It might as well have candy filling

Progress on the granny squares blanket continues, my knitting friends! Well, today we shall be crochet friends, I suppose. I am now on my 62nd square (of an ideal 304, I have decided), which means I am making pretty tidy work of them. There is still the small matter of all the squares still needing a final round in the to-be-decided background colour (I’m still leaning towards a cream shade), so I’m not truly that close to being done as it would seem. But still – it’s going pretty well so far.

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Someone asked previously what the pattern is for these. The answer is that it’s a classic crochet granny square. I discovered a lot of blog posts and YouTube videos online that will show you how to make these, as it’s not so much a pattern as it is a common crochet basic. So, if you’re curious how to make these, Google is your friend! However, there are a lot of crochet handbooks out there that I suspect will also tell you how to make these.

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So far I have been getting a lot of mileage out of working 2 squares at a time, swapping the centre and outside colours on each. I’m also trying not to repeat colour pairs until I’ve used every colour at least once, and soon I will get close to a full round of all the colours I’ve got. On my second “lap” of the yarn I will also start to completely use up some of the smaller amounts, which makes me a bit wistful thinking that some of my favourite colours in the bunch will be gone for good. But, they are getting this final hurrah which is pretty great.

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My other rule is to try hard not to mix yarn bases in the same square. This is partly to disperse the kind of yarn drape that each of the yarns will make, so the whole blanket will feel more or less even. This is also aimed at keeping some uniformity in the size of the squares. Some of the yarn bases are slightly heavier than others, so if I used 2 identical yarn bases in each square then those squares would turn out larger.

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Put like that, it sounds incredibly organized and fraught with thought, but actually that couldn’t be further from the case. Each time I do a pair, I rifle through the bags of leftovers and pick 2 colours, make sure they don’t seem like the same yarn bases, and go to town. I’m averaging 2-3 squares a day which is pretty decent. I’d happily do more than that, if I didn’t have knitting to get done too and repetitive strain to keep at bay (my shoulder isn’t used to crochet and this kind of motion fatigues it more quickly than knitting does). So far the problem isn’t boredom but patience. These things might as well have candy filling in them, they are addictive.

I know the patience and perseverance part will come eventually! So I am enjoying the candy part while I can.

Happy Tuesday, blog friends! May you have an addictive project waiting for you at home.

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Project: Granny square afghan squares, 3.0mm hook

Yarn: Miscellaneous sock yarn stash leftovers, including Tanis Fiber Arts sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, Madelinetosh sock, Dream In Color Smooshy, Van Der Rock sock (no longer available), Indigodragonfly sock, Miss Babs sock, and more.

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12 comments

  1. Oh I think you got the “perseverance” part down a long time ago. It’s why you’ve finished so many pieces. This one’s coming along nicely.
    Your tip about balancing the yarn weights makes good sense – thanks!

  2. “an ideal 304” – that’s hilarious (and a little scary).
    304 – 62 = 242. Assuming you do 2 squares per day you’ll be done Dec. 17 (my mom’s birthday btw). DECEMBER! That is a long way … I think you should give yourself permission to 3 per day 🙂 That’s a lot of perseverance already and you’d be able to start the edging on Nov. 7.
    Those colors are beautiful – I am right here to root for you! Carina.

  3. It’s looking gorgeous so far. I can’t wait to see how they will look with the cream background color. Well done!

  4. FrombleWitz · ·

    I keep looking at the mitered square sock blankets but they don’t really appeal to me. I look at the hexipuff thing, and those don’t either, nor most of the other sock yarn scrap blankets I’ve seen. I’ve also looked at granny squares and not seen the appeal.

    And yet, something about your little collection of squares there… makes me want to dig out my stash of leftover sock bits and my crochet hook…

  5. I love your color palette! I am finishing my big crochet blanket after a very long break from crochet! Love it!

  6. twistedsticks · ·

    These are so bright and pretty. I learned to crochet using the good old Granny square. I don’t think it ever goes out of fashion. It is just used in a different way!!

  7. looking really great…..careful with the crocheting; really messes with my hands and elbows (which probably means I’m doing it somewhat wrong!), although I can knit all day long. Love the Granny sock yarn look….nice change from the mitered blanket (I’ve actually done 3 of those and can’t face another although I’m quickly getting a nice little stash again!!!) You have GREAT colors to choose from….mine pile looks drab and grey (because it IS!!!)

  8. Lisa R-R · ·

    I have some Van der Rock leftovers – maybe I could post them to you?
    I won a glove kit, and knit it (after I took your Fair Isle workshop) and there were leftovers.
    let me know
    LisaRR

  9. Looking good there

  10. How do you deal with the ends? Do you just crochet them in as you go?

  11. This reminds me of the scrap crochet blankets my mom’s made me over the years. They’re still on my bed and just shout with color. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some simple crochet again myself and this is such a pretty project to try.

  12. […] about your knitting in a new way. One of the things that I have really been enjoying about my granny square crochet escapade is that it is still letting me enjoy playing with colour and yarn, just not in a knitting way. […]

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