Retro Granny Square Pillow

A little twist on the traditional granny square pillow.

Skill Level | Easy
Finished Size | 12″ x 12″

You can change the entire look of a granny square project just by changing the joining method. The Retro Granny Square Pillow is a great way to explore a new way to crochet a traditional project.


About this Pattern

If you’re tired of the traditional granny square pillow and want to make something that looks a little different, you’re in the right place. This is a fun little project that’ll bring a little retro flare.

With this project you will get to practice the traditional granny square. It consists of only four granny squares that are joined on a diagonal to give it a completely different look. When you experiment with the color pattern in each granny square you can further customize the look.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We’ve prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you’ll need to get started as well as a video tutorial and written instructions to walk you through the entire project step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 400 yds; Caron Simply Soft (Colorways pictured: White, Gray Heather, Robins Egg and Orange)
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • 12″ Pillow form
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

FAQ : Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge to make sure the substitution won’t effect the sizing and keep in mind the recommended yarn amount will likely be inaccurate.

Additional Resources:

Essential Guide to Yarn Weight

3 Things You Must Do to Substitute Yarn on B.Hooked TV

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pattern details


This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Rem Remaining
  • Sc Single Crochet
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
Finished Size

12″ x 12″


4 rounds = 3.25″

You can make a larger pillow by adding more rounds to each granny square. Fold one square in half, corner to corner, and measure the folded edge. This measurement will be the finished pillow size.

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the pattern

Written Instructions

Motif (Make 4)

Round 1: Ch 3. Join with a slst to the first ch. Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2 throughout). In center of ring [3 dc, ch 2] 3 times. 2 more dc 2 in center of ring and join with a slst to 3rd ch.

Round 2: Ch 5. In ch-2 space, 3 dc. [Ch 1. In next corner (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)] 3 times. Ch 1. 2 dc in same ch-2 space as first ch 5. Join with a slst to 3rd ch.

Round 3: Ch 5. In ch-2 space, 3 dc. [Ch 1. In next ch-1 space, 3 dc. Ch 1. In next corner (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)] 3 times. Ch 1. In next ch-1 space, 3 dc. Ch 1. 2 dc in same ch-2 space as first ch 5. Join with a slst to 3rd ch.

Rounds 4-10: Ch 5. In ch-2 space, 3 dc. [(In each ch-1 space, 3 dc. Ch 1). In next corner (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)] 3 times. Ch 1. In next ch-1 space, 3 dc. Ch 1. 2 dc in same ch-2 space as first ch 5. Join with a slst to 3rd ch.


Step 1: Fold each of square in half, corner to corner, right side facing outward. The fold should make the square look triangular. Arrange them one on top, bottom, left and right.

Step 2: Fasten on in bottom corner. Make 1 slst in each double crochet catching both the bottom and side square. Continue making 1 slst in each double crochet as you pass the center point. Fasten off.

Step 3: Fasten on in remaining top corner and repeat the stitches from step 2.

Step 4: Flip the cover over and place the pillow form inside. Fold the edges together and slst each side together as in steps 2 and 3. Weave in your ends.

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