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Free Crochet Granny Square Patterns and Tutorials

Use These Grannies to Make Afghans, Blankets, Shawls and Other Projects

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Use these free patterns to crochet granny square variations. They can be used to create afghans, blankets, shawls, wraps, and other assorted craft projects.

Basic Granny Square - Free Pattern and Photo Tutorial

A Granny Square Crocheted in Two Different Colors of Wool Yarn
Basic Granny Square - Photo © Amy Solovay

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.

 

Granny Square Comparisons

Comparing Different Crocheted Granny Squares
Comparing Different Crocheted Granny Squares - Photo © Amy Solovay

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.

Easy Beginner's Crochet Granny Square Pattern

Easy Granny Square Pattern
Easy Granny Square Pattern -- Photo © Amy Solovay

This small granny square is an easy project that works for crocheters of all skill levels, even total beginners.

3D Crochet Flower Granny Square Pattern

3D Crochet Flower Granny Square
3D Crochet Flower Granny Square -- Photo © Amy Solovay. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Simple Rows and Rounds Granny Square

The "Simple Rows and Rounds Granny Square"
The "Simple Rows and Rounds Granny Square" -- Photo © Amy Solovay

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.

Criss Cross Granny Square

Criss-Cross Granny Square
Criss-Cross Granny Square -- Photo © Amy Solovay

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.

Granny Square With Flower Center

Aster Flower Granny Square
Aster Flower Granny Square - Photo © Lori Jean Karluk

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. 

Rainbow Outlines Granny Square

Crocheted Granny Square Afghan Block With Rainbow Outlines
Crocheted Granny Square Afghan Block With Rainbow Outlines - Photo © Amy Solovay

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.

Summer Bedspread Granny Square in Cotton Crochet Thread

Photo of a Summer Bedspread Granny Square
Summer Bedspread Granny Square - Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

 

V-Stitch Granny Square Variation

Fuzzy Pink Baby Afghan Square
Fuzzy Pink Baby Afghan Square - Photo © Amy Solovay

This granny square variation is made using V-stitches. My sample square is worked in fuzzy pink acrylic. As shown, a bunch of these squares joined together would make a lovely baby afghan. The design is versatile and could be made in other colors and fibers as well.

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