Who loves a granny square? ME!
But what can you make with them? Turns out the answer to that question is lots of things!
Whenever I teach anyone to crochet I always begin with a granny square as they are such a great place to start.
There are lots of different types and styles, we can talk about them another day, but today I’m concentrating on the basic granny square.
Why make granny squares?
Granny squares are a classic design: vintage, retro, old fashioned… whatever you call it they come in and out of fashion but never go away.
Granny squares make a fantastic stash buster, you can make them all one colour or change colour each round. They can be used for big projects and small ones.
They are perfect for beginners. No worrying about keeping the edges straight and it’s easy to see when they’ve gone wrong.
They are quick, so you get almost instant satisfaction.
They are portable. Their small size makes them perfect for crafting on the go, when you are waiting for a hospital appointment or for the kids to finish their activities etc.
How to make Granny Squares
I’ve never made a tutorial as there are already so many great ones online. My favourite is this You Tube Video from Bella Coco. Eye Love Knots has a great photo tutorial written in US crochet terms and Cherry Heart Crochet has a lovely photo tutorial in UK crochet terms.
You can use any yarn, but if you use different yarns from your stash just make sure they are all the same weight.
Choose a hook size that suits your yarn, and I always recommend taking a photo of the hook and yarn together. That way if you put your project down for a while when you come back to it you know what size hook you were using.
What to make with Granny Squares
And now the fun bit, what to make with your granny squares. They are SO versatile so I’ve found loads of ideas to get you started, and the best bit - these are all ideas for a simple basic granny square pattern:
Can you enjoy the Granny Square aesthetic if you don’t crochet? Sure you can!
How about a print for your craft space?
Send your friends some Granny Love with these Greeting cards:
How about sewing with a Granny Square print fabric?
This gorgeous print is coming in 2 different print sizes from Fabric Godmother soon. I’ll update here as soon as it’s launched.
Hopefully you are feeling inspired to dig around the bottom of your crochet project bags to see if you have any lonely granny squares that are just waiting to fulfil their destiny and be made into something - I surely can’t be the only person who has at least a couple of odd granny squares in almost every bag?
I’ll be sharing this collection at some of these link ups