Is it just me, or are granny squares the quintessential representation of how amazing crochet can be?! They evoke childhood memories of being cocooned in a loved one’s handmade creation. On National Granny Square Day (Tuesday, August 15, 2023), we’re reminded that granny squares aren’t just nostalgic tokens but a living, breathing part of today’s crochet culture.
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Master the Classic: Crafting the Quintessential Granny Square
Eager to master the granny square? I’ve got just the thing! Join me for a heartwarming, hands-on tutorial where craft meets comfort. Let’s stitch up some joy together:
5 Inspiring Granny Square Projects to Try
As we celebrate the timeless legacy of the granny square, here are five awe-inspiring projects to ignite your imagination and fuel your crochet enthusiasm during National Granny Square Day 2023.
1 // The Maisie Cardi by Jo Wadler
Echoing retro charm, this sweater boasts bold, chunky stitches that come together in a classic granny motif. The vintage-inspired design meets modern-day coziness, creating a statement piece that’s as comfortable as it is stylish. Perfect for those who adore a throwback vibe with a contemporary twist!
The Maisie Cardigan was part of a past spring make-along hosted by Knit Collage. The final pattern isn’t available for individual sale… YET! Get on the Knit Collage email list for updates about Maisie Cardigan – JOIN HERE
2 // The Fireside Blanket by Lucy of Attic24
A harmonious blend of traditional crochet and modern design, the Fireside Granny Square Blanket by Attic24 brings to mind cozy fireside evenings spent with a great book. With rich hues and textured squares reminiscent of classic granny patterns, it’s elevated by that unique Attic24 charm. Perfect for draping over a chair or a spontaneous picnic, this blanket offers both comfort and artisanal elegance.
Read more about Lucy’s Fireside Granny Square Blanket creation HERE.
3 // Half a Granny Square Shawl by Churchmouse Yarn & Teas
When is a granny square not a square? When it’s half of a square, a.k.a. a triangle! Created by Churchmouse Yarn & Teas in Bainbridge, Washington, this shawl’s ample 64”/163 cm wingspan wraps you up in infinite warmth. It’s a pop of rustic fun over a tee or tucked inside your jacket!
The free pattern includes instructions for the ‘half-granny stitch’, as well as dimensions for a sized-down kerchief version. Get the pattern HERE.
4 // Hexagon Burst by Rachel Cardona
Discover the vibrant allure of the Hexagon Burst Granny Square Blanket by Rachele Carmona. This blanket masterfully showcases Rachele’s talent for reimagining traditional motifs into contemporary showpieces. A touch of retro charm combined with modern aesthetics, it’s the perfect accent to warm up any space.
Get the pattern on Ravelry HERE.
5 // And One Of Mine – The Autumn Granny Afghan
For this one I teamed up with Hosanna Revival and crafted this blanket inspired by a dreamy watercolor artwork. Using my pick of 11 vibrant shades, I whipped up squares flaunting 4 colors each. And guess what? I needed ninety-nine 5-inch squares to make this beauty come to life! It was a journey, let me tell ya, but when I saw the finished piece? It blew away all my expectations. Pure love, stitch by stitch.
Get my step-by-step tutorial on how I designed this beautiful and unique granny square afghan in the free pattern HERE.
And for those who love a good puzzle, grab the watercolor puzzle that inspired this project from Hosana Revival HERE.
Big shout-out to these creators and all of you for keeping the granny square magic alive. Check them out, get inspired, and let’s celebrate the art of crochet! Take a closer look at my crochet square obsession HERE.
Want to get involved in National Granny Square Day 2023?
Take a photo of your crochet square (a 4-round traditional granny works best but get as creative as you want). Crop it so that the single square fills the entire screen of your post and share it on Instagram, being sure to include the hashtag #grannysquareday2023 in the description of your post. When viewing the hashtag, the Instagram grid format assembles the squares into a virtual granny square blanket!