Granny Square Glamour….

OK… so they’re not traditional granny squares but a collection of square crochet motifs created in a variety of natural, synthetic & metallic yarns & incorporated into this ‘Glam’ vest for the discerning woman who dares to be different & enjoys a striking pose…

Isn’t it amazing what can be done with a little imagination?

 

 

 

 

 

Granny Square Update… Diagonal Granny Square

The Diagonal Granny Square:

Here’s another addition the ever popular Granny Square for those of you who would like to work with 2 colours on the diagonal ~ I came up with this method after searching high & low for easy to read diagonal granny square patterns, I’m sure there are more patterns out there, I just couldn’t find them…

The written pattern for this Diagonal Granny Square is quite wordy ~ hopefully the stitch diagrams will help guide you through – the pattern is given in both UK & US terminology, with colour diagrams (chart), photos & abbreviations

This one is for you, Peggy…… enjoy!

Granny Squares by Halves

In answer to the many requests… here it is, finally… ‘The Half Granny Square’

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….

I hope you will find the patterns for multi & single coloured granny squares easy to follow & the beginning of a new Granny Square adventure…. Enjoy!!

Flower Patterns up & running

In response to everyone who PM’d me about Gran’s Garden patterns, they are now up & running for sale – as a whole & as individual patterns – enjoy!!

Patterns (for both the complete rug & individual squares) are in written & diagram form, using UK & US terminology & include abbreviations, special stitch drawings & instructions.

Gran’s Garden 25 Flower Patterns – $25 USD visit my Ravelry store, or

Individual Flower Pattern – $2.50 USD ea – visit my Ravelry Store

Instructions for joining squares & the all-round border (for those of you who select just a few of the flower patterns) is a free PDF downloadvisit my Ravelry Store

Please remember – I’m very happy for you to use any of my patterns for fun, personal challenge, gifts & fundraisers – but not so happy if you re-print them for others or sell them for profit – you know the drill -copyright & all that!! Thanks for your help here….

Gran’s Garden – 25 Flower patterns

This rug (afghan) is made up of 25 flower patterns which I’m hoping to offer for sale as a whole & also as individual patterns as soon as I work out how…. each flower pattern has a base round from which the main square is then worked – I’ve used the humble granny square simply because it’s an easy start for the less experienced but there is no reason why you can’t used a favourite (square) of your own – I used 8 ply Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn but here again use what you have or favour – the 4.50 hook is my preference but if you’re more comfortable with a 4.00/5.00 then go for it – Patterns (for both the complete rug & individual squares) will be in written & diagram form & will include abbreviations, special stitch drawings & instructions…. let’s hope I get it up & running quickly……

The following are the requirements for the complete rug – also, instructions for joining squares & the all-round border for those of you who select just a few of the flower patterns – this should give you some idea how the patterns read …. & please, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any probs….

Gran’s Garden: Rug (afghan) size – approx 135cm x 135cm (53” x 53”)

Hook:         4.50
Total Yarn requirements:Assorted colours for flowers (see individual patterns)400 grm x Cream – (Classic Raffia 603) – Bendigo Woollen Mills   

300 grm x Lt green – (Classic Moss 662) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

300 grm x Lt green – (Classic Lichen 740) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

250 grm x Mid green – (Classic Spinifex 605) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

Requirements for joining squares & all-round border:
 
 

Hook:         4.50

Yarn:       100 grm x Dk green – (Classic Kelp 610) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placement Chart:

Using the Placement Chart: the placement chart is a guide only. When different colours have been used you may have to move the squares around to achieve the most pleasing colour arrangement.

 

 

Joining Squares:

* Layout squares according to placement chart or as desired

* pin squares together – for easier handling work with rows of 2 squares at a time – take care to always join from the same end for each row being joined

* working right to left, with right sides of both square facing outward, work back loop (centre loops) of both squares, join Col-G in first st using one of the following joining techniques:-

1. Invisible Join: using darning needle sew each corresponding st together to end.

2. SS Join: join with ss in first st and ss each corresponding st together to end.

3. Dc (US sc) Join: join with dc (US sc) in first st, dc (US sc)  each corresponding st together to end.

 

All-round border: when all squares are joined, join Col-G with dc (US sc) in back loop of any corner st, 2 dc (US sc) in same st, * dc (US sc) in each st across to next corner st, 3 dc (US sc) in corner st, repeat from * around, ending with ss in first dc (US sc)  – do not finish off

Subsequent Rows (optional): work in both loops, 1 ch, dc (US sc) in same st, * dc (US sc) in each st to corner st, 3 dc (US sc) in corner st, repeat from * around, ending with ss in first st, repeat this row as many times as desired.

 

Last Round: work Crab st around  – finish off – weave in all tail ends 

 

 

 

 

All-round border stitch diagram & Abbreviations: