16 granny square crochet ideas

Get inspired for Granny Square Day 2020 with 16 must-hook makes to create granny square crochet projects

Granny square crochet ideas

Whether you’re new to crochet or a total pro, it couldn’t be easier to take part – simply share a granny square pic on Instagram, cropped so your stitches fill the screen, and add #grannysquareday2020 to your post.


When you search on the hashtag, you’ll then see a virtual blanket made from yours and your fellow makers’ squares – it’s like a big ol’ cosy worldwide hug. Click here for more info from our sister mag Simply Crochet, and scroll down for some free granny square patterns, all with project tutorials once you’ve got your snap for the ‘Gram. We’ve got everything from flags to pockets and slippers, so take a look and don’t forget to share your finished pics with us on social using #molliemakers.

Head to our free granny square patterns collection to find the patterns to get started, and read on for our favourite ways to show them off.

Main image courtesy of RedAgape


Granny square shorts

Summer’s here, and we plan to hit the beach, park and garden in some pretty spectacular shorts. Cue these little beauties from the talented Set Free My Gypsy Soul. Hook yours up and prepare for allll the compliments.

Granny Square Crochet Shorts
Image courtesy of Set Free My Gypsy Soul

Granny square crochet flags

Granny square crochet flags
Image courtesy of Felted Button

Could anything be more beautiful than a bike complete with retro basket and granny square flags? We think not, which is why we’re all over this project from Felted Button. Hang yours on your bicycle and you’ll officially be the owner of the most whimsical bike in town.


Granny square chair covers

Granny square crochet chair covers
Image courtesy of Felted Button

You’ll literally be sitting pretty on these colourful crochet chair covers, which you can craft to make the jazzy of jazziest chairs. We’ve got all the heart eyes for their bright colours and their tassels too.


Crochet cactus granny square

Grannys square crochet cactus
Image courtesy of Maria’s Blue Crayon

We’re officially in love with this crochet cactus granny square – it’s a bright, statement GS and ever so slightly softer than the real thing. Get the free crochet pattern from Maria’s Blue Crayon.


Leo the Lion crochet granny square toy

Granny square crochet lion

Image courtesy of Mary’s Cute & Cozy Crochet Look closely and you’ll see there’s something a bit different about Leo the Lion – he’s made almost entirely of crochet granny squares (42, to be exact). Fancy making him? We’ve got the tutorial from Mary’s Cute & Cozy Crochet.


Mini granny square crochet baskets

Granny square crochet baskets
Image courtesy A Moka Day and from This Little Street

You can hook up these mini granny square crochet baskets to store all your bits and bobs that don’t have a home, from nail polishes to pens and pencils. We’ll probably need to make at least 10 then.


Crochet granny square pocket

Granny square crochet pockets
Image courtesy of RedAgape

Pockets looking a bit boring? No problem. Just hook up this granny square, sew it on and your pocket will look way more delightful. Tutorial by RedAgape. 


Slippers made from crochet granny squares

Granny square crochet slippers
Image courtesy of Purl Soho

Show your love for crochet as you mooch around your pad with these granny square slippers. You’ll only need to make six grannies per slipper, so you can whip up a pair in no time. Now you just need to decide what colour combo to go with. Hmm…


Crochet granny square child’s dress

Image courtesy of La Tessoria and Mon Petit Violon

Test out your granny square and sewing skills with this dress – the ideal treat for a little one. Opt for a fabric skirt section or make it in crochet too. After all, you can never have too much crochet, right?


Heart granny square

Granny square crochet hearts
Image courtesy of Petals to Picots

Update the classic GS with some simple hearts – ideal for Valentine’s Day or pretty much anytime you want to show the love. Get the tutorial from Petals to Picots.


Colourful granny square bag

Granny square crochet blanket
Image courtesy of Ali Campbell via Gartur Stitch Farm

Carry all your purchases back from the shops in your very own colourful, crochet bag for life. Get the free pattern from guest blogger Ali Campbell on Gartur Stitch Farm.


Crochet granny square pin cushions

Granny square crochet pin cushion
Image courtesy of Lulu Loves

Fancy a quick make? You can create a crochet granny square pin cushion in a mere hour (tops). Give it away as a sweet little prezzie or – even better – keep it for yourself.


Colourful granny square dishcloths

Granny square crochet dishcloths
Image courtesy of Dabbles & Babbles

It’s fair to say washing the dishes is way down there on our fave activity list, kind of around the painting the walls and taking out the bins mark. We think we can make it just that teeny bit more exciting with these granny square dishcloths though, or at least a bit more colourful.


Granny’s granny square market apron

Granny square crochet apron
Image courtesy of Tangled Happy

Stand out at your next craft fair stall by wearing the Granny’s market apron from Tangled Happy. Grab the free tutorial and get started.


Bear hug comforter

Granny square crochet comforter
Image courtesy of Paintbox Yarn via Love Crochet

Give a little one an epic bear hug with this sweet comforter from Paintbox Yarn. Download the free tutorial and get hooking.


Daisy granny square pillow

granny square crochet pillow
Image courtesy of You Should Craft

Whip up a batch of granny squares and turn them into a cushion with this handy tutorial from You Should Craft. Go for subtle grey with a pop of yellow or choose your own colourway.


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