3D Granny Squares book overview | Pop-up crochet patterns

a selection of brightly colored crochet granny squares.

As you may know, I really love granny squares (you can have a look here for all my designs). Some time ago I had the privilege of collaborating on a fun project with the amazing designers Celine Semaan and Sharna Moore. Together we designed 100 squares and several projects, all with 3D elements. These designs have been put together in a wonderful book called 3D Granny Squares! It seems like the book has been very well received and is a top ranking crochet book on Amazon. I hope you enjoy the book and all the designs as much as I enjoyed creating them.

3D GRANNY SQUARES: 100 crochet patterns for pop-up granny squares

3D Granny Squares takes the humble granny square to the next level with 100 three dimensional granny square motifs. Each motif features a 3D element that is integral to the granny square design, rather than simply stitched on top of a square. The book is divided into several themes, including food, animals, flowers, celebrations and more. 3D Granny Squares is filled with a wide variety of designs. You are guaranteed to find a pop up square to suit just about any occasion.

Not only are there lots of motifs to choose from, but 3D Granny Squares also includes 10 different granny square projecst. From home decor items to baby toys and wearables; these projects are a great opportunity to put your 3D granny squares to use.

Some notes about the book

  • The book is written using US terminology. However, UK readers, do not fret! A handy conversion chart is included for reference.
  • There are both written instructions and charts*, to cater for your preferred method of following patterns.
  • All the squares were designed using Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK. A key for all the shades used is included on each design. Use it to create an exact replica of the squares you see in the book. Although, of course, you are free to let your creativity run wild!
  • All the techniques you need to complete the squares are included in both written and graphic form. This includes how to finish off your squares and how to work the different types of stitches needed.
  • A wide variety of skill levels are catered for too. Therefore, 3D Granny Squares is suitable for both beginners and experienced crocheters alike.
WHERE TO GET THE BOOK

All in all, 3D Granny Squares is a lovely book and certainly a unique and modern take on the humble granny square. This book would certainly make a lovely gift! (If you are looking for more gift ideas for yarn lovers, then look at this huge list I put together here). If you don’t already own a copy of 3D Granny Squares, you can snag one via the button below***

BUY 3D GRANNY SQUARES BOOK NOW

That’s all for now. Happy stitching, friends!

Yours in craft, Caitie

3D granny squares book cover. Lots of different granny squares on a white background

*There has been some feedback from buyers that the text and charts in some of the designs were a bit small and faint. This feedback has been noted by the publishers and has been resolved in all prints going forward.

**Thank you to David & Charles for the photography used in this article.

***Thoresby Cottage is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

19 thoughts on “3D Granny Squares book overview | Pop-up crochet patterns”

      • I bought the book and am having a bit of trouble with the 3D heart. don’t quite understand
        how to start the square after the heart is finished. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.. Thank You

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        • Hello, the heart designs were made by another designer, but I’ll help as best I can! I’m assuming you are referring to the Dainty Heart on page 95? If that is the case, to begin the square, you work into the back loops (the heart was worked into the front loops only and so the back loops are left to do the rest of the square). Hope that makes sense, let me know if you have other questions.

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  1. I just received my book today-it is adorable! My big question that I can’t seem to find the answer to-maybe be of the small, faint text in places-is—-what size are the blocks when created with the cotton dk? Are they all the same? The directions tell you to block to size-but not what it should be.

    Thanks
    Kristen

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  2. Hello,
    Can you tell me what you used to stuff the play cube on pg. 47? Is it stuffing or perhaps a foam or wooden insert?
    Thanks

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    • Thanks for the question. I would recommend getting a piece of foam that fits inside the cube, and then adding a little stuffing on each side (between the foam and the crochet) to pad it a bit. Otherwise you can just use stuffing, but the shape may not stay as nicely in a cube shape. Hope that helps!

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  3. Hi Caitie,
    I’m quite new to crochet but have been working my way through the 3d granny square book and have got stuck on the turtle pg64. I’ve started the shell but can’t seem to get long bits going back in to round 2 right. I’ve tried to have a Google and YouTube but no luck can you please help as I belive the spike pg105 has a smiliar pattern. I hope you can help and understand where I’m stuck!
    Thank you
    Sandra

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    • Hi Sandra, have you worked past round 7? There are front post stitches from rnd 7 onwards that give those ridges. You are also welcome to email me a pic of where you are stuck and I can see if I can help from there!

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