While we were away on our Easter holidays, I began the task of joining my framed granny squares for my Elmer-inspired Granny Patchwork Baby Blanket.
I was looking forward to the joining, but apprehensive as well. I’ve not made anything from grannies before so the joining was something new, and I so wanted to get it Just Right (although that is nothing new, what with my perfectionistic tendencies!).
One last play with the squares::
The cottage we were staying in had a lovely large dining table, large enough to lay out all my squares and still have room to eat at the other end, which meant that I could leave the squares out and in place all week. This was both a blessing and a curse – I lost track of the amount of time I spent gazing at my squares.
And I quickly learned that arranging things randomly is Difficult! Without trying, patterns started creeping in – I must have started from scratch at least three times before I was finally happy with things. I’d think I had it ok, then I’d look from a different direction and suddenly a different pattern of the same colours always next to each other would jump out at me!
The Bert kept saying that each version looked great and that there had to come a point where I just Stopped Fiddling. He was right, of course – looking back at the photos of my various attempts (which I won’t bore you with!), there was nothing so very wrong with any of them.
I chose to crochet the squares together with slip stitches, in a contrasting cream.
Here’s my first row, all joined:
I’d worked the corners of my grannies with three chains, but decided (after many practices) that trying to join that middle chain was proving too tricky as the cream wool was showing from the front. Therefore I only joined 1 chain in one direction, and 1 in the other, leaving the middle one. It seems to have worked ok. The sides were easy as I just went along joining in the top of the stitches from the previous round. I felt immensely pleased that I was Getting It!
By the end of holiday, I still had a couple of rows left to join in one direction, and I’ve worked hard this week to finish that off, and join them down the vertical joins too.
Something I hadn’t thought about before (although is really obvious to me now!) is that in joining them the blanket shrinks in size from when you just lay them out:
I’m happy with the final size, especially as I’m going to add a border, but will remember to bear this in mind next time.
So, this where I’m currently up to, all the squares joined in both directions and just the ends to weave in.
Ooh I LOVE IT! I was a bit worried about joining in cream, but I think it works really well – a nice contrast!
So, only The Edge to go!! I’m thinking initially a cream border, and then picking out a couple of the colours to finish. Which colours would you use for the border?
Oh and before I go, if you’re still wondering where we went on holiday, here’s one last clue::