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32 Crochet Granny Square Ideas and Inspiration!

A granny square is so much fun to create! They’re an easy project to take on the go and a mindless make to keep your hands busy in front of the TV. But what to do with all those piles of your favorite Granny Squares in your craft room? Well, I’m here to help! With plenty of Crochet Granny Square Ideas for your next project.

The popularity of the humble granny square took the world by storm in the 1960s, finding their way into homes as blankets, clothing, and teapot cozies. And these days we celebrate Granny Square day on the Socials, every August 15th!

What’s especially great about granny squares is that they’re easy to make and you can change them up in many ways. Join them together and you can make anything from fun scarves and cool bags, to cute toys and stylish home decor. The best thing is, they’re a great way to use leftover yarn.

For all of the crochet projects listed below, you should be able to use the trusty classic granny square, a crocheted solid square, or even other intriguing square varieties.

Just remember to double-check the size of the squares these projects call for, ensuring they match up well with the ones you’ve got waiting in the wings.

Within each category you’ll find links to free granny square projects and etsy links to granny stitch crochet patterns too!

Classic Crochet Granny Square Ideas

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Ready to get hooking? Here are the categories:

Granny Square Clothing Patterns

Sweaters and Cardigans

Wildflower Simple Granny Square Cardigan by Mama In a Stitch

Wildflower Cardigan by Mama In a Stitch

Photo Credit: www.mamainastitch.com

This comfy, boho-inspired cardigan is perfect for warmer climates. Its flower granny square design is pretty and portable, while its silky, cool-to-the-touch feel makes it a treat to wear.

Granny Square Sweater by Zeens and Roger

Granny Square Sweater by Zeens and Roger

Photo Credit: zeensandroger.com

You’re encouraged to make this sweater ‘truly your own’. So, embrace a relaxed approach and experiment with colors, shaping, placement, length, and even different types of ribbing.

free intermediate crochet women's tshirt pattern using cotton and made with granny squares

Aunt Lydia’s Crafty Top by Yarnspirations

Photo Credit: www.yarnspirations.com

Try out this intermediate-level crochet pattern to create a fun, versatile tee with a unique triangular neckline. This free pattern offers a fresh spin on crochet tops, equally suitable for sunny days or as a stylish layer when it’s cooler.


Tulip Square Dress by Wilmade

Tulip Square Dress by Wilmade

Photo Credit: www.wilmade.com

This is a fun dress stitched from squares and triangles, and you can easily adjust the length by playing around with the number of squares. Plus, it’s beginner-friendly with sizes from XS to 5XL, and there’s a handy step-by-step video to guide you along.

Child's Spinning Dress by Meladora's Creations

Child’s Spinning Dress by Meladora’s Creations

Photo Credit: www.meladorascreations.com

This Boho crochet granny square dress was made to spin! This easy Granny Square dress pattern calls for four colors and involves some machine sewing.


Skinny V Scarf by Simply Hooked by Janet

Skinny V Scarf by Simply Hooked by Janet

Photo Credit: www.simplyhookedbyjanet.com

Ready to expand your crochet granny square ideas? Why not try this easy, modern scarf pattern? With just 3-round, two-color granny squares (or solid color if you prefer fewer ends to weave in), it’s a breeze to put together, especially with the ‘Join As You Go’ technique.

Granny Stitch style Ruthie Scarf by Caab Crochet

Ruthie Scarf by Cute As A Button Crochet & Craft

Photo Credit: www.caabcrochet.com

Want a crochet triangle scarf with a cozy feel and striking depth? Try this version of the half granny square scarf, where alternating double crochet and extended Bobble Stitch rows create an appealing 3D texture. Add chunky tassels for a fun touch too!

Crochet Hats

Granny Square Bucket Hat by Lisa Auch Crochet

Bucket Hat by Lisa Auch Crochet

Photo Credit: www.crochet-patterns-free.com

This easy pattern guides you through crocheting four granny square inserts, attaching them to the hat’s top and brim, creating a standout accessory that’s sure to turn heads. There’s also instructions to craft a simple Granny Square Beanie Hat instead.

Craft The Granny Square Crochet Beanie And Add It To Your Granny Square Winter Warmer Set

Granny Square Beanie by Lullaby Lodge

Photo Credit: www.lullabylodge.com

This adult-sized hat is a cozy yet slightly slouchy accessory, created from a delightful granny square crochet pattern. It seamlessly unites four squares with a ribbed brim. This is a quick and easy project, making it a great idea for a last-minute gift!

Bag and Pouch Patterns

Pouches and Pencil Case

Granny Square Pouch Bag by Carroway Crochet

Granny Square Pouch Bag by Carroway Crochet

Photo Credit: www.carrowaycrochet.com

Here’s a fun and free pouch bag pattern, crafted from crochet granny squares. Its color combination is vibrant, making it perfect for festivals. It’s just the right size for your phone, sunglasses, and cards. Plus, it comes with a handy drawstring closure. Want a strap? You’ve got the option to add one!

Cute Granny Star Ear Bud Pouch by Vivid Kreations

Ear Bud Pouch by Vivid Kreations

Photo Credit: http://vividkreations.com.au/

This cute granny square pouch is perfect for storing items like earbuds or money. This links to the quick guide, although there is a paid pattern that provides more information. The free version also explains how to adapt the pouch for crochet squares with various stitch counts.

Pencil Case by Skip to My Lou

Photo Credit: https://www.skiptomylou.org

Craft an easy pencil pouch with this free crochet pattern. Perfect for kids or office use, it features a zipper and lining which helps keep everything inside! Built from simple granny squares it’s adjustable to larger sizing for added practicality!

Phone Case

Crochet Chromatic Phone Case pattern  by Naztazia

Chromatic Phone Case by Naztazia

Photo Credit: naztazia.com

Using two basic granny squares turned into diamonds, you can create a fun, chromatic phone case. With just a few basic stitches and multi-colored cake yarn, it’s an easy and colorful crochet DIY project.

Bags and Totes

Easy Crochet Tote by Confessions of a Homeschooler

Easy Crochet Tote by Confessions of a Homeschooler

Photo Credit: www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com

Create a colorful granny squares bag with this beginner-friendly crochet project. The pattern includes basic stitches and a video tutorial, topped off with a charming scalloped border for that extra touch.

Tulip Square Trapeze Tote crochet pattern

Tulip Trapeeze Tote by Wilmade

Photo Credit: wilmade.com

This free pattern and video tutorial crochets a charming granny square tote, built from five squares joined by slip stitches. The design features basic stitches like chains, double crochets, and the puff stitch. It can be optionally lined with fabric for a longer lasting bag.

Coastal Crochet Bag by A Box of Twine includes a stitch joining tutorial

Coastal Crochet Bag by A Box of Twine

Photo Credit: aboxoftwine.com

This is a detailed tutorial on assembling a straightforward crochet tote bag by seaming granny squares together. You can learn how to create an invisible seam, which results in a sleek finish on one side and a distinctive seam on the other.

Crochet In The Kitchen


Granny Squares Apron by Lovable Loops

Granny Squares Apron by Lovable Loops

Photo Credit: lovableloops.com

Here’s a unique idea: an apron crafted from a basic granny square pattern! This easy and free crochet pattern is a perfect way to use up your scrap yarn, and makes a charming gift when paired with baking goodies.


Crochet Granny Square Ideas, Granny Dish Towel Free Pattern by Joy of Motion Crochet

Granny Dish Towel by Joy of Motion Crochet

Photo Credit: joyofmotioncrochet.com

Make drying your dishes lots more fun with this free crochet pattern for the home. With lovely pops of color, this crocheted dish towel teaches you how to crochet a pretty granny square and turn it in to a pretty and practical teatowel!

Hanging Towel Loop by Crochet ‘n’ More

Photo Credit: www.crochetnmore.com

You probably didn’t realize how much you needed this retro style accessory for your kitchen, until you saw this photo did you? This free crochet pattern is made from a granny square, button and a plastic ring – and it’s super clever!

Pot Holder

Scrappy Dots Potholder Free Crochet Pattern by Raffamusa Designs

Scrappy Dots Potholder by Raffamusa Designs

Photo Credit: raffamusadesigns.com

There’s a lot of practicing magic circles in this project! It’s a fantastic way to use up your leftover cotton, creating a unique yarn, confetti color scheme for a fun and useful kitchen accessory. This free pattern is suitable for an adventurous beginner.

Coffee Cozy

Granny Square Mug Cozy Tutorial by Melanie K Ham

Mug Cozy Tutorial by Melanie K Ham

Photo Credit: melaniekham.com

Pair this project with a mug and the ingredients for a Hot Cocoa, and you’ve made a gorgeous personalized gift! Also, this beginner friendly tutorial is a great scrap buster pattern. So, not only can you brush up on your skills, you can also make the most of any leftover yarn you’ve got lying around.

Table Runner

Granny Squares Table Runner Crochet Pattern by Sew Happy Creative

Granny Squares Table Runner by Sew Happy Creative

Photo Credit: sewhappycreativeuk.wordpress.com

This free crochet pattern offers an amazing opportunity to add some timeless charm to your table setting. The beauty of this crochet pattern is not only in its aesthetic appeal, but also in the creative freedom it allows. Whether you prefer a rainbow of colors, a monochrome palette, or a festive theme, the choice is yours.

Crocheted Home Decor

Storage Baskets

Dotty, crochet granny squares basket, free pattern by Airali Design

Dotty Granny Basket by Airali Design

Photo Credit: airalidesign.com

Spice up your craft room with Dotty’s Basic Granny Square storage basket! Made using five hues of cotton yarn, this project is not just visually appealing, but also immensely practical. Each square module begins as a vibrant circle and morphs into a delightful square.

Granny Square Basket pattern by Joy of Motion Crochet

Granny Square Basket by Joy of Motion Crochet

Photo Credit: joyofmotioncrochet.com

This delightful pattern weaves the charm of traditional granny squares into a practical basket, all while offering an enjoyable crochet experience for novices and experts alike. From housing small toys in a child’s room to safeguarding your treasured nail polish collection, there’d be no limit to its uses.

Cushion Covers

Basic Granny Pillow by Easy Crochet

Basic Granny Pillow by Easy Crochet

Photo Credit: easycrochet.com

Bring a touch of handmade charm to your living room with this basic granny square pillow cover. It’s a fun and simple crochet project that lets you play with colors while creating a cozy accessory for your home.

Hygge Burst Granny Pllow by Nauti Krall Crochet

Hygge Burst Granny Pllow by Nauti Krall Crochet

Photo Credit: www.nautikrallcrochet.com

Experience the joy of turning your yarn stash into a vibrant, cozy cushion cover with multi-colored yarns. It’s an excellent worsted stash-buster project that results in a unique and comfortable addition to your decor.

Wall Hangings

Simple Granny Square Wall Hanging by Juniper Oakes

Simple Granny Square Wall Hanging by Juniper Oakes

Photo Credit: www.juniperandoakes.com

Perfect for the beginner crocheter, this free pattern is easy to follow and works up quickly, resulting in a vintage-look piece of home decor that you’ll be proud to display.

Granny Bobble Wall Hanging by Sweet Bee Crochet

Granny Bobble Square Wall Hanging by Sweet Bee Crochet

Photo Credit: sweetbeecrochet.com

Try your hand at this unique idea, a textured granny square wall hanging made using the bobble stitch. It’s an individual square project that’s excellent for beginners, adding a different and eye-catching element to your decor.

Granny Squares For Kids

Soft Toys

bjorn granny bear Lovey by Green Fox Farms Designs

Bjorn the Lovey Bear by Green Fox Farms Designs

Photo Credit: greenfoxfarmsdesigns.com

Hook up a delightful granny square teddy bear security blanket! They make a perfect gift for a baby shower or a first birthday. This beginner-friendly crochet pattern results in a charming lovey blanket that doubles as a cuddly companion, aiding babies and toddlers in drifting off to sleep.


Diamond Fun Bookmark and Glasses Case by Simply Melanie Jane

Bookmark and Glasses Case by Simply Melanie Jane

Photo Credit: simplymelaniejane.com

Bring fun to your reading time with this matching bookmark and glasses case, a quick project using delightful mini granny squares. It’s a fantastic way to use up scrap yarn and with its versatile design, you can create plenty of these in all your favorite colors, ready for gifts or craft fairs.

Granny Square Bookmark pattern by Rich Texture Crochet

Granny Square Bookmark by Rich Texture Crochet

Photo Credit: richtexturescrochet.com

The bookmark comes together by crocheting four basic granny squares and joining them. To add a finishing touch, a simple single crochet edging and a decorative tassel are added. It’s a simple crochet pattern that you can work up quickly.

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We’ve adventured through the vibrant world of yarn and square motifs, unearthing more than 32 Crochet Granny Square Ideas that are brimming with classic inspiration!

I hope this collection of paid and free crochet patterns leaves you buzzing with creative energy and newfound love for these delightful squares.

Granny squares truly encapsulate the essence of our crochet journey, from mastering basic stitches to crafting stunning works of yarn art. There’s just something undeniably charming about turning simple squares into beautiful pieces that can elevate your style, home, or even bring joy to a little one’s playtime!

Remember, these easy crochet projects with granny squares are just the starting point. The crochet world is your oyster, and I can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you next!

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