If you are searching for a crochet project that is easy to make and perfect for a beginner, a solid granny square pattern or classic granny square pattern is the clear winning pattern. There are some more complex granny squares as well for those that want to try something different with their square project.
Below you will find a collection of different crochet squares, most of which are simple to crochet into pillows, blankets and more that use simple crochet stitches, plus easy to find yarn. Scroll on down to learn a bit about the granny square, why it is a favorite crochet pattern of makers, and what you’ll need to make one.
How to Make a Granny Square
To crochet a granny square, you will need to do how to do a one simple stitch of the double crochet, chain both of which are basic crochet stitches and make a magic circle. You will also need any type of yarn, a crochet hook, and other optional crochet supplies! I’ll explain each of these below if you’d like to take a look.
While most granny stitches are made with the double crochet stitch (dc) you will from time to time see other stitches used. Commonly, when you are crocheting a granny square, you will work double crochet clusters (or three double crochets) into one stitch to create a traditional granny square. While a few of the squares use double crochet stitches, there are some below that will use a variety of stitches instead.
Be sure to look over each of the square designs before you start, so you will have a better understanding of what the square calls for in terms of skill. Look over how to double crochet if needed below to help you with crocheting these squares.
Double Crochet (dc):
- Wrap the yarn over (Yo) the hook, insert the hook into the specified st.
- Yo the hook again, draw the yarn through the st, so there are 3 loops on the hook
- Yo the hook again draw it through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the hook
- Yo the hook, draw it through the final 2 loops.
- The magic circle method is an adjustable loop (aka magic ring or a magic loop) technique that quickly starts a crochet project in the round that has a yarn tail that pulls to close the center hole when tightly closed.
The Yarn For Crocheted Squares
I love using all types of yarn and yarn weights for square projects. Below are a few of my favorite yarns to make granny squares with. I do tend to use Lion Brand brand yarns such as Vanna’s Choice and the Thick & Quick lines. These yarns are easily my go-to’s when crocheting a square (or any type of) crochet pattern. Learn more about each yarn below.
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice: Vanna’s Choice is a 100% acrylic, four weight yarn that is easy to find, available in beautiful colors and is fairly inexpensive. You can learn more about Vanna’s Choice Yarn and see all the color options, so when you make a square you can do any number of color combinations.
Lion Brand Thick & Quick Varieties: Wool Ease Thick & Quick and Thick & Quick (without wool!) are great choices for squares that you want to work up quickly. This super bulky yarn (6 weight) makes for a fast project, which in my opinion is always a good choice when crocheting up any type of project.
Keep in mind, these are the yarns that I love and aren’t necessarily for everyone. Be sure to look around to see if you can find a new favorite yarn too! If you do love to use a different favorite yarn for squares, then let me know in the comments.
Other Supplies to Make Granny Squares
Crochet Hook: You will also need a crochet hook to make a granny square. The crochet hook size will depend on the yarn you use, so check the label to see which hook is recommended on the label.
Stitch Markers: Stitch markers help mark your stitches and place in a pattern. If you would like to be extra sure of what stitch count you are on or where your first stitch is, then these are a good to have on hand.
Scissors: A good pair of scissors is essential to working with yarn. I have a special pair of stork scissors that are a yarn only cutting pair.
Let’s Get Started!
This list of free crochet squares are all straightforward to work up, great for beginner crocheters to advanced crocheters, and can be crocheted in little to no time! I hope you enjoy this list of simple granny squares.
The Best Easy Crochet Squares to Make
If you are looking for some easy granny square patterns to make, then this is the post for you! This collection will have a variety of squares to pick from like the classic granny square as well as a solid granny square as well!
Basic Granny Square Pattern
This classic square crochet pattern is the perfect beginner square design to start with! It uses two simple stitches and works up fast. These squares can be joined to make a pillow, blanket and more!
Get the Classic granny crochet square pattern from Easy Crochet.
Simple Square Crochet Pattern
If you are looking to start with an extra simple square, then be sure to try this free pattern! It uses double crochets, which is a great beginner stitch to start with when crocheting squares.
Get the free crochet square pattern on Easy Crochet.
Circle to Square Pattern
Yarn: Big Twist Value from JoAnn Fabrics
This modern square is perfect to make in a variety of colors and stitch together for a stunning blanket. Find the simple pattern below!
Find the free modern square pattern from Just Be Crafty.
All crochet square patterns were free crochet patterns at the time of this article. If you find a discrepancy, please let me know.
Common Questions About Granny Squares
What Can I make with all the granny Squares I crochet?
You can join them together to make granny square crochet afghans, a crochet square pillow or scarf!
How Do I Join a New color into a Granny Square?
If you’d prefer to do more than a solid color or single color in your square, then you will need to know how to change the yarn color in your square. Simply work the stitch as usual, and follow along with my how to change colors in crochet tutorial to complete the change of color.
Do You Want to Crochet More Easy Patterns?
If you enjoyed the granny square pattern list above you’ll love this collection too! Use the list below to make even more basic & easy crochet patterns for beginners!
- Crochet Chained Headband Pattern
- Simple Stitch Crochet Blanket
- Elise’s Single Crochet Blanket
- Beginner Crochet Scarf Pattern
- Single Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern
- Color Blocked Baby Blanket Pattern
- One Hour Crochet Cowl Pattern
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