The great sewing-up

We’ve arrived at the great next step of this epic granny square project, ladies and gentlemen! At long last the final sewing-up stage has begun. I’m very, very glad that I took the approach of seaming up the single squares into larger squares of four, first, because now instead of seaming up 340 squares individually I am sewing up 80 larger squares (and 10 rectangles – the little panels of 2 on the end. It’s a 17 square x 20 square layout), and it is so much better. Thank you, Past Glenna, for deciding to do it this way.

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First, I laid them all out using my mostly-white living room rug as a background. This worked out great for layout purposes. As a result I also don’t currently have functional use of my coffee table since I had to shove it aside to do this, but as sacrifices for your art go, that is one I can manage for a week or two while this all gets done.

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This part, I have discovered, could get about as fussy as you want. I have already gone back and switched around a few squares or rotated others, to try to disperse the colours. I know this won’t be completely successful (the larger quantity yarns just pop up more often and hey, even randomized patterns allow for same neighbours, so) but it’s hard not to fuss. Anyway: here we go. We are putting this all together now, no going back.

I’m now approaching the sewing-up in a directional fashion, working across the long vertical seams first and then I’ll go back and work the shorter horizontal seams, like a very slow grid-style sewing machine. It’s a big floppy and awkward to start, and I know that by the time I’m on the final seams it really will be like having a full blanket piled in my lap – uh, why did I time this for the hottest time of the year again? – but it’s working, and overall is going faster than I thought it might. I think two weeks of evenings should be enough to get this step done.

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I can’t wait, guys. I can’t wait.

Happy yarn crafting this fine Tuesday!

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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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20 comments

  1. This is lovely – well done!

  2. Now I know why I was told to join squares as I made them. Looks great

  3. 379christy · ·

    Love seeing that you are making this progress. It encourages me to keep on keeping on!

  4. I’ve been following your progress, and I’m thrilled to see you nearing the end. It’s going to be BEAUTIFUL!

  5. Linda A · ·

    Wow, this is lookin’ great!
    For me, the pink pops the most (at least on my computer screen) and looks to be
    evenly distributed.
    What a job – congrats for hanging in there!

  6. Trust me you are going to be so pleased and proud of this blanket, a momentous task, yes but what an accomplishment ! It looks amazing!

  7. Diane Cooper · ·

    WoW!!! So impressed!!!
    Since its pretty much an Olympic feat, you can aim to be finishing it during the closing ceremonies… 😉
    Diane

  8. This is gorgeous!

  9. Robby H · ·

    This just looks better each time I see it. Sending cool thoughts your way as you persevere.

  10. Heather · ·

    I can tell you don’t have a cat! LOL

  11. Looking fantastic! 😊

  12. Congrats mate, it looks amazing

  13. wow!!! that is stunningly beautiful!! I cant wait to see it al done!!

  14. I admire your fortitude. Wow.

  15. It looks amazing, I now want to learn to do granny squares

  16. knittedblissjc · ·

    Looks so beautiful, and I admire your strategy for getting the squares sewn up. I’m even more impressed with your ability to own a white rug and keep it clean! I don’t think I could achieve the same feat.

  17. You are so going to love this blanket when it is done! I cannot imagine ever getting tired of it-it’s gorgeous. And I think that you are right;it will finish up fast now. Congratulations

  18. You’ll be glad you persevered this winter. Beautiful work.

  19. Glenna, it’s beautiful! Has me seriously thinking about starting my own sock yarn remnant blanket sometime soon-ish!

  20. Inspiring. I hope making a scrappy, crocheted afghan is in my near future. Or at least, starting it!

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