Granny Square Project Ideas
by Janice Jones |Updated 08-24-2023
What can you make with a Granny Square? The answer is that there are endless possibilities for creating very modern looking projects with the lowly granny square.
If you've been crocheting for any length of time, you've probably made at least one blanket (afghan) a baby blanket, or maybe even a table runner. But don't let that stop you from coming up with a project that will get you noticed and pique your interest to design even more.
Fifty or more years ago, granny squares were predominately used to make afghans or blankets of various sizes.
Some creative souls also combined them to form types of clothing such as vests, jackets, or slippers.
Granny squares made with thin cotton thread were crocheted in to doilies used to decorate tables and even sofas.
Today we have plenty more uses for granny squares, and lucky for the beginner, granny squares are one of the easiest projects to make.
Nevertheless, to crochet most of them the same old method has to be used. We call it traditional crochet in rounds technique. But that doesn't mean that granny squares are round. You can create any number of sides, but the most traditional is the four-sided granny square.
Continue to read about granny squares or go directly to the free granny square patterns.
Here is a quick refresher for anyone needing a review of how to make the traditional granny square. Remember that:
How many granny square project ideas can you come up with? I did a brainstorm recently and here is my list:
Are You Ready for Some Free Granny Square Project Ideas and Patterns? What would you like to make next?
Here's the perfect beginner project that works up fast and uses the traditional granny square pattern. Make one for you and your friends. Mine is made using 100% wool-number 4 worsted weight yarn, making it soft and stretchy, but feel free to change out the yarn, add a third color, or create one in one solid color.
Here's a vintage pattern that is still comfortable and warm and an easy beginner-friendly project. It uses seven solid granny squares to create this retro design. Instructions for making the slippers as well as how to crochet the solid granny square is included on this page.
Here's another way to add some variety to the typical granny stitch -- the Drunken Granny Stitch Scarf makes use of this unusual pattern combination that is actually quite beginner-friendly. It works up fast so you don't need to spend weeks on the project. Learn how to make the Drunken Granny Stitch and then try your hand with a project.
There are so many ways to make granny squares. Here's yet another one that works up beautifully as a dish or face cloth. Or, make a bunch, sew them together and create a baby blanket, or full size afghan.
This is a little alteration of the traditional granny square, but still beginner-friendly. It was created to hold pencils, but I can see it holding crochet hooks, other notions, or even double as a makeup bag.
This free Lion Brand Granny Square Bandana is made entirely of 3 granny squares and 3 granny triangles. Use as a bandana or as a retro head scarf.