The Humble Granny Square is back… most people who crochet will know The Granny Square, it’s been around forever, or so it seems & perhaps this alone may be why it is so often overlooked, or relegated to the boring basket.
However, recently I’ve been noticing a resurgence of the Granny Square in all its shapes & sizes & it’s made me think…. although I’ve gained reams of experience & moved on to more challenging projects over the years, I can’t help but be mindful of how much I owe to the good ol’ Granny Square… they are how I learnt to crochet & where my crochet journey really began so many moons ago &, I suspect, this applies to almost everyone who loves to crochet – after all, we all had to start somewhere & the humble Granny Square made with loving care is a beautiful thing.
Who hasn’t dug out that old granny square rug on a chilly winter’s evening, wrapped themselves in its wooly warmth for a night in front of TV? Have a look behind the scenes while watching your favorite sitcom, there’s most probably a brightly coloured rug thrown randomly over a chair to add that homely touch.
So, what’s so great about this little gem?
- they are super easy to make
- they are a great way to use up all those odds & ends in your yarn stash
- you can use any yarn you like & work with any size hook you’re comfortable with
- you can make your squares using a single colour, harmonies, contrasts, mono tones or be as random as your heart desires
- you can make your square any size you want & join them as you wish to make a blanket, bunny rug, vest, scarf, jacket, slippers, handbag… gosh, the list is far too long to name them all
- or you can just keep going around & around adding new colours (or not) at will
- they are possibly the best way for learners to gain speed & understanding, with the bonus of having a lovely handmade item at the end of it
- &, once you’ve mastered this easy one it may lead you on to try others… there are hundreds
If you are new to crochet (or perhaps just want a refresher) & would like to give the Granny Square a go you’ll find, what I hope are easy to follow instructions on, ‘The Humble Granny Square’ page of Crochet tips & Tricks – enjoy
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia