Granny Square Blanket Ta Da

Almost a year ago I decided to learn how to crochet. Skip forward to May 2013 and I have finished my first Granny Square Blanket. I’ll admit there was a huge gap where this project just sat in my WIP basket, but a newly purchased Clover Amour crochet hook helped with the motivation to finish!

In my first Granny Squares class with NotSoGranny last year, I chose some pretty blue pastel colours in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn and decided that my first ever granny square would be included in the blanket.

Here are some in WIP photos….

Blue Yarn Granny SquareThe Sheep Shop Yarn

Granny Squares by claireabellemakes

Not only does this blanket include my first ever granny square, it has also travelled to Canada and back and kept me busy on a long-haul flight where the entertainment system failed. FYI – Air Canada allow hooks and small scissors on board, yay!

Granny Square Blanket planning by claireabellemakes

In the end I went for a different layout to this image and set the coloured squares out in strips. I joined them with double crochet (seemed to take forever!) and then edged with 1 round of dc and 3 rounds of htr (UK stitches).

There are definitely messy bits in the blanket, but revisiting it and finishing it off was great, as it highlighted just how much I have learnt in the last year.

It’s a lap blanket size so will keep me cosy in my craft room from now on.

Here it is complete!

Crochet Granny Square Blanket by Claireabellemakes

Crochet Granny Square Blanket - Claireabellemakes

If you fancy trying your own Crocheted Granny Square, you can find a free tutorial on Ravelry here.

Claire

Granny Squares

Today I want to share with you my two latest crochet projects; a Granny Square cushion and a Granny Square blanket.

Lately I’ve really not felt tip top and it has been hard to face crafting, baking or housework! I’ve been living in a house filled with WIPs, ironing piles and blankets.

Despite feeling sorry for myself recently, I did find a few moments to pick up my crochet hook and yarn for some hooky time.

Granny Square Cushion

I’m so pleased with this project. I didn’t follow a pattern and when I started it, I just wanted to practice the pattern following my crochet class with notsogranny. I got some luscious cotton yarn from Yves Town which came in the most gorgeous selection of pastel colours.

Once the Granny Square rounds started to grow, I knew I wanted to make a cushion cover and turn it into a housewarming present for a friend. I did make an error in the number of rows I did at one point, but I don’t think it notices that much (I hope).

The scalloped edge is a series of treble stitches. I think it looks really sweet and the cotton yarn feels so so so soft!

Granny Square cushion by claireabellemakes

I worked the rounds until it measured approximately 14″ x 14″ and made an envelope cushion in some polka dot blue Clarke and Clarke fabric. It was a little fiddly to stitch the crochet square on, but I managed it with a bit of patience.

Granny Square cushion by claireabellemakes

Before I began to crochet 6 months ago, I hadn’t ever managed to sustain a craft project for a lengthy period. It’s been really good to break that habit.

Granny Square Blanket

The next crochet project is a WIP which I hope to have finished by Christmas. I started this in my Granny Squares class with blue and white shades of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. It is a beautiful yarn to work with. I’m working 3 rounds per square and eventually it will be 9 squares x 9 squares to make a lap blanket for my craft room.

Any ideas on an edging?

Granny Square Blanket planning by claireabellemakes

Finally I want to share with you some really cool Granny Square themed things I found on Pinterest this week. How cool are these cookies and the giant felted Granny Squares?