“Just Because” Granny Squares

 

I’ve had to pause working on my ripple this weekend because the only colour I don’t have is the only one that I want to use next – how typical! The yarnshop is open again tomorrow though so I will be there lickety spit for another ball. I think I have about 20 (or probably 22 so that I end up with an even number) of stripes remaining on this blanket.

 

Working on a ripple blanket is something I find very therapeutic; the rhythm of the pattern, how choosing the colours makes me feel, having something “to show for” my day (“I haven’t done XYZ but I’ve added two stripes” kind of thing) and just the general enjoyment of making a something. I didn’t have a crochet project on the go earlier in the year and I felt utterly lost and couldn’t work out why!

 

 

 

I haven’t pre-planned the colours for this ripple like I did with Jenny’s baby ripple. I’ve made so many things with these colour yarns now that a lot of my colour placement is very similar: Pomegranate, Magenta and Plum, for example. I have tried to broaden the colour placement that I use though, and I’m pleased with the results. Sure, the same familiar ones do occur (and although I have tried to stay away from the typical rainbow ones, one of them did sneak in before I noticed), but I’m pleased with the result.

 I’ve not used yellows and pinks together before but I think it’s quite effective, quite summery.

 

 

 

One combination I was pleased with was Spring Green, Pomegranate, Sherbet, Aspen and Magenta. They looked so nice that they inspired me to make some granny squares using the colour sequences from the ripple blanket.

 

 

… and a Magenta, Pomegranate, Fondant, Meadow square …

 

 

 

… and the same colours in the reverse order.

I think it’s fascinating how the same colours in different quantities can look so different.

 

 

Making squares was really rather enjoyable. Just simple, 4-round Elmer squares with a different colour on each round, purely for the enjoyment of making them and not with any project in mind.

Ultimately I’m sure it will become a blanket. I’ve always quite fancied a big granny square blanket with no colour scheme, just lots and lots of different colour combinations but I’ve never had the patience for it or been relaxed enough to be “anything goes” about the colours.

Making squares for fun, with no pressure and no target and just for the enjoyment of testing and playing with colour has been so liberating and fun. It turns out that “no pressure” is a great motivator for me and because I didn’t *have* to do it, I wanted to make lots. Sooooooo this little stack only took a week!

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Yarn: Stylecraft Special dk

Squares pattern: Elmer Squares

Ripple pattern: Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern

Hook size: 4mm

16 thoughts on ““Just Because” Granny Squares

  1. Anne Marie says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this ripple blanket. I buy wool by mail order, at least this Stylecraft, as it is the first time I have used it. I usually buy from Black Sheep Wools, my local barn and they have good offers. I love the staff in there too, and when I left my yarn in the cafe, I rang up and they had put my name on it. Didn’t know they knew it.

    I just wish I had more colours so I could just dib in and choose. That’s it, I’m going to go on line tomorrow and order another green, a pink and a red.

    Thank you Heather for leading me astray!!!!!!!!! (I don’t need much leading astray really).

  2. One-oh-four says:

    Wow, such beautiful vibrant colours! I am doing a ripple in cream, parchment, pale rose and raspberry at the moment – amazing how the same pattern can look so different. And I am knitting a cowl in the softest 4 ply ever, in muted grey and powder pink. I think I need an injection of bright zingy colour! I have a hankering to make multicoloured target squares……….

  3. I love the colours on your ripple – so perfect. But then you came to the squares – I REALLY like those!! They look fantastic :) I think that the eventual blanket will look brilliant :D

  4. Sue says:

    Your ripple is beautiful and the colour combinations are very good. Getting to grips with a ripple is on my to do list for this year. I will have find some patience to follow Lucy’s instructions. Pity you can’t buy patience along with yarn.

    I always want to finish a craft project quickly so I can start another one, is it just me?!

    I like the squares too. I must experiment with colours one day.

    I am currently making tea party squares. They are so easy and I am enjoying making them. I might make a blanket with them guess I will need more than 49 squares, LOL.

  5. Heather,
    I have always love the Elmer square. I am making a cushion now (Lucy’s raindrop one) and then I am going to make an Elmer square blanket! Your ripple is lovely! Good colours. :)

  6. Heather,
    I have always love the Elmer square. I am making a cushion now (Lucy\’s raindrop one) and then I am going to make an Elmer square blanket! Your ripple is lovely! Good colours. :)

  7. Hi Heather, I’m afraid I don’t comment often because I’m so lazy but I love your colourful crochet work and am all for making crochet squares for no other reason than because I want to. Have a good day, Sam xxx

  8. Pamela says:

    Many thanks for the Elmer Square, I have just finished a large Ripple cushion and was racking my brains for an idea for the back. The Elmer Square is perfect, I have made a start and am really pleased with it.

  9. I love your ripple colours. I am doing the Mood Blanket, and am amazed at how effective random colours are together – the idea is that you do a square a day (takes 20 minutes) in colours to reflect your mood. I bought some colours specially, but also am using it to stash bust. I am loving it – and so are my family. Even men not at all interested in crochet are fascinated!

  10. Hello Heather, your ripple is looking fabulous and the Elmer squares look so cute, it would be great to have the two blankets snuggling up next to each other, colours blending :) xx

  11. Such a beautifully colourful post! I love your ripple blanket – the colour order is just perfect, and the crochet is sooo neat and perfect! And the squares are just juicy! Chrissie x

  12. That’s a really good idea :-) I think I started my pink elmer squares a similar way, I saw a hexagon from one of my blankets which I really liked but I can’t remember which it is and my colour pallette has changed completely :-)

    You’re very lucky having an LYS nearby which stocks Stylecraft, I found two the other week but they’re by no means near me. I wish Abakhans in Manchester sold it :-)

    Love love loving your ripples so far, and wondering which colour you needed to buy!

  13. Lovely colours combinations, Heather. You are brave straying away from your normal colours. I struggle to do that. I love your photo of the ripple with the focus thingy going on. I’m sure there’s a proper phrase for that. Very cool use of your manual settings.

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