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.
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.
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.
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!
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.