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4 Types of Granny Squares You can Easily Make

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Granny squares are the building blocks of many crochet projects, from blankets and clothing to bags and coasters and there are many types of granny squares.

These versatile squares are defined by their distinctive look: a central motif surrounded by rounds of varying colors and stitches. 

While the basic granny square is a beginner-friendly pattern consisting of clusters of double crochet stitches, there’s a whole universe of variations to explore.

When you start playing with traditional granny squares, you’ll notice that they typically feature a classic, open-work design with a repeating motif of sets and chains. 

The spaces between the clusters create a light and lacy effect that’s perfect for all kinds of projects. But if you’re after something a bit more dense and warm, solid granny squares are your go-to. 

These are worked without the chain spaces, creating a tight, sturdy fabric.

For those seeking something with a bit more flair, unique and unusual granny squares come into play and is a great way to create a 1 of a kind square motif. 

The sunburst granny square, for instance, radiates with color and texture, adding a twist to the basic pattern. By varying the stitches and colors, each round pops, imitating the sun’s rays. 

With granny squares, the options are nearly endless, and each type imbues your work with its own special character.

Whether you stick to the classics or venture out with bold and inventive variations, your crochet projects will be as unique as you are.

Basic Techniques and Types Of Granny Squares

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When you start crocheting granny squares, mastering a few basic techniques using basic crochet stitches and patterns is essential.

From the magic ring to the classic granny stitch, a handful of foundational methods pave the way for an array of designs. 

Get comfortable with these techniques, and you’ll quickly be on your way to creating beautiful crochet squares.

Starting with the Magic Ring

Beginning your granny square with a magic ring allows you to pull the center tightly closed, giving your square a neat look without a gaping hole in the middle.

It’s one of the many things a beginner crochet skill level should learn. You can see the magic ring video tutorial here if you are a visual learner. 

The process involves:

  1. Making a loop with your yarn,
  2. Inserting your hook and pulling up a loop,
  3. Crocheting chain stitches to secure the ring,
  4. Working your first round of stitches into the ring.

By using the magic ring, you ensure your squares have a professional finish from the very center.

The Classic Granny Stitch

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The backbone of many granny square patterns is the classic granny stitch. This stitch pattern is a combination of sets of three double crochet stitches separated by spaces, typically worked in the round. Here’s the basic sequence:

  • Chain 3 (counts as the first double crochet),
  • Work 2 double crochet stitches into the same space,
  • Chain 1 for a space, then work 3 double crochets into the next space.

Repeat this sequence around your square. This pattern creates a simple yet attractive texture that’s perfect for beginners.

Increasing and Shaping Tricks

To transform your crochet work into a square, you’ll need to increase stitches at the corners. Here’s a quick guide:

  • In each corner space, work (3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet) sets.
  • These chain 2 spaces create pronounced corners and allow the square to lay flat.
  • To grow your square, simply repeat rounds, increasing at each corner while maintaining the side spaces.

With these foundational techniques, you can create a free crochet pattern for a simple granny square crochet pattern or innovate with your designs. 

Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep at it, and you’ll soon be able to whip up crochet squares with ease.

Creative Variations and Designs

When you explore granny square designs, you’ll discover endless opportunities to showcase your personality and style. We have entire library of granny square patterns and have shared some of our favorite granny square patterns below.  

The thing we love about granny squares is you can use a single color or multiples colors and simply repeat the easy pattern to make a handbag or top or blanket.

Solid and Multicolor Options

Your granny squares can be as simple or vibrant as you like. A solid granny square keeps it sleek with one color throughout, making for a uniform and classic appearance. 

In contrast, multicolor granny squares let you play with a palette, mixing different hues row by row. Here’s a quick view:

  • Solid Color: One color per square offers a timeless look.
  • Color Combinations: Select a theme or go wild with unexpected contrasts.

Shape and Size Differences

Step away from the traditional square and you open a world of shapes. From a triangular granny to a hexagonal pattern, shapes add zest to your project. 

With larger squares, you create a bold statement piece with fewer pieces. Meanwhile, smaller squares craft intricate details. Consider these points:

  • Unusual Shapes: Circles, triangles, hexagons
  • Size Variety: Choose tiny squares for detail or big ones for quicker blankets.

Stitch Pattern Diversity

Your choice of stitch patterns adds texture and complexity to your squares. 

Try a puff stitch granny for a cozy, raised design or a lacey granny for a delicate, airy feel. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Classic Stitch: Standard double crochet.
  • Puff Stitch: Adds a 3D effect.
  • Lacey Patterns: Creates openwork for a lighter texture.

Remember to play with new color schemes within your stitch patterns for even more unique results.

Putting Granny Squares to Use

Once you’ve mastered making granny squares, you can combine them into numerous creative and functional items, transforming squares into comfort and style.

Joining Squares for Blankets

Probably the most poular things granny squares are used for are blankets. They are so easy to make by creating a ton of granny squares and then attaching them using your tapestry needle.

  • Square Blanket: You’ll find different ways for joining squares can range from a simple whipstitch (slip stitch) to a more elaborate crochet join, creating a variety of textures and strengths for your blanket.
  • Baby Blanket: For your baby blanket projects, consider using a softer yarn weight and a tighter join to ensure warmth and durability.
  • Larger Projects: When tackling larger projects like full-size blankets, plan your square arrangement and joining method ahead for a seamless look.

Decorative and Functional Pieces

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Here are just a few of the home decor items that are super easy to make with your granny squares.

The type of project you choose totally depends on your skill level and what you are desiring to make. 

  • Cushion Covers: Personalize your space by stitching squares into cushion covers—choose colors that complement your decor.
  • Strain Projects: Use your leftover yarn for strain projects; granny squares can be a colorful way to reduce waste and decorate your home.

Wearable Crochet Creations

We have tagged some of our favorite ways to turn granny squares into something that is wearable. So much fun to make these. 

  • Square Sweaters: For comfy square sweaters, attach your classic granny square side by side with a stretchy join to allow for movement.
  • Granny Square Apparel:
    • Headwear: Create beanies or ear warmers by piecing squares together for a cozy fit.
    • Accessories: Belts, scarves, or even skirts can add a splash of color and handmade charm to your wardrobe.

Granny Square Crochet Patterns

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