15+ Unusual Crochet Granny Square Patterns

Looking to make your granny squares more unique? In this post I’ll show you over 15 unusual crochet granny square patterns that can be used for a variety of different projects!

Have you crocheted a granny square before? They’re super versatile and can be made or added into just about any project (bags, blankets, cardigans, etc.). Depending on what pattern(s) you choose, these squares can add a touch of coziness or elegance to your project.

But when most people hear “granny square” they think of the traditional square made from double crochet stitches. These are often used as a beginner project, and they are almost like a crochet “icon.”

How do you make a granny square unique?

But there may come a point when you want to spice up your granny squares. That double crochet can start to feel and look boring. That’s exactly what this post is for! There are countless ways to make a granny square fancy, but here are a few ideas:

  • Do a circle within a square
  • Add textured stitches like puffs or posts
  • Do a flower within a square
  • Make it lacy

All the patterns in this post will use these techniques (and more!) to make unique, unusual granny squares that are sure to stand out in a crowd.

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Unusual crochet granny square patterns

Unusual & ‘Different’ Granny Square Patterns

Without further ado, let’s check out a few of my favorite granny square patterns! You are going to love these!

1. Lavender Fields Crochet Blanket Square

First up, meet the Lavender Fields Crochet Blanket Square. Isn’t this one so pretty? I love the ombre-effect! This pattern gives a lot of room to be creative and experiment with tons of different color-combinations, so have fun with it!

Designer: The Loopy Lamb Crochet

Yarn Used: Brava Worsted Weight Yarn

purple crochet blanket square

2. Rudbeckia Fall Crochet Square

Next, check out the Rudbeckia Fall Crochet Square. If you love fall as much as I do, then I think you’ll really enjoy this pattern! Not only does this pattern feature a beautiful flower motif, but it’s beginner-friendly as well! You could use this square for a pillow/cushion, a blanket, a sweater, a table runner, etc.!

Designer: Blue Star Crochet

Yarn Used: Stylecraft Special Aran Yarn

flower granny square pattern

3. Textured Friendship Star Square

Do you enjoy experimenting with unique crochet textures? This Textured Friendship Square pattern is that and so much more. This pattern features several different stitches that when combined, create this elegant lacey design that really highlights the star in the center. This square is bound to add a beautiful touch to whatever you decide to add it to!

Designer: Blue Star Crochet

Yarn Used: Paintbox Simply Aran Worsted Weight Yarn

unusual crochet granny square pattern

4. Victorian Romance Square

The next pattern I’d like you to meet is the Victorian Romance Square. This design has a fun, Victorian-era feel to it. I just love how the popcorn stitches resemble little hearts! Although these squares could really be used for anything, they would make an especially great Victorian-styled afghan!

Designer: Blackstone Crochet Designs

Yarn Used: Worsted Weight Yarn

victorian romance crochet granny square

5. Heart Filled Square

If you’re looking for a fun granny square pattern, than this Heart Filled Square is just the one for you! This pattern features a pretty heart design with an equally beautiful edging. You can make these squares into a fun Valentine’s Day sweater or use them year-round in a blanket!

Designer: Moogly Blog

Yarn Used: Red Heart With Love Yarn

crochet heart granny square

6. Every Little Thing Crochet Square

Another one of my favorites is the Ever Little Thing Crochet Square. Isn’t this one gorgeous? The mandala-like design gives it such an elegant touch. This pattern would be super fun to experiment with different color combinations!

Designer: Moogly Blog

Yarn Used: Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird

circle in a square granny square

7. Christmas Gnome Granny Square

Are you looking for a more unique granny square pattern? If so, I think you’re going to love the Christmas Gnome Granny Square. This pattern is equally hilarious and adorable. Adding this to a blanket (or another project) is sure to bring some joy to anyone you decide to give it to!

Designer: Raffamusa Designs

Yarn Used: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK

christmas gnome granny square

8. Flower Trellis Square

Next, meet the Flower Trellis Square. This pattern is so pretty, it reminds me of a beautiful garden in the spring. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also doable for all skill levels! This square would look equally pretty with one solid color, or several different colors!

Designer: The Purple Poncho

Yarn Used: Red Heart With Love

flower trellis granny square

9. Sandbar Square

Next, check out the Sandbar Square! This pattern is one of the most unique designs I’ve seen. It has a fun, sand dollar center, surrounded by a beautiful, sand-like border (it even has little shells in the corners!). If you’re wanting to make a beach-themed blanket, cardigan, etc., then this pattern is perfect for you!

Designer: Trifles & Treasures

Yarn Used: Premier Ever Soft Yarn

sandbar unusual granny square crochet

10. Sunflower Square

Have you ever made a sunflower-themed project before? This fun Sunflower Square is a great place to start! The thing I love about this pattern in particular is how versatile it is. You could make a bunch of squares and use them as coasters, sew them together into a blanket, make a banner, etc., or you could stop at any point and use it as an applique, make a few into a scarf, the possibilities are truly endless!

Designer: Nana’s Crafty Home

Yarn Used: Brava Worsted Weight Yarn

crochet sunflower granny square

11. Rainbow Gumdrop Crochet Square

If you’ve been looking for a fun pattern to add some brightness to your project, then I think this Rainbow Gumdrop Square is just the thing for you! This adorable pattern uses a combination of stitches to make this beautiful, gumdrop-like texture. This square would be equally cute in any color combination you choose!

Designer: Thoresby Cottage

Yarn Used: Yarn Colors Must Have

rainbow crochet square

12. Triple Texture Afghan Square

Next, meet the Triple Texture Afghan Square. I don’t know about you, but I just love unique textures. This design features several gorgeous textures that will add a touch of elegance to whatever project you decide to incorporate it into!

Designer: A Crocheted Simplicity

Yarn Used: Red Heart Made With Love Yarn

unique textured crochet granny square

13. Sunburst Granny Square

Another one of my favorites is the Sunburst Granny Square. There’s something just so neat about this pattern. Not only is it super simple to make, but it’s also extremely versatile. By simply changing the color scheme, it can go from a fun sunburst, to a gorgeous sunflower. This square is sure to add a touch of happiness to whatever you decide to add it to!

Designer: Crochet 365 Knit Too

Yarn Used: Worsted Weight Yarn

sunburst crochet granny square

14. Stained Glass Spiral Square

Next, let me introduce you to the Stained Glass Spiral Square. This pattern is both beautiful and unique, I love how the bright rainbow colors pop in contrast to the black! Of course, you can use any number of color combinations and make this pattern your own.

Designer: Trifles & Treasures

Yarn Used: Red Heart Super Saver

stained glass unique granny square pattern

15. Center Circle Square

You also definitely want to check out the Center Circle Square! This pattern is both easy and quick to make, making it the perfect last-minute addition to any bag, blanket, etc.! Not only is this pattern simple, but it’s reversible as well (one side is textured, the other flat)!

Designer: The Purple Poncho

Yarn Used: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

center circle crochet square

16. Joyful Afghan Square

Another amazing square pattern is the Joyful Afghan Square by Moogly. This is such a unique and beautiful design! I love the different colors surrounded by the white netting. This square measures 12″ by 12″ so it is great for making afghans!

Designer: Tamara from Moogly

Yarn Used: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

unique flower granny square

17. Drunken Granny Stitch

Last, I have something a little more unique to show you! If you’ve ever wanted to work a variation of granny squares, but in rows, check out the Drunken Granny Stitch/Square! This pattern makes granny stitches look a bit lopsided like a drunk granny—LOL!

Designer: Rachel Counts

Yarn Used: We Crochet Shine Sport


Crochet granny squares are great, but unique and fancy granny square are even BETTER! There are so many ways to spice up your granny squares. So choose your favorite pattern and start putting it to use—make a unique blanket or a bag! I hope you liked this post and have lots of square inspiration for the future.


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