Ahoy! I’m still continuing to make my sweet little granny squares. I love them!
I thought we should have a bit of a chat about granny squares. This is actually my first go at making something with grannies, I’ve attempted the odd one here and there before, but usually end up unravelling them once I feel I’ve Got It. But this time I am grannying with purpose and that feels good.
I’m making an Elmer Inspired Granny Patchwork Baby Blanket for my friend, who is due at the beginning of June. Very excited. They’ve decided not to find out the baby’s gender, so I thought rather than making a neutral one in white/yellow/cream, I’d go out and use every colour instead! It’s all the lovely inspiration I’ve seen elsewhere in blogland (Jacquie, Heather, Lucy – to name just a few), it spurred me on to break from my usual muted tones.
After an initial flurry, I’m averaging about four grannies a day. I’m working them in colour groups, as I just love seeing the similar colours together.
There’s always an odd collection that don’t seem to fit neatly into one shade!
I’ve got 55 of the little beauties now, which means only 25 to go until I’m at the arranging and joining stage. And then of course there’ll be the consideration of The Edge.
Ooh just L O O K at them all!
I’m quite pleased with the pattern I’m using for the grannies. It’s got a loose granny middle and a solid granny edge.
This is a pattern that I worked out myself, incorporating bits I liked from squares I’ve seen elsewhere. I’m not claiming it to be An Original, but at the same time I haven’t followed a pattern to make it either, if that makes sense. Anyway, in case any of you lovelies like the effect, I’m going to try and write it out here. This is my first proper go at this sort of thing, so please do bear with me! and let me know in the comments if it worked, or if anything wasn’t very clear. (I’m afraid there are no pictures, so I may have overcompensated with words!). I’m writing this in UK crochet terms and calling it my::
Framed Granny Square
To begin: cast on, ch 4, sl st with the first in the chain to form a ring
Round 1: ch3, 2 tr into ring, ch2, *3tr into ring, ch2* repeat the asterix bit x3; sl st into top of original ch3
Round 2: sl st over to the corner; ch3, 2 tr into the corner, ch2, *3tr into the corner, ch1, 3tr into the next corner, ch2* repeat x3; to make the last side 3tr into corner, 1ch, sl st to join into the top of the beginning ch3
Round 3: sl st over to the corner; ch3, 1 tr into the corner; ch3; *2 tr into corner, then (and I hope this makes sense), 1 tr into the top of each stitch from round 2, including in the ch space (total of 7 – i.e. 3 in the top of the stitches, 1 in ch space, 3 in the top of the stitches), 2 tr into corner, ch3* repeat x3. Then, along the last side, 2 tr into corner, 1 tr in top of each stitch from Round 2 including chain sp, sl st to join to top of inital ch3. Cast off and sew in ends.
There! Did you do it? Did it all make sense? Please let me know if I can improve it/be clearer in any way.
And lastly, a bit of a plea for help! (sorry – this is turning into a bit of a granny marathon!) I’ve been having trouble casting off. The join seems to be really obvious?
Do you see what I mean? I’m doing a slip stitch to finish, then cutting the yarn, then yarn over and draw the end all the way through the loop and pull tight, and sewing in the ends but it just looks lumpy? I’m hoping that this will even itself out when I get to the joining stage, but in case I am doing anything really obviously wrong, I thought I’d just show you a picture in case you can give me any pointers. Maybe there is a more invisible way of casting off?
Gosh, this really did turn into a bit of a long one. Still, nice to get right in and talk about crochet now and then, isn’t it! And where better to do it than with like-minded souls.