As you’ve probably guessed by now, my favorite type of crochet is amigurumi. In fact it was, until recently, the only type of crochet that I was really interested in at all. Then a few weekends ago I decided to branch out of my comfort zone a bit and after browsing around for ideas to make a blanket, I decided to have a go at the classic granny square. And Oh! what Joy! As soon as the first square was finished I knew I was hooked. And like the contents of a fine box of chocolates, one led to another which led to another, which, inevitably, led to yet another. At 3 am (!) I finally laid down my hook and yarn, having made a grand total of 38 squares in my first Granny Session.
Not quite a blanket yet but I think this proves I’ve got it in me to go the distance! Having got this far with the super-colorful blanket I then started wondering what it would be like to work with self striping yarns. So I had a good dig around in my ‘novelty’ stash baskets and came up with a ball of this most gloriously shaded ‘Patons Colour Works Aran’. I worked these squares up in no time at all with a 6 mm hook and the Winter Olympics on the TV. A perfect way to spend a Sunday.
What I really liked about doing these is the fact that, unlike amigurumi where there can be lots of counting and variation in the pattern, these simple squares were a doddle to memorize and the stitches go through large chain spaces which could easily be felt, meaning more Olympics watching and less yarn watching.
These bigger looser squares were a bit more yarn greedy than I anticipated and I soon ran out. I’ve ordered more, but in the mean time…
Having not yet quenched my thirst for Granny Squares I had another rummage through my stash and came up with several balls of this lovely stuff. There was enough yarn this time to make a scarf. So that was my plan.
And here it is, my lovely, snuggly, lacy granny square scarf. I love the way the colours come out in random blocks and the scalloped edging makes it extra pretty too. With three sons and a hubby in the house I’ve got to counteract all the boy stuff with a bit of girly glamour whenever I can! Hmm, should have made a pink one….Oh well, off to the yarn shop it is then!
Now I’m going to think of some other ways to use up these granny squares because I don’t think I’ll be getting tired of making them for a long time yet and with the Paralympics coming up in March I’m going to be needing a bit more TV friendly crochet to see me through.
Do you have any favorite things you like to make with granny squares? I’d love to hear about them!
February 28, 2014 at 5:42 pm
Love those bright grannies , such wonderful colours
March 1, 2014 at 6:40 am
Bravo Janine , voici un que je trouve joli . .http://aupaysdechoupi.e-monsite.com/pages/mes-tutos/page.html
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