Granny Square Day is on August 15th and we hope you’ll be busy enjoying the sunshine with your hook and yarn in hand. For many of us, our first steps into becoming a crocheter began with the humble granny square; isn’t it amazing what you can create with just three basic stitches?! Once you’ve mastered squares, there’s so many things you can do with them, take a look at this collection of fantastic projects that will take your humble grannies to new heights!
1. Sandwich cosies
This project is a fantastic way to turn your granny squares into an eco-friendly way to transport your lunch. Then you can either line them with waxed cotton or oilcloth, or just insert your wrapped sandwiches inside. Why not make one for each member of your family in their favourite colours? Download the FREE pattern here
2. Colourful cushion
Granny squares are the perfect addition to your home décor, especially when you use bright shades like this design. Of course, if you’re into more muted tones you can pick and choose the colours that are right for you. This is the perfect way to upcycle an old cushion that needs a little love. Download the FREE pattern here
3. Pick a perfect pocket
This project is a brilliant stashbuster and an ideal way to revamp an old t-shirt with a touch of granny square chic! You could whip this pocket up in less than an hour and very quickly have a whole new outfit ready to go - yarny fashion never looked so good! Download the FREE pattern here
4. Pot holders
Keep your worktops burn free with these sweet pot holders. Make them in plain colours or how about using shades that match your kitchen or dining room colour scheme? If you love to make and gift, these would make a superb housewarming present. Download the FREE pattern here
5. Cute caddy
When you’re a crafter, any bit of extra storage is useful! This caddy, made with five granny squares is ideal for storing yarn, notions, stitch markers and scissors and it’s super easy to make! You could even double the size by making nine squares instead of five. Download the FREE pattern here
6. Get cosy
Surely owning a granny square blanket is a rite of passage that everyone should experience? We love this design by Emma Varnam, keep your colours as muted or bold as you fancy and experience the enjoyment of completing a large project that you’ll cherish for years to come. Download the FREE pattern here
7. Festival vibes
This boho chic bolero is made simply by stitching five granny squares together and adding a border at the bottom. Why not add beads or cute buttons to make yours really unique? Download the FREE pattern here
8. In the bag
Make 36 mini granny squares squares and stitch them together to make an adorable clutch bag! This one is perfect for your summer BBQs, especially if you make it in these gorgeous sorbet tones. Download the FREE pattern here
9. Bright and bold
We adore the colours used in this granny square blanket design. This little beauty would add a welcome pop of colour to any room. If you’d like to increase the size of your make, just whip up more squares until you’ve got enough for the size you want. Download the FREE pattern here
10. Tote it!
Take granny squares to a whole new level with our festival bag! Our fun accessory by Heather Gibbs is ideal for your warm-weather essentials and we just love the added pom-pom. If you’re new to crochet, it’s a perfect step up from the basic granny square and is sure to become a firm favourite in your summer wardrobe! Download the FREE pattern here
11. Purrfect square
Just when you thought crochet couldn’t get any cuter, Irene Strange’s cat square came along! The cute motif will be popular with children and adults alike, and of course anybody who has their own moggy. The pattern is a great stash buster and can be made up in all manner of colour combinations, which will only add to the kitsch look of your chosen project. Download the FREE pattern here
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