Granny squares are a common place to start if you’re new to crochet, but they are often forgotten by more advanced crocheters. Whatever your ability, there are some fantastic granny square patterns to try, from home decor to garments.
Sarah London has revitalized granny squares in her book, Granny Square Love! She’s used brilliant colour combinations to create 25 home decor projects that treat every room in the house, from traditional pillows and blankets to quirky bath mats. Her modern twist on the granny square is really inspirational and you’re sure to find something to make. The teapot cosy included in the book is a really unique idea!
If you’re a beginner, this retro blanket and cushion crochet pattern would be great for practising your skills. You can create the cushion or the blanket either by making one large granny square or by joining lots together in a patchwork pattern. Or if you don’t want to make an entire cushion in crochet, why not try Kirsty Neale’s patch cushion project.
Blankets are a popular choice when it comes to granny squares, but there’s so much variety in what you can make that it seems a shame to underestimate the humble granny square. Cushions, mats and coasters don’t take much imagination, but this baby booties pattern is really innovative. And it’s not just babies who can wear granny squares – there’s a pattern for a pretty shrug included in the How to Crochet ebook too.
Once you’re confident with making basic granny squares, you can begin to experiment with different combinations of stitches to create a range of different shapes and patterns. The possibilities really are endless!
Patons yarns are perfect for making granny squares as they offer great value. For granny squares 4ply or DK yarns are best, but you can experiment with different types of yarn for various effects. If you’re a complete novice, check out our .
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