Are you ready to dive into the glorious word of crochet granny square patterns? In this guide to granny squares, I share my favorite unique crochet granny square patterns. Plus, you’ll learn my top tips for crocheting your best squares.
So whether you’re looking for a beginner pattern or fun granny squares to mix things up, I’ve got you covered.
What are different types of granny square patterns?
Crochet granny squares can range from basic double crochet stitches to complex lace. There are popcorn stitch granny squares, heart granny squares, modern granny squares and even cupcake grannies.
Here are a few types of granny squares patterns many crocheters enjoy.
- Classic Granny Squares
- Solid Granny Square
Granny Square Patterns for Beginners
The traditional granny square pattern is a great crochet project for beginners. Because each cluster of double crochet is worked into a space in the previous round, it's an extremely easy pattern to memorize.
If you're just learning how to crochet though, you can still experiment with many of the unique granny squares below. Check out the section of Easy Granny Square Patterns for Beginners below for the best squares to start with if you're new to crochet.
What can you make with a granny square?
Part of the reason you’ll find so many crochet patterns made with granny squares is because they're a super versatile motif!
You can use granny squares to crochet bags, sweaters, blankets, cardigans, bucket hats and so much more. You can even use the granny stitch to crochet a hexagon cardigan.
You might also fall in love with these free patterns:
- Granny Square Bucket Hat
- Modern Granny Square Cardigan
- Scrap Yarn Granny Square Blanket
- Large Granny Square Blanket with Hood
What’s the best yarn for granny squares?
If you’re following a crochet pattern using granny squares, you’ll want to use the same yarn weight as listed in the pattern.
Many granny squares are crocheted using worsted weight yarn, but you can also use dk or sport weight for more delicate stitches.
Choosing a bulky or super bulky weight yarn will make your squares larger and is best used for a giant granny square blanket or similar large-scale pattern.
TIP: If you’d like to make a multi-color granny square project without buying a lot of yarn, try using a self-striping yarn like Lion Brand Mandala and crocheting several squares with each color contained in the skein (pictured below).
How do you join two granny squares together?
Granny squares can be joined together with an invisible seam using tapestry needle and stitch like the mattress stitch.
If you like to avoid seaming at all costs though, you definitely want to try joining crochet granny squares as you go. This technique avoids sewing your squares and instead allows you to crochet them together.
Free Crochet Granny Square Patterns
The following is a collection of my favorite free granny square patterns to crochet. Whether you're looking for easy patterns or more unique granny square variations, you'll find something to try here!
Easy Granny Square Patterns for Beginners
If you're just learning how to crochet, the following simple granny square patterns are a great place to start. Each uses easy crochet skills like double crochet (dc) and slip stitching (sl st) to create unique designs.
Mitered Granny Square Pattern for Beginners
Rainbow Puff Granny Square Pattern
Primrose Granny Square
Solid Two Color Granny Squares
Crochet Granny Square Triangle Pattern
Sunburst Granny Squares
The sunburst granny square is a classic in its own right. Use specific colors for the center and "petals" to create a floral look. Or simply grab your favorite scraps and make beautiful granny squares filled with texture and charm.
Sunburst Granny Square Crochet Pattern
Sunburst Granny Square Hearts Pattern
Sunflower Granny Squares
You can create this Sunflower granny square using scrap yarn that you have lying around. Sunflower is a symbol of loyalty, adoration, and longevity, so it makes a wonderful gift for loved ones and friends.
Crochet Sunflower Appliqué Square
Sunflower Crochet Granny Square Pattern
Fun + Unique Granny Squares
Looking for something different? You'll love these unusual granny square patterns that feature everything from cupcakes to pizza to peacock feathers.
Strawberry Granny Square Pattern
Crochet Granny Square Cupcake Pattern
Crochet Pear Granny Square
Peacock Crochet Granny Square Pattern
Textured Round Crochet Square
Crochet Pizza Granny Square
Fruit Granny Squares Patterns
Little Lamb Granny Square
Bunny Granny Square Crochet Free Pattern
Puff + Popcorn Stitch Granny Squares
Add texture and extra squish to your granny squares with puff and popcorn stitches.
Puff Stitch Circle Granny Square
Puff Stitch Square Pattern
Modern Granny Squares
Modern granny square patterns are the perfect combination of a classic crochet technique with a contemporary twist.
Lunar Halo Granny Square
Sun and Stars Granny Square Pattern
Star Cross Square
Fancy Granny Squares
Would you like to take your granny square pattern to the next level? Once you've mastered the basic granny square, these unique patterns will help you expand your crochet skills.
Two Color Swirl Granny Square Video Tutorial
Easy Lacy Granny Square Pattern
Iris Stitch Granny Square Pattern
Fancy Granny Square Hexagon Pattern
Floral Granny Squares
Use several of these flower granny square patterns to create your own handmade garden! Choose between peonies, roses, and vintage fall patterns based on the vibe you're going for.
Floral Granny Square Pattern
Peony Flower Granny Square Video Tutorial
Vintage Granny Square Pattern
Fall Crochet Square - Free Pattern
Flora Granny Square Pattern
Daisy Granny Squares Pattern
Hexagon Granny Square
One of the most fun and versatile patterns, in my opinion. You can't go wrong with a granny hexagon, whether it's classic, geometric, or modern. Transform your scrap yarn into afghans, pillows, and my personal favorite, hexagon crochet blankets.
Basic Solid Hexagon Pattern
Classic Hexagon Granny Square Pattern
Basic Granny Hexagon Pattern
Borders, Blocking and Other Granny Square FAQs
Before you put effort into your crochet granny square project, you might be wondering if they’re in style now. The answer is an enthusiastic yes!
From runways and fashion mags to mainstream box stores, you’ll see granny square clothes everywhere. Read more from Interweave about granny squares in fashion.
The easiest crochet granny square pattern for beginners is a solid square. It requires very little counting or paying attention. You’ll probably find it only slightly more complex than crocheting back and forth in rows of double crochet.
If your granny squares are crocked or wonky, simply blocking them can do wonders to straighten them out. Pin them to a blocking board or other piece of foam, spritz them with some steam from an iron and leave them to set overnight.
Granny squares can be really satisfying projects because they often only take 15-30 minutes to finish a complete square. Of course, it depends on the size of granny square you’re crocheting and your skill level.
You will likely get faster at any granny square pattern after you’ve made a few of them.
Adding a border around a granny square can be as simple as placing one single or double crochet in each stitch and three in each corner. Reverse single crochet is also one of my favorite minimalist borders for modern granny squares and C2C crochet patterns.
The number of granny squares needed to crochet a blanket depends on both the size of your granny squares and what size blanket you want. Divide your desired blanket width by the width of your granny square to get an idea of how many squares you need. (Same goes for the height.)
- Size of granny squares: 5x5"
- Desired blanket size: 40x50"
- Width = 40" ÷ 5" = 8 squares
- Height = 50" ÷ 5" = 10 squares
- Total squares needed = 8 x 10 = 80
The best hook size will depend on the yarn you’re using and how tight you want your stitches to be.
For crocheting granny square sweaters, generally you can use one-two sizes up from the hook suggested on the yarn label. For granny square bags or purses, use one-two hook sizes smaller than what’s listed on your yarn label.
In any case, be sure to check your gauge if following a specific crochet pattern!
There are so many fun variations of fancy granny squares to try! In the collection above, some of the most unique patterns are the sunburst granny square, the hexagon granny square and the sunflower granny square.
The crochet granny stitch uses sets of three double crochets that are worked into the cluster spaces in the row below. Granny squares are a type of motif that often use the granny stitch.
They can look very similar, but a granny squares are always square and worked in the round. Whereas the granny stitch can also be worked in turned rows to make a variety of shapes.
No, by definition, granny squares are crocheted. There are ways to sort of replicate the look of a classic granny square with knitting, but it's much slower than crocheting them.
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