Granny Squares

Lately I’ve been hooking up some granny squares. I’ve had granny squares on my mind for ages, do you ever get that feeling where you just want to sit and hook granny squares? I think granny square blankets are so lovely and there are so many inspiring pictures of them around the internet. I’ve only made ten granny squares so far, life keeps getting in the way of hooky at the moment but I’m hoping to make a few more over our four day Easter holiday.

I know that there are hundreds of white bordered granny square blankets out there on the internet so it’s not terribly original to make one. I really wanted them to “look square” though, instead of having the large circle that turns to a square near the final round. I also wanted it to look quite dense: I’ve been thinking about my previous blankets that I’ve made, and the Big Blue Blanket was made on a 3mm hook (I didn’t know any better) and is much more dense and substantial than the 400 squares blanket which sometimes struggles with it’s own weight as a result of so many squares joined-as-I-went.

I started off with my favourite way to make granny squares and produced this:

But I wanted more squarey colour rounds to make a bigger square so I added another round:

I tried out something a little different here as well. I have always left chain spaces on my granny squares but reading Jacquie’s tutorial made me wonder if there was something in not leaving spaces; Jacquie’s squares are always neat and perfect. For the first three rounds (pink, pink, green) I left spaces as per the pattern. When I added the next and subsequent rounds I omitted the side spaces and just did corner spaces and what do you know? It turned out very well and has just the dense, substantial feeling I was after. Excellent!

Often with white bordered blankets I feel that the white looks a bit like teeth around the edge, either that or it gets dominated by the colours. In order to avoid that I did one round of granny clusters (no side spaces) and then one round like the Elmer Squares. I’m so pleased with the effect! It’s like a frame around the colour: the colour sits inside the white but neither is dominated by the other, and the blanket will be held together securely as I will crochet the squares together instead of joining-as-I-go.

They will need blocking because they are all curly. I’m using Rowan Pure Wool dk, which is the only yarn I feel confident about blocking really! (I do love this yarn but I still have to whinge about it. Apart from discontinuing loads of fab colours, they have changed the gauge of the yarn so much that my new stuff is all stringy like 4ply and my old stash is fat and fluffy dk like it used to be. They look a bit odd together actually and I’m hoping that blocking will sort it out. Wish Rowan would sort themselves.)

I’m deliberately not using any yellow or orange in these squares, and avoiding really dark colours. I’m trying to push myself a bit with my colour choosing and placement. It’s a bit hard to explain as it’s more of just a feeling but I want it to look balanced, and mostly green/pink/blue.

I’ve only made a few so far and I don’t know how many I’ll make. I sort of fancy it as a lap blanket, so perhaps 25 or 36 squares in total. Just enough to indulge my granny square needs before I feel the need to run with my hook again and make another ripple. (Or finish the one I started in September. Hmm. Yes. Should probably do that!)

28 thoughts on “Granny Squares

  1. Gosto muito das cores. A net está cheia destas mantas com o branco a rodear as cores, mas eu não me canso delas. Será provavelmente também um dos meus projetos deste ano.
    Um beijo
    Maria

  2. These are looking very nice. I love the colors. I feel the same way. I don’t want to work with any dark colors. Its all bright for me.

  3. These are looking very nice. I love the colors. I feel the same way. I don\’t want to work with any dark colors. Its all bright for me.

  4. Oh you can’t beat a good granny square, I am hankering after them just now too. I love the colour palette, very pretty. Look forward to seeing how it turns out :-)

  5. Hi Heather, your granny squares are looking gorgeous. I hope omitting the chain works well …great you can block them . The border looks a lovely warm cream on my monitor… I prefer it to white ,looks a bit vintage and softer.
    Have a great weekend
    Happy Easter
    Jacquie x

  6. I’m not a very experienced crocheter but I never do the chains between the colour blocks on grannies and I have never understood what they’re for(except in row one of course). When I was learning I found that I kept forgetting them and in the end I just carried on without them and made much better progress so it’s lovely to see that I’m not doing anything wrong. Yours are beautiful and I feel another blanket coming on.

  7. I\’m not a very experienced crocheter but I never do the chains between the colour blocks on grannies and I have never understood what they\’re for(except in row one of course). When I was learning I found that I kept forgetting them and in the end I just carried on without them and made much better progress so it\’s lovely to see that I\’m not doing anything wrong. Yours are beautiful and I feel another blanket coming on.

  8. The white looks like a nice soft (as opposed to hard) white and I think it will be a lovely blanket/lapghan when it’s finished. I like how you’ve mixed up the chain/no chain spaces, bit of variety is good.

  9. I LOVE those squares Heather, just my cup of tea with the colours you’ve chosen! Happy Easter hope you get lots of hooking time.

  10. I love the colours heather! Probably my fave combinations, pinks and reds with greens and blues, enjoy your making!

  11. I just found you tonight while snooping around on Lucy’s
    Attic24site, and I came upon your Grannies. I love Grannies, and I love your colors!
    Your lap blanket idea is wonderful, but I think your cute little square beauties hanging on a clothes line with wooden pins is just as charming. Happy Easter!

  12. I just found you tonight while snooping around on Lucy\’s
    Attic24site, and I came upon your Grannies. I love Grannies, and I love your colors!
    Your lap blanket idea is wonderful, but I think your cute little square beauties hanging on a clothes line with wooden pins is just as charming. Happy Easter!

  13. I just found you tonight while snooping around on Lucy\\\’s
    Attic24site, and I came upon your Grannies. I love Grannies, and I love your colors!
    Your lap blanket idea is wonderful, but I think your cute little square beauties hanging on a clothes line with wooden pins is just as charming. Happy Easter!

  14. Quite often I get the same urge to just hook granny squares! I love the combination with the last “Elmer squares” row, and the colours you’re using are gorgeous ♥ Have a lovely Easter weekend! :-) xxxx

  15. Love the squares! The colours are gorgeous, just perfect. Only problem now is that I want to make a blanket with these style of squares *mustnt start anything new!!*

  16. I think they look cool just hanging from the clothes pins!! Almost like you could “banner” them.

  17. I think they look cool just hanging from the clothes pins!! Almost like you could \"banner\" them.

  18. Hello! I love your site and crochet work! Can you tell me what brand of yarn the squares above are? Are they stylecraft special dk? I have a bunch of that and would like to make something like a lap blanket like yours. Also, if so, what colors are they?

    Thank you!

  19. Don’t fret pet. My first granny was made using both 4ply and Dk and I swear you really cannot tell when it is all finished. Promise.

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