches in the round alternating between two colors.
Work it into small-sized squares and join them together to create an interesting design, or work it as one large piece, for a two-color granny square blanket or pillow.
12. Boho Granny Square
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Make this easy boho-inspired blanket with these simple multi-colored granny squares.
13. Sand Pebbles Square
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Lovely and simple this crochet square with a puff stitch diamond pattern in the middle is easy to make.
Make a whole bunch of them and stitch them together for a warm Afghan blanket.
14. 3D-Rose Granny Square Pattern
This stunning-looking 3d rose granny square is a little bit fiddly to make but is a great little project for an advanced beginner or intermediate crocheter.
This lovely 3D flower granny square pattern is a beautiful and unique twist on the classic granny square design.
To make this pattern, start by making a crocheted rose then work a series of double crochet stitches and chains to create the leaves and a decorative border.
This stunning 3D rose effect adds a touch of elegance to any project.
These granny square patterns can be used to create anything from blankets to cushion covers, and bags.
15.Snowflake Granny Square
Discover the art of transforming a basic snowflake crochet pattern into a stunning granny square.
This delightful creation can serve as the perfect gift for your loved ones during the holiday season or can be assembled in large quantities to produce a warm and cozy afghan for yourself.
The possibilities are endless!
16. African Flower Granny Square
The African flower granny square is a crochet pattern with multiple layers of petals in different colors, creating a floral motif.
It originated in South Africa and can be joined in different ways to create various patterns.
This pretty design is popular for making blankets, clothing, and accessories.
18. Corner To Corner Granny Square
The corner-to-corner granny square is a crochet pattern that is created by working diagonally from one corner of the square to the opposite corner.
This technique is also known as the C2C method. Corner-to-corner granny squares are known for their unique texture and diagonal stripes that create a diamond shape when multiple squares are joined together.
This pattern is versatile and can be used to make blankets, afghans, pillows, and other decorative items.
One of the benefits of using the corner-to-corner granny square method is that it allows for easy color changes and customization.
The diagonal rows create a visual effect that can be used to create a wide range of designs and patterns.
Learn how to make a C2C square with this tutorial
19. Willow Square Crochet Pattern
This sweet little granny square starts as a circle in the center and gradually grows into a lacy square.
Worked in simple stitches, this willow square is quick to work and the pattern is easy to remember.
20. Red Flower Granny Square
This vintage-style flower granny square looks complicated but simple to make. It uses basic stitches like chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet stitches.
This video tutorial is not in English but has good subtitles and is very easy to follow.
21. Lacy Granny Square Pattern
This lacy square crochet starts as a classic granny square and then uses a series of chain stitches to create a lacy effect.
It is an easy crochet for a beginner and uses double crochet, single crochet, and chain stitch in the pattern.
The video tutorial for the lacy square is without voice-over and only shows crochet abbreviation in the top left-hand corner of the video.
22. Tulips From Holland Square
If you're a fan of large textured granny squares, then you're sure to fall in love with the beautiful tulips from Holland design.
I recently made the sample pictured above using 100% Turkish cotton and was thrilled with how it turned out.
I love these pattern in this yarn so much that I'm planning to use it to make a bedspread.
Frequently Asked Questions
Blocking granny squares is not always necessary, but it can be helpful in certain situations.
Blocking involves wetting the granny square, then shaping and drying it in a specific way to ensure that it maintains a certain shape and size.
If you are making a blanket or other project with multiple granny squares, blocking can help ensure that all of the squares are the same size and shape.
This can make it easier to join the squares together and create a more professional-looking finished product.
Also, if your granny squares are curling at the edges or not laying flat, blocking can help straighten them out and give them a more polished appearance.
However, if you are happy with the way your granny squares look and they are the size and shape you want, you may not need to block them.
The time it takes to crochet a granny square will vary from person to person.
In general, a basic granny square made with medium-weight yarn and a 5.5 mm crochet hook can take about 15 minutes to an hour to complete depending on your skill level.
However, larger squares or those with more intricate patterns may take longer to finish.
Also, if you are new to crochet, it can take you longer to complete a granny square as you become familiar with the stitches and techniques involved.
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