15 Creative Crochet Granny Square Patterns

Going Beyond the Basic Crochet Square

Crochet Granny Square Blanket

Ruth Jenkinson, Dorling Kindersley, Getty Images 

The classic granny square pattern is one of the most iconic motifs in crochet. Even people who barely know that there's a difference between knitting and crochet can usually recognize a granny square. However, there are so many things that you can do to tweak the basic crochet square. With color changes, different stitches, and the addition of surprise techniques, the basic granny square pattern becomes something entirely special. These 15 crochet granny square patterns are the most creative we could find. Have fun with them!

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    Springtime Magic Granny Square Free Crochet Pattern

    Flower Granny Square Pattern


    There is a six-petaled crochet flower at the center of this brightly colored granny square pattern. The six sides are built out into a hexagon, before adding decorative curving edges. Ultimately, it's all shaped into a square. It's a feat of geometry that results in a square of beauty.

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    Leaves Granny Square Free Crochet Pattern

    Leaves Granny Square Pattern

    Kristyn Crochets

    Learn how to make a crochet leaf. Arrange the leaf into a pinwheel. Stitch it atop a basic granny square pattern. You've got a season crochet square that you can mix-and-match with other squares in any project. Alternatively, frame the crochet square, and you have seasonal art for your home. Change up the colors of the leaves to switch from spring to autumn.

    This crochet designer also offers a really cute crochet apple square pattern. In contrast to this pattern, the apple is at the center of the granny square pattern, not added as an applique.

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    Mountain Wildflower Granny Square Free Crochet Pattern

    Wildflower Crochet Granny Square Free Pattern

    Andee Graves 

    This granny square pattern has a small flower at the center. However, it's the details in the square rounds that really make this design stand out. In addition to several basic crochet stitches, this one incorporates clusters for just a bit of texture. Additionally, the designer has it so that you turn the work for some rounds, but not for others, creating interesting depth in the work.

    This is actually one of about two dozen granny square patterns in the 2018 Moogly Afghan Block CAL. That's a great resource for fun, free crochet square patterns.

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    Circle in a Granny Square Pattern

    Circle in a Granny Square Pattern

    Jacqui Goulbourn, Ravelry 

    Another great resource for multiple free granny square patterns is the Ravelry Block-a-Month pattern collection. This one is the September 2018 block, called the Tiptree block. It includes post stitches and working in the back loop only.

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    Beaulieu Blanket Crochet Granny Squares

    Crochet Granny Square Blanket


    This is a free crochet blanket pattern. You get four square patterns in one  - the big center square, and three different designs for the smaller surrounding squares. Even if you don't want to make the blanket, these granny square patterns can be used to make everything from scarves to shawls.

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    Raindrops Free Crochet Granny Square Pattern

    Rainbow Crochet Granny Square Pattern

    Crafty CC

    This granny square pattern speaks for itself. The texture and the rainbow colors are designed to evoke delight. This free crochet pattern is accompanied by another granny square pattern and a rainbow crochet hexagon pattern. You'll crochet joy for days!

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    Flower Star Square Free Crochet Pattern

    Granny Square Pattern with Post Stitches

     Silvi Veale

    The key feature of this granny square pattern is the radiating three-dimensional lines jutting out from the center. They are created using crochet post stitches to dramatic effect. Worked in DK weight yarn, this is a 7" square. 

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    Ripple Granny Square Free Crochet Pattern

    Ripple Granny Square Pattern

    Indigo Pobble 

    If you love the texture of post stitches then you will definitely want to check out this crochet square pattern. It uses post stitches with alternating placement to create an undulating rippling design. As with any classic granny square, this crochet pattern is worked in the round. That's not something you see often with post stitches, so it might give you a chance to try something new.

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    Openwork Crochet Granny Square Pattern

    Lacy Granny Square Pattern

     Carmen Heffernan

    This granny square pattern has a very openwork design, making it a great choice for lightweight, lacy projects. The design was inspired by 'papel picado', a Mexican folk art paper cutting craft.

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    Crochet Monkey Granny Square Free Pattern

    Crochet Monkey Granny Square Pattern

    Thoresby Cottage

    This free crochet monkey pattern will give you a basic applique that you can add on to any project. Alternatively, you can complete the full design and you have a granny square pattern.​ Get creative using this free crochet pattern to make baby gifts.

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    Fire Square Crochet Pattern

    Fire Square Crochet Pattern

    Lilla Bjorn Crochet 

    The design at the center of this granny square pattern is an ornamental design associated with Christmas across a few different cultures. Of course, the design doesn't have to be used just for Christmas decor. The detailed, textured pattern is perfect for shawls and blankets. Work it in a single color for a sophisticated design with subtlety to the pattern. Alternatively, change colors to make a granny square pattern that really pops.

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    Crochet Flower Square Free Granny Square Pattern

    Flower Square Granny Pattern

    Joy Clements, Ravelry

    This cotton crochet granny square pattern begins with a flower at the center. There's a circle crochet around the flower, made with a variety of basic stitches. Then you square off the whole thing. It goes from circle to square in just a couple of rounds.

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    Small Granny Square Pattern

    Small Granny Square Pattern

    The Loopy Ewe 

    A crochet square doesn't have to be large to make a big impact. This small square has puff stitches that are offset by openwork spaces. It works particularly well as a coaster.

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    Broomstick Lace Granny Square Pattern

    Broomstick Lace Crochet Square

    Elene Leprete, Ravelry

    One way to easily get something unique in crochet is to change to a different technique. There aren't many attempts to crochet squares in the round using broomstick lace. However, as you can see, the result is a beautiful, openwork, textured granny square pattern.

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    Tunisian Crochet Pinwheel Square Pattern

    Tunisian Crochet Granny Square Pattern

    Cheryl Dee Crochet 

    Tunisian crochet is another technique to try if you want to get a different style of granny square. This one is built like a pinwheel. The center square pattern is free. If you also want to learn how to add the border rows, then you can purchase that part of the pattern.