40+ Easy-to-Make Crochet Granny Square Patterns for Beginners and More

Are you looking for a complete list of awesome crochet granny squares? If so, you’ve found it with this collection of free granny squares!

Below you will find a collection of different crochet squares from animal squares to unusual granny square patterns too! Most of which are simple to crochet into pillows, blankets and more that use simple crochet stitches, plus easy to find yarn.

Take a look at our full roundup of free crochet granny squares from Easy Crochet + fellow designers.

Scroll on down to learn more about the granny square, why it is a favorite crochet pattern of makers, and what you’ll need to make one, as well as patterns for all skill levels from beginners to more advanced.

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 before exploring our granny square crochet pattern list.

Example of a Classic Crochet Granny Square type

Types of Granny Squares

You will find a big variety of granny squares to crochet when you start looking. They are all special in their own way and fun to crochet.

Take a look at a few of the unique granny squares you may find below.

  • Classic Granny Square
  • Solid Granny Squares
  • Puff Granny Squares
  • Sunburst Square
  • and 12″ Afghan Squares

You will find even more than what is listed above below, so keep on reading!

Crochet Stitches

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.

Crochet Stitches in a Granny Square

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.

Double Crochet

Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: dc
Difficulty Level: Easy
Learn this stitch →

Patterns Using This Stitch →

Magic Circle:

  • 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.

Be sure to look over each of the square designs below before you start. This will help you understand what the square requires in terms of skill.

Look over how to double crochet and how to make a magic circle if needed below to help you with crocheting these squares.

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 yarns such as Vanna’s Choice and the Thick & Quick lines. These are easily my go-to yarns 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.

Vanna’s Choice

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 4 – Medium yarn.

Vanna's Choice

Fiber: 100% Acrylic
Yardage: 156m / 171 yds
Hook: 5.5 mm (I-9)
Substitute: Lion Brand Heartland

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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.

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 6 – Super Bulky yarn.

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

Fiber: Acrylic (80%), Wool (20%)
Yardage: 106 yards (87 in prints/stripes, 92 in metallic)
Hook: 9 mm (M/N-13)
Substitute: Lion Brand Hometown USA

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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.

Easy Crochet Squares to Make

Now that you’ve looked over the materials needed to make a square, then you are ready to get started browsing through all these fantastic square designs below.

If you are searching for a crochet project that is easy to make and perfect for a beginner, then I recommend these two granny squares for beginners to start with.

Granny Squares for Beginners

There are some more complex granny squares as well for those that want to try something different with their square project. Keep on scrolling to find the best crochet square patterns!

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!

  • Granny Square Bag: A common use of granny squares is to join them to create a one of a kind granny square bag like this one.
  • Granny Square Afghan: Combine granny squares together to make a blanket that is both unique and beautiful. Change the colors up for each square and make a funky granny square blanket that is quirky!
  • Granny Square Sweater: A granny square sweater is a great way to use up your collection of granny squares to create a wearable that is stunning.
  • Granny Square Apron: Another great choice of ways to use up crochet squares is by joining them to make an apron which is both beautiful and useful at the same time.

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.

How Do I Seam Granny Squares Together?

The best to go about seaming crochet granny squares is by using the mattress stitch seaming method.

You can also take a look at our 9 best seaming methods if you’d like to try a different way to join granny squares.

Let’s Get Started!

This list of free crochet squares are all straightforward to work up, some with stitch diagrams and are great for beginner crocheters to advanced crocheters, and can be crocheted in little to no time!

I hope you enjoy this list of unique but simple granny squares that are all free crochet patterns.

Happy Crocheting!

41 Best Granny Squares

Below you'll find easy crochet square patterns that are classic as well as unique. I hope you enjoy this list of best free granny square patterns!

Related: You may like this free granny square crochet pattern PDF too!

All crochet square patterns were listed as a free crochet pattern at the time of this article. If you find a discrepancy, please let me know.

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!

  1. Crochet Chained Headband Pattern
  2. Simple Stitch Crochet Blanket
  3. Elise’s Single Crochet Blanket
  4. Beginner Crochet Scarf Pattern
  5. Single Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern
  6. Color Blocked Baby Blanket Pattern
  7. One Hour Crochet Cowl Pattern

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