Free PDF download nowFor granny square lovers who also enjoy utilising this nifty little gem into clothing like vests, jumpers (pullovers) & skirts, to name a few, but don’t like the boxy & unflattering finish that so often result. The half granny square may be just the answer – an easy way to shape armholes, neck & hem lines or used it anyway you like….
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
I must say it took a bit of brain teasing putting these techniques for decreasing, increasing & shaping in crochet into words… but, hopefully the instructions & drawings are clear & easy to understand… moreover, they help to make your crocheting life just that little bit easier…..
I’ve been planning this little exercise for some time now & finally found the time to put together these pages of handy hints, hopefully… answering some of the many questions I’m often asked – This is only a beginning… there is so much more to come but I think I’ve made a good start – if only one hint helps one person, I’ll call it a success – stay tuned, I’ll be adding more bits & pieces regularly