10 projects you can make with granny squares

What to do with granny squares? Lately I have been designing different granny squares and one of the most commonly asked question is: ‘nice, but what can I do with it?’ Well, granny squares aren’t just for afghan blankets anymore. Below you can find different granny square projects such as crochet tops, bags and pillows. Great for people who love making granny squares, but don’t have time to make an entire afghan blanket.

And the best part? All granny square patterns are available for free!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out my other roundups here.

10 different projects to make with granny squares

1. Crochet Top – 2 big squares

Heather Cantu made this gorgeous top with my Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square 🌷 . “I just made two squares and ended with a row of Half Double Crochet. Then sewed the neck in with 8 SC. The sides I stitched to my liking, not all the way down. To sew together, I placed both squares wrong side out. The sleeve caps are just a row of Double Crochet, around.” Brilliant! 😍

Tulips afghan crochet top by Heather Cantu - free crochet pattern on wilmade.com

2. Crochet Top – little squares

Another granny square crochet top made with my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square. The talented @woolmyworld turned 12 little squares into a crochet top. Looks so good on her! 😍

Crochet granny square top made by woolmyworld - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

3. Crochet Top with 8 squares

@debdusdesign made 4 squares for the front, 4 squares for the back and added a beautiful ribbed neckline/border! She used my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square.

Tulips afghan top by DenDusDesigns - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

4. Granny Square Cardigan

@mumski_34 used my used my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square and combined bigger and smaller squares to make a cardigan.

Crochet granny square cardigan made by mumski_34 - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

@mumski_34 also made a colorful ‘scrap yarn’ cardigan with pockets! Love her creativity 😍

Crochet scrap yarn granny square cardigan made by mumski_34 - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

5. Crochet Handbag – 3 big squares

I made a simple bag with 3 big ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Squares. To make it extra sturdy, I used 3 strands at the same time and hook size 8mm. I also added fabrics lining and 2 magnetic buttons for a finishing touch.

Crochet granny square bag - free crochet pattern on wilmade.com

Tulips from Holland Square’ Bag

6. Crochet Handbag – little squares

This crochet granny square handbag is made by @itscraftday. She used my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square and attached bamboo handles from Joann and lined it with dark fabric to see the crochet design better from afar. Love it!

Crochet granny square bag made by itscraftday - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

7. Baby Blanket – little squares

This baby blanket is made by my mom @crochethingmom. She joined 25 little squares together with a fun joining method and bright pink color. The pattern she used is the Crochet Cupcake Square which is a free pattern.

Crochet granny square baby blanket - free crochet pattern on crochething.com

Another beautiful baby blanket is this blanket made by @trikotreats with Alpaca yarn. She used my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square.

Crochet granny square baby blanket made by trikotreats - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

8. Baby Blanket – 1 big square

This baby blanket is made by simply repeating my Love Your Granny Square pattern. All you have to do, is repeat 9 rows until you think the baby blanket is big enough.

Granny square pattern - baby blanket Wilmade

Another beautiful baby blanket made out of a big square! @ollydolly_stitch used my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square.

Crochet granny square baby blanket made by ollydolly_stitch - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

9. Big Pillow

This pillow cover pattern is also made by repeating my Love Your Granny Square pattern. To save time, yarn and work, the square is sewn on a pillow (from Ikea) in a matching color. No need to crochet the back of a pillow.

Click here for my free Love Your Granny Square Pillow pattern.

Granny square pattern - pillow by Wilmade

Here are some more granny square pillows! @gwamsteeker (on the left) and @stine_helm both used my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square.

Crochet granny square dining table mat made by Gwemsteeker and stine_helm - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

10. Dining Table Mat

Another great way to use a big square! @woolly_fingers used my ‘Tulips from Holland’ Afghan Square as a dining table mat. Great idea!

Crochet granny square dining table mat made by woolly_fingers - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

I hope this roundup of different projects that can be made with granny squares have inspired you. If you need more inspiration for your next project, check out my other roundups here including 10 free crochet patterns for summer, spring, Mother’s Day and baby showers.

Free granny square patterns

Here are my granny squares (also called afghan squares) which are all available for free and include a step by step video tutorial.


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    Darlene Gonsalves
    1 June 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Both of my grandmothers were active crocheters! Now ay 71, I just may take it up! I like the sweater design….could you send me the pattern? It’s very pretty.

    Thank you!

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