Granny squares can be anything from simple crochet blocks to more complex and unique motifs, but either way you can use them in a ton of creative projects. They’re good for beginners and experts alike, since there are many ideas you can use them for.
Squares are quick, fun, and can become just about anything you want. Below, we’ll share our favorite ideas for what you make with granny squares, so you’ll never run out of project ideas.
Materials, Techniques, and Stitches You’ll Need for Granny Square Projects
Before you dive into the 47 fun projects, let’s talk about what you’ll need to get started. Making granny squares is pretty straightforward, but having the right stuff can make your crafting even more enjoyable.
- Yarn – Pick your favorite colors! You can mix and match, or stick to one shade. Check the pattern so you have the correct yarn weight ready.
- Crochet Hook – Usually a size H (5 mm) is a good starting point, but check your yarn label.
- Scissors – For snipping the yarn.
- Yarn Needle – To weave in those loose ends.
- Stitch Markers – These are great for keeping your place in the squares.
- Tape Measure – Use this to make sure your squares are all the same size.
- Magic Circle – This helps you start your square without a hole in the middle.
- Changing Colors – Knowing how to do this helps to add pops of color and interest to your squares.
- Double Crochet (dc) – This is the main stitch you’ll use for granny squares.
- Triple Crochet (tr) – For some projects, you might want a taller stitch.
- Single Crochet (sc) – Good for borders and joining squares together.
- Chain (ch) – this is good to know if your pattern requires a starting chain or spaces.
Learning these basics will help you breeze through the projects. Granny squares are wonderful to make because once you get the hang of it, you can chat, watch TV, or listen to music while your hands are busy. So grab your hook and yarn, and let’s get to make some granny squares.
Related: Take a look at my beginners guide to granny squares that will cover joining squares, hook sizes, reading patterns and more!
My Favorite Granny Square Projects
Granny squares are a favorite project of crocheters (including me!) because they are fun, colorful, and you can make them almost anywhere because of their size. They’re also a great way to use up leftover yarn from other crochet projects you might have lying around.
Granny squares are loved by people because you can do so much with them. Make one granny square, and you’ve got yourself a coaster or the start of a great holiday decoration like our pumpkin square. Or you can join multiple squares together, and create warm blankets, stylish granny-style sweaters, or unique granny square bags easily!
Patterns: Granny Square Projects to Make Today
Take a look below at some of my favorite granny square projects to make that are perfect for you to try!
Blankets and Throws
Get cozy with this pattern section that includes blankets and throws made with granny squares. If you are ambitious, then a crochet blanket made with squares is for you!
Make a unique throw blanket with granny squares in different colors and patterns. Join them to create a patchwork full of color and texture.
Use soft, pastel colors to make a small blanket for a baby with these beautiful granny squares. Not only is this granny square blanket stunning, it would make a wonderful baby shower gift.
Make a small blanket that’s just right for covering your legs with one continuous granny square. This easy blanket is great for beginners to make since it uses only simple stitches and works up quickly.
If you are ready to add a handmade touch to your decor at home with squares, then this is the pattern section for you! Find a couple of my go-to patterns below for your home that all use granny squares.
Sew crochet squares together to make a new pillowcase with this free square pillow pattern. You will need to know how to change colors, but it is worth it for the stunning results this pillow has!
Yep… You can hang some squares on the wall for quick art. A fast and easy way to add a bit of homemade to your home that is great for all crochet skill levels!
Line up squares to make a colorful runner for your table. This is a great way to add some extra fun to your holiday table settings or every day dinners.
This project is great for beginners since a single square can be a coaster. These square coasters are not only easy to make, they are a great way to use up scrap yarn too!
Bags and Totes
Get ready to go out in style with these fun crochet square bag patterns! They are great for everyday use, like going to the beach or to school.
Sew several squares into a bag shape, add handles, and you’ve got a tote. Have fun with the yarn colors to make this project unique to you.
Use can bright colors to make a fun bag for the beach, or pick muted colors to suit your style depending on the time of year.
Just a few squares can become a small bag for going out, which is perfect for holding sunglasses, lip gloss and more. Find the easy and free pattern below to get started on this beginner-friendly square project!
You’ll love this free and easy crocheted backpack pattern made with squares! It is easy to make and is perfect for taking with you on the go.
Clothes and Accessories
Below you will find a few of my favorite square projects that you can wear! All of these are free crochet patterns too, so you can make them all.
Make a long row of squares for a unique scarf. Add fringe for some extra fun, or leave as is and wear.
Four or five small squares can become a cute headband, which is perfect for chilly Fall and Winter nights. If you love 70s style crochet items, then this is the pattern for you.
You just need to make 6 classic granny squares to make these slippers. Next, seam the edges together to create a cozy wear around the house type of shoe.
You can join squares to make a warm and stylish poncho. This free pattern is a beginner-friendly project that works up easily.
Make this easy continuous granny square sweater that is perfect for every season of the year. Layer this square rainbow top with a long sleeve tee for winter or with a tank for spring!
Your furry friend will love this collection of pet crochet patterns made with squares! They are all so cute and free patterns as well!
Your dog will love a small bed made of these squares. It is so cozy and a perfect way to make something for your dog!
Sew many squares into a simple sweater shape for your dog. The best part is that this sweater pattern is a PDF that is free!
This is where classic granny squares meet festive vibes for Christmas, Easter and more. No matter the holiday, these patterns are designed to bring some cozy cheer to your space. Grab your hook and let’s add a sprinkle of holiday fun to our crochet projects!
Use holiday colors to make a granny square stocking with this free pattern. This pattern has simple directions and is a good project for a crocheter who wants to move on from simple row projects.
Make a small basket with pastel squares and fill with your favorite Easter treats. So easy and will last for years!
Use orange, white, and black yarn to make a fun ghost bag that is perfect for a trick-or-treat bag. I’ll bet you’ll get a lot of candy with this one!
Just one large granny square can make this adorable love-themed pillow. If you can make a classic granny, then this Valentine’s Day pillow is perfect!
Fun and Games
Think toys, balls and more. Grab your hook and let’s get our game on with crochet
Fill a square with beans and sew it up. This is a quick and fun pattern to make if you want to use up yarn scraps and are short on time.
Make a pair of crochet dice with squares to use for games to take them to the next level! If you are looking for a simple amigurumi project, then look no farther.
Make a simple granny square ball out of six smaller squares.
Explore our kitchen collection, where granny squares meet everyday essentials. Whip up some fun with patterns for pot holders, aprons, and more. Let’s make our kitchens cozy and crafty!
Double up some squares for extra thickness and make pot holders.
Sew together some squares and add some straps if you wish to make a unique apron out of granny squares.
Keep your teapot warm with a granny square cozy.
For Babies and Kids
Small squares can become cute little baby shoes. Use this free pattern and make a pair today!
Below you’ll find various seasonal items that can be made with granny squares.
Use holiday colors for a decorative door wreath. Easy to make with simple crochet squares.
Crochet the top of a hat then add a granny square brim, and you’ve got a hat
Stitch a bunch of squares into a flowy, summery skirt. Lightweight and perfect for the warmer weather!
Just for Fun
These patterns are quick and fun to make. If you want a fast pattern then this is the section for you!
A single narrow square can mark your page. Easy to make and perfect to give as a gift to the book lover in your life.
Smaller squares can be stiffened and made into pendants or earrings, as shown. Easy and a great way to use up your leftover yarn scraps.
And the list goes on! The point is, granny squares are like building blocks for crocheters. Even if you’re new to crochet, you can start with these squares and make something cool. So go ahead, grab your hook and yarn, and let’s get crocheting!
More Free Crochet Square Patterns
Take a look below at our some of our exclusively designed free square patterns and motifs that you can use to add to your list of projects.