Granny Square Day is an international online celebration on Instagram, which returns again on the 15th August 2021. Keep an eye on this page for the latest updates on this year’s Granny Square Day, and take a look at our fab granny square patterns and tutorials that you can get started on while we’re waiting for the special day!
Granny Square 2021
If you’re new to Granny Square Day, we’ve already got loads of fab resources and free patterns to help you get ready for the big day. You can find all of our Free Granny Square patterns here, or check out the links below for more Granny Square fun!
How to get involved in Granny Square Day 2021
Granny Square Day began back in 2014 by Susan Regalia (@suregal27 on Instagram). Susan told us, “I had just learned to crochet and was enamoured with the cheerful little granny square, and the idea of having a Granny Square Day was born”.
While Susan knew her day had proven popular, she hadn’t anticipated the snowballing popularity of the event, which had over 6,000 posts in 2018. It was this avalanche that lead to her handing over the reins to Simply Crochet, to ensure Granny Square Day could continue to reach its potential and continue its mission to unite crocheters the world over.
Whether you’re new to crochet, or are a seasoned pro, it couldn’t be easier to get involved! Here’s how to get involved in Granny Square Day
1. Take a photo of a granny square (a 4-round traditional granny works best but feel free to be as creative as you want)
2. Crop it so that the single square fills the entire screen of your post
3. Be sure to include the hashtag #grannysquareday2021 in the description of your Instagram post, as when viewing the hashtag the Instagram grid format assembles the squares into a virtual granny square blanket! We want to encourage people to only use this hashtag for posting crochet squares, if you want to share a completed Granny Square project on the day, check out our new hashtag below!
This year we’re also launching a special new hashtag – #grannysquaremakes2021. We love seeing all of your final granny square projects, so we’ve created this new hashtag as a dedicated place to share all of your fabulous makes! Not only will this be a great place to show off your inspiring projects and designs, but it will also help to keep the main #grannysquareday2021 hashtag dedicated to your brilliant squares!
And make sure you’re following the Simply Crochet Instagram for all the latest updates and to see our squares on the day!
Granny Square Day ambassadors!
To help us celebrate Granny Square Day and spread the word of this fab online event, we enlist the help of some very special granny Square Day ambassadors… and we’re so excited to announce that our 2021 Granny Square Day Ambassadors are…
Lucy Regan – @attic24
Lucy is a designer and writer, with a healthy obsession for crochet, colour and creative living. She works from her cosy studio above a local café, crocheting, designing, daydreaming and drinking rather a lot of frothy coffee! She is a Mum to three children, and author of the creative lifestyle blog Attic24.
“I am passionate about our worldwide crochet community and contributing to the groups and platforms which keep us connected and inspired. Granny Square Day perfectly illustrates the vibrant community spirit of our online crochet world and I love being a part of it.”
Hannah Cross – @hanjancrochet
Hannah is the designer, creator and blogger behind HanJan Crochet since it launched in 2012. Her complete inability to follow instructions from anyone (just ask her husband) meant that from the very start Hannah was designing her own crochet patterns and soon began to be featured in publications such as Simply Crochet and many more. More recently she has been loving sharing her modern and fresh designs and knowledge on www.hanjancrochet.com and is thrilled to be an ambassador.
“I’m so excited to be a Granny Square Day Ambassador this year! I love how they can work to fit every skill level from beginner to advanced and that they can be joined to form just about anything you like!”
Sarah C- @fanaticalfibers
Sarah has been crocheting since she was seventeen after taking on a crochet project inspired by one of her favourite movies. After battling an unknown illness in 2018 and 2019 (that has since been diagnosed as Atypical Crohn’s disease), she took Fanatical Fibers on full-time. In a moment of “carpe diem” mania, she joined Tik Tok during the pandemic to make entertaining videos promoting her crocheted pieces and now has over half a million followers there!
“One of my earliest projects was a granny square blanket inspired by the Question Blocks from Mario Bros. It’s been a while since I’ve made any projects with them, so I am positively elated to participate in Granny Square Day this year!”
Stephanie Glaves- @steffi_glaves
Steffi is designer and author specialising in micro crochet. During last year’s Granny Square Day, she hosted Instagram Lives and other various social media bits for the day and is excited to get more involved this year through her role as ambassador. Steffi crochets along her day job as a secondary school teacher and is author of 100 Micro Motif Motifs where she displays her patterns of micro crochet lace jewellery, including a lovely pair of Granny Square earrings.
“I’m a micro crochet designer and secondary school teacher. I crochet a lot of jewellery and I can’t wait to make myself some granny square earrings for the day!”
Keep your eyes peeled on this page as well as our ambassadors and the Simply Crochet Instagram for all the latest updates on this years ambassadors!
Helping Charity for Granny Square Day
This year we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with organisation Woolly Hugs and are donating our designer’s fees and granny squares to them in order for them to be made into blankets and other projects for people in need.
Originally started to support bereaved families, founders Ginny and Gertie have grown Woolly Hugs to be a voluntary online community aiming to show love and support through craft. With help from crochet donations, they create blankets and projects to donate to children, babies and families in need with family bereavement still at the core of everything they do. Having previously created blankets for children’s hospices, refugee centres and cancer patients, Woolly Hugs are teaming up with us for Granny Square Day 2021 in the hopes that our shared crochet passion can help those who need it.
We want to encourage everyone taking part in #grannysquareday2021 to check out the Woolly Hugs website to find out how you can support the charity and donate your granny squares for future projects of theirs.
Let’s start with the basics – making a basic square! If you’ve never even picked up a crochet hook before, don’t worry, it’s surprisingly simple and you’ll find everything you need to know in our how to make a crochet granny square tutorial.
Check out our 2020 Ambassadors free granny square patterns
In 2020 our Granny Square Day Ambassadors each designed us a special free pattern for Granny Square Day 2020. Our 2021 Ambassadors will be designing some special squares too which we’ll be updating you on soon, but if you can’t wait until then you can find links to all our 2020 ambassadors squares in our Free Granny Square Patterns post.
We’ve made a special tutorial to help you make the most of your granny squares. Often the final part of assembling your squares together can be the hardest part of any project, so in our tutorial you’ll find 5 different ways to join your crochet shapes together!
One of our favourite things about granny square day is not only seeing the virtual granny square blankets that appear when you look at the hashtag, but also seeing the creative collages that people make with their favourite squares. If you’ve always wondered how people make these collages, then you’re in luck – just check out our guide on how to make a granny square collage with your smart phone!
Check out our free granny square project patterns for 2021
In the lead up to Granny Square Day 2021, we’ll be bringing you a new granny square project every Monday!
Our first free pattern is this fantastic free granny triangle bunting crochet pattern! We know it’s not square, but these cool crochet triangles use the same technique as granny squares, and what could be a better pattern to celebrate the return of Granny Square Day than some fun and festive bunting!
Our second free pattern combines classic granny squares with 90’s fashion to produce an on-trend project! Bucket hat’s are having a bit of a fashion revival right now, and you can crochet your own fab summer hat with this free crochet bucket hat pattern by Anne Egan!
Check out our top 40+ Granny Square Project Patterns
If you’ve still not found the perfect project for all your freshly hooked squares, then check out our 40+ Granny Square Projects list – there’s bound to be something for you to hook up!
Keep an eye on this page for the latest updates, but for now here’s some extra free crochet patterns to get you started!
We hope you get involved and we can’t wait to see what you hook up for granny square day! Share a picture of your granny square and join in with us on the 15th August over on Simply Crochet magazines’s Instagram. 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.