To celebrate Granny Square Day, we're bringing you some fab free patterns to help you make the most of your squares. This free granny square cushion cover crochet pattern by Kirstie McLeod uses simple 3-round squares which are super-quick to hook up, and you can easily mix and match different squares too if you fancy adding a bit of variation - just make sure they all end up the same size as specified in the tension notes so you can join them together neatly. The squares are joined with a simple dc join and the back is finished with a simple fabric square (or you could always double up the amount of grannys squares to make the back too!). If this is your first granny square project where you'll be joining lots of crochet squares together, then make sure you check out our guide on how to join crochet shapes together.


You will need

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75% Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 5% Cashmere, 50g/116m) or alternative Dk yarn, 1 ball of each:

  • Buttermilk (345),
  • Frenchie (347),
  • Cuddle (002),
  • Piglet (001),
  • Puzzle (195),
  • Cheeky (048),
  • Little Miss Plum (243),
  • Elkin (337),
  • Button (051),
  • Tittlemouse (277)

A 4mm (US G/6) hook
A 41cm (16in) square cushion pad
Piece of fabric measuring at least 44cm square for backing


To fit a 41cm (16in) square cushion pad


Each square measures 6.5x6.5cm (21⁄2x21⁄2in)


If you’re not familiar with any of the abbreviations used check out our full abbreviations and conversions guide. This free granny square pillow cover crochet pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide

Free granny square cushion cover crochet pattern



Make 36 squares. Every square has the final round worked in Tittlemouse, and uses a different colour (referred to as Yarn A and B) for each of the first two rounds. Every square on our crochet cushion is different, but you can use random colour combinations for the first 2 rounds until the yarn is used up.

With Yarn A, ch6, ss in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1 (RS) Ch5 (counts as tr and ch2), working into ring (3tr, ch2) 3 times, 2tr, ss in third ch of beg ch-5. [4 3-tr groups, 4 corner ch-2 sp] Fasten off.

Round 2 With Yarn B, ss into corner ch- sp, ch5 (counts as tr and ch2), 3tr in same place as ss, *ch1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next corner ch-sp; rep from * twice more, ch1, 2tr in same place as first ss, ss in third ch of beg ch-5. [8 3-tr groups, 4 corner ch-2 sp, 4 side ch-1 sp] Fasten off.

Round 3 With Tittlemouse, ss into corner ch-sp, ch5 (counts as tr and ch2), 3tr in same place as ss, *ch1, 3tr in next side ch-sp, ch1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in corner ch-sp; rep from * twice more, ch1, 3tr in next side ch-sp, ch1, 2tr in corner ch-sp, ss in third ch of beg ch-5. [12 3-tr groups, 4 corner ch-2 sp, 8 side ch-1 sp] Fasten off and weave in ends.


To join

Join the squares using Tittlemouse and a double crochet seam to make a block of 6x6 squares, as folls:

With WS of 2 squares facing, insert the hook in each space or stitch of both squares, and work a double crochet stitch as normal. Join the yarn in the corner space and work 2dc in each corner space and 1dc in each other stitch or space.

When working seams in the other direction, at the joint of 4 squares ch1 to go over the top of the existing seam.

Fabric backing

Cut a square of fabric measuring 44x44cm and press a seam allowance of 1.5cm to the WS of the fabric all round. With WS of fabric and squares together, oversew around 3 sides, then insert the cushion pad before sewing up the last side.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this free granny square crochet pillow cover pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Kirstie McLeodEditor, Simply Knitting

Kirstie is the Editor of Simply Knitting and Commissioning Editor of The Knitter, and what she doesn’t know about knitting isn’t worth knowing! She’s responsible for packing both magazines with gorgeous, fresh patterns by designers from all over the globe and bringing the biggest trends from the fashion world straight to your needles. When she’s not squishing new yarns, browsing the latest pattern collections, and travelling to knitting shows across the UK and beyond, Kirstie can be found working on her own knitwear designs – and she even finds time to crochet too! Look her up on Ravelry to see her latest creations, and follow her on Instagram at @kirstie.mcleod.

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