Guest DIY: Holly from Create Loves

Hi everyone! It’s Holly from Create Loves here to show you a quick and easy way to make a charming neck warmer/cowl out of those extra granny squares you have hanging around, or by making just 8 new ones!

Here’s what you need: worsted weight yarn in any color you fancy, 5mm crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors.

Step 1: Crochet EIGHT granny squares. Mine measured about 6″ x 6″ each. You can find a great tutorial for granny squares here if you haven’t made them before.

Step 2: Lay them out in 2 rows of 4 squares, in a pattern that you like.


Step 3: Take the bottom left square and flip it vertically to lay face to face with the square above it. Now simply hand sew the two together along the one edge with yarn in a matching color and a yarn needle.


Repeat the step with each bottom square in your layout, so that you have 4 sets of 2 squares sewn together.

Step 4: Using the same technique, flip the first set of 2 squares horizontally (like turning the page of a book) to face the next set. Sew along the left edge.  Repeat 4 times until all 8 squares are attached.


Step 5. Sew the two ends of your “scarf” together to make a round cowl. Turn inside out.


There’s your new neckwarmer! You can make one out of one solid color, or use as many colors as you like! I think this would be super nice underneath your winter jacket, or with a tee shirt & cardi in the springtime for extra coziness. Enjoy! 🙂

Happy Birthday RVA! XO. holly


  • This tutorial is actually ultra simple and uses just a few inexpensive crafting supplies that you may already have laying around.

  • Oh now I wish I knew how to crochet. I think I am totally unteachable…I do so LOVE granny squares ANYTHING! Such a cute idea!

  • wow. it is unbelievable. I love it so much . Thanks for your sharing. cool .great. I sure I’ll come back soon.

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  • I juuuust started crocheting so I’m glad to see something new I can make with my super-simple grannie squares!

  • thank you so much for this DIY project, ive be en dieing to learn how to crochet and im off now to have a nose on that link on how to make granny squares 🙂 xxx

  • What delish eye candy…oh how I wish I knew how to crochet. I think I am totally unteachable…I do so LOVE granny squares ANYTHING! Such a cute idea!

  • yay for crochet! i turned 9 random granny squares into a scarf, last month. i never even thought to make them into a cowl. great idea!

  • OMG I adore ganny squares!! SO stoked to make this!! =]]


  • thanks for the tutorial, holly. now if i only remembered how to knit like my grandma showed me…

    xoxo andie…

  • Very cute Holly and I can Crochet just can’t knit …so thats a good thing! love it!!!

  • one of these days i am getting on youtube to learn to crochet. I should make that one of my goals for 2010. I see too many cute things i am missing out on.

    thanks for the tips!! your tattoo is so cute btw!

  • wow this is sooo cool! i have to learn how to crochet first though… love how they are called granny squares hehe!

  • LOVE the colors in that one. I have a granny square cowl for sale in my etsy! glad to see other’s as well. yay! 🙂

  • An ongoing dream of mine to learn how to do this. Maybe I will make it a 2010 goal…=)

    Thank you!

  • I am seriously loving all these new DIY to create! Thanks, looks like I am gonna be learning how to crochet some granny squares too lol.

  • I wish that you’d give credit to those first three photographs you have posted here. “” is not the proper credit – that’s just an image sharing site, not the actual artist.

    If some photographs you took were up on another site without your name credited to it, wouldn’t that kinda bother you? It would me.

    Just saying. Thanks.

  • omg thank you so much for this project! my baby blanket is made of granny squares and i have been looking for a way to bring it back to life!!! i am so excited to do this 😀

  • I just scored a huge bag of granny squares in the best retro colors at a local thrift store! I am totally going to make one of those! GREAT idea! 🙂

  • yaaay! I heart granny squares super-a-lot… now I’ve got another excuse to crochet away– thanks!

    leanna x

  • alright… granny squares are now on my list to do… like, oh so soon! this is soo cute holly!

    and with a tee? YES!!!!



  • that’s cute! I wonder what a whole scarf of em would look like? I’m just about to learn to make some squares and I think that I will use this project! thanks so much, holly!

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