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« on: August 05, 2014 07:44:53 AM »

This is probably the millionth granny square project on Crafter, but it's my first.

Just over a week ago, I came across a plastic bags with leftover yarn from a knitting project. I hadn't crocheted in a while, I was supposed to study for a resit, best timing ever :-)

One square only took me about 10 minutes and I took my bag of yarn everywhere. All of this was done outside my regular crafting time - I've worked on it on the bus, train, while watching movies and even while waiting in the kitchen for the kettle to boil. I stitched them together on Sunday because I couldn't figure out how to join as you go and then it took me about 2 days to weave in all the ends. I don't normally finish stuff this quick, but I decided not to give up this time.

It's not as neat a I hoped it would be. Apparently I have tension issues, some squares are quite a lot bigger than others. I don't have that when knitting, so I'd like some feedback on that.


It's about 75x75cm


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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014 08:07:44 AM »

This style of granny square blanket is my favorite!  I love the bright happy colors with black.

I noticed that I crochet tighter when I am stressed...I just think of my crochet as reflecting my moods, so I think it is ok to have some differences in tension...

Yours looks fabulous and you would never know you had any issues!

I just love the blue, pink and yellow one...4 rows down, 2nd from the right!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2014 08:19:55 AM »

I love classic granny square blankets. The remind me of my grandmother's house. I wish I had your fortitude to put one together. Tension is something that gives me trouble too. I wish I had better advice, but I just try and pay attention as I work. I think your blanket looks wonderful and if there are some size issues, I think they'll matter less when you're curled up under it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2014 10:26:32 AM »

Thanks for the kind words! That's what I love about Craftster. I come from a family of perfectionists and while I'm not like that myself, sometimes I still hear their voices in my head. It's good to be reminded that 'fit for purpose' is the main goal and anything on top of that is a bonus. And my wonky stitches indeed do have a story (I'd never thought of stress before, but that could well be the issue! Wasn't the easiest week ever)

I also love the classic items and I'd wanted a blanket like this for years. It was much quicker and easier than I'd always imagined it to be, it doesn't have to be double bed sized! The squares get addictive too, before you know you're crocheting outside your bf's workplace when you pick him up there.... you should have a go at it some day.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2014 11:16:07 AM »

Beautiful blanket. I like the colors you choose, bright and cheery.

Now, I have to look up "granny squares" on the web to discover how they are made. They seem fun to make.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2014 12:55:47 PM »

That's so bright and cheerful!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014 02:36:48 PM »

It looks wonderful. Quit kicking your own butt,  Immaculata  Cheesy I love your choice of colors, and the black sashing.

And yes, granny squares are fun to make. Just learn the single and double crochet. I suggest a size 8 "F" crochet hook for standard yarns, but you can use many others depending on your style and tension control. And the yarn you are using. And the size you wish for in your project.

And yes, they turn out different tensions sometimes, as in multiple sizes. When you are more relaxed, they will be larger. Mad at hubby? Tight stitching.  Roll Eyes

This is a wonderful project for members wishing to learn how to crochet. The piecing together is the worst part, but you can also use a large darning needle to stitch them together, and not have to wrap your threads to do the sashing crochet. But that is not really that hard to learn, either.  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2014 08:28:38 PM »

Lovely blanket. I adore how the black margins give it a stained glass look.
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2014 10:35:40 PM »

Tension, shmension. This is a beautiful blanket. Great job!
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