There are so many different crochet square patterns that you could make one per day for years and never repeat the same design twice. Many people call of these different squares, granny squares. There is a classic granny square crochet pattern, and there are also lots of simple variations on that popular design. Then there are lots of other crochet patterns that aren't classic grannies but are used in the same way - made in various sizes and all types of yarn to crochet everything from... washcloths to afghans.
This article has been edited and updated by Kathryn Vercillo.
01 of 09
Basic granny squares can be made in many different colors, fibers, and sizes. You can use any yarn that you like (or even alternative materials such as plastic bags, fabric rags and more) and work with any size hook to create granny squares.
This granny square is very easy, and it is the perfect beginner's project. However, granny squares aren't only for beginners; crocheters of all skill levels enjoy creating them and using them in innovative ways.
The square pattern is easy enough that... you can easily keep adding as many rounds to it as you want to make it as big as possible. So, a blanket might consist of just one large granny square or hundreds of tiny joined granny squares. This basic crochet pattern can really take you a long way!
02 of 09
This four-round crochet granny square is a simple design that is based on the classic crochet granny square. The first rounds are worked in the same way and then the last two rounds are just single crochet stitches. As long as you know how to chain, single crochet and double crochet, you'll be able to easily make a bunch of these granny squares very quickly.
03 of 09
One of the simplest ways to create granny square variations: vary the number of chains used, either in the corners or between clusters of stitches. This photo compares several different granny squares, so you can get a better idea of how each simple variation turns out. Of course, it's a lot more fun if you just play with the variations on your own, because then you'll get a really good sense of different changes that you can make and what they will look like!
04 of 09
One variation not shown above is the option to make a crochet granny square using v-stitches instead of groups of double crochet stitches. You're still working with double crochet but you're inserting the chains that make it a V, giving a very different look to the design.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
This granny square features an open criss-cross motif in the center. This motif is pretty on its own, and it looks really interesting when you join multiple squares. Play around with making these squares in solid colors, changing colors in each round and working it in variegated yarns; you'll discover that there are many different effects that can be achieved with even the simplest of changes.
06 of 09
The focal point of this little square is a lovely three-dimensional flower motif with a popcorn in the center. This is a small square, measuring only a bit over 3 inches if made using the recommended yarn and hook size. It's relatively solid, making it a nice choice for using in baby blankets or other baby projects. However, you aren't limited to using it for baby items, as there are many other types of designs that this pattern would be suitable for. Any springtime item that calls for a... floral design would be a great choice!
07 of 09
This easy little square coordinates well with the 3d flower granny square linked above. You can use the squares together in the same pattern easily because they turn out to be exactly the same size if you crochet them using the same crochet hook and same basic materials. Alternately, you could use either of these squares separately if you prefer.
08 of 09
This pretty granny square features an aster design in the center; French knots and embroidered details add visual interest. This is an original crochet pattern by Lori Jean Karluk. This one is so pretty that you could easily frame it and hang it on the wall as a piece of artwork; of course, you can also use it in a wide variety of more functional projects as well.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
If you're looking for a colorful crochet project, this rainbow outlines granny square is a fantastic choice. The main body of the square is crocheted in one color and then accents are added in the colors of the rainbow. Of course, you don't have to stick to the rainbow color scheme; this same idea would work with a variety of colors and is a great choice for stash busting.