Ask any crocheter – granny squares are a classic! In this article, I’ll share 45+ of our favorite granny square projects with you. From cozy blankets to trendy tote bags, there are so many things to make with granny squares! Grab your hooks and let’s get started!
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Our Favorite Granny Square Projects
Granny squares are a classic, colorful crochet motif that you can use in all sorts of projects. They’re super fun to make, great for crafting on-to-go, and perfect for using up yarn scraps.
With a single granny square, you can make a potholder, coaster, or ornament. Or, by seaming multiple squares together, you can create larger projects like sweaters, blankets, bags, and more!
Can beginners make granny squares?
If you’re new to crocheting, granny squares are a great beginner-friendly project. You really only need to know a few basic stitches to get started – plus, they’re so quick to make!
What kinds of projects can you make with granny squares?
Granny squares are so versatile! Here are some of the granny square project ideas you’ll find in this list:
Sweaters and tops
Scarves, cowls, and wraps
Hats and accessories
Home and kitchen projects
What you’ll need to get started
While you don’t need anything fancy to make granny squares, having the right tools does make the process more enjoyable. Here are some of my favorite supplies for granny square projects:
Yarn. Granny squares are the perfect way to use up leftover yarn! But if starting from scratch, try one of these popular yarns: Lion Brand Basic Stitch, Caron One Pound, and Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton. Remember that, in general, thinner yarns will create smaller squares, and bulky yarns will create larger squares.
Crochet hook. Match your hook size to the yarn for best results. When in doubt, check your yarn label to see what size hook it suggests. Larger hooks are best for thick yarns, and smaller hooks are best for thinner yarns.
For those just starting with crochet, granny squares are an excellent beginner project. They consist of straightforward double crochet and chain stitches, allowing you to hone fundamental skills with each square. For seasoned crocheters, there's always room for another granny square blanket in your collection!
This sweet blanket features colorful accents, and it’s so fun choosing the shades that you think will best fit a new baby! It’s made using the join-as-you-go method, so you don’t have to worry about seaming all of the squares together at the end. Triangles make the straight edges, and the whole thing is finished off with a tidy picot border.
This special blanket embodies hygge, which means cozy, happy, warm, and special. Be inspired by the author’s vintage hues, or pick your own favorites from your yarn closet. The finished blanket measures approximately 45” x 56”.
This daisy blanket would be so cute for throwing over a couch, bed, or crib in the springtime. It can be made in baby size or throw/lap wrap size. It takes a lot of tiny squares to make this blanket, but the repetition makes it a super relaxing project to work on while you watch tv or unwind for the day.
This fun throw blanket measures 36” x 66”. It would be an adorable, celebratory gift to give to a child. You can follow the 5-color graph that the author included for making your 60 squares, or you can mix it up and use any colors you have on hand in as many shades as you want!
These beautiful and unique granny squares are made using the chain stitch, slip stitch, double crochet, and puff stitch. This pattern uses the join-as-you-go method and has a simple, single crochet border around the edges. The final blanket measures approximately 65” x 65”.
This farmhouse blanket uses the puff stitch to create gorgeous texture throughout this diamond-patterned design. The one-tone blanket creates a modern, farmhouse look, but you could also use any combination of colors that you like. It’s easy to add or subtract as many squares as you want in order to achieve your ideal size for your blanket.
This colorful pattern uses different sizes of granny squares to make a really beautiful and heartfelt blanket. Wrapping up in this blanket truly feels like getting a warm, bear hug from the person who made it! Although it does take some thinking to lay the squares out just right, they’re made with basic stitches, so even beginners can do this project!
This cute backpack is just what you need to tote around your current crochet project! It’s made with 18 granny squares, and you can increase or decrease the size of these squares to adjust the size of your backpack. This project is best for intermediates.
This granny square bag features a comfy handle that’s perfect for carrying around your essentials. Whether you’re spending the day on the beach, out running errands, or you’re carrying around diapers and wipes, this bag is an ideal size to hold whatever you need! This practical project is also an excellent stash buster.
Mushroom lovers will adore this mushroom-themed tote bag! Whether you’re making this for a friend or for yourself, have fun putting together your favorite color combinations for this one-of-a-kind bag. The finished bag measures about 12” x 12”.
Use up your extra rainbow-colored yarns with this fun and summery bag. It takes 30 squares to make this project. The bag features two, comfy shoulder straps so you can easily carry it around wherever you go!
What a cute way to keep your phone safe and sound! This granny square phone pouch is just what you need when you don’t have a pocket and want to keep your phone close by. It measures 4.5” x 8.5”, but you can adjust the size as needed by adjusting your hook size and yarn weight.
Fanny packs are back in style, and not only are they trendy, but they’re a super practical way to keep your essentials close without having to keep track of an entire bag. This little project is quick to make and only takes about one skein of yarn!
Send your kids off to school with this cute pencil pouch, and it will remind them all through the day how much you love them! This pattern includes detailed written and pictured instructions for adding the fabric lining and zipper, so don’t let that step scare you!
This gorgeous, vintage bag is made with 24 granny squares. For this pattern, the granny squares are turned on their sides, making a beautiful, sophisticated-looking diamond pattern. The finished bag measures 20” x 16”.
This seamless cardigan is so comfy with its floral hood! Made in a neutral shade, this pattern would go with just about anything and may soon become your everyday pick. This design features granny square highlights that bring out the retro vibes while still having an overall modern feel.
Bring out the vintage vibes with this waist-length, granny square sweater! It’s available in sizes XS to 5XL. This project is easy to assemble and would be a great crochet sweater pattern for beginners.
This intermediate-level sweater combines both crocheting and knitting. While the body and sleeves of the sweater are made of crocheted granny squares, the cuffs and button bands feature knit ribbing. This pattern is available in 6 sizes, from S to 3X.
This extra-long cardigan is so vintage and so cute! It’s made with 6” x 6” granny squares, and is available in sizes XS-5X. It’s easy to adjust this cardigan in case you prefer to wear it shorter or longer.
Get ready for hot, summer days with this granny square tank top. This quick pattern would be great for beach days. It’s available in two different sizes, but could be adjusted by making your squares larger or smaller.
Slip this granny square vest over your favorite tee, and you’re ready to go! This pattern features ribbing on the hem, armholes, and shoulders for a finished look. Choose your favorite shades and enjoy this vintage pattern!
This modern pattern is made of granny squares and triangles that are slip stitched together to form a cozy and cute cardigan. It’s available in sizes XS through 5XL. To make this pattern, you’ll need to be comfortable with v-stitches, puff stitches, and working in the back loop, along with other basic stitches and crochet techniques.
This crocheted granny square scarf is full of color and life! The long strip is made with 14 granny squares, and then you’ll need to add the crocheted border on each side. This creates a wide, 75” x 12” scarf that will keep you warm on chilly winter days!
Perfect for wearing in your hair, tying around your neck, or attaching to a backpack or bag, this vintage bandana is a total fashion statement. This bandana is quick to make and a great stash buster, so a handful of these would be perfect to whip up for a few of your closest friends!
This granny squares scarf is absolutely FILLED with color, and Lion Brand Bonbons makes it easy to incorporate tons of different shades! We love that this pattern offers the opportunity to be so creative with your color mixing. This pattern is best for advanced crocheters.
This checkered scarf is made with lots of tiny and delicate granny squares (105 whole squares plus 15 half squares to be exact!). When you’re finished, you can block your scarf to form a more perfect triangle shape, or leave it for a more casual and relaxed look.
This cute beanie was designed as a gift for mom, but it would really be a thoughtful and lovely gift for anyone! It works up quickly and is a fashionable way to keep cozy in the winter months. This pattern is designed to fit an adult.
Keep your hair out of your eyes and your ears toasty warm with this quick and easy headband! This small granny square project would be a great pattern for beginners. It would also make a cute granny square gift!
Fingerless mitts are a great way to keep your hands warm while still having the dexterity to type, write, or do other important tasks! This pattern includes a video tutorial. It’s written for “one size”, but tips are included for making this pair of mitts smaller or larger.
Crocheted dishcloths made with quality cotton are actually very absorbent and work well for scrubbing dishes or kitchen surfaces. Plus, they’re pretty, too!. Use up your scrap yarn in this easy project, or pick out the ideal colors to match your kitchen.
This easy dishcloth integrates all of your favorite colors into a fun, striped granny square design. A set of these would make such a great housewarming gift! There’s also a video tutorial to walk you through this pattern.
Decorate a plain, boring mug with this heartwarming and simple mug sweater! Not only is it adorable, but it’s a great way to keep your drinks warmer and your hands from getting too toasty. Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite tea and curl up with your mug and a good book!
Who do you know that loves to read? Made with sport-weight yarn, these granny square bookmarks are thin and beautiful for slipping in the pages of a book. Because of the fine yarn and small stitches, this project is best for intermediates.
This vintage daisy pillow would be a darling way to decorate a cottage or just decorate your home for spring! It has a granny square front that’s made using the join-as-you-go method and one large granny square for the back (but you could totally change this up if you prefer!). It fits a 20” x 20” pillow form.
Made with bulky yarn, this afghan and pillow set works up fairly quickly. This matching set will make you want to grab a good book and a cup of tea and stay in for the evening! The blanket is a 52” square, and the pillow is an 18” square.
This cheerful pillow is made with 36 squares that are slip-stitched together. The result is a beautiful, 18” x 18” pillow that looks elegant but is totally squishy and cozy! To make this pattern, you’ll need to know basic crochet stitches, as well as the puff stitch, cluster stitch, and how to work in the back loop.
These beautiful granny squares put a little bit of a spin on your average crocheted granny square. With a circle center, they’re a beautiful way to combine your favorite shades. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can piece these squares together to make all sorts of lovely projects!
Designer: WiseCraft Handmade
Yarn weight: Worsted
Suggested yarn: Cascade 220
Tips and Tricks
Here are some tips and tricks for granny square success:
Check your gauge
One of the trickiest parts of granny squaring is getting the gauge right. Instead of giving a gauge in stitches per inch, most patterns will tell you the size of the finished square. To check your gauge, measure your granny square from edge to edge. If your square is larger or smaller than the pattern recommends, adjust your hook size as needed. (This step is crucial for clothing and large projects using many squares.)
Choose coordinating colors
Deciding on a color scheme can be daunting with so many options! The first step is choosing how many colors you want. Limiting your selection to 5 or fewer coordinating shades can help the project feel more cohesive. And adding a neutral background color like white or black makes a great base for adding pops of color.
Need more ideas? A color wheel is an invaluable tool for choosing hues that work well together. Or, use a color palette generator to create a custom palette from an inspiration image.
Block your squares
Take the time to block your finished squares before joining them together. Blocking your squares first makes them easier to seam together, and creates a cleaner and neater finish for your granny square project.
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