Free Granny Square Patterns

Whether you're looking for a basic square, or something more challenging, here's our collection of free Granny Square Patterns!

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

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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 types of granny squares out there – from intricate lace, textured stitches, pictorial squares and much more.

Granny squares have long been a popular project for crocheters throughout history, hitting their hay-day in the 1970’s. One of the main reasons for this is that they are quick shapes that you can make with any scraps of left over yarn. Granny squares are usually stitched together to create colourful 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 1800’s). From its boom in the 1960’s and 70’s 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.

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Below you’ll find some fab free granny square patterns, including the traditional granny square as well as a few more fun variations.

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 it to US terms using this handy chart.

Simply Crochet UK-to-US conversion chart

Basic Granny Square crochet pattern

Whether you’re new to granny squares, or just need a refresher – we’ve 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 the repeats).

You can also check out our full how to make a crochet granny square tutorial, which includes step-by-step photo’s and plenty of handy tips and resources for beginners.

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Basic Granny Square crochet pattern

Make a magic loop (alternatively, you can ch4 and join with a ss in the first ch to make a loop).

Round 1 (RS) ch5 (counts as tr, ch2 throughout), (3tr, ch2) 3 times, 2tr, ss to 3rd ch of beg ch-5 to join [12 tr]

Round 2 (RS) ss into ch-2 sp, ch5, (3tr, ch1) into same ch-sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) into next 3 ch-sps, 2tr in same place as ss from start of round 2, ss into third ch of beginning ch-5 [24 sts]

Fasten off (or change colour using your preferred method)

Round 3 Using new colour ss into any ch-2 sp, ch5, (3tr, ch1) in same sp, *(3tr, ch1) in next ch-1 sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in ch-2 sp; rep from * another two times, (3tr, ch1) in next ch-1 sp, 2tr in same place as ss from start of round 3, ss into third ch of beginning ch-5. [36 sts]

Fasten off (or change colour using your preferred method)

Round 4 using new colour ss into any ch-2 sp, ch5, (3tr, ch1) in same sp, *(3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 sp across to next corner, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in ch-2 sp; rep from * another two times, (3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 sp across to last, 2tr in same place as ss from start of round 4, ss into third ch of beginning ch-5

Fasten off (or change colour using your preferred method)

Round 5 (optional) join yarn with ss into any ch-2 sp, ch1 (does not count as st), *(dc, ch1, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each st and ch-1 sp across to next corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ss to top of beg dc

Fasten off


Now that you’ve made a basic granny square, there’s plenty of simple variations you can make to get different results from your crochet squares. With a basic granny square you end up with quite a few holes  in your square, but if you’re after a more full and solid square, try this pattern below.

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!

Treble Granny Square crochet pattern

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Materials

Any DK cotton yarn
1 ball of each:

Yarn A Apple Green
Yarn B Claret Red
Yarn C Yellow
Yarn D Navy

Hook size
A 4mm or US G/6 hook

Pattern

With Yarn A, ch4, join with a ss into a ring.

Round 1 Ch5 (counts as 1tr and 2ch), (3tr into ring, ch2) 3 times, 2tr into ring, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 2 Join Yarn B in any corner sp with a ss. Ch7 (counts as 1tr and 4ch), 2tr into same corner sp, *1tr in each of next 3 tr, (2tr, ch4, 2tr) into corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 3 tr, 1tr in corner sp, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 3 Join Yarn C in any corner sp with a ss. Ch7 (counts as 1tr and 4ch), 2tr into same corner sp, *1tr in each of next 7 tr, (2tr, ch4, 2tr) into corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 7 tr, 1tr in corner sp, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 4 Join Yarn D in any corner sp with a ss. Ch7 (counts as 1tr and 4ch), 2tr into same corner sp, *1tr in each of next 11 tr, (2tr, ch4, 2tr) into corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 11 tr, 1tr in corner sp, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Chart

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Now that you’ve learnt the fundamentals of how to make a granny square, you’re ready to try combining them together! Why not check out some of our patterns and use your granny square skills to make something amazing!

If you’ve caught the granny square bug, here’s a few more free granny square patterns for you to try!

Granny Doris crochet pattern

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Materials

Materials

Any DK cotton yarn
1 ball of each:

Yarn A Claret Red
Yarn B Yellow
Yarn C Aubergine
Yarn D Light Blue
Yarn E Peacock Blue

Hook size
A 4mm or US G/6 hook

Pattern

With Yarn A, ch4, join with a ss into a ring.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as tr), 11tr into ring, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 2 Join Yarn B in any st with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr into back loop of same st, *(1tr into front loop, 1tr into back loop) of same st; rep from * 10 times, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 3 Join Yarn C in any st with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), (1tr, ch2, 2tr) into same st, *1tr into each of next 5 tr, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) into next tr to form corner; rep from * twice, 1tr into each of next 5 tr, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 4 Join Yarn D in any corner ch-2 sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), (1tr, ch2, 2tr) into same sp, *1tr into each of next 9 tr, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) into next ch-sp to form corner; rep from * twice, 1tr into each of next 9 tr, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 5 Join Yarn E in a corner ch-sp with a ss. Ch1 (does not count as st), dc evenly around with 1dc in each st and 2dc in each ch-2 sp, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Chart

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Granny Doreen

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Materials  

Materials

Any DK cotton yarn
1 ball of each:

Yarn A Green
Yarn B Navy
Yarn C Light Orange
Yarn D Grey Brown

Hook size
A 4mm or US G/6 hook

Special abbreviations

3-tr cluster: (Yrh, insert hook in space/st indicated, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, inserting the hook in the same space/st each time, yrh and draw through all loops on hook.

4-tr cluster: (Yrh, insert hook in space/st indicated, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, inserting the hook in the same space/st each time, yrh and draw through all loops on hook.

Pattern

With Yarn A, ch8, join with a ss into a ring.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as tr), 3-tr cluster into ring, *ch4, 4-tr cluster into ring; rep from * twice, ch4, ss to top of 3-tr cluster, fasten off.

Round 2 Join Yarn B in any ch-4 corner sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), (2tr, ch3, 3tr) in same corner sp, *tr into top of next cluster, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in next corner sp; rep from * twice, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 3 Join Yarn C in any ch-3 corner sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), (1tr, ch3, 2tr) in same ch-3 corner sp, *1tr in each of next 7 tr, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in next ch-3 corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 7 tr, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 4 Join Yarn D in a corner ch-sp with a ss. Ch1 (does not count as a st), dc in each st around working 2dc in each corner ch-sp, ss to first dc, fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Chart

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Granny Florence

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Materials  

Any DK cotton yarn
1 ball of each:

Yarn A Light Green
Yarn B Bright Pink
Yarn C Pink
Yarn D Navy

Hook size
A 4mm or US G/6 hook

Pattern

With Yarn A, ch6, join with a ss into a ring.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, ch3, (3tr into ring, ch3) three times, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 2 Join Yarn B in any corner ch-3 sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) into same ch-3 sp, ch2, *(3tr, ch1, 3tr) into next ch-3 sp, ch2; rep from * twice, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 3 Join Yarn C in any corner ch-1 sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) into same sp, *ch2, (tr, ch2, tr) into next ch-2 sp, ch2, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) into next ch-1 sp; rep from * twice, ch2, (tr, ch2, tr) into next ch-2 sp, ch2, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 4 Join Yarn D in any corner ch-1 sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) into same sp, *ch3, skip next ch-2 sp, (tr, ch3, tr) into next ch-2 sp, ch3, skip next ch-2 sp, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) into next ch-1 sp; rep from * twice, ch3, skip next ch-2 sp, (tr, ch3, tr) into next ch-2 sp, ch3, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Chart

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Granny Audrey

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Materials

Any DK cotton yarn
1 ball of each:

Yarn A Light Orange
Yarn B Grey Brown
Yarn C Light Green
Yarn D Fuchsia

Hook size

A 4mm or US G/6 hook

Pattern

With Yarn A, ch6, join with a ss into a ring.

Round 1 Ch6 (counts as 1tr, ch3), (1tr into ring, ch3) 7 times, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 2 Join Yarn B in any ch-3 sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), 3tr in same ch-3 sp, ch2, (4tr into next ch-3 sp, ch2) 7 times, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 3 Join Yarn C in any ch-2 sp with a ss. Ch5 (counts as 1tr, ch2), (6tr into next ch-2 sp, ch2) 7 times, 5tr into next ch-2 sp, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.

Round 4 Join Yarn D in any ch-2 sp with a ss. Ch1 (does not count as dc), dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch3, dc in centre of 6tr group (in sp between 3rd and 4th tr), ch3, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch3, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in centre of next 6tr group (in sp between 3rd and 4th tr), ch3, dc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice, ch3, dc in centre of 6tr group (in sp between 3rd and 4th tr), ch3, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch3, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in centre of next 6tr group (in sp between 3rd and 4th tr), ch3, ss to first dc, fasten off.

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Weave in all ends.

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