Though at first it might appear that we’ve reached back into the 1960’s and 1970’s for pattern inspiration, the Granny Square has become even more popular these days, with endless variations to suit every crocheter. There are dozens of ways to use them now, as well, instead of merely assembling them for yet another blanket or rug. There are patterns for vests, book covers, hot pads, bags, scarves, sweaters, shawls, and casserole covers. Which is why it might be time to try these squares once again and find a new use for them.
The Free Granny Square Crochet project results in a solid granny square that can be used by itself or combined with other squares (either this same pattern or any other crochet pattern) to make a variety of items. It’s up to you how you’d like to use them. Please note: each square measures about 5″ x 5″.
For this project, all you’ll need is a corresponding hook and yarn size. The pattern suggests using a 3.5mm crochet hook and a 3-ply yarn (linen suggested). You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), stitch (st), slip stitch (sl st), slip knot (sl knot), double crochet (dc), triple or treble crochet (tr), and fasten off (fo).
If you start reading the pattern and feel your eyes glazing over, take heart – there are plenty of photos to follow along with and further instructions with each of them to prevent an overload of information. If you’re interested in joining your squares together after completion, there’s a link provided to another blog post that shows you a dozen different ways you can join your granny squares together.
Granny squares are a great project for anyone who needs to bust up a stash or who wants to experiment with coloring, stitches, and texture. They’re a useful piece of crochet knowledge to know, and with all the free patterns available, you can quickly whip up a gorgeous blanket full of unique granny squares.
If you’d like to try this Solid Granny Square for yourself, the photo tutorial and link to joining squares are available at Craft Passion.