Back to Basics – Granny Squares

Like many other people, after I learnt the basic crochet stitches I progressed to ‘granny squares’ so when I finished my last baby blanket  and, feeling rather nostalgic, I fancied returning to the old, faithful motif. I wanted to make another blanket/throw. With warmer weather approaching (haha!), I figured it would be cooler to work with smaller pieces rather than having a cosy blanket on my lap.

In my mind’s eye I saw the classic square and so, after some research, I was rather taken aback to discover just how many variations there are. Using some odds and ends of yarn, I tried out some of the designs. My thanks to the bloggers who posted these patterns – I have included links to their blogs.

I liked this one, plain and simple – ‘Walled Garden’.

Granny square - walled garden

Walled Garden

Getting more adventurous with 2 colours – the ‘Squircle’

Squircle- granny square

Squircle

Then 3 colours – ‘Sunburst’.

Sunburst - granny square

Sunburst

3d effect on ‘4 hearts square’.

4 hearts - granny square

4 hearts

I could have gone on and on, it’s just unbelievable how many exciting designs I found. Eventually I made a decision and plumped for ‘Walled Garden’. Look how the effect changed when I added colour to the design.

Walled garden 3 colours

Walled Garden in 3 colours

It’s been fascinating playing around with the arrangement of colours – I have opted for greens and pinks with a cream border. Fellow blogger Lundygirl has a super idea for displaying granny squares as a piece of art. Check out her blog.

Progress on my throw has been slow – when I laid my stack of squares out the other day I was disappointed to find it was only about 1 metre square. What’s my excuse? Well, longer, lighter evenings means I haven’t been sitting down in the evening for so long and the allotment has been keeping me busy.

Now I’m afraid to say, I am becoming a bit bored with it – so it’s time to put it to one side and work on something else for a while – I need a few quicker projects to keep me motivated. However, I’ll keep you posted and hopefully you’ll eventually get to see my retro throw.

 

Hooked on crochet!

By chance, I found this wonderful website, Attic24, and was so inspired by all the amazing projects that I just had to have a go myself. I decided to attempt the cosy blanket so off I went to the wool shop and returned with a bag full of colourful yarn, eager to start work. It was the first crocheting that I had done for years but I confess it is now definitely my favourite craft! I started the throw just before Christmas 2014 and it has kept my fingers busy through the winter months. I found it very therapeutic; row after row, stopping to select the next colour and then off again. (It was also easy to do whilst watching TV.) I admit I am now totally hooked on crochet!

Treble stitches The pattern is simple. Two rows of trebles, change colour and two rows of treble clusters……and repeat again and again!

Colourful rowsIt just kept on growing! I made it slightly smaller than the pattern as I wanted a ‘throw’ for snuggling, not a blanket for a bed. However, I was reluctant to finish as I was enjoying it so much. Eventually I stopped and chose 4 of my favourite colours to make the edging.

Edging for throw The completed throw! I love it!

Cosy throw

The only problem is that Rosie is rather keen on it too!

Rosie on throw