Granny Square Academy

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Granny Square Academy PDF 

If you;

  • can crochet a traditional granny square but can't read a pattern, 
  • taught yourself to crochet and aren't quite sure if you're doing it right, or
  • know what you're doing but want to brush up on your skills,

then Granny Square Academy is for you!

In the 153 page PDF, you'll find everything you need to make your crochet the best it can be.

You'll learn;

  • how to read a written pattern
  • how to crochet seamlessly
  • how to work new stitches
  • how to work new techniques
  • how to change colours
  • how to join squares
  • how to work out how much yarn you need for a granny square project 
  • and LOTS more.

This is the digital PDF version Granny Square Academy. You can purchase a physical copy  here (and get a bonus free digital copy).

This PDF version is best for viewing on your devices and has not been optimised for printing.

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Skill Level

If you can crochet a traditional granny square, you have all the skills you need to tackle Granny Square Academy.  Not only is there plenty of help in the book, there are also links to video tutorials of every pattern. 

Getting the PDF

You will receive an email with a link to download the PDF version as soon as checkout is complete. Please check your spam for the email from "Spincushions Downloads" if you don't see it.


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Reviewed by Louisa P., from Australia
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Adventurous Beginner
Yarn weight used
10 ply/aran/worsted
Hook size used
5 mm
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amazingly comprehensive way to upskill your granny squares

Granny Square Academy is such a good way to steadily increase your granny square skills. Each square pattern gradually increases your skills, with clear explanations, photos and even videos. Shelly is such a good communicator, pattern designer and teacher. I'm really a knitter at heart, but this was a great way to improve my crochet. Thanks!

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Reviewed by Wendy J., from Australia
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Yarn weight used
8 ply/DK/light worsted
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4 mm
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GSA Academy

Loving the opportunity to expand my skills - some i am finding challenging but really if i concentrated i am sure i would get them right

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Reviewed by Christine W., from Australia
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Adventurous Beginner
Yarn weight used
8 ply/DK/light worsted
Hook size used
4 mm
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Clear and comprehensive

I taught myself to crochet 50+ years ago and only knew the basics. As a quilter, I fell in love with the cover of Granny Square Patchwork but also knew I didn’t have the necessary skills to even think about doing it. I then found Granny Square Academy. I worked my way through all 10 patterns and found them to be very easy to follow and understand.

I am now doing practice squares from the Granny Square Patchwork book while I wait for my yarn to arrive so I can begin the Conglomeration Blanket.

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Reviewed by Julie W., from Australia
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Adventurous Beginner
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8 ply/DK/light worsted
Hook size used
4 mm
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Timeless and gorgeous throw

Comprehensive and concise instructions. Easy to follow with excellent charts and photos.

Timeless patterns to enjoy for a lifetime

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Reviewed by Jayem R., from Australia
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Adventurous Beginner
Yarn weight used
8 ply/DK/light worsted
Hook size used
4 mm
Rated 5 out of 5
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Granny Square Academy

This is THE go-to book for those wishing to learn Shelley's ways and improve their skills. There are 10 of Shelley's beautiful squares in this book and step by step pictorials with instructions on how to crochet using Shelley's seamless techniques. It may take many repetitions of each square to "get it" so why not make a blanket from your practise squares? They will certainly be pretty enough! The great thing is that you get the most thorough instruction in this book (GSA) - also via all the online support that has been painstakingly created by Shelley and her team to help you succeed. Shelley wishes for every Academy student to be better than her at granny squares and never tires of seeing the many and various ways her pattern designs are interpreted both in colour, design layout and more. This is one of the hallmarks of a fine teacher.👌

Please don't be tempted to jump over this little gem to Granny Square Flair (like I did). You may find yourself in a spot of bother 1 or 2 squares in. There are techniques in this book you need to learn up front to be able to understand how Shelley's patterns work. And this smarty pants thought she knew it all. Not so, ha!

So. Tip of the hat to you Shelley, I've thoroughly enjoyed being on the GSA learning journey and, because of THIS book, now believe the sky is the limit! Thank you, Jayem 😉♥️

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