It’s no secret I love granny square blanket patterns.
I want to create a new “granny blankie” this year (and finally finish this work in progress…) so I have been drooling over granny square blanket patterns for months.
Here’s a whopping fifty (five-zero!) of the best granny square blanket patterns for your amusement and inspiration. I’ve grouped them loosely into sections for easier skimming, and have included the suggested yarn and hook, plus the price (because I know that’s a consideration for most people).
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Get your hooks at the ready, because here we go!
Simple and Classic Granny Square Patterns
The classics are classics for a reason! You might remember these nine granny square blanket patterns draped over your grandmother’s sofa… but there’s no reason they can’t be made fresh and new again! These patterns are also good for a beginner… and best of all, they are all absolutely free, free, free!
If you know how to make a granny square, you know how to make this blanket! Just keep crocheting your granny square, around and around, until it’s the size you want. It couldn’t be simpler, and the result is oh-so-cute.
Of all the granny square blanket patterns in this round up, this is probably the most “traditional!” The tiny granny squares in pastel colours are just so sweet. If you overlook the necessity of buying a ton of white yarn to tie it all together, this pattern would be a great way to use up scraps.
The increases in these solid granny squares are decorative as well as practical – they make the diamond motif once the blanket is stitched together. Once you’ve made one of these solid granny squares, you won’t need a pattern – perfect for tossing in your bag for an on-the-go crochet project!
An easy way to get a different look is by combining traditional and solid granny squares, like in this blanket. The finished object looks less “busy” than an “all-granny” blanket, and because both types of granny square blanket patterns work up to the same size, joining them won’t be an issue!
I love this classic granny blanket! The circle-in-square motif looks so fun and modern. The circular motifs are a great way to use up ends of yarn. And because they’re not placed next to each other, clashing colours are A-OK… Stash busting aside, I’m not guaranteeing this will be a cheap blanket to make, as you might have to buy a little extra solid colour yarn to tie it all together!
This baby blanket uses an unusual construction, but is just as easy to create as normal granny square blanket patterns. Or maybe even easier, because there are fewer pieces to stitch together at the end!
What happens when you crochet half a granny square? You get a beautiful blanket! This is a fun alternative to some of the simple granny square blanket patterns above – just as easy to create, but a completely different look.
Granny Squares which Aren’t Square
Who says a granny square has to be square? The granny technique – working into chain spaces, and increasing at corners – can be applied to any shape! Here’s some fantastic granny squares, which aren’t square at all.
Whoa – this is one stunning blanket! You start with a single granny square, and build on that motif, to create a rippling square effect. Use bright yarns for a show-stopping afghan, or tone it down for a more subtle look.
No yarn or hook size are listed for this free pattern, so experiment with swatches until you are creating a fabric you like.
Here’s a third example of a grannies-on-grannies pattern! While it does feature “plain” white squares, the main focus is the conjoined grannies in the orange and yellow. It’s a neat twist on a classic look!
Whoa, at first glance, this granny-inspired throw looks really complicated! But it seems that each motif is actually pretty simple to create – and it would be fantastic for using up scraps of sock yarn too.
This isn’t one of the fastest granny square blanket patterns to create, as it uses finer yarn and a smaller hook than many of the blankets on this list. However, over a hundred people have listed it on Raverly, and the stunning results are worth the effort.
Attic 24 was a major inspiration to me when I first started crocheting – and remains so to this day! Lucy’s granny hexagon is a little different to the one I prefer to make, but it still incredibly popular, for good reason! There are 2,717 of these hexagon granny blankets currently listed on Raverly, and I think they are all beautiful.
Here’s another version of a hexagon crocheted afghan! This design uses wide stripes of colour to frame each hexie. The centres are also worked in a different way.
I love the name of this pattern: Your Great-Grandma’s ‘Ghan. So often we carelessly compliment crochet projects by saying “that’s not your grannies’ crochet!” But granny’s crochet was awesome! I love how this pattern celebrates that.
I was blown away when I saw this crocheted blanket pattern! The tessellating shapes, and shifting colours are so beautiful, but it’s actually fairly simple. The pattern is based on a granny hexagon, with a curving boarder.
The designer, Jane Crowfoot, is prolific, and has some really beautiful crochet granny blanket patterns – check them out.
Maybe it’s our shared love of yarn, but most crocheters and knitters that I know love cats! Here’s a blanket which celebrates that. The fun, cartoonish kitties would make this a great baby blanket for a wee one born into a cat loving family.
Granny Square Blanket Patterns with Flowers and Snowflakes
Flowers and snowflakes feature on some of the most popular granny square blanket patterns. It’s easy to see why. Flowers are often symmetrical – and of course snowflakes are symmetrical by definition! This makes them easy to work, and the resulting square can be used in any direction. Plus, they’re beautiful!
The African Flower is one of the most popular crochet blanket patterns… although you may know the motif from quirky animals and toys! This incarnation is worked in muted greys, blues and whites, for a classic, classy look.
To get a hold of this pattern, you will have to purchase a book (or get a hold of it from your local library). That’s why the pattern price listed here is so high – as well as this afghan pattern you would also get another twenty patterns, and be supporting many designers and the team that worked on producing the book.
Soft colours, beautiful texture, and a sweet picot boarder. This lovely painted roses afghan was originally designed as a baby blanket, but I think it would look lovely as a throw or as a full sized blanket for an adult.
This blanket is a feast for the eyes! It looks more complex than it is because the central motif is worked in self-striping yarn. That means all of the colours, with only a fraction of the ends to weave in.
At $7.99USD, it’s one of the more expensive granny square blanket patterns on this list, but I think it’s a great idea to support designers where we can.
The floral motifs on this granny square remind me of butterflies. I love how they stand out slightly from the base of the square. A blanket crocheted in this motif would be so wonderfully textured.
Although this pattern looks lacy, the pattern description promises it is actually quite dense and sturdy. This is fantastic, because after going to all the work of crocheting a granny square blanket, you want to be able to enjoy it for years to come!
Here’s a second snowflakes afghan (I wonder which was designed first?). This one uses two solid colours. Because it’s crocheted so densely, it would be a really warm blanket, despite the chilly motif!
Crochet Blankets Inspired by Sewn Quilts
It’s natural that crochet granny blanket patterns and quilts share something in common. After all, they’re both made from repeating motifs, and spread on beds for warmth… Here’s a handful of patterns which pay homage to their sewn cousins.
You might also know this pattern as Grandmother’s Sunburst, Friendship Ring, or by any number of flower names. It was especially popular as a sewn quilt pattern in the 1920s and 30s. This crochet interpretation looks as fresh and as modern as if it was thought up last week!
I can’t help but wonder if the hook size was entered incorrectly, or if the designer was an especially loose crocheter. Either way, make a swatch!
This blanket starts as a simple granny square, and is built up around the central motif in “logs”. The centre square in a log cabin pattern is said to represent the hearth of home, and the other stripes, the walls of the cabin.
Whether you subscribe to this mythologising or not, I think we can all agree this blanket is as cute as anything!
I swear my grandmother used to have this exact quilt (as a quilt, not as a crocheted granny square blanket!). The central star motif is classic and eye catching. This is billed as a “Christmas” quilt, but nothing’s going to put me off with decorating in red and cream all year round – and of course you could easily swap out the colours.
This seems like a really clever design. The designer notes that “The pattern features classic granny motifs and two-color granny motifs, which look like two triangles in a square. The motifs are joined as you go, making for minimal finishing. This design uses a clever way of crocheting two-color motifs without cutting yarn in each round.”
Lacy Granny Square Blanket Patterns
Granny squares have the reputation of being bulky. These designs break the mould! Get inspired by these elegant and lacy granny square blanket patterns.
I’ve never heard of Old Time Crochet Magazine before, but this is a classic pattern! It’s the most delicate pattern on this round up, worked with a tiny hook. One Ravelry user reported that this took them a year and a half of continuous work (but the results were worth it!). Either be prepared for this to be a long term project, or size it way up with worsted weight yarn.
Worked all in one piece for a classic look, this granny square blanket is classic and lacy. It combines double crochets with chain sections for a light and delicate look.
Complex Granny Square Blankets
What happens when you push the boundaries of granny square blanket patterns? These motifs demonstrate how complex and beautiful grannies can be. I haven’t crocheted these pieces, but I believe they all meet my (very loose) definition of a”granny” as a “crocheted motif which uses chain spaces and/or increases at the corners”.
Even if you argue that these patterns aren’t strictly grannies (or “strict grannies” like mine was, hah!), I wanted to include them anyway to demonstrate that crochet really can be a beautiful art form.
At first glance, Lise looks like a riff on the classic larksfoot granny square. But while the designer may have drawn inspiration from the larksfoot, this is clearly something new. I love the vibrant, shifting colours in this sample – imagine a whole blanket worked in Lise!
This granny square has a similar colour palette to Lise, but the design – and of course the result! – is completely different. It’s called Suncatcher, which is a great name, because it really does remind me of stained glass.
This is one of the most complex crochet granny square blanket patterns in this round up! The pattern is based on two different sweater patterns. The work is made up of octagons and squares, which features clusters, and front-post stitches as well as standard stitches.
Vintage styled, with a central flower motif, this densely crocheted afghan block is sure to be warm as well as beautiful!
Because it’s beautifully textured and densely crocheted, I think this afghan block would also make a lovely cushion cover – whether you make two the same, or pick from the designer’s complementary designs.
This square does look complex, but it will work up fast – it’s just thirteen rounds! I love the way the designer has chosen to use bright yellows and oranges as the “background” of the cool purple motif – the central motif and the frame almost seem to dance!
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