Decisions, decisions

After a few weeks of letting them lie dormant, I pulled out the ever-present granny squares project over the weekend and hit a solid benchmark of 180 complete squares. I’ve been working on these in 2 parallel stages – first completing the main 2-colour section, 2 squares at a time with the colour combination swapped, and then collecting a few dozen of those at a time to work the final, neutral, border colour. It’s been going well so far, albeit slowly. I’ve realized that given how small these little guys are (with border they are just shy of 4 inches wide), I will need around 300 of them for a decent sized blanket (16 x 19 squares needs 304 squares total, for a blanket that would be about 5.5 x 6 ft in size with a few border rows added to finish).

In summary: I’m just shy of being 2/3 of the way through this sucker, which is super.

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So, I decided that since I’m now closer to finishing the blanket than I was to starting it, I should probably sit down and learn how to join these little guys together, since there will be quite a few of them to join, in the end. In my brief experience as a crocheter of granny squares, I can tell there are a lot of different techniques on how to join them together, and that you could go as basic or as fancy as you want. For this project I’m good with keeping it basic and mostly want it to be a sturdy join that can hold up with several hundred squares all sharing the weight of the blanket, but also don’t want it to be too much more of a yarn suckage than it needs to be. I gave the slip stitch join a try and I think this will be the one for me.

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In the course of starting this project last summer I’ve received a lot of advice about when to start assembling the final blanket – there’s arguments in favour of assembling as you go, assembling once you’re past the halfway mark, and not assembling until you’ve finished all of the squares. I had thought I would wait until all the squares were done (so as to be able to control the colour arrangment a little bit), but now that joining them together is the new and shiny and exciting step I’ve just learned how to do, it’s very tempting to “just do a few more” there.

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My only worry there is that I’ll end up joining up a whole bunch of squares and then lose momentum on making the final 120 squares. But, I am definitely motivated to get the finished blanket and I am not running short of yarn yet, so perhaps it will not be too bad? (She said, optimistically). Right now I’m thinking that getting myself under the 100-squares-to-go mark will be a good next step, so I’ll line up some more colour combos for a few more squares and see how it goes.

And maybe just join one or two more together for practice. One or two, I swear.

Happy knitting (or crocheting) blog friends!

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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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15 comments

  1. It looks amazing! Keep up the good work.

  2. Joining the squares into the larger blocks is how I usually go. You still have control over color placement and the satisfaction of needing a smaller number of large squares. It is all how you look at it!

  3. meezermeowmy · ·

    Sewing together is an “at home” project, and the crochet work can be either at home or away. Thus, different tasks for different times. Fun either way!

  4. I love, love granny squares. One of these days, I’m going to teach myself crochet.

  5. It looks really fabulous! You could join them into 4 square blocks and arrange those last to keep some control of color while still having the enjoyment of joining. Just a thought.

  6. knittedblissjc · ·

    I love the white/cream edging, and if joining them helps keep up momentum, then why fight it! I liked Ann’s suggestion of joining them in blocks of 4 and then arranging those once all the blocks are done, that seems very wise- and the best of both worlds.

  7. eeaajj2014 · ·

    I adore granny squares. I’ve got 3 blankets in the works. The most recent one was a giant granny square, lap/couch cuddling size, that was made up of rows with different colors. I wanted to use my stash but I keep buying more colors to fill in when necessary. What kind of border are you thinking about? I made a cute dangly, bobble stitch.

  8. I like the colors you’ve got going, Glenna. No advice available from me since I haven’t done one of these. Have to confess, I’ve never been drawn to granny squares because they are so, well, “granny-like” – seemingly old-fashioned. Color, I think, changes that perception. So, it will be interesting to see how your color combinations come together.
    Love the way you’ve figured your progress out. That really helps to make the project less daunting. I’m starting to look at projects that way, thanks to you.
    I’m binding off the Rowan Kidsilk Haze wrap I mentioned earlier. OMG, it is a lovely thing. Going to block it by wrapping in a damp towel over-night. I did this on another Kidsilk Haze scarf and it worked beautifully. OK, now to tackle the wool sweater I had started and put aside because I was getting frustrated with a front border of 4-row double moss stitch I was screwing up and had trouble getting back in pattern. I will try to break down the steps of what I have left to do, like you do … that may help! Thanks and I look forward to seeing your blanket come together!

  9. Laura sahlberg · ·

    It is going to be wonderful!

  10. an insane lad · ·

    Love your work: very nice colours and yarn! Just wanted to share with you that I made a huge granny square blanket together with my mom, and it was very worth while to study how to arrange the squares: random or by colour. And the more thoughtful arranged one is soo much more beautiful… If you are interested, you can find this project under my name ‘truusjoosten’ on ravelry, it is the ‘drops granny square blanket’. In the text there I explain how we put the whole thing together. Keep up the good work: make this world more beautiful: one granny square at a time😀

  11. love your granny square blanket. I am just starting my 3rd granny blanket out of left over fingering weight yarns. I love the sock yarns for crocheting especially mixing all the pretty jewel tones.
    I’ve linked to my picture of last years blanket.
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mjm/leftovers-2015
    I varied the size of the squares. large squares are faster. you could seam together 4 squares and then crochet a large square to put in between.

  12. Oh man, I would never have the patience to do what you are doing! I wish you all the luck to keep going 🙂

  13. Love your color choice. Do you have any advice on washing crochet and knit afghans? A large knit afghan I made suffered damage in a washing machine due to rubbing on the agitator. With cats, I need to be able to clean them.

  14. I love the neutral yarn to pull it together!

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