How to make a granny square blanket

I don’t mean to brag, but I have now achieved approximately 0.4 completed granny square afghans over the past 5 months, and this is what I’ve learned.

1. Don’t plan the project  out too far in advance. Just dive right in spontaneously, this isn’t like those hats or scarf projects that you really want to carefully swatch or plan for all your options before casting on.

2. Use your yarn scraps to make it economical. No no, not those big enormous partial balls of worsted weight or DK weight yarn, those would work up way too quickly. Go for the fingering weight, smaller gauge makes it fun.

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3. You’re saving so much money using up all those stashed leftovers of yarn that those 6 or more skeins of extra yarn you’ll need later to make all the borders is hardly any yarn at all. This is still totally a stashbusting project, clearly you are actually really lowering your spending budget by making it. You’re actually an example to other crafters.

4. It’s important to stay flexible. Sure, you might think you only need 256 squares for a full blanket, but who’s to say what “blanket” size is? It could actually be 416, you don’t know yet. Maybe you should aim for 416 squares just in case you don’t have enough.

5. You should also keep buying new sock yarn even though you’re not really knitting many socks at the moment. Later it can be more leftovers for the blanket squares.

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6. You should definitely celebrate finishing your first 100 squares by casting on 2 new sweaters to take the edge off. They’ll probably knit up really fast and you’ll be back to the squares before you know it.

7. Maybe you need a matching pillow with the same squares. Definitely plan your decorating scheme around that.

8. What, you thought this project was actually going to end? Keep making those squares, sucker. You’re here for a while. Hope you brought chocolate.

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Project: Granny square afghan squares (classic granny square pattern – tutorials widely available on the web and YouTube), 3.0mm crochet 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.
Border yarn is Sweet Georgia ‘Tough Love Sock’ in birch.

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12 comments

  1. Funny post, Glenna!
    So do the squares you made into a de-stash pile compress into a
    smaller space than the original stash to make them? Got that?

    Oh well, you’ll have a blanket in the end, someday, and that’s a good thing!

  2. Granny squares are my go to. In the last year or so with my Mum I’ve made 5 or 6 baby blankets that all started with granny squares. My current project is a granny square at it’s base but it’s a UK treble between each treble in the previous row (term I think that makes them doubles if you’re in the US). It’s growing fairly quickly but i still have heaps to go. I nearly always work in DK – I have too much wool and I’m attempting to crochet my way through it but some times the challenge to turn down new wool is really hard lol

  3. Carolyn McBride · ·

    Hilarious! I actually reverse-snorted a chip while laughing at the last line!

  4. haha, brilliant!! but I do believe that you are going to have a drop dead gorgeous blanket one day, when it’s all finished (and with lots of chocolate and wine, I know you will finish!)

  5. Lol, hang in there!

  6. Linda in Texas · ·

    I loved this. Isn’t this every yarn-lover’s life?!

  7. It’s funny because it’s true 😀

  8. I gave all my sock yarn leftovers to a local thrift store for the poor. So many people in our area can’t afford nice yarn.

    But next time, I get a collection again, I may have to try this project!

  9. Lol!!! Good luck!! I have a granny square blanket that seems to be taking just as long!!

  10. I never plan unless its a Cricket Original

  11. Really enjoyed that post! I will crochet it together for you..but it will take me a long time to get to it and then you will have forgotten about it and I will own it! LOL!

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