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).
If you love a pattern, please do click through and let the designer know you appreciate their work.
Get your hooks at the ready, because here we go!
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.
Want to create a similar look to the granny square blanket above… but you know, blanket shaped? This is the pattern you’re looking for!
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!
More circles! The motifs in the Circle Dance Afghan at first appear to be randomly placed. But really, they’re all cleverly laid out for perfectly square corners.
The circles and the colour choices of this granny circle blanket pattern remind me of the work of Hundertwasser. This is one beautiful afghan.
A “larksfoot” granny square has pops of colour which “dip” down into previous colours. It’s a fun technique, which looks way more complex than it is! Try it out with this free granny square pattern.
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.
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.
This is superficially similar to the previous one in the list, but grows in rows, rather than from each corner. I think you’ll agree that both granny square blanket patterns are beautiful.
As well as the basic pattern, the designer has created photo and video tutorials – always helpful when you’re working a new pattern! And amazingly generous for a free pattern.
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.
This granny afghan is made squares… and octagons! It’s also beautifully textured with bobble stitches and more.
This is one of the more expensive granny square blanket patterns in this round up, but you can take 40% off price with Coupon Code SM40, good until end of 2017.
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.
To me, this pattern looks more like kites than diamonds. Whatever you call it, it’s a beautiful and modern take on the classic granny square!
This isn’t a free pattern, but the designer has included 16 pages of instructions, plus photos.
Looking for a more symmetrical granny diamond pattern? Your wish is answered!
Again, the designer has included instructions with pictures to help you out if you get stuck with this paid pattern.
This pattern looks complicated, but is actually easy to memorise! I love how the colours bounce off one another, and how the designer has included “half blocks” for a neater finish.
This is one of the more expensive crochet blanket patterns on this list, but if you hurry, you can take 30% off with coupon code MLA30 through May 31, 2017.
First of all – wow. Those “wonky” squares are super-eye-catching, especially in vibrant colours! I think they’re balanced really well with the plain squares.
This pattern is labeled “intermediate”, but there’s a video tutorial available to guide you through any tricky spots!
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.
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.
I started to make this floral granny square, but got a little distracted by Netflix, and ended up with a slightly different result! That’s my fault, not the fault of the excellent free pattern.
This makes quite a big granny, which means that you don’t need many finished granny squares to make a fairly large afghan.
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!
Sweet and pastel, this blanket is designed for babies! I love how the designer has included instructions for half-hexagons, so you can make the boarder perfectly straight.
Use up your yarn scraps with this sweet and flowery granny square blanket pattern. I love how the central flower motif is framed, just like flowers in a windowbox!
This pattern isn’t as hard as it looks at first glance! It makes fantastic use of variegated yarn and a contrast colour, to create a complicated look with relative ease.
I’ve had this pattern in my Ravelry queue for a long time. I might even hook it up, one of these days!
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!
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!
The “Attic Window” design is one of the most popular trompe l’oeil quilt designs. The blocks give the impression you are looking through a series of window frames!
The design repeats a flower motif in each block, but it would be easy to customise with different flowers, or perhaps using grey for the frames, and peaks of blue and green for the sky and the sea…
The Tumbling Blocks blanket is another trompe l’oeil design based on a traditional quilt. It looks complex, but the three dimensional effect comes from the clever use of light and dark colours.
The designer notes that “This is a simplified version, made with Diagonal Half Solid Granny Squares and the Join-As-You-Go technique. No sewing together a thousand diamonds!”
Here’s another classic pattern, based on triangles, squares and rectangles. It doesn’t have many projects on Ravelry yet, which is a real shame – I think it’s a beautiful, and classic pattern!
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.”
Granny squares have the reputation of being bulky. These designs break the mould! Get inspired by these elegant and lacy granny square blanket patterns.
This unusual crocheted baby blanket combines textured stars with lace. I imagine it’s a very tactile blanket (interesting for little ones!) and it would certainly be interesting to crochet.
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.
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.
There’s a reason why Sophie’s Garden is one of the most popular granny square patterns out there! Look at the complex interactions of colours and textures… it almost seems alive!
This is a a more complex pattern, but because of the sheer number of projects made (1,029
and counting!), if you get stuck, you know there’s someone out there who you can ask for tips.
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.
I’ve never seen the BBC show that this pattern draws inspiration from – but I love the result! It’s hard to believe this highly textured crochet throw is based on granny squares.
I love this granny square pattern! The colours, the texture… it all comes together so beautifully. And, it’s a free pattern, so click through and get hooking!
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.
And I just love the colour choices!
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!
Finally, this may be one of my favourite granny square blanket patterns off all time – Persian Tiles by Jane Crowfoot. (Sound familiar? I couldn’t resist adding another of her patterns to this roundup!)
It’s totally on my crochet bucket list… maybe I’ll ask for the kit for my birthday this year! Update: I’ve finished this amazing crocheted blanket – check it out!
If you haven’t seen this pattern before, it’s totally worth clicking through to see the beautiful finished objects people have created.
So there you have it! Fifty crocheted granny blanket patterns.
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I love your blankets. The snowflakes are exquisite.
I am about to make plain old granny squares into a blanket and just needed to check the basic pattern. Its been many years since i last made any granny squares.
I would so love to purchase the Persian tile pattern, as it closely resembles the Mexican tiles in my home. Is it available in USA crochet terms and without the original mistakes? Has her first version been redone? I forgot about the pattern until I saw your post on Whistle and Ivy, It is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!!
Hi Debbie, so glad you like the project! I didn’t find any mistakes in the pattern, and found it very easy to follow. The pattern is written in UK terminology, but includes a chart which ‘translates’ the terms. Most rounds only have a few stitches, so I didn’t have any trouble keeping them straight. Hope this helps!
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