Granny Squares are a fantastic place to start if you're new to crochet, and below you'll find not only our basic crochet granny square pattern but also a whole blanket-load of free granny square patterns!


A basic granny square is generally comprised of chains and treble stitches, worked from the centre outwards, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different granny square patterns out there - from intricate lace, textured stitches, pictorial crochet squares and much more.

Below you'll find some fab free granny square patterns, including the basics of how to crochet a granny square as well as a few more fun crochet square variations and some exclusive squares designed especially for us by our Granny Square Day Ambassadors!

Once you've had your fill of granny squares (if that's even possible), we've got loads more free crochet patterns for you to try right here on Gathered.

New to crochet?

If you've never picked up a crochet hook before, we'd recommend taking a look at our how to crochet for beginners guide before diving straight into a granny square.

If you need a hand reading the granny square patterns in this post, you can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide.

All of these patterns are written in UK terminology, but you can easily convert them to US terms using our guide.

Become a granny square expert

Treat yourself to The Ultimate Granny Square Collection - a stunning special edition magazine featuring a selection of gorgeous scarves, bags, tops and home décor as well as a library of 50 original square patterns!

The ultimate granny square collection

How to crochet a granny square

How to crochet a granny square

Everyone needs to start somewhere, and there's no better place than our full how to crochet a granny square tutorial.

You'll find our basic granny square pattern as a printable pdf that you can download, plus there's also step-by-step photos and plenty of handy tips and resources for beginners.

Whether you’re new to granny squares, or just need a refresher – we’ve also created this handy walk-through video to help you with the tricky bits!

You may want to pause the video if you’re working along to it (as we fast-forward through some of the repeats).

Granny square library

If you want to have an incredible range of granny squares to choose from, then why not check out the amazing Granny Square Book by Margaret Hubert?


Easy granny square patterns


Now that you've mastered the basics of how to crochet a granny square, try mixing things up with these easy granny square crochet patterns. We've collected six simple patterns for you to try, each with slightly different stitches and styles.

We've also included the charts for each granny square pattern to help you. Charts are particularly useful for working out where your stitches should go, especially when patterns skip stitches or have complex positioning of stitches.

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If you're new to crochet charts, check out our guide on how to read crochet charts.

P.S. Blocking makes a big difference to the final shape of your squares. Because of this we’ve left our squares unblocked in each picture so you’ll have a better idea of what yours will look like before blocking. If you’re new to blocking, you can find our Blocking Tutorial Video here!

Epic granny square cardigan project

This amazing pattern originally appeared in issue 90 of Simply Crochet, which you can still buy as a digital issue or you can buy the pattern from Lovecrafts

Crochet granny square cardigan

Free granny square patterns for 2023!

To help you get hyped up for this year's granny square day, we'll be bringing you a free granny square to try each Tuesday in the lead up to the big day!

Free Granny Square Day 2023 Patterns


Free Granny Square Patterns by our GSD ambassadors

For Granny Square Day we recruit top crochet designers and stars to become ambassadors to help us celebrate the day.

They each design us an exclusive free granny square pattern, especially for the day, and you can still check out and make our previous ambassador squares below!

Free bear granny square crochet patterns by Natalie Beard


Natalie Beard aka Sewing the Seeds of Love enjoyed being our 2020 ambassador so much, that she's create two brand new and exclusive squares for 2023 - both of them depicting an adorable bear! This is in partnership with our official charity for Granny Square Day 2023, Amoami! Find out more about them over on our Instagram.

Download the free granny square bears crochet patterns

Frog Granny Square crochet pattern by @fanaticalfibres

Sarah C Free granny Square Pattern

Sarah of @fanaticalfibres designed this adorable frog granny square pattern. Kids will love this fun square, almost as much as you'll love making it!

Free granny square pattern by Steffi Glaves

Steffi Glaves free granny square pattern

Grab your small (2.5mm) crochet hook and try Steffi Glaves's beautiful granny square design.

Free Granny Square and Cushion crochet pattern by @hanjancrochet


Hannah Cross has not only designed a special granny square pattern but has also used it in this fabulous free cushion pattern too!

The Flora Granny Square by Attic24

Flora free granny square pattern

Lucy from Attic24 has designed us this beautiful Flora granny square pattern, and has also created it as a full step-by-step photo tutorial to help you with every round!

Flower bobble granny square by Nomad Stitches


Granny Square Day 2020 Ambassador Sandra Gutierrez not only designed us a special crochet granny square but even turned it into one that you can make as a CAL.

She even made accompanying videos for each part where Sandra takes you through each step!

Free Colour Circle Granny Square Pattern by Ola Ogunlolu


Our 2020 Ambassador Ola designed this fabulous Colour Circle granny square, especially for Granny Square Day.

Whatever the weather granny square collection by Natalie Beard


Our 2020 Granny square day ambassador Natalie Beard aka Sewing the Seeds of Love spoiled us by making not just one but three exclusive granny square patterns!

Free Bloomfield Crochet Granny Square Pattern by Toni Lipsey


We love this beautiful Bloomfield Crochet Square by 2020 ambassador Toni, which uses a bit of Tunisian crochet to make the centre circle!

Free Crochet Granny Square Pattern by Jessica Carey (the.hook.nook)

hook nook free granny square patterns

Jessica Carey (aka the.hook.nook) designed us three spectacular monochrome granny square patterns, including a simple square, a circular centre design and a pretty 3D flower design too!

Flower Power granny square crochet pattern by Sweet Sharna


Sharna Moore (@sweet_sharna) was one of our 2019 Granny Square Day Ambassadors and designed us this beautiful 3D flower granny square.

Textured Solid Granny Square Pattern by Sarah Shrimpton


Here's another fab free granny square by one of our 2019 Granny Square Day ambassadors Sarah Shrimpton (@Annaboos_House).

  • You can find the instructions for this pattern in both UK and US terms on her website.

Take it two-tone

If you like the look of diagonal 2-tone granny squares, take it one step further with this neon cushion by Emma Friedlander-Collins! Find the pattern on Etsy.

Neon granny square cushion pattern

Sue Square crochet pattern by Dedri Uys


Dedri Uys (@barbertondaisy) was another of our 2019 Granny Square Day Ambassadors and designed this crochet granny square which she dedicated to her friend Sue.

  • You can find the pattern with full step-by-step pictures on her blog here.

Spot granny square crochet pattern by Katie Jones


Katie Jones is an icon of the crochet world and for Granny Square Day 2019, she shared this colourful creation. It might have been back in 2019 but it will still make a fab addition to this year!

Super-cool cat cushion

Calling all cat fans!!! If you want your granny squares to look purrr-fect, then you've got to check out this amazing cushion by Pony McTate! Find the pattern on Etsy.

Crochet granny square cat cushion

More Free Granny Square Crochet Patterns

If you've caught the granny square bug, here's a few more different granny square patterns for you to try - and all of the following are free granny square patterns too!

Exclusive Zandra Rhodes inspired granny square!


With her signature pink locks in a fringed bob and her electric blue eyeshadow, this is unmistakably fashion icon Zandra Rhodes in crochet form!

In issue 119 of Simply Crochet you'll find an amazing Zandra Rhodes pattern collection, not only celebrating the iconic British designer's unique style but also made using her exclusive range of West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab yarn.

This amazing granny square was made for Simply Crochet by regular designer Natalie Beard. It’s available as a free pattern for you to make yourself!

Rainbow granny square crochet pattern by Marianne Rawlins

free rainbow granny square pattern

Popcorn granny square crochet pattern by Sam Hermes

popcorn stitch free granny square pattern

Bee granny square crochet pattern by Cara Medus


Granny square crochet pattern by HanJanCrochet


We've been fans of HanJan Crochet since day one and we especially love her pattern for Granny Square Day 2020. She even shares her tips on how to avoid twisting your granny squares.

Free heart granny square crochet pattern from Mollie Makes


The lovely Emma Wilkinson designed this heart granny square crochet pattern for Mollie Makes and it's the perfect crochet square to add to your collection. Spread the love through crochet!

Daisy granny square pattern by Just Be Crafty


Daisy granny squares are super popular so we had to include a free pattern for Granny Square Day.

  • Brittany from Just Be Crafty has a quick and easy tutorial on her blog for these floral squares.

Nadine granny square pattern by Every Trick on the Hook


Next up we have a square from across the pond. Polly Plum's Nadine granny square is a step up from your basic square but don't worry, Polly breaks the crochet square down into simple steps.

Swirling granny square pattern by Josie Calvert Briggs


Finally, we're finishing our round-up with this funky swirling pattern by Josie Calvert Briggs.

She uses Snovej's tutorial for the two-colour spiral and has modified it into a granny square.

Granny squares that stand out!

With 100 crochet squares featuring flowers, animals, food and drink, motifs and more, the 3D granny squares book is perfect for you!


Granny Square Day

Granny Square Day takes place on the 15th August every year (put it in your diaries) and is our crochet highlight of the year.

Granny Square Day 2023

Crochet Granny Squares - Past & Present

Our free granny square vest crochet pattern has that fab retro granny square style!

Granny squares have long been a popular project for crocheters throughout history, hitting their hay-day in the 1970s.

One of the main reasons for this is that they are quick shapes that you can make with any scraps of leftover yarn. Granny squares are usually stitched together to create colourful granny square blankets, which have been historically called crochet Afghans (referring to the people of Afghanistan, with the first use of this term being used to describe hand-woven blankets, colourful textiles and carpets appearing in the 1800s).

From its boom in the 1960s and 70s with super-colourful granny square outfits, granny squares have consistently gone in and out of fashion, even appearing regularly in catwalk collections by fashion designers since the millennium.

How to join granny squares


Once you've made some squares and are ready to turn them into a project, you'll need to know how to join your granny squares together!

There are a few different ways of doing this – you can sew or even crochet them together, and you can make joins that lie flat or are raised to give added texture. We've created a handy guide which walks you through each of the methods so you can get your joins looking perfect!

Granny square hooded jacket!

This fab pattern takes the classic granny square and gives it a twist for modern times. Find the pattern on Etsy.

Granny Square Projects

Granny squares are great for practicing and learning new stitches but are also fun makes for when you just want a bit of quick crochet time. Hold onto all those different squares and you can use them in a variety of projects. Even if they aren't exactly the same size, you can use them as a reference to get an idea of which types of squares will work best for certain projects.

Find your next granny square project

Once you've found your favourite squares, it's time to turn them into something fabulous! As much as we love a nice crochet granny square blanket there's so many more uses for these cool little crochet squares!


Find the perfect project to use them in with Gathered's pick of the 40+ Granny Square Projects.



Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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