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Free Crochet Granny Square Patterns

Updated on October 15, 2013
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A lifelong crochet and craft enthusiast and a self-published author. I create patterns and have a blog about crochet and other patterns.

Crochet a Granny Square


How to Crochet a Granny Square

Granny squares are one of the most popular ways to crochet. Many of us started out crocheting our first project using a granny square.

The reason the granny square is one of our favorites is that it is easy to crochet, can be used in a variety of projects, and the patterns are endless.

Whether you are new to crochet or have been crocheting for years, finding new ways to use granny squares can be fun and interesting.

Granny squares can be made in any size or gauge.

They can be crocheted using any type of yarn or crochet hook but be sure to choose what is best for the project you are creating. Remember you are working in rounds so it is best to choose a yarn you enjoy working with and can view well.

Granny squares can be made in solid colors or you can use a choice of a variety of yarns or a variegated yarn. Be sure to use the same fiber content if you will be changing colors. Cotton yarns should be worked with other cotton yarns and acrylic yarns with acrylic. Do not mix and match.


  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • st = stitch
  • sts= stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • dc = double crochet

To begin crocheting a granny square I would suggest checking out the step-by-step tutorial on this page How to Crochet a Granny Square from or the Following

How to Crochet a Granny Square Afghan

or Download the Book Easy to Crochet Granny Squares for patterns and ideas

Granny Square Pattern Books

Easy to Crochet Classic Granny Square and Motif Afghans - Granny Squares and Motifs
Easy to Crochet Classic Granny Square and Motif Afghans - Granny Squares and Motifs

These vintage patterns from the past have been re-created and digitally formatted for today's crochet.


Free Granny Square Patterns

There are many free sites that offer granny square patterns, techniques and ideas. Below you will find a list of a few of the favorites.

There are many different versions of the granny square to the easiest pattern to crochet to the more difficult. Find a pattern you like and experiment with colors and yarns. The best way to get creative is to make if your own. But if you prefer you can stick to the original pattern.

Many crocheters like to use a granny square pattern and then add their own unique colors and change the designs a little. Check out the free patterns and decide what project you would like to crochet and go from there.

From making an afghan using one granny square, to crocheting several large or small granny squares and making them into an afghan or pillow there are many designs to choose from.

Free Granny Square Patterns

A Granny Square can be Made in a variety of color choices.
A Granny Square can be Made in a variety of color choices. | Source

Motifs to Crochet

Motifs are similar to granny squares and are easy to crochet. Motifs can be crochet in circles, as squares, triangles, hearts, ovals, pentagons, snowflakes, and many other shapes.

They can be used to crochet many projects from afghans to pillows, home decor, accessories and many other items.

Flower motifs are one of the most popular and colorful in the motif family. Hexagons and squares are fun to make in contrasting colors and assemble into an afghan. Motifs can be crocheted larger or smaller depending on the pattern. The typical motif pattern requires more than one color to make it stand out.

Use your imagination when choosing a color, yarn, and pattern and make it exciting and special for the person you are crocheting it for. Your unique choices will make the item you are crocheting one-of-a-kind a something for the receiver to cherish for a lifetime.

Use contrasting colors of yarn. Use dark and light yarns or choose a variety of shades in one color, or maybe even all pastels or a variegated yarn. Baby blankets are a popular choice for making a quick baby shower gift.

Whether you choose to make a granny square pattern or to crochet motif the patterns and ideas are endless when it comes to creating an item.

Also Read Changing Yarn Colors in a Project or Pattern

How to Crochet a Traditional Granny Square Pattern


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    • craftdrawer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the nice comments. Granny Squares are some of my favorites also!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I love these! Thank you for this informative hub!

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      Priyanka Estambale 

      6 years ago from United States

      Granny squares are so pretty, I just love them! They make the project grow faster! I surely am going to try making a granny square blanket!

    • The Unlearner profile image


      6 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      I am MAD about granny squares, they are so diverse and the most easiest pattern to master when learning to crochet. Great article.


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