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          Not Your Grandma's Granny Square Crochet Patterns

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          Do you have nightmares about granny square crochet patterns because of the granny square's bad reputation? Don't worry; it's totally natural! A friend of mine says her mother used to crochet two giant granny squares, seam them up the sides and at the shoulders, then force her to wear it as a sweater vest. Even though she's a crocheter, she refuses to touch granny square crochet patterns now.

          But crochet patterns with granny squares don't have to bring back traumatizing memories of embarrassing childhood clothing. Here at Bluprint, we're making granny square crochet patterns cool again thanks to our talented indie designers.

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          Photo via Bluprint member  bySol

          Gerbera floral bag

          I'm crazy about this bag that's made up of daisy granny squares. (Hint to anyone buying a gift for me: this is on my Bluprint wishlist!) I love how the squares form that deep V to shape the top of the bag, rather than the straight-across seamed squares we usually see in bag designs.

          Get the Floral Gerbera Bag Pattern.

          Photo via Bluprint member  AllysonD

          Cute girl squares tank

          Too bad my friend's mom didn't know about crochet patterns with granny squares like this. A built-in belt helps give these granny squares a defined waistline to avoid a boxy shape around the waist. Designer AllysonD also crocheted this in a solid color for a look that's a little less retro.

          Get the Cute Girl Squares Tank Pattern.

          Photo via Bluprint member  Floom

          Granny square iPad case

          Want an excuse to go full granny-square retro? A tech case is a perfect opportunity! If you've made crochet patterns with granny squares before, you'll know that they make a nice padding for all your tech devices. This case even has a little loop and button to make sure your device doesn't slide out.

          Get the Crochet Granny Square iPad Case Pattern.

          Photo via Bluprint member  alinahime

          Granny square turtle

          Granny squares aren't just for clothing and accessories. Here, granny squares team up with a solid green yarn to make this adorable little turtle toy. The granny squares make up the turtle's shell, so you can crochet them in any color you'd like to complement the solid color.

          Get the Granny Square Turtle Pattern.

          Photo via Bluprint member  NoNovelties

          Granny square dangle earrings

          Crochet thread makes these granny square earrings lightweight and small enough to dangle from your ears. Dig crochet earrings? Check out designer NoNovelties's crochet earring e-book, which includes this pattern alongside three other earring patterns -- or just buy the patterns individually if you already have a favorite.

          Get the Granny Square Dangle Earrings Pattern.

          Photo via Bluprint member  francine toukou

          Granny square laptop tote

          No matter what size your laptop is, this tote pattern has you covered with its customized instructions. It's one of the most classic ways you can give a nod to the granny square, too, since the design is so timeless. Don't limit yourself to toting laptops in this. Why not make it your daytime tote, too?

          Get the Granny Square Laptop Tote Pattern.

          Photo via Bluprint member  ThePerfectKnot 

          Granny square pendant

          If granny squares can be earrings, they can be necklaces too! Grab some scrap crochet thread and whip up this pendant in your favorite colors. You'll need some basic jewelry supplies, as well, so that you can connect your pendant with a jump ring.

          Get the Granny Square Pendant Pattern.

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