Here are dozens of glorious designs to check out, all are free crochet patterns for making granny squares. Some classic, traditional options but plenty of pretty modern choices too (plus twists on sweet vintage motifs).
These goodies are a hit with crafters since there are so many different items you can make with them: throw blankets and afghans, pillow covers, scarves, potholders, wraps, totes…the ideas are endless!
The great thing about them is that you can use a single motif for an individual project or if you find it’s too difficult to choose only one, whip up a bunch of your favorites & stitch together as you like. They’re also fantastic stash busters so if you have a bunch of leftover yarn on hand & hate to waste any of it–these are just the ticket.
Only a few inches in size, they’re a terrific project for Beginners just getting started with crochet. You’ll learn how to work with patterns, finesse tension, read charts, change colors, weave in tails, play with color combos, experiment with a wide variety of stitches and figure out how to assemble pieces together.
For those of us who are more experienced, they are a terrific way to master new techniques, try out different yarns & experiment with hues.
If you typically lose interest when making larger projects like afghans and never seem to finish them, grannies are the answer! These little fellas are so quick & easy to crank out that you’ll have a pile of them in no time (playing with different motifs so you don’t get bored)…then assemble as desired and voila! A lovely blanket to cozy up with.
You’ll also find a few helpful tips at the bottom of this page (determining colors, how to join them and easy border suggestions to complete the project).
Free Granny Square Patterns (Crochet)
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Some of these may have a free pdf to download and there are a few with video tutorials too…but each should have full text instructions available (with no email addresses or memberships required). Please let me know in the comments section below if that has changed so I can remove it from this collection. Have fun!
*New Collection Update: April, 2022
A solid background with raised petals, this example is done in gold yarn to represent a marigold.
Gauge/Finished Size: 4″
Starts off with a magic circle, then right to the petals with popcorn stitches. Treble crochet (Tr) and dc make up the body, details are provided.
Raised Rib Cross
I love the added texture in this design, it’s achieved by using a combination of Front Post and Back Post Treble stitches (details for how to do this are provided).
Oh wow, now that’s a gorgeous display of color & technique! The leaves are worked in the round & then a basic square is worked behind the leaves. Finishes at 6″.
Here’s a great option for those wanting to master the puff stitch or looking to add some depth & dimension. Starts off with three rounds of puff stitches in the center.
Teddy Bear Square
Could this be any sweeter? I’ll be adding this to the baby blankets page when I next update that collection, but I just had to include it here. Visit the page to see the completed project, so adorable!
Starts in the center and done in five quick rounds, incorporates puff stitches & double crochet v-stitches. It’s simple & once you get the hang of things will be quick…but I think it’s accurately rated as Intermediate skill level. Finished size is just under 5″ (4.75″ to be exact).
Petals are made with a cluster stitch and have a bit of a pointy tip.
The Big Circle
Endless possibilities for this one, check out the page to see an example of an afghan done in just this motif, each having a white background but the circles are all done differently.
Starts off with either a magic circle or a beginning chain, this is another charmer that has endless possibilities. The photo here shows 4 squares attached. Another example is here (crochet365knittoo.com) & shows how it looks as a sunflower (gorgeous!).
Both the leaves and the flower are raised up from the base. Both Spanish and English instructions provided.
This is larger at 12″ (with worsted weight yarn & size J hook), involves basic stitches plus a special Crossed Double Crochet (Xdc) that isn’t difficult at all.
Two frilly layers of round petals lift up from the background in this pretty design.
A beginner friendly pattern, every crocheter has this classic in their stash to fill out projects. This tutorial shows you step-by-step how to make the basic design (which can be done in one color as shown or mix ‘n match whatever yarns you have on hand).
A modern take on an old favorite. This is another pattern that every crocheter will want to keep in their stash as an easily filler.
Finished size is approximately 6″ with 5 yarn colors required so all the features pop. If you want a larger size, it’s easy enough just to add more rows. Free pdf download (includes bonus blanket assembly & border instructions).
A lovely, versatile option that looks great in two colors (as shown), but check out the page to see an example of it done in only one & how it looks with different yarn weights & hook sizes.
This very popular design is often seen done in a hexagon motif, here’s how to make it into a square.
Lots of pictures provided so you can see the progressing stages.
Another tutorial is found here: African Flower Tutorial (made-in-k-town.blogspot.com)
Corner to Corner Technique
Also known as “c2c”, this pattern starts from the corner (instead of the center) and works it’s way up until you reach the width you desire, then start decreasing until you get to the end corner.
Another tutorial can be found here: C2C Granny (bellacococrochet.com)
Mitered / Solid
Here’s something a little more unique & could be a neat option when looking for a solid square to fill some spaces.
Includes a nice video tutorial along with the text instructions.
A lovely design perfect for making a snuggly afghan to bundle up in on cold winter nights. I love this particular motif because it’s clearly a snowflake (some are hard to tell, they could pass for flowers).
Circle With Popcorn
It might be tricky to spot in the photo here, but there are a few “pops” in the center to add some lovely dimension to this.
Finished size is 6″.
Skill level is noted as Advanced but I think if you have some experience under your belt you could swing this. Starts off with a magic loop & recommends working in batches (make a bunch of centers first, then carry on with the 2nd & 3rd rounds).
Finished size is 2.5″ so it’s a little!
A Different Technique
Begins with a chainless starting DC (instructions provided), this makes flawless squares without unsightly chains or slip stitch joins.
More Freebies To Check Out
All About Granny Squares: Color Suggestions
Here’s some helpful information I’ve snipped from an old magazine found tucked away in my personal library…
These can be worked in as many or as few colors as desired.
If using a large number of colors (as in the traditional motif), it is usually wise to use a “holding color”–one that shows up consistently in the design.
The original square accomplished this by always having the last round in black.
The holding color will give the finished piece a feeling of continuity.
Another possibility is to gather the yarn and arrange the shades from the darkest to the lightest (or vice versa). Several different hues or shades can give an interesting 3-dimensional effect when finished.
Multiple grannies worked in one color with a border in several hues can also achieve an unusual effect. The combinations and possibilities are endless.
*Source: Woman’s Day Granny Squares & Crafts; September 1986 (some editing done for online reading)
- Block each square before joining them together. This will give the final product a polished, professional look.
- This can be done by a steam iron or by wet blocking, depending on the yarn used (check the label for guidance).
- Weave in tails once each block is completed, this avoids a looming “monster job” of prepping a large stack of grannies before the fun of assembling can be started.
Joining / Making Borders
- Flat braid join: crochet365knittoo.com
- Hdc border join: mezzacraft.com
- Slip stitch joins: crystalsandcrochet.com
- Join-as-you-go method: undergroundcrafter.com
- How to make a flat border: bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.com
- Simple loop border (after completing invisible join): patternprincess.com
- Borders & edgings (tips): crochetcabanablog.wordpress.com
- Granny-style edging pattern: petalstopicots.com
- Grannie patches border: sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.com
- How to join solid squares: repeatcrafterme.com
- Moss stitch edging: couchsurfercrochet.com