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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q: Wait, what?
A: It’ll take you forever and you’ll start to hate everything because it takes forever. Don’t make one.
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:
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.
Q: What are you going to make next?
A: Many, many things. Knitted things. With this blanket draped around me the entire time.
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.