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Granny Square Books: Crochet Squares, Projects, and Patterns Galore

Granny squares never really go out of style. Of course, sometimes they’re trending hot (like right now!) Other times, they’re less pervasive in the fashion, home decor, and craft industries. And yet, because they’re such a classic design, it’s always good to keep them in mind for projects. In fact, the BiCrafty Bootcampers are working with a lot of them right now, and it’s helping to build their skills while they create fun new projects. For example, check out the granny square lined earwarmer these beginner crocheters just made! With that in mind, we wanted to round up some of the best granny square books out there.

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granny squares books guide

What Is In Granny Square Books?

Before we get into the books themselves, let’s chat for a minute about what a granny square is. The classic granny square is a vintage quintessential design. It’s worked in the round, combining granny sets of 3 dc stitches each worked in spaces to grow the square as large as you want. This traditional granny square is the only one that I actually call a granny square.

However, granny square books would be really short if that’s all that they included. Therefore, they often also include all or some of the following:

  • Other crochet squares worked in the round. Many people call these granny squares, too. Or variations – for example, a flower in the center might be called a floral granny square.
  • Other shapes that use the granny set stitch of 3 dc with spaces. For example, you can crochet granny triangles, granny hexagons, granny rectangles, and more.
  • Other crochet motifs that aren’t necessarily squares. A few people call any crochet motif a “granny square.” I’d venture to say that most people don’t call them that when they aren’t squares, but some people do.
  • Garments, home decor, and accessories patterns designed using classic or non-traditional crochet granny squares.

Granny Square Books for Your Crochet Library

With that in mind, here are some of the granny square books you might consider adding to your own crochet library.

Leisure Arts You Can Do It! Granny Square Crochet Book

Leisure Arts You Can Do It! Granny Square Crochet Book

This book teaches you how to crochet the classic granny square. Then it shows you twelve different projects you can make using that one easy design.

Granny Square Academy

Granny Square Academy

Most crochet granny square books simply teach you how to crochet squares or other motifs. However, Granny Square Academy is different. This book uses the granny square to teach you how to read patterns, calculate yarn for a granny square project, and so much more. It’s a way for beginners to take their skills to the next level. Don’t forget you can also learn this for free in BiCrafty Bootcamp Crochet Edition!

Leisure Arts Mosaic Art Afghans Book

Leisure Arts Mosaic Art 
Afghans Crochet Book

This is one of the most fun of all granny square books. Why? Because it uses the classic granny square but in such a fun, artistic way. By making a classic granny square in different colors, then combining those colors strategically, you can crate beautiful graphic throws. There are five artistic granny square afghan throws in this book.

Margaret Hubert’s Granny Square Book

Margaret Hubert's Granny Square Book

This is one of the all-time most popular granny square books. Learn to crochet 100 different squares. Additionally, you’ll find 25 granny square projects in the book. This is a comprehensive title if you’re looking for one book to rely on. Margaret Hubert has also authored a number of other terrific granny square books including books where she shows you ten granny squares and then combines them into 30 projects (a book of bags, a book of blankets, etc.) She also has a popular granny square flowers book.

Leisure Arts 99 Granny Squares Book

Leisure Arts 99 Granny Squares Book

You can’t really go wrong with nearly 100 variations on a classic granny square. This is the kind of book that you can pick and choose from to mix and match into an almost infinite variety of different projects.

Leisure Arts 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares Book

Leisure Arts 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares Book

None of these are traditional crochet granny squares. And yet they allow you to expand on that classic design in so many different and fascinating ways.

Leisure Arts Granny Square Stitch Guide Book

Leisure Arts Granny Square Stitch Guide Book

This book provides one dozen patterns for variations on the classic granny square. Additionally, it offers another ten patterns for other crochet squares. These are all 8″ squares when worked with medium weight yarn. Moreover, the book comes with instructions for combining the squares into a throw.

Granny Squares: 20 Crochet Projects With a Vintage Vibe

Granny Squares: 20 Crochet Projects With a Vintage Vibe

These designs are described as having a vintage vibe. After all, the granny square itself is considered a vintage motif. If you love vintage, then you can definitely go that route with these patterns. However, with smart color choices, these can also be quite contemporary.

Granny Squares Weekend: 20 Quick and Easy Crochet Projects

Granny Squares Weekend: 20 Quick and Easy Crochet Projects

As described on Amazon, this granny squares project is full of make-in-a-weekend projects including hats and coasters, totes and toys. The description also explains, “As well as iconic granny square patterns, this book explores the scope of the technique, using it as an edging for blankets and in chic single-color projects.

Leisure Arts Granny Square Baby Afghans Crochet Book

Leisure Arts Granny Square Baby Afghans Crochet Book

This is one of the granny squares books that utilizes a variety of different variations on the classic granny square. With those variations, plus lots of color changes, you get a selection of afghan patterns that all look unique.

Leisure Arts Hip 2B Square Throws 4 Home Crochet Book

Leisure Arts Hip 2B Square Throws 4 Home Crochet Book

This book gives you fifteen different crochet square designs to mix and match into blankets. Each square is 8″ when worked to gauge. You can combine them in a variety of different ways, some of which are shown in the book and others of which you can figure out on your own.

Leisure Arts Hip 2B Square Totes & Bags Crochet Book

This book has a matching book called Leisure Arts Hip 2B Square Totes & Bags Crochet Book. As you might guess, the square are matched into bags in this book. Both are good granny square books to add to your collection.

Leisure Arts Grannies Gone Wild Crochet Book

Leisure Arts Grannies Gone Wild Crochet Book

Play with granny squares in different sizes to create the projects in this book. Some use textured variations on the classic granny square. Others use a more traditional square design combined with others in unique ways.

Leisure Arts Grannies In Bloom Book

Leisure Arts Grannies In Bloom Crochet Book

Learn how to crochet a variety of different colorful floral granny squares with this book. You also get patterns for half a dozen blankets using these designs.

Leisure Arts Dare To Be Square Afghans Crochet Book

Leisure Arts Dare To Be Square Afghans Crochet Book

This is one of the most original variations on granny square books. Each crochet afghan in this book is just one large square. If you don’t like to join motifs, then this is the book for you!

Hello Hexie!

hexagon granny square books

Crochet hexagons, like granny squares, come and go in popular. This crochet book includes ten crochet hexagon designs, including some based on the traditional granny square. You’ll learn how to make them and how to combine them into interesting projects.

Leisure Arts Granny Squares Reimagined Crochet Book

Leisure Arts Granny Squares Reimagined Crochet Book

Enjoy a set of beautiful crochet patterns including blankets and accessories. These are made with non-traditional granny squares, including granny triangles, as well as other crochet motifs.

Leisure Arts Learn to Crochet Circles Into Squares Book

Leisure Arts Learn to Crochet Circles Into Squares Book

Do you have a favorite crochet circle pattern that you would love to use to make square-based designs? Then you are in luck. This crochet book teaches you how to turn circles into squares. Of course, this isn’t one of the traditional granny squares books. Nevertheless, it’s a great resource for making circle-in-square crochet projects.

3D Granny Squares: 100 crochet patterns for pop-up granny squares

3D Granny Squares: 100 crochet patterns for pop-up granny squares

Once you know how to crochet a granny square, you can add to it. For example, you might add appliques, embellishments, or surface crochet. This book shows you how to work various shapes and designs as 3d center designs.

Edie Eckman’s Crochet Motif Books

As you know, I love Edie Eckman’s crochet books. I recently recommended two of her books for crochet edgings. And she also has some terrific books of crochet motifs. So although these are not traditional granny square books, I do recommend them:

Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs: Creative Techniques for Joining Motifs of All Shapes

The New Crochet Stitch Dictionary

crochet stitch dictionary

This is a comprehensive stitch dictionary. Therefore it includes crochet stitch patterns, edgings, and more. However, don’t discount it because the granny square section is also complete.

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