Easy Free Granny Square Crochet Patterns

Use These Grannies to Crochet Afghans, Shawls and More

Granny Square Crochet
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There are so many different crochet square patterns that you could make one per day for years and never repeat the same design twice. 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  square patterns that aren't classic grannies but are used in the same way. These crochet granny squares are made in various sizes and all types of yarn to crochet everything from washcloths to afghans....MORE Enjoy using these free granny square crochet patterns to make all sorts of different projects.

This article has been edited and updated by Kathryn Vercillo.

  • 01 of 08
    Crochet Granny Square, Round 3
    Kathryn Vercillo

    If you only learn one granny square, this is the one to learn.

    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 tutorial uses worsted weight yarn and a size H crochet hook to teach you how to make it.

    The square pattern is easy enough that you can easily keep adding as many rounds to it as you want to...MORE 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!

    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. 

  • 02 of 08
    Crochet Granny Squares
    Nadzeya_Kizilava, Getty Images

    If you learn better from video tutorials than photo tutorials, this link will be the one for you. Learn the basic crochet granny square. It also shows a variation for starting the square that differs form the photo tutorial; compare both options to see which works best for you.

  • 03 of 08
    How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round Four
    Kathryn Vercillo

    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.

  • 04 of 08
    Summer Bedspread Granny Square Compared With Basic Granny Square
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    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 tutorial 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, but it can be helpful to...MORE have this as a guide to getting started.

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  • 05 of 08

    This free crochet blanket pattern shows you how to grow a granny square, with strategic color changes, to make a beautiful blanket. It incorporates an optional border of half double crochet and picot stitches. 


    Granny Square Blanket by Daisy Cottage Designs

  • 06 of 08
    Granny Square Ebook Free Crochet Patterns
    Spincushions, Smashwords

    Learn a lot about how to crochet granny squares from Spincushions who has an excellent free ebook to get you started. The book is available in both US and UK versions, which is helpful for beginners who are just learning the crochet abbreviations.

    Spincushions is an excellent crochet square designer. She has many free and paid patterns that you can check out on Ravelry when you are ready to advance beyond the basics in granny squares.


    Granny Square eBook by Spincushions, via SmashWords

  • 07 of 08
    Weaving into Crochet
    Weaving into Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    This tutorial shows you how to take the classic crochet granny square and make it a more interesting piece lithesome very simple yarn weaving. This is perfect to create a wall hanging as art for your home but can also be used to create blankets and other functional items.

  • 08 of 08
    Crochet Baby Bib Granny Square
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Use chunky yarn to crochet a large granny square and another two small granny squares. Use the instructions in this free pattern to join them together to create a cute baby bib.