No longer is the humble granny square the preserve of hippies and ancient blankets. Today’s crocheters are getting inventive with their motifs to make a wide range of amazing projects. Here, Let’s Get Crafting magazine‘s deputy editor Elaine Bennett picks her five favourite free patterns to inspire you.
If you’re making a blanket for a newborn, this gorgeous teddy bear motif would be perfect. The easy-to-follow photo tutorials make it a breeze.
Edit: This pattern is now available as a detailed step-by-step tutorial for £3.92. For another free animal granny square, try these adorable owls from Repeat Crafter Me!
Start by making a circular mandala before using the photo guide to turn it into an impressive and vibrant granny square.
Turn six granny squares into a contemporary headband with this free pattern from issue 62 of Let’s Get Crafting magazine.
Using solid colours is an easy way to make your granny square blanket look bang up-to-date.
Okay, so it’s not a square, but we couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous heart pattern which uses many of the same techniques.
To view more free crochet patterns from Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazine, take a look at our archive here.