New ideas for using Granny Squares

Even though granny square week is over, I have one more bonus post before I move on to new topics.  While I was writing the posts for granny square week, I knew that I wanted to come up with fresh ways to use the motif.

A common variation on the standard granny square afghan is the “endless” granny square.  Instead of making a number of smaller motifs and stitching them together to form a blanket, you just keep adding rounds until the motif is the size of a standard afghan.  It is an attractive idea because it bypasses the laborious task of sewing together all the motifs.

Instead of creating one really large motif, I decided to go in the other direction and experiment with using a lot of tiny motifs.  I have been calling this tiny motif a “Granny Square Mini”.  It is easy to make: it is just two rounds of the granny square pattern stitched in one color.  You could work both rounds in a different color, but I personally like the effect of working them up in a single color.  The single color motifs take on the nature of tiles and can be combined in interesting ways.  Here are three ideas.


Select a pleasing color scheme – an analogous, triadic, or accented analogic color scheme would work well for this pattern.  See my articles on selecting color schemes for more information about these combinations.  I chose a triadic color scheme of plum, pumpkin, and olive green.

The motifs are then arranged so that each motif is surrounded by motifs of a different color.  In the sample picture below, note that diagonal rows of color form as the motifs stack up.  If you use more colors, you could create a more random effect.

Patchwork Enhanced

Granny square minis can be used in combination with standard-sized granny squares.  I found that a four round granny square with a single crochet border is the same size as a block of four granny square minis.  Therefore, you could create a patchwork effect as demonstrated below.  This would make an eye-catching afghan.

Digital Design

Using granny square minis, you could create any design that you can draw on graph paper.  Spirals, starbursts, abstract designs, and even a child’s initials would all be possible.  I did not create a sample for this idea – I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Samples for this post were made using Sheep(ish) yarn in Plum(ish), Pumpkin(ish), and Olive(ish).

About Erich

I am a crochet designer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Although I love all types of crochet, the focus of my design work is amigurumi and toys.
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