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Bruna aka Brunaticality uses granny squares to create a crochet headband in her YouTube tutorial.

Granny squares are everywhere!

We’ve seen a resurgence in the use of granny squares, a practice that has been around since colonial times. In early America, it was common practice to save yarn and fiber from old socks and sweaters and crochet them into small squares. These squares were then sewn together into a colorful blanket. In this modern-day comeback, squares are being used for everything from hair accessories and home decor to chunky sweaters and funky dusters.

Here’s our roundup of patterns, books, and products that are making granny squares new again.

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Nonna’s Throw PDF Pattern & Yarn Bundle

Stitch & Story

This granny square blanket pattern and yarn bundle is perfect for the modern crafter. Revamped with simple and chic color combinations, and using Stitch & Story super chunky Homestead Yarn, this fresh take on a traditional crochet project will feel just as cozy and special as its predecessors.
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The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook

Joke Vermeiren

This unique granny square collection com­bines the styles of 23 creative designers from all over the world, who each bring their best game to the table. With ample suggestions for captivating combinations, written instructions as well as clear graphs for every square in the book, stitch instructions and techniques for blocking and joining, this sourcebook goes above and beyond to show you the endless possibilities of granny square crochet.
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Crochet Headband Using Granny Squares Tutorial


Learn to piece together granny squares to create a stylish headband. This crochet tutorial gives simple to follow instructions that will leave you with a cute, versatile hair accessory.

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Granny Square Flowers: 50 Botanical Crochet Motifs and 15 Original Projects

Margaret Hubert

Learn 50 all-new granny squares with a botanical theme, then apply your squares to 15 new projects including clothing for babies, children, and adults; fashion accessories, home décor items, and gifts. Each granny square is presented in a large, full-color photo accompanied by both written and diagrammed instructions.
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Granny Square Dog Sweater Pattern

Use your granny squares to make something special for your dog with this digital crochet pattern. It will take twenty-eight grannies to make this colorful coat for your pet. A special tail-catcher holds it in place no matter how active the dog is.
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3D Granny Squares

Celine Semaan (Crafty CC), Caitie Moore (Thoresby Cottage) and Sharna Moore (Sweet Sharna)

The humble granny square is given a fresh new look in this collection of 100 3D granny square crochet patterns. The patterns are divided up into categories including flowers, animals, food and motifs. There are also ten fun projects showing how to use your granny squares.
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Handmade crop jacket

This hand crocheted cardigan sweater pieces together colorful granny squares to make a fun crop top with free-spirited vibes. The lightweight sweater features a zipper so it can also be worn as a jacket.
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Granny Squares Weekend book: 20 Quick and Easy Crochet Projects

Emma Varnam

Find fun, simple ways to use granny squares with this illustrated crochet book. Technical hints and tips with illustrations to ensure you have all you need to complete the project in a couple of days. Granny Squares weekend also explores the scope of the technique, using it as an edging for blankets and in chic single-color projects.

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A Modern Girl’s Guide to Granny Squares

Celine Semaan & Leonie Morgan

With more than 40 bright and contemporary designs, blocks are the best way to try out new stitches and color combinations. Featuring four projects showing you how to combine your granny squares into larger items, including a blanket, cushion and wall hanging. The granny square patterns have written instructions, charts and photos showing the stitch detail.


Do you have any resources for modern uses of granny squares? Add them in the comments so we can check them out!

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