Friday, May 15, 2009

hip to be (granny) square

I thought i'd share my new-ish love for crafting and even newer love for blogging, with the lovely people here. You can find my little blog site here and i'm listed on Ravelry as Fayb79.

My current *crochet* project (there are several other things on the go) is an afghan granny square blanket. I've been making it, on and off, for ooh, at least 6 months. That makes me sound like a bit of a failure - i'm not - i promise. I'm just very easily distracted and start another project before finishing the current one. I get too excited about getting my teeth into the next thing. I'm the same with my grown-up proper job. My attention spam could be described as teeny.

However! i am not giving up on the blanket - no siree. I'm trying to knock off a square a night at the moment. In reality i manage about 3-4 week. More tortoise than hare, it has to be said. I'm not sure where the blanket will live when it's finished. I think i'll probably use it as a snuggler blanket for the sofa.

Here's where i am so far:

The pattern is from the first crochet book i ever bought - 200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton. This particular square is known as "Granny in the middle." I thought i shouldn't try and be too ambtiious with my first attempt - so decided to keep to a traditional granny but add a more solid border. I like the overall effect and think the blue edging will pull it all together when it's done.

It will measure about 107cm x 137cm when it's finished and be made up of 63 squares, with three different colour combinations. I've made about 20 squares so far, each one taking about two hours from start to finish. Longer, if something good is on TV at the same time :) I'm using a 4mm hook and fairly standard cotton DK yarn that i picked up from I Knit London. So far i've crocheted squares in London, Vancouver, Whistler and Wales...this is definitely an international blanket!

Anyhow, I'm sure i'll add updates as the pile of squares grows. I'm aiming to have it finished by the end of the year. Well, i thought it best to not set too short a deadline...


  1. they are beautiful! i love the colors..

  2. They do look very lovely - the thicker row before the joining row makes them a little different too. Lovely work :)

  3. Ooooh! So pretty!

    I just adore granny squares and the more solid border looks great. I may have to try that next time.

  4. Loooooooooooooove it!!

    Nice blog,
    Thanks for sharing.

    regards Laura

  5. Those colours are lovely. I think I'll do a granny square blanket soon!

  6. I love the colors, so fresh!

  7. Thank you for the lovely comments - i managed another a square at the weekend whilst i was up in Ayr! another international addition to the blanket!