Crochet Granny Square

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Boho Crochet Granny Square Pattern

There is something special about a simple granny square. It’s like the options are endless for how many different things you can create! From a crochet granny square blanket or afghan to a pillow or even a bag! I designed this boho puff stitch crochet granny square without any specific project in mind. When I started this project, I knew I wanted to create a modern pattern for a crochet granny square that I could use many different ways. Additionally, I wanted it to be a simple granny square but I also wanted it to be unique! Once I finished making all of these pretty crochet granny squares I decided to turn them into a beautiful baby blanket!

Keep scrolling to use the free crochet pattern for this easy modern granny square!

A boho puff stitch crochet granny square made in The Hook Nook Yarn!

Design Story and Inspiration

I love simple granny squares and they are a great beginner crochet project, but sometimes they can be a bit…boring. Yes, I know, I know they are meditative, but simple doesn’t have to be the same stitch over and over. Simple can be a combination of a few stitches like I did for this modern crochet granny square! So, for this boho crochet granny square I wanted to use a puff stitch and I also wanted to use a shell…at first I thought it may not be the simple granny square I was dreaming of…

After some thought, I decided my best bet was to do one round of shells and one round of puff stitch for this granny square with some chain spaces for good measure! I think it worked out really well! The center shell feature makes for a great focal point on this boho crochet granny square and the puff stitch frames it nicely! I didn’t think these squares could get any better, but then I seamed them all together and this crochet granny square baby blanket blew my mind!

About the Yarn

For this bohemian crochet granny square I used The Hook Nook Main Squeeze, an amazingly soft worsted weight yarn! “The Hook Nook yarn is simply the perfect yarn for any project. It’s soft, colorful, and so versatile! Main Squeeze yarn is made from 100% acrylic material, and comes in a worsted weight (4-medium). Available in a wide variety of vibrant colors to fit your style”. – From The Hook Nook Website

I used THN Main Squeeze before for my Holly Cardigan and WOW is that cardigan comfortable! If you love this yarn too or are looking for a cozy cardigan with pockets, you can make the Holly Cardigan using the free pattern on my blog!

Close up of this boho puff stitch granny square

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Size 5.50 mm crochet hook       
 #4 Worsted 1.1 oz or 58 yards
The Hook Nook Main Squeeze – 1 skein makes 3 squares!!!


Gauge for something like a simple granny square isn’t super important if you are making say a blanket as your granny square project. The worst that could happen is maybe your simple granny squares are too big and you might run out of yarn. BUT if you are planning to use this modern crochet granny square in an item that is size specific, say for a pillow cover, be sure to check your gauge!

The gauge for this project is……..14 sts x 8 rows in hdc.

Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

  • Chain Stitch – ch / Slip Stitch – Sl St / Stitch(es) – st(s)
    Single Crochet – sc
    Half Double Crochet– hdc / Double Crochet – dc
  • Puff Stitch – PS – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space and pull up a loop) 4 times in same stitch or space, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.

Pattern Notes

  • One Size7-1/2” x 7-1/2” square
  • * Designates a repeat.  
  • Ch 3 in corners does not count as stitch.
  • Skill Level: Easy
Work in progress photo of this simple granny square.

Modern Crochet Granny Square Pattern

Round 1
Ch 4, *1 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, repeat from * 6 more times, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch-4 (counts as 1st dc) [8 dc, ch-1 sps]
Round 2
Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-sp, *7 dc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * 2 more times, 7 dc in next ch-1 sp, sl st to st sc st. [4 7-dc shells, 4 sc]
Round 3 
Ch 4, (dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1, dc) same st as join, *ch 5, skip 7-dc, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, repeat from * 2 more times, ch 2, dc (counts as 3 chs) into 3rd ch of ch-4.
[16 dc, 4 ch-5 sps, 4 ch-3 sps. 8 ch-1 sps]
Round 4 
Ch 2, 2 hdc around joining dc *2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in ch-3 corner, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, 2 hdc in ch-5 sp, work 1 hdc over ch-5 and into center dc of 7dc cluster, 2 hdc in ch-5 sp,  repeat from * 2 more times, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in ch-3 corner, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, 2 hdc in ch-2 sp, work 1 hdc over ch-5 and into center dc of 7dc cluster, sl st to ch 2,  [13 total sts each side]
Round 5
Ch 2, starting in the next hdc not the join st *[1 hdc, ch 1, sk 1] to 1 st before corner, 1 hdc in last st before corner, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in ch-3 corner, sk first hdc; repeat from * around, [1 hdc, ch 1, sk 1] to beginning of round, sl st to first hdc. 
Round 6 
Sl st to ch-1, ch 2, (PS, ch 1, skip 1) to ch-3 space, *(2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in ch-3 corner, (ch 1, sk 1, PS) to ch-3 corner, ch 1, repeat from * around, (ch 1, sk 1, PS) to beginning of round, ch 1, sl st to ch-2.
Round 7
Ch 2, *(1 hdc, ch 1, sk 1) to last st on side, 1 hdc in last st, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in ch-3 corner, sk first hdc on next side, repeat from * around, work (1 hdc, ch 1, sk 1) to beginning of round, sl st to ch-2. 
Round 8
Ch 1, 2 sc in each ch-1 sp on each side skipping hdc between ch-1 sps, 1 sc in each hdc immediately before and after corners, 5 sc in each ch-3 corner space, sl st to beg ch 1. Finish off. 

Assembling A Crochet Granny Square Blanket with a Flat Zipper Seam

To assemble my easy granny squares I used the flat zipper method. I love using the Flat Zipper Seam because it is a decorative joining method that makes a beautiful finish on a crochet project! I actually like seaming my crochet projects, but sometimes I am lazy and I don’t make my invisible seams as well as I should so using something like a Flat Zipper Seam that is meant to be seen is a wonderful option!

  1. Lay your squares right sides up.
  2. Working in the farthest loop of the top of the stitches pick up from left to right.
  3. Yarn over with your seaming yarn and pull through both loops on your hook.
  4. Keeping the tail towards your body and your seaming yarn in front of you, working again from left to right pick the back loop of each next stitch, yarn over with your seaming yarn and pull through all loops.
  5. Repeat Step 4 to the end.

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The Holly Cardigan

Did you love using The Hook Nook Main Squeeze Yarn? Yeah, me too! If you want another project to make using this same yarn then try out my Holly Cardigan! Go grab 3 of your favorite colors and get stitching today!

Holly Cardigan by Life and Yarn

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