The granny square report

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Work on the big big granny square blanket continues apace, and after my pondering my next moves on this a couple of weeks ago, I decided to go ahead and do some of the piecing together. (I’m using the slip-stitch method). But since I’m also still juggling the final composition of squares, I’m sewing them up in batches of 4 and essentially making a bunch of larger squares that I will later sew together in the final moment.

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I don’t have a final picture in my head of what the blanket will look like. Since the first goal of the project was to use up my leftover partial skeins of sock yarn and fingering weight yarn, I don’t have an organizational scheme for the final layout. But, I also want to make sure I don’t end up with a bunch of the same colour all clustered together. This is actually a distinct possibility if I assemble the full blanket as I go, because as I use up the smaller, multi-coloured amounts of yarn I am left with an gradually more uniform selection of colours as the largest quantities remaining are solid colours that were already in full or 2/3 balls to start with. The little multicoloured bits were the smallest to start.

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In retrospect, it would have been wise to have kept the multicoloured yarns for just the centre of the squares and kept the solids for the outer colour (since it takes more yardage than the centre), but of course hindsight is 20/20. I still like the way this colour combo is coming out!

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I think it’s still going to be a mental push to get the last 100 squares done (I’ve done 200 now and need 304 for my final tally), but it’ll be good knowing that once I’ve done that last third, the first two thirds of the blanket will be mostly sewn up.

I’m not sure how much longer this will take me – ultimately my goal is that it not take me any longer than a year, so as long as I finish it by the end of July I’ll be good. It’s been a fun project but I do admit I will be glad to see it finished and in blanket form.

Whatever epic project you’ve got going (or are thinking about doing), I hope it’s going well! Happy Tuesday!

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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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10 comments

  1. It’s looking really good! I’ve got a niece that’s due in September and just ordered yarn to knit my first baby blanket. I’ve crocheted tons of them; however want her to have the first knitted one 🙂

  2. ideasdept · ·

    I think it looks great! The mulling over is part of the process. I like how you are laying out the pieces to see if you are happy with your arrangement. I did similar with a big blanket, and with crochet motifs for an epic shawl that required a lot of sewing up and weaving in. Onwards!

  3. Every time you write about this it makes me want to work on my log cabin Afghan I started in scraps of worsted! Discipline is needed here; I’ve got two sweaters, a slipper, two different pairs of socks and a hat going now, and I have to get some of those finished first.

  4. Looking gorgeous and oh-so-cozy! That is an epic project indeed. I need to pick up the Lebowski Cowichan-inspired cardigan for my husband again — ugh, I need to rework the sleeve pattern for my husband’s short arms.

  5. I like it!

    I have not yet done a granny square this way. I have only done one continuous giant blanket. I think next year I would like to do a square a day and make a full blanket out of it. I saw a YouTube video for a ‘mood’ one.

  6. Very pretty. I don’t know enough about crochet to recommend construction techniques though.

  7. Granny afghans are my favorite. Just like in quilting, when making a scrappy blanket, more colors are better. I’m sure yours will be awesome!

  8. It looks amazing

  9. It gorgeous! You could make some Solid colors to with the others also. Just saying.

  10. […] “Crochet for Knitters: Learn Granny Squares” is running from 11 til 1, and will focus on this iconic crocheted motif: the granny square. Granny square blankets are a terrific way to use up leftover yarn from finished projects – the more colours you have, the better! Glenna is on the home stretch of her own blanket, which you can read about on her blog! […]

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