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A granny square is the one motif that truly stood the test of time. We cherish this iconic motif for its versatility and charming design, but that’s not all. We can combine it in countless ways, create blankets, or incorporate it into clothing.

In this article, you will find everything you need to know about crochet granny squares. Starting with an easy-to-follow video tutorial and step-by-step instructions, to frequently asked questions. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crocheter, grab your crochet hook and yarn, and let’s get started.

What are Granny Squares?

It is a classic crochet motif, built with multiple rounds of stitches. It uses basic crochet stitches, such as double crochet clusters and chain spaces, which create the iconic lacy look.

We work granny squares in the round, and we can make it as big as we want. A simple repetition of the pattern is enough to build the size. These types of projects often consist of multiple pieces joined together. You can use any weight yarn to make it.

The History of Granny Squares

The crochet granny square was popularized in the mid-20th century, but its origins trace back to traditional handcrafting techniques. Its versatility and simplicity made it an iconic symbol of crochet, cherished for decades and widely used today.

The name “granny square” ties this classic motif with the stereotypical grandma’s clothes and interiors.

Benefits and versatility of squares

While the appeal of granny squares remains unmatched, let’s see what made it so popular in the first place.

  • Versatility – you can use these little squares to create all kinds of projects. Make blankets, afghans, garments, accessories, or home decor. Combine them creatively and customize your crochet works.
  • Ease of Learning – this motif uses basic stitches, such as chains and double crochet, so it’s perfect for beginners. The repetitive pattern is quick to learn and simple to master.
  • Nostalgic Appeal – the timeless charm of granny squares brings back vintage vibes. It’s a perfect choice for cottagecore designs.
  • Stash-Busting – use up leftover yarn scraps and turn them into colorful squares. It’s an eco-friendly approach to the overconsumption of crafting materials.
  • Portability – while working on a big project may be daunting, handling compact individual pieces makes it a lot easier. You can make these squares on the go and assemble the project afterward.

How to Crochet a Granny Square

In this section, you will learn how to make a granny square, even if you are a beginner.

Basic Techniques to Start with

Video Tutorial

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Step-by-Step Guide

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Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Here are some tips and tricks for beginners working with granny squares:

Joining granny squares to create larger projects

We can reveal the true beauty of granny squares when we combine them into something bigger. It may be a blanket, a cardigan, a pillowcase, or anything you want. Various methods for joining give many opportunities to add flair to the project. These joining techniques may come in handy:

  • slip stitch join
  • whip stitch join
  • single crochet join
  • lacy decorative joins
  • JAYG – join-as-you-go technique

Experiment with different methods to see which one works best for your project. Read more about joining techniques in Crochetpedia’s article.

How to weave in ends

Weaving in ends may be daunting, especially if you work with many colors in one project. There are a few things you can do with them:

  • use a yarn needle to weave in the loose ends
  • hide the yarn ends inside the stitches as you crochet
  • leave the ends hanging on the sides as a fringe
  • hide the yarn ends inside the added border

Blocking your granny squares for a neater finish

It’s a good practice to block the elements before combining them when working with modular projects. The process of gentle washing and pinning the pieces to dry will even out any irregularities. It will also ensure that all the squares are the same size, especially if you use a blocking station to dry them together.

Adding a border to your granny squares

When you join basic granny squares with your favorite joining technique, you can make it even nicer by adding a border. Choose a simple single crochet, or get creative with intricate stitch patterns. It will instantly enhance the look of your granny square project.

granny square crochet pattern

Troubleshooting Common Mistakes

Making a mistake is an unavoidable part of learning any craft, so let’s see how to address the most common ones.

  • Uneven Tension – if your piece is wonky and uneven at the sides, you should practice keeping the right tension. Blocking will help a bit, but the tension control is all you need to make your squares look presentable.
  • Miscounted Stitches – granny squares are very symmetrical, so missing or adding stitches will distort them. Keep track of the number of stitches with a stitch marker, and don’t forget to count them after every round.
  • Gaps or Holes – if you see big gaps in your granny square, there might be a few reasons for that. Firstly, check if your stitch count matches the pattern, and if you placed all of the stitches correctly. Secondly, compare the tension in the mistake part with the rest of the piece. If needed, unravel to the point of the mistake and redo the part.
  • Uneven Sides or Corners – keep an eye on the increases, especially in the corner area. Recount the stitches on each side to see where you accidentally skipped or added stitches while crocheting.

Creative Uses for Granny Squares

Get inspired to try some of the best free granny square patterns from our catalog.

Make a Blanket

Choose a classic granny design, or experiment with original motifs, such as florals and geometric patterns.

Create a Scarf or Shawl

Mix and match different colors and sizes of squares to create unique accessories. Use your skills in granny stitch to try it in combination with other stitches.

Design a Bag or Purse

The modular nature of square patterns allows you to build various shapes. Use them to create stunning everyday bags and pouches.

Decorate Home Items

Add a pop of color and texture to your home decor by using granny squares. Make pillow covers, table runners, or use individual pieces as coasters.

Incorporate into Clothing

Yes, you really can make a cardigan with granny squares. Create a patchwork effect by sewing them together and crocheting your own sweaters, vests, or skirts.

 

FAQ

What are some variations of the traditional granny square pattern?

The term “granny square” now covers various crochet squares, not only the ones using granny stitch. That’s why you can encounter a lot of squares that differ in motifs and construction. The most popular ones are:

  • Classic Granny Square – the basic square shape that uses DC clusters (three double crochet stitches).
  • Solid Granny Square – Basics will never go out of style, so learn how to crochet a solid square with this tutorial.
  • Flower Granny Square – Add charm to your project by adding a flower to the center of your granny square.
  • Mitered Granny Square – We start this square at the corner and crochet L-shaped rows, instead of in the round.
  • Heart Granny Square – You can create a colorful heart in the center of your granny square by changing the colors in the right places.
  • Farmhouse Granny Square – This type of square features a puffy wheat motif in the corners.
  • Sunburst Granny Square – A crochet project that features a sunflower-like motif in the center.

Can I use different colors for each round of my granny square?

Sure, you can choose a different hue of yarn for each round. In fact, these squares are fantastic for stash-busting – that is, using up any leftover yarn you have. You can achieve the coveted ‘scrappy’ look by using various colors.

Are there any tips for changing colors in a granny square?

The best practices for changing colors in crochet apply to all projects, crochet squares included.

  • Change the colors when finishing the last stitch – this way your previous color won’t “bleed” into the next stitch. Read more about it in our article on how to change colors in crochet.
  • Use standing stitches – if you change the colors every round, a standing double crochet can come in handy. Learn this technique and don’t worry about turning chains ever again.
  • Draw with colors inside the square – you can create shapes inside the square by strategically changing the colors. Heart Granny Square is a fantastic example of this method.

How do I make a larger or smaller granny square?

Changing the size of your square is very easy because all you need to do is add or remove rounds.

Can I use different stitches in a granny square pattern?

The term ‘granny square’ has become so popular, that it is now including various types of crochet squares. You can use any stitches you like to come up with your own creative version.

granny square crochet pattern

Can I use different yarn weights for a granny square?

Yes, we can crochet these squares with any kind of yarn, but with very different results. Remember that the size of your square heavily depends on the type of yarn you choose. You should always match the hook size to the yarn manufacturer’s recommendations.

How do I read a crochet pattern for a granny square?

It depends on what type of instructions you have. See our tutorials for more help:

What is the difference between a traditional granny square and a modern granny square?

The traditional granny square uses a classic granny stitch with clusters of three double crochets. This pattern creates the characteristic lacy look we all know from crochet handbooks.

On the other hand, modern granny squares showcase more creativity. These projects feature flowery motifs, unexpected color changes, or incorporate decorative crochet stitches.

Can I incorporate other crochet techniques into a granny square project?

Yes, you can combine squares with other crochet stitches to create complex designs.

How do I add texture or embellishments to a granny square?

Incorporate decorative stitches or elements while crocheting:

  • Add an ornamental 3-D flower in the center of the square.
  • Mix granny stitch with raised stitches, such as alpine stitch or post stitches.
  • Use puff, bobble, or popcorn stitches for dramatic effect.

You can also add ornamental features after completing your square:

  • Embroidery or surface crochet
  • Sewn-on crochet appliques
  • Beads, sequins

Summary

Granny squares are a must-have in every crocheter’s skill set because they are timeless. The variety of versions feeds the imagination of crochet designers, eager to create new projects with this motif.

Equipped with the knowledge from this article, you will be able to make your own granny projects in no time. Grab your crochet hook and favorite yarn, and start crocheting today. Good luck!