Let’s see what else you can do with crochet granny square patterns! In the previous classic granny square guide, we learned that you could quickly identify a traditional square by the large gaps between the stitches. However, there’s a lot more to these square patterns than the classic designs. You’ll love the other granny square variations if you prefer to create a square with smaller to no gaps. Moreover, it’s a fantastic stash-buster project if you want to use any leftover yarn.
A QUICK OVERVIEW OF CROCHET
One of the wonders of crochet is the number of items you can create with just a hook and yarn. From practical projects like blankets, curtains, cushion covers, pouches, bags, or garments to fun projects like accessories and stuffed toys (Amigurumi)… the possibilities are endless. Crochet projects may seem entirely different, but they all comprise crochet stitches that help work up your pattern. The basic stitches are easy to learn, but as you progress in your skills, you can combine two or more stitches to create beautifully textured items like an afghan.
The patterns are typically written in abbreviations and punctuations, teaching you how to work each round or row. On the other hand, some designers prepare their patterns in crochet diagrams made up of symbols. These can be extremely useful for visual learners as you can see how your project will turn out. Diagrams can also help you understand patterns from creators in other countries, as crochet symbols are universal.
THE BASIC SUPPLIES
Before starting any crochet granny square patterns, you’d probably want to grab your supplies. While you can crochet a square with any size crochet hook or yarn weight, the most popular hook size for beginners is size H, or 5mm. Then, match it with any worsted-weight yarn (#3), preferably in bright colors, so you can clearly see the stitches. If you’re unsure, we would recommend that you follow the type of yarn and hook size recommended in the pattern. It would also be helpful to have some stitch markers, a tapestry needle, and scissors.
TIME REQUIRED TO CROCHET A GRANNY SQUARE
A classic granny square takes about 15 minutes to finish, while a sunburst granny square may take up to 30 minutes. However, the bigger and more complex the project, the longer it’ll take. It also depends on how skilled you are with crochet techniques. These are just an approximation for making one crochet square. Projects that require multiple squares, like an afghan, granny square baby blanket, bag, hat, cardigan, or soft toy, often take days or weeks to complete.
No two crochet projects are identical. This is because some people crochet lightly and others tightly. As a beginner, you may find it hard to control the tension gauge as you’re still exploring how to grip your hook. But once you are familiar with crocheting, you should be able to standardize the tensions throughout your projects. Gauge requirement is more critical in garment-related projects than an afghan since you must ensure you have the correct size. Most patterns advise the gauge, so it’s key to try a test piece before starting a project.
While you can refer to the suggested hook size on a yarn label, it isn’t a set rule. A smaller hook will result in a denser-looking and possibly smaller piece than expected. This is ideal for winter garments or accessories to keep you warm. Likewise, using a larger hook will get you a looser outcome. Sizing up to a size J or K for a granny square project will be quick to work up and produces a more lacy piece.
BLOCKING CROCHET GRANNY SQUARES
Blocking your squares is important to help keep them in shape. It ensures that they measure up to the same size if you decide to join them in larger projects like a cardigan or blanket. You can either DIY the blocking tools with a foam mat and wooden sticks or purchase a crochet blocking board from the craft store.
HOW TO JOIN AND FINISH GRANNY SQUARES
Some square patterns like coasters or dishcloths can be created with one square motif. However, if you’re making a blanket, bag, or sweater, you’ll need to learn how to join the squares to complete the project. The joining method will affect the outcome of your finished item. For example, the invisible join combines two squares without showing any seams, and the single crochet join provides a fun texture to the project. There’s no right or wrong method; explore around to find the most suitable method for your desired outcome. See our 12 ways to join a granny square guide for more inspiration.
Apart from joining methods, there are many ways to finish your crochet granny square patterns. You may need to complete a blanket with a border, crochet a brim for a hat, add components like a button to a cardigan, or crochet a strap for a bag. Below are a few ways to finish your crochet square project.
To learn more about this unique craft, read our guide to crochet for beginners, where we share information on basic stitches, useful crochet techniques, and free crochet patterns! Now, let’s dive into this beautiful collection of gorgeous square patterns.
Learn how to crochet a classic square with the turning method. It produces a neater-looking square while maintaining its shape. This way, the finished project will look identical on both the right side and the wrong side.
CIRCLE GRANNY SQUARE
Pick fun projects to stay inspired on your crochet journey. The circle granny square is a modern take on a traditional granny. You’ll work on the circles, then turn them into squares. Just like other square patterns, it’s made up of primarily double crochet stitches. However, some designs call for single crochet, half double crochet, and treble crochet.
A crochet blanket feels less intimidating than committing to an entire afghan because you can pick up the project anywhere or anytime you like. The tutorial includes a guide to various color combinations and how to join granny squares.
This granny square circle is the easiest way to dive into new square variations as it has a similar technique to the regular granny square patterns. Join them and make a pillow once you have enough crochet squares!
This is such a stunning textured square pattern. Puff stitches are typically used in part of a sunburst granny square pattern. In this case, this stitch pattern is used throughout the project, making the finished piece look fluffy.
Like a classic granny square, you will be working on placing a dc cluster into each chain space. This pattern has a video tutorial to better help you understand the design.
FLOWER GRANNY SQUARE
There are not one but several ways to turn a flower motif into a crochet square. Some patterns make a flat flower square, while others have a 3D effect popping out from the center. Aside from the most popular sunburst granny, there’s also the daisy square, African flower square, and other unique crochet granny square patterns.
This four-leaf flower granny square design is inspired by Orla Kiely’s flower print collection. Depending on the style you’re going for, you can use a different color for the flower's center or the petals.
Apart from the basic stitches, you’ll be working with the popcorn stitch and double crochet 3 together. Using a single color for this square design will look as good as the multicolored ones since it has such a beautiful texture.
Here’s a more complex square design that combines some simple stitches, front and back posts stitches, and the playful popcorn stitch! It might be a challenging pattern for beginners, but the tutorial has detailed photo instructions, so don’t be afraid to try.
SOLID GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN
This is an incredible beginner-level project. Some designs use double crochet stitches to work the rounds, while others use treble crochet stitches. There are also solid granny squares with open corners and those with completely no gaps. These crochet granny square patterns are great for a washcloth, potholder, or coaster project.
This is the most common way to crochet a solid granny square- with open corners. With such a minimalist texture, you can create them in different shades of one color and combine them into a simple granny hand towel or table runner.
You might want a square block with little to no gaps if you’re tackling a crochet project like a baby blanket or winter garments. Unlike a traditional granny square that requires you to work into a corner space, you will eliminate that step for this pattern.
A mitered square is worked from one corner to the other. This is one of those crochet granny square patterns that will look incredible if made with self-stripping or variegated yarn. Joined together, you can make a visually appealing solid granny square blanket.
HEART GRANNY SQUARE
Since the granny square heart is not a traditional square motif, there’s no fixed way to crochet them. Check out how the crochet designers put their spin on the squares using different basic stitches.
In addition to double crochets, this pattern also uses half double crochets to form a heart. By doing so, you’ll be able to create a more solid shape in the center.
HEXAGON GRANNY SQUARE
If you’ve mastered the traditional crochet granny square patterns and want to challenge yourself, try crocheting a hexagon! The construction method of some hexagon pattern can be pretty identical to crochet square patterns. Apart from using them for classic blanket or towel projects, create exceptional stuffed animals or an African flower purse with your little hexies.
You’ll notice that, unlike a crochet square, you will not be working double crochet clusters for this pattern. There’s also the solid hexagon granny if you prefer a firmer-looking crochet motif. Joined together, you’ll get an interesting honeycomb-like texture.
This is a straightforward pattern for those learning to crochet a hexagon for the first time. It’ll be easier for those who already know how to crochet a square, as it uses the same stitches. The only difference is that the hexagon pattern is finished with a 6-sided geometric shape.
You might wonder, didn’t I see an African flower square pattern earlier? Yes! They are a very versatile project that can be turned into a hexagon or a square block. Similarly, they can be joined into a larger project for pillow covers, garments, and more.
Color and texture go hand in hand in crochet, and this pattern is the perfect example. It uses worsted-weight yarn, so it's incredibly fluffy, but it also works with any other type of yarn. If you prefer, you can try out a similar square pattern.
OTHER CROCHET GRANNY SQUARE PATTERNS
Once you learn to appreciate the art of crochet, you’ll fall in love with this craft. Below are more fabulous designs and projects you can try for your next DIY session.
Continue to be intrigued by creative granny square patterns. Imagine sipping your drink by the poolside and having this delicious and refreshing-looking crochet square block as a coaster. We think they’d look lovely as a crochet summer top too.
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