Granny Square Day 2022
Our favourite crochet holiday returns with Granny Square Day 2022 on 15th August!
Get your hooks ready, sit back and share your square on 15th August to be a part of the biggest virtual crochet blanket: it’s time for #GrannySquareDay2022
Simply Crochet is thrilled to be celebrating a 4th year hosting Granny Square Day, a huge Instagram event where the crochet community from around the world come together to make crochet granny squares and share them using the hashtag #grannysquareday2022 resulting in the BIGGEST VIRTUAL CROCHET BLANKET IN THE WORLD!
Granny Square Day is an international online celebration on Instagram, which takes place every year on the 15th August. Keep an eye on this page for the latest updates on Granny Square Day, and take a look at our fab granny square patterns and tutorials to help you take part in the special day!
And we've got exciting news, NEW THIS YEAR, we are incorporating a theme...
All about you
We are asking you, the participants, to make a square that represents something about your life; where you live, a favourite hobby or food - anything you want! This is the perfect opportunity to express yourself through crochet.
Every year Granny Square Day gets bigger and bigger and brings our hooky craft community together to showcase such wonderful crochet creativity. This year’s theme will also allow us get to know each other better and share something of our life and inspiration with others. We can’t wait to meet you all!
Granny Square 2022If you're new to Granny Square Day, we've already got loads of fab resources and free patterns for you. You can find all of our Free Granny Square patterns here, or check out the links below for more Granny Square fun!
Can't wait until Granny Square Day 2022?
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How to get involved in Granny Square Day 2022
The event was originally created in 2014 by the US crochet whizz Susan Regalia, who realised that Instagram’s iconic grid format could be used to replicate the patchwork arrangement of the classic granny square blanket online. Others quickly caught onto the idea and so Granny Square Day way born – a chance for a worldwide community to come together and celebrate what they love. “A blanket is a gift of comfort and love,” says Susan. “When any of us view or contribute some of these granny squares, it’s as though we join in a giant world hug with each other!”
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 #grannysquareday2022 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 - #grannysquaremakes2022. 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 #grannysquareday2022 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!
This year’s event will be supported by online tutorials, designer hints and tips and a host of free granny square patterns to get you in the mood.
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. It gives us great pleasure to announce that the 2022 Granny Square Ambassadors are:
Marianne Rawlins - @mazcrochets
I'm a crochet designer who specialises in colourwork. As part of the Simply Crochet team of designers, I regularly contribute patterns to the magazine and adore designing homewares, toys, accessories, clothing and more. I'm so excited to be joining the fun of Granny Square Day this year! I love taking part each year, so it's a real honour to be asked to be an ambassador! Last year I designed bacon 'n' eggs frying in a pan, and I was so pleased to see lots of makers hooking it on social media. I hope to come up with another foodie-inspired square this year. Watch this space! Follow Marianne on Instagram at @mazcrochets
Anna Nikipirowicz - @annanikipirowicz
I’m Anna, a crochet and knit designer, tutor and author of several crochet books. My designs are regularly featured in craft magazines and even TV. I work closely with brands such as West Yorkshire Spinners and LoveCrafts. I attribute my love of knitting and crochet to my very talented mother whose colourwork jumpers and hats were legendary, even if I didn’t really appreciate the skills in my childhood. Now, however, I teach regularly at John Lewis Partnership, several independent yarn stores and online. Confidence and skill building are very important to me in my classes and I’m so excited to get started on Granny Square Day! Follow Anna on Instagram at @annanikipirowicz
Johanna Lindahl - @mijocrochet
My name is Johanna Lindahl and I have been working within crochet design since 2018. I’m the founder of the one woman business: Mijo Crochet and I have a passion for colour and texture. The classic granny square has always been a favourite of mine since it can be used for just about everything and the simplicity of it gives you room to play with colours, design, and it even gives you an opportunity to find new favourite colour combinations. To me, it is an absolute treat to make a granny square blanket from scrap and just let the colors lead me, not knowing how the end result will look until it is finished. Follow Johanna on Instagram at @mijocrochet
Eleonora Tully - @coastalcrochet
I’m Eleonora, also known as ‘Coastal Crochet’, and I’m a crochet designer, crochet blogger and all-round crochet whizz! I started my crochet blog in 2015 although I’ve crocheted for over 30 years! Living by the sea provides lots of inspiration for my crochet designs, and fresh breezy coastal walks with Salty our dog helps keep my creative juices flowing. I’ve had numerous designs published in Simply Crochet magazine as well as designing for a variety of other companies and events. I teach crochet workshops and give talks on the subject too. I also host blanket crochet-alongs independently. Sharing my crochet through social media and over on my website has become such an important part of my crochet work and I love being part of the online crochet community. That’s one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of Granny Square Day. People can look through all the squares shared online, and it brings us all together through our love of crochet. That’s so very special. Follow Eleonora on Instagram at @coastalcrochet
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 the Charity ‘Operation Orphan’ and are donating our designer’s fees and granny squares to them to be made into blankets and other projects for people in need, including Ukrainian children. We will be encouraging donations of money and squares throughout #grannysquareday2022 and would love for you to get on board and help this marvellous cause.
Brad and Cyrilyn Moore founded Operation Orphan after a trip to Uganda in 2003, where they dreamed to of starting an organisation to help children who have lived through the horror of being orphaned. Brad had a life changing encounter in Moldova while on a trip to build and orphanage. He said: “The experience of seeing children, who once had no hope, no love and no support, find a new life broke my heart and sparked the desire to do my part and take up this cause.”
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After many years of carrying this vision, the charity came to life in February 2010 with the mission to make a difference to children’s lives.
If you took part in Granny Square Day and now have plenty of squares you don't know what to do with, we want to encourage you to transform them into a blanket and donate them to Operation Orphan! The blankets will then be given to children and families in need in both the UK and abroad. Operation Orphan ask that you donate completed blankets made up to approx 6ft x 4ft, to ensure that children won't outgrow their blanket. You can find out more information and where to send your completed blankets here!
Connect with them on IG on @operationorphan to find out more about their work and see how your donated squares will be used.
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 previous GSD Ambassadors free granny square patterns
Every year our Granny Square Day Ambassadors each design us a special free pattern for Granny Square Day. Our 2022 Ambassadors will be designing some special squares too which we'll be updating you on nearer the day, but if you can't wait until then you can find links to all our ambassadors squares from previous years 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 2022
In the lead up to Granny Square Day 2022, we'll be bringing you some new free granny square projects!
Our first pattern is this fantastic Free granny cardigan pattern! It's a great project for practicing those classic 3-treble granny clusters, as well as making an easy garment that you'll love wearing all year round!
Check out the Free Granny Cardigan Crochet Pattern
Next we're helping you to use your crochet skills and favourite granny squares to update an old worn-out jumper! This amazing crochet-hacking pattern by Emma Friedlander-Collins is also a great way of using up any squares you've made while practicing for Granny Square Day!
Take a look at the Free granny square crochet jumper embellishment project
For our last free pattern before the big day, we're bring you a classic granny square project - a nice blanket! This stylish throw features a twist on the classic granny, instead using squares with a delightful circular puff stitch centre!
Get hooking the Free puff stitch granny square blanket crochet pattern today!
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.
Check out the Granny Square Day 2022 hashtags!
Now that you know all about what's happening for Granny Square Day 2022, why not head on over to Instagram and check out what's happening already! Remember you can find everyone''s granny squares at#grannysquareday2022 and all Granny Square related projects at #grannysquaremakes2022
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.