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How To…Use Granny Squares

Updated July 19, 2023
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It’s finally here, the moment we’ve all been dreading. The end of Granny Square Month! So, it’s timely that I’m sharing this post with you today, Because, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been making granny squares like CRAZY, without any thought to how you’re going to use them. Got stacks of squares? I don’t blame you. There are some fabulously fun G square designs – from structural shaping to adorable appliques. This month has been packed full of inspiration. But, now what do you do with your teetering tower of granny squares? Let me help you, I’ve put together a list of the best ways to use a granny square. Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration!

But, before we get started…let’s have a catch-up with Granny Square Month content:

A pair of mitered granny squares in pastel shades of pink, purple and grey sit on a white surface.
Mitered Granny Square
A pair of granny squares with a heart motif in the centre sit on a white surface.
Granny Square Heart
A vividly coloured blanket made of crochet granny squares sit beside opened paint tubes in vibrant shades of yellow and blue.
Unusual Granny Squares To Make TODAY!

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A solid mitered square of crochet sits on a white surface. It is made in pastel pink, lilac, grey and white.
Mitered Solid Granny Square
A granny square blanket in lots of pastel tones is hanging on a white wall.
Granny Stripes vs Granny Squares
A swatch of granny stripe stitch in purple and white sits on a white background.
Granny Stripe
a grey c2c stitch granny square sits on a white background
C2C Granny Square

GRANNY SQUARE BLANKETS

Let’s start with the obvious, a blanket. This timeless classic is the ideal way to use up stacks of squares, and not only that it’s a toasty, satisfying make that will last for years and years with the right care. Talk about an heirloom!

The amazing thing about a granny square blanket is that it’s versatile as heck. Just like the little square itself. Whether you want to create a traditional blanket and use up squares you have already made, or try a granny with a twist, there’s plenty of choice out there.

Need to start at the beginning? Try these simple patterns first:

Ready to make a blanket? Then how about one of these?

A completely circle of hope blanket in pastel shades of white, yellow, green, orange and purple sits on a white background.
Circle Of Hope Blanket by Bella Coco
A crochet blanket in earthy tones sits on a floral bedspread.
Nature’s Walk by Cherry Heart

GRANNY SQUARE GARMENTS

Granny squares are ideal for making clothes! Not only do you get to add your own twist of colour to a pattern, but you can customise the squares exactly how you like – meaning there are endless wardrobe possibilities and NO-ONE will have the same clothes as you.

A woman wearing a crochet cardigan in earth tones, featuring granny squares in standing outside in a field.
Revival Cardigan by Make and Do Crew
A woman is wearing a black and white crochet vest with granny squares as the main body.
Hooded Granny Square Vest by Mama in A Stitch
A woman wears a green and red cardigan made from a giant crochet granny square.
Mathilda’s Easy Crochet Cardigan by Knitting With Chopsticks

Want to get your hands on ALL of the granny square content on Bella Coco? Why not browse my archive and see what you can find? I bet you’ll find the perfect project for you!

GRANNY SQUARE BAGS

This fresh and modern use of the G square is such a fun way to add some colour to your outfit. Whether you’re making a tote or a laptop bag – I guarantee you, these bags are just as fun to make as they are to wear!

A vibrantly colourful crochet bag sits against a white wall. The bag is made of granny squares.
Squares Bag by A Creative Being
A blue crochet bag sits on a wooden background alongside a pair of flip flops, sunglasses and a sunhat.
Wildrose Market Bag by All About Ami
A woman is holding a crochet granny square clutch laptop case made in many bright colours.
My Happy Laptop Case by Ezgi
(This pattern is written in Turkish, but includes a translate option, pictures and a video, so it’s easy to follow along!)

GRANNY SQUARE CUSHIONS

Granny squares are a quick and fun way to update your home decor. Just grab some yarn the compliments (or clashes, depending on what you’re going for!) your colour scheme and get hooking! It can be as simple as stitching together squares you’ve already made, or you can follow a dedicated pattern. Both are cosy, comfy and super cute!

A crochet granny square cushion is made using earth tones and a warm mustard and teal. It sits on a white bed.
Coastal Castaway Cushion
A colourful cushion is made from mini granny squares. It sits on a surface beside a small plant sprout.
Tiny Granny Square Cushion by Hook to Loop
A dog-shaped cushion is made from a fresh, modern colour scheme of white, teal, lime, orange and black.
Patchwork Dog Pillow by Plus 3 Crochet

I hope these patterns have given your brain a creative boost – there really is PLENTY you can do with a granny and these ways to use a granny square are barely even the tip of the crochet iceberg! From toys and trousers to wall-hangings and wearables – the granny square can do it all!

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What’s your favourite use for the granny square? I’d love to hear about your own personal favourite ways to use granny squares in the comments below!

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3 Comments

  • Margaret Davies
    August 25, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Beautiful patterns, I really enjoy seeing your designs and the videos, so far I have only done the tri colour granny square and made a blanket for myself, I am embarking on a blanket for a baby next.

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  • Zeba Mohsin
    August 25, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature. This means a lot!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      August 27, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

      Reply

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