Step One: Complete

Ladies and gentlemen, at long last I am pleased to present to you: Granny Square #340.

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It is not the most ostentatious of colour combinations, nor the most dull, but it is the three hundred and fortieth such square to fall off of my crochet hook since the end of July of last year, and damn if I’m not glad to see it. There are multiple steps to creating an adult-nap-on-the-couch-sized granny square blanket, and step one (make 340 granny squares) has been the longest and forever-seemingest thing I’ve done in yarn world in quite a while.

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It has gotten to the point of me singing songs about it in my head, in the manner of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode “Too Many Spidermen.” (“And I will finish that granny square. And then that oooother granny squaaare. And all the graaaaaanny squaaaaaaares….”) But I digress.

I now need to progress to Step Two: Put Borders on All Of These Effing Granny Squares (thankfully half done, thanks to a bit of a diversion in the process a few months ago), and then Step Three: Attach All The Freaking Granny Squares Together In Blanket Form (also a tiny bit in progress, thanks to me doing some pre-assembly in groups of four squares earlier in the year), and then a final Step Four: Put Some Kind of Border On It.

Before I do any of that, though, I’m going to tuck these little squares away in their bags, put the leftover yarn leftovers back in the stash, and make something else for a little while. I’m going to knit some cables, or spend a week browsing sock patterns, or pretty much anything besides making granny squares, because this girl needs a pause.

I hope your big projects are making progress this week! It’s Tuesday and you’ve still got most of the week ahead of you. Until next time!

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Project: Granny square afghan squares (classic granny square pattern – tutorials widely available on the web and YouTube – Google search for ‘basic granny square’ and you’ll find several options), 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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23 comments

  1. Way to go! It’s been a blast watching you put all these together.

  2. Bless your heart! Can hardly wait to see the end result 🙂

  3. Jeanette · ·

    Such patience. I admire you. Your blanket is going to be beautiful and plenty warm for Canadian winters. I’m eager to see the finished project.

  4. Trudy Elliott · ·

    Your perseverance gives me more perseverance, and I need it. Yes!

  5. I’m so proud! They are beautiful. Go wild with your pattern browsing! Maybe something small and easily finish-able 😀

  6. Bravo! I admire your creativity and your patience!

  7. Wow! You go, girl! You deserve a break;)

  8. I’m very proud of you and in awe that you’ve stuck with this large project. An Example To Us All.

  9. You inspired me to make a granny square afghan again. I have lots of scrap yarn sitting in boxes. The last one I made was more than thirty years ago. My, how time flies.

  10. Linda A · ·

    Hoorah!! Yes, you need a break! But, this should be a “feel-good” one, for sure!!

    Geek-alert: I am curious though, if those stacks are color-combos you’ve already figured you’ll put in a group or if you’ll have to spread all 340 squares out on the floor and play with color combos until you get what you want. You’ve done some pre-assembly in groups of 4 squares so maybe you’ll continue doing that (?) and then work with the 85 groups (340/4=85) to create a pleasing color blend? Seems that would be more manageable. I sure don’t know how it’s “normally” done or if there is, in fact, a “normal” way to assemble a project this size.
    Will have to wait for this adventure in future blog posts!
    Cables or socks, since you love them both, sounds like a good way to give your brain a rest!

  11. Wow, that’s some great perseverance to get those done! I don’t blame you for having a break, it’ll be done in no time once you’re refreshed!

  12. Leslie F · ·

    Congratulations on completing all 340 granny squares! Enjoy your break knitting.

  13. Congratulations. Wow 340 Granny Squares. Betnit feels great to have so many completed. Do you have many more to go.
    PS the colours are fine!

  14. I love crocheting granny squares! Reading about your project has me itching to start making squares for an afghan. Congrats on your accomplishment and have a great time with socks or cables or cables on socks….

  15. Wow, very well done! I would have given up so many ages ago (just ask my 3 – 4? half-finished afghans…) I really admire your perseverance!

  16. Rebecca Jensen · ·

    I laughed out loud with this. .my dear husband saved me from the tedium of tying 64 squares on my daughters t-shirt quilt. I had sewed all the squares together, hand stitched the border, and was only two thirds done with the tying, and thought I would go insane. College graduation is May 8, so my self-imposed deadline was fast approaching. I went away on a business trip, and my husband completed the project for me. I burst into tears on my return.

    Wish I could share my good fortune, as I have determined I should stick to knitting, and save quilting to others who actually like it.

    Best wishes on the Afghan…I feel your pain!

  17. Congratulations! Your patience is inspirational!

  18. Laura Sahlberg · ·

    Congrats!!!! I new you could do it. Reward yourself with some knitting time.scuazty@comcast.net

  19. Congratulations – “stick to it ness” is a great quality, although it’s not really one of mine. That’s why I have a “time out” box for projects when I need a break. Unfortunately they sometimes linger there, but when I find them months later, it’s like a whole new project!

  20. Congrats on your perseverance! I can’t wait until my ten stitch blanket is done, the end seems so far away.

    You deserve a nice instant gratification project now!

  21. Step 5. Lie on chesterfield with cup of tea, entirely wrapped in said blanket

  22. You’ve mentioned before that you possibly post about this project too much, but I disagree. I love reading these posts and seeing all of different color combos! Also, the more I read about the progress, the more excited I am to see the end result. It’s going to be worth the wait and anticipation! 🙂

  23. Daphne · ·

    When you started this project, the size of the stash of leftover sock yarn must have been amazing. I know that a granny square doesn’t use a lot of yarn, but 340 – that must have made a huge dent.
    You must feel satisfaction in making such beautiful use of that yarn.

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