Basic granny squares can be made in many different colors, fibers and sizes. My sample granny square was crocheted using a lovely tonal brown color combination of New Zealand wool yarn, but you can feel free to experiment with materials when you crochet your own grannies.
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. There are limitless possible granny square variations.
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. Let's compare several different granny squares, so you can get a better idea of how each simple variation turns out.
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. 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.
This easy little square coordinates well with the 3-d 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. I can think of many ideas for using them either together or separately. I hope they spark your creativity as well.
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.
If you're looking for a colorful crochet project, this rainbow outlines granny square is a fantastic choice. I've crocheted my sample using cream colored yarn as the main color and a rainbow of other colors as accents. If you'd like to use up scrap yarn, there is no need to stick to this color scheme. You could re-color this design in many different ways.
This design is well-suited for use in a lighweight summer bedspread. Alternatively, if you crochet it with a baby-friendly yarn, it would make a lovely baby afghan.
At first glance, you might wonder if there's any difference between this square and the basic granny square. There's definitely a difference; this square is more open and airy, even if you use heavier yarn than the cotton crochet thread I've used to make the sample square. You can compare the two designs to see how they are different.