30 of the Best Granny Square Projects

Hooked on the humble granny square but not not sure what to do with them? Here are our favourite granny square projects – from cosy footwear to vintage kitchen chic.

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Granny square jumper

So you’ve whipped up a beautiful batch of granny squares, and now you’re not sure what to do with them? To celebrate the upcoming Granny Square Day, we’ve rounded up these fun granny square projects to show you how to turn your squares into cosy homewares and must-wear accessories. If you’re only just starting out on your crochet journey, catch up with the basics with our guide to How to make a granny square. And if you’re looking for individual square patterns, you can find loads of them in our Free Granny Squares Patterns post!

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Main image = Hannah Cross’s Square Flair jumper as featured in Simply Crochet magazine 

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Bags of fun

Join a bunch of granny squares and add a strap for this handy out-and-about bag – use it for storing your latest crochet project or taking with you to the shops. Use our free granny square bag pattern as a crochet handbag or crochet market bag, your belongings will be safe with granny square style!

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Deborah Bradley designed this versatile crochet bag pattern for Simply Crochet magazine
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Make Granny squares into slippers

All you need is six squares per foot to make these cosiest of homespun slippers – to hook up your own check out our Free Granny Square Slippers Pattern by Fran Morgan.

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Square Away a Scarf

Carmen Heffernan’s All Squared Away Scarf mixes all the vintage granny square vibes with a bold colour palette for the cosiest of Autumn-ready crochet patterns. Get the free pattern here.

All Squared Up Granny Square Scarf
All Squared Up Scarf © Carmen Heffernan
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Hook a rainbow

Crochet a rainbow-full of colour to instantly cheer up nurseries, sofas and picnics with our free granny square baby blanket crochet pattern, designed by Becky Skuse for Simply Crochet magazine.

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Go glam with grannies

If you fancy using your love of granny squares to make a super-special garment, then you’ll love this fabulous fringed top by Emma Leith. If you’re felling confident you could even incorporate your favourite granny square in place of the main granny motif. You can find the free granny square fringed top crochet pattern here.

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Get cosy with a granny cardi

Is it a blanket? Is it a cardigan? Actually, it’s both! This fab free pattern by HanJanCrochet transforms the classic granny square blanket into a super-comfy cardigan, perfect for cool summer evenings! You can find the Free Granny Square Blanket Cardigan Pattern here.

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Make mini motifs into a backpack

Our very own Matt Spiers shows you how to whip up a batch of mini squares and join them into a one-of-a-kind backpack with his Mini Motif Backpack Crochet Pattern (first featured in Simply Crochet, issue 75)

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Cosy up your kitchen

Give your kitchen an instant hit of vintage vibes with this modern crochet potholder in monochrome yarns – find out how to make your own over at Mama In a Stitch.

Modern granny square potholders
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Turn them into boho bunting

Convert your squares into reusable decorations which you can use again and again to celebrate all year round – this granny square bunting pattern by Salena Baca Crochet is a beautiful way to adorn your home, party or workspace with a cheerful crochet touch.

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Granny Square Bunting by Salena Baca Crochet
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Go mini with kaleidoscope mitts

It’s no wonder designer Bethany Hudson is a lover of bumblebees! Her hexagon-inspired mitts pattern is a perfect stash-buster if you have small odds and ends of yarn leftover in your stash that need using up. Find the pattern in her Ravelry store.

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Wear your squares

If you’re looking for a way to show off your crochet literally everywhere you go, this is the pattern for you. This roomy Martha handbag by Lilia Craft Party on Etsy is an easy-t0-follow pattern with a full colour chart and it’s as pretty as it is practical.

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Make your grannies into the Martha Handbag and take them with you where you go.
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Listen up – you need these earrings in your life

Oh hi there cutest ever granny square idea. Whip up these mini squares and turn them into DIY crochet earrings with this free pattern by Whistle & Ivy.

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Whistle and Ivy will convert you to making all your granny squares miniature ones with this sweet DIY
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Adorn your desk with crochet baskets

Whip up a batch of 5 mini granny squares and join them at the seams to make these mini crochet baskets by Vika Moka – find her guest post free crochet pattern over on the This Little Street blog. Wether you work in an office or curled up on the sofa, your space will thank you for giving it an instant yarn-based refresh!

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Granny Square Pouch

This is such a simple idea but so effective! Turn your grannies into cute pouches to store earphones and notions – Mikaela Bates shows you how with this crochet pouch pattern over on Ravelry.

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Make a sweet crochet pouch with Mikaela Bates’s pattern on Ravelry
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Dog lovers – this one’s for you

Who doesn’t want to make their very own matching dog bed and bandana out of granny squares? Joann are offering this free downloadable PDF pattern by Lily Sugar and Cream to show you how it’s done.

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Crochet a dog bed! Yes!!! You know you want to…
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Make a vintage-style floral pincushion

We’re loving the whimsical vibes of Lulu Loves’ granny square cushion topped off with a flower motif. It makes a lovely handmade gift idea or stocking filler or use up odds and ends of yarn to make one for your own sewing stash.

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Head over to Lulu Loves to find out how to make these pretty pincushions © Lulu Loves
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Granny Square Vintage Sweater

Who knew at the start of this year that Harry Styles would turn crochet cardies into a TikTok sensation? We’ve known they were cool for years so glad to see social media is catching on. Want to make your own? We love this Crochet Vintage Sweater Pattern by Maggie Weldon  on Ravelry.

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Vintage Sweater Crochet Cardigan by Maggie Wheldon – get the pattern on Ravelry
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Supersize you granny square into a cushion…

So you’ve mastered the basic granny square and are looking for ways to show off your squares around your home? Go classic with this beginner-friendly pattern for making a granny square cushion from You Say I Crochet.

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Granny Square Crochet Cushion Pattern © You Say I Crochet
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…Or hook up some small squares for your cushion project

If you’re looking for the perfect first project, then this cute granny square cushion by Debora Bradley is a simple make that you can hook up in no time. You can also master your crochet joins using our how to join crochet shapes tutorial. You can find the free granny square cushion pattern here.

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Go retro with a beaded curtain

Evoke Seventies vibes and hippy chic with Emma Leith’s Beaded Curtain Crochet Pattern – topped with row-upon-row of (you guessed it)… colour-popping granny squares!

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Deck the halls with granny round baubles

Oh ho ho we couldn’t resist throwing a little festive make into this round-up! If you’re looking to switch up your basic squares, try granny rounds and turn them into unique Christmas baubles. Find this Granny Christmas Bauble pattern by Sew Silly Lily over on Ravelry.

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Hooks at the ready. We’re feeling festive with this crochet bauble © Sew Silly Lily
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Light up your home

Nothing beats granny square designs for easy ways to add warm touches to any room, and we love this simple but cosy idea of making a Granny Collage Lampshade by Carmen Jorissen over at New Leaf Designs.

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Turn your squares a Lampshade with vintage vibes with New Leaf Designs.
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DIY jacket – granny style

We’ve found a lot of awesome garments made out of granny squares on our quest for the perfect Granny Square Project but this stylish cropped jacket by Theodora Goes Wild on Ravelry is one of our absolute favourites. We’re not sure if it’s the sleeves, the pom pom trim or the yarn shades she’s used but the whole combo makes this a deserving addition to our Granny Square DIY round-up.

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We can’t wait to hook up this bright jacket by Theodora Goes Wild
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Keep it simple with a granny square scarf

If you’re not quite ready to brave a full garment, Sara Huntington has got the perfect beginner solution for how to show off your squares in style. Download the pattern for her Granny Square Scarf  to enjoy an easy project that turns your finished squares into a scarf that wows.

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Go back to basics with a baby blanket

No Granny Square inspiration round up would be complete without the ultimate in crochet projects (and ultimate family heirloom) – a baby blanket. Find the free pattern for this Granny Rectangle Baby Blanket over at Yarnspirations.

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Welcome new arrivals with this classic crochet pattern from Yarnspirations
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Brighten up your workspace

This granny square pencil case pattern is the perfect way to add a homespun touch to your desk or school supplies. Find the pattern by Hilde Ropstad over on Ravelry.


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Join squares to make a bracelet

The beauty of this cute crochet bracelet project is all you need are a few mini squares to make it, so it’s a great stash buster. Find out how to make your own over at Speckless Blog.

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Find the tutorial for this quick-to-make crochet bracelet over at Speckless Blog
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Crochet a mini makeover with granny Boot Cuffs

Try a nifty way to turn to add a subtle splash of crochet to your outfit with these Granny Boot Cuffs. Get the pattern by Lullaby Lodge on Ravelry.

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These boots are made for walking – add these DIY boot cuffs with the crochet pattern by Lullaby Lodge
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DIY Boho necklace

Gwen Buttke McGannon’s granny square necklace pattern was featured in issue 92 of Simply Crochet magazine last December, and (happy days!) now it’s available to download on Ravelry.

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Wear your grannies with pride
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Hook up a statement jumper

Hannah Cross’s Square Flair jumper was first featured in Simply Crochet magazine and is the ultimate in Granny Square fashion. Get the pattern on your hooks sharpish with her instant Ravelry download.

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