The granny square is a timeless classic maneuver of crocheting. Perhaps the reason it’s used so often is because it’s so versatile- you can crochet almost anything using the granny square, and don’t think people haven’t tried! As author Debbie Stoller, New York Times bestselling author, once said, “If you grew up in the seventies, as I did, you might fear the granny square–if only because, for a while, clothing was made of nothing else. Granny square vests, granny square shorts, granny square hats. Heck, I bet there was some kid out there who was forced to go to school wearing granny square underwear.” Well put, Debbie!
We at Maggie’s Crochet have a passion for the classic granny square. It’s simple and reliable. We have many products based on this style, as well as some tutorials on how to make a granny square.
Speaking of crochet…
Did You Know?
The World’s Largest Crochet Blanket, according to Guinness, was 81 feet by 31 feet. That’s a big blanket!
A New Attempt
While the World’s Largest blanket was huge, currently the Granny Square Project, by Bernd Kestler in Tokyo, is attempting to win the record for world’s largest granny square. He’s asking for donations of small granny square motifs from everyone around the world! He’ll need 7,150 to complete his desired square. After the record, the motifs will be made back into normal-sized blankets and Kestler will donate them to the victims of the 2011 Japan Earthquake. Donate Here
While you’re contributing to the World’s Largest Granny Square, you can check out our products of the same design!
Granny Square Jumper
A new twist on the ever-adorable jumper, every little girl will love this new adaptation of the classic stitch.
Granny Square Love
We love seeing just what you can make from the granny square, and this book by Sarah London does just that. Her designs are beautiful and impressive and her book teaches you exactly how to do them at home!
“Of all the Maggie’s patterns I’ve enjoyed, this is my favorite. I made each square a different color combination, and used black as my main color to join them all with. The jacket is warm and sturdy, and can literally be worn with anything, and everyone loves it. I got a lot of pleasure from making the squares and planning how I’d position them, and the pattern was extremely well-written. I’d recommend it to anyone; even a beginner could manage it. Great job!” -Sheila J.
(If you want to know how to make the hood of this crochet staple, click here!)
Granny Scrap Purse
This take on the granny square has an intricate design that takes the stitch to a new level. And it’s a great bag for the summertime!
Granny Square Flower Garden
This instruction book tells you how to make the intricate flower pattern- a beautiful take on the classic square.
Learn How to Make a Granny Square!
Maggie has many online tutorials for the granny square, in all its variations. For the Granny Square Doll Poncho, she has both right and left handed tutorials. (Right hand 1, 2, 3, 4; Left hand 1, 2, 3, 4)
As you can see, the classic granny square is a very easy and extremely versatile stitch. If you’d like to spice up your granny squares, you might want to check out the blog post on the Crochet Ruffle Stitch.
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