Granny squares: the final blanket-ing

It’s done! It’s really, really done. Last week when I was still a bit drained from travelling and didn’t really have many brain cells firing all at once, I did manage to finish out the final round on the border of my granny square blanket. That was all it needed, just the last half round of the three border rounds, and now it’s all finished! It’s a blanket and everything!

I even washed it and let it dry just to make it real. It’s very drapey, warm but still light, and so colourful. I can’t believe I actually made this sucker. 340 squares, 3.25mm crochet hook, dozens of different yarns, and a whole lot of perseverance.

It did, of course, all start with a bunch of sock yarn leftovers.

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Q: Whoa. How long did it take you to make that thing?

A: I set out to do it within a year, and it ended up taking me a year + 3 months. That includes about 2 months in the middle when I put it away entirely because I was so tired of looking at it and needed to remember what knitting was.

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Q: How did you choose the colours for the squares?

A: Working from my collection of sock yarn leftovers meant that I already had a narrowed colour palette to choose from, because my colour choices generally gravitate towards reds, purples, blues, and greens. When I started out, I made sure not to repeat colour combinations, and then once I started to run out of choices (there are 340 squares after all), I just started choosing based on whim.

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Q: How much yarn did you use?

A: I estimate I used around 1600g of fingering weight yarn for the squares. It’s hard to say for sure in terms of yardage. For the borders (creamy white ‘Sweet Georgia tough love sock’ in ‘birch’) I used at least 6 100g skeins, and possibly as many as 9 skeins – I bought these 1 or 2 skeins at a time because I could never find more than that many available in a store at any one time. So I may have lost track. Also it was easier on my wallet and sanity that way, let’s be real.

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Q: What yarns did you use?

The yarns are all part of my leftovers from shawls, socks, and sweaters. This includes lines such as Tanis Fiber Arts sock and cashmere sock, Sweet Georgia sock, Madelinetosh sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, and several others in some quantity. I made sure to use sock yarns that were all generally of the same weight. Some sock yarns are lighter than these, and I did not include them in the mix – for example I have a lot of little ends of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, but it’s much lighter than these ones so I didn’t include it here.

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Q: Was it hard?

A: In a technical sense, no. I do not consider myself a crocheter – or at least I didn’t before I started this – so this is the first time I’d ever done a granny square project of any kind, and I was able to pick it up pretty easily from the YouTube tutorials out there.

In an emotional sense, it was hard. SO HARD. I started to hate it around the 60% done mark. The squares just never ended. But if you want the finished thing, you have to keep doing the squares, so.

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Q: This looks awesome. You must not have made any mistakes, how did you manage that?

A: Actually, I made many mistakes! There’s one in the photo right below. See the white border of the dark pink and purple one in the top left of the photo? See that square’s bottom right corner? See how it has only 1 cluster of crochet stitches instead of 2 clusters right next to each other like all the other little corners?

Yeah, I made that mistake a BUNCH of times. Seamed it up anyway, la la la!

My point is, mistakes happen and it’s cool.

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Q: What pattern is it? I want to make one!

A: It’s a classic granny square. In knitter terms it’s like making a ribbed scarf – you don’t need a pattern for it so much as a basic set of instructions. A YouTube search reveals many tutorial options! Have a quick browse, try one out, and see how you like it.

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Q: How did you put it all together?

A: I used the Slip Stitch join method – it’s simple! Not very decorative, but with all the weight of the combined squares I wanted something simple and sturdy, and this worked out great.

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Q: The blanket is so gorgeous and I want one! What advice to you have for me?

A: That’s awesome, thank you so much!

Don’t make one.

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Q: Wait, what?

A: It’ll take you forever and you’ll start to hate everything because it takes forever. Don’t make one.

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Q: Shut up, Glenna, you don’t know my life.

A: Well that is true. You’re right. In that case, you should make one! In the end it does look like this:

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Q: Are you just saying that so that you’ll have other people who will understand your personal agony?

A: I would not rule it out, is all I’m saying.

I can’t deny that you will get one pretty awesome blanket, though.

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Q: What are you going to make next?

A: Many, many things. Knitted things. With this blanket draped around me the entire 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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48 comments

  1. Shirla Ghadaki · ·

    It did turn out to be a really nice blanket. I have followed your crocheting with interest because I hesitate to make something with squares that small. However, I may have to change my mind!

  2. It’s beautiful!!! Well done you. I’ve made 3 in my life and I think everybody should make at least one. Good for the soul….xxx

  3. AWSOME!!! Long way to finish, but it’s absolutely worth it. Cheers bjmonitas

  4. That is so beautiful!!!
    It reminds me of the king-size dress shirt quilt I made out of my husband’s dress shirts. 1. It came from a single person’s wardrobe so all the colors matched 2. I am not a quilter and it was my first quilt and I hated it well before the top was done
    I hope you have been knitting All The Things to reward yourself for finishing such a massive crochet project!

  5. Ohgosh,ohgosh,ohgosh, I just LOVE the colors you chose!

  6. Jennie Wagner · ·

    Incredibly gorgeous! However, I’m taking your advice and will not be making one. I’m in awe of your perseverance.

  7. You are an inspiration! Your blanket is lovely, and I intend to start one this winter. I’ve never knit a sock, but I’ve played some with granny squares. I’ve bought some yarn in pretty colors and am going to give it a go.

  8. it really did turn out beautiful. Heirloom beautiful. If I were to do it (I like to both crochet and knit) I’d do it over a period of years, plural. Just crank out a square or two (or ten) every once in a while. Congratulations on the completion.

  9. It looks so pretty next to your white couch and turquoise pillows! Elegant.

  10. It is a beautiful blanket, congrats

  11. It is so gorgeous! Well worth it I would say!

  12. It’s really beautiful. I love how the colours pop off the white couch.

  13. Well done, it’s fabulous!

  14. Beautiful! Congratulations!

  15. Funny post, Glenna (about not making one).
    But you did it!! yay!!!
    Very pretty, too.

  16. knittedblissjc · ·

    So, so beautiful, totally worth it! You will have it forever, and it looks fantastic on your couch. Will look equally fantastic cozied up to you while you knit ALL the things.

  17. It is so beautiful. It was worth all the hours spent for sure. It will keep you nice and toasty this winter. : )

  18. Congratulations! It looks great and now you can move on to something faster & new!

  19. Fantastic! you have a lot of patience but it was worth it nice job!

  20. Thank you for that really good laugh 😉

    Your blanket turned out gorgeous but I can feel your pain! 😉 It’s good to have it done!

  21. Wonderful job. I posted it to FB because I think many of my friends will like to see this labor of love.

  22. I made one 44 years ago. Yours takes it to a whole new level. Stunning!

  23. A lovely blanket, congratulations for finishing! I love how the borders set off the other colours, that gives the whole blanket such a fresh and cheerful look 😀

  24. Laura Sahlberg · ·

    It is stunning!

  25. twistedsticks · ·

    I can only imagine how soft that is!! Great job and your perseverance is outstanding!! Beautiful.

  26. It’s fantastic! Really lovely. The colours work brilliantly in your room.

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  28. Yay it’s finished!!

    Well done, it’s a beautiful blanket that you’ll have for a long long time 🙂

    It makes me feel bad that I’ve been cursing at the hat I’ve been knitting, (it’s taking what feels like forever but is nothing compared to this!)

  29. Most impressive! I have been 60% done with a crochet blanket for 4+ years and I can agree on your attention span assessment. Mine is worsted weight and not nearly as huge, though, so you get mad props for making it all the way through (and getting me to consider a border, which I had previously ruled out). Well done!

  30. That is so gorgeous! Congratulations on the big finish.

  31. Barbara R · ·

    To get what you REALLY want, you have to take the road as it comes…340 squares and all. I crocheted for MANY years and am about to embark on my own crochet trail. I have some sacred vestments that need cuffs and a giant border and it all has to be crocheted. The lace is so damaged that it is really beyond repair. I have to take the lace off and remake it. But…it really has to be done and I have done it once before. I am knitting sock 2 at a time right now for family members. I am also making sortie socks with left over sock yarn. I need the socks more than a blanket!

  32. it is really beautiful, worth all the aggravation and angst. just love the colors. And as I pull my lap sized one up to my neck, thereby baring my cold toes, I think about making a bigger one. Thanks for telling me not to do it.

  33. Congratulations on your completion. Beautiful blanket,Well done!!!

  34. OMG I love it!! it looks so good!

    Half-tempted to make one of my own but going to follow your advice and not.

  35. anastasia · ·

    That’s amazing Glenna!! One day I hope to make one too (but maybe not as big)

  36. Diane Cooper · ·

    AMAZEBALLS!!!!! Great job Glenna!!! thanks for sharing the finished project!
    Reminds me of way back when I was in university, and my mom tackled a similar project- to use up all of her scraps (probably a worsted weight if I remember correctly- I wasn’t a knitter or a crocheter back then). She made circles not squares though. She taught me how to make the circle bits and sent me back to school with a bag full of scrap yarn and a hook. So I made them during mini breaks while studying. She put the whole thing together! Looks very cool!! I have to dig it out, its around here somewhere!!

  37. It really & truly is gorgeous!!! Good job and super perseverance!

  38. Many cheers for you ! Hoorray ! The blanket looks absolutely gorgeous ! And although you mention it in the blogpost, I still think I cannot really imagine how much effort went into this…

  39. Gorgeous colours, beautiful blanket and wonderful work☆

  40. I know you said not to make one, but I’m tempted. Might be just the thing to improve my crochet skills.

  41. […] knit, not crochet, but this blanket (and tutorial–wonderful for a visual learner *cough* me *cough*) makes me want to learn to […]

  42. A big huge hooray for making it to the end! I’m not sure I’d have it in me to stick it out. It’s fabulous, wonderful, gorgeous!!! Did I say fabulous??? And the best part of the post is the advice you give at the end. No. Wait. The BEST part is the blanket!

  43. Very stunning…a great accomplishment!

  44. It’s STUNNING. You’re going to love it and use it forever. I’m very impressed.

  45. Such an inspiration. I only know the single crochet stitch but I might try to learn the granny square and use up some of my overwhelming worsted yarn stash. I hear that crochet goes faster, uses up more yarn and the worsted weight will require fewer squares and thus less crocheting. Your design with the tiny squares and zigzag-y white edges reminds me of a sheet of postage stamps. So adorable. And I love the same colors. Chloe

  46. It turned out awesome!! Well done!!

  47. You have inspired me! Way to “get rid”of all that sock yarn, many of which are verigated. Love the idea of a solid (in my case will be grey) color to end & join the squares. So far, have 5 3/4 squares from one skein.only 300+ to go 😳So maybe by the time Im 80 it will be completed (am 75 now)

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