Saturday, July 12, 2014

Granny Squares...

I bought yarn for a Granny Square blanket. The problem is that I bought the yarn a while ago. Here is a link to my post about when I bought it. I don't know why I waited so long to start it, but I did.

I did add a few more colors not too long after my original purchase, and everything stayed bagged up and in my craft closet until just last week.

I decided to do a traditional granny square blanket. It's funny, I had to re-do that first square at least three times because I crochet so tightly. I just couldn't get it to look nice. I tried using a larger hook, which sometimes works for me, but not this time. So, I had to make myself crochet really loose.

The main color will be the gray with off-white, blue, green, coral and purple (yes, it's purple).  I really love the gray; it's a heather gray which reminds me of cuddling up in a old, warm  sweatshirt on a cold winter day.

I am weaving in my ends as I go, rather than leaving them all until the end. Sometimes that task seems so BIG if I leave it till the end. I am hoping it won't this time.

If any of you have tips, tricks or helpful hints about granny squares, blocking and joining, I would love to hear them. This is only my third granny square project and, even though I searched online for good information, I still feel a little unsure... Thanks!

{hugs}
Laura




16 comments:

  1. Love your colors and the gray is perfect.

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  2. such pretty colors! It's been a long time since I did mine, but I did a join as you go with the last border.... forget where I found the tutorial, I'll look for it...

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  3. I think this is the tutorial I used! hope it helps. http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html

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  4. Your squares are lovely! I really like your colour combinations. I am just close to finishing a granny square blanket with 210 squares and I had to weave the ends in as I went otherwise I would have gone crazy!! I look forward to seeing more. Not sure if I have left a comment before, but I am enjoying reading along and look forward to reading more! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. Wow! 210 squares... I hope you post about it on your blog, I'd love to see it.

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  5. I was going to tell you to look at Lucy's blog at Attic 24 but I see that Ellyn above told you that already!
    Also, I have crocheted for many years and granny squares are hard for me, yours looks wonderful!
    The middle bit, the part that is in the shape of a cross, is always a bit wonky...maybe I also crochet tightly, I willl try to remember that and maybe that will help. You are asking for help but I need more help than I can give! LOL!!

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    1. You're so funny Kay... I have been thinking that my squares look very wonky, I'm glad you say they look good. I'm going to check out Lucy's tutorial. I visit her site regularly but can't remember if I saw it... Thanks!

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    2. No, honey, your "crosses" in the middle of the granny square are PERFECT. I need to take a photo of mine, and send it in to the dictionary and they can use it to explain the word "wonky", no words will be necessary! LOL!

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    3. You're so sweet Kay, thank you... xo

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  6. This is going to be beautiful! The gray makes the other colors pop. Weaving in the ends as you go is a good idea. It's hard to face all those bits when your done with the blocks and can't wait to finish. I always wonder about blocking squares for a blanket. It's going to get pulled on and cuddled with, so who will notice if everything is nice and square? Have fun with your new project :)
    Lynne

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    1. Thank you Lynne. I am unsure if I should block my squares. I almost feel that if I do, I should block them as I finish them, to make the job not seem so big. But I'm not sure if it's necessary.

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  7. I hadn't blocked squares before, but did on my last solid granny blanket - it made such a difference. It somehow became more polished and fluid, and went together so much better. I haven't tried it on this type of granny yet, but I will! I used Attic 24 method of steaming the wool by holding a iron over the crochet but not touching. Works like a dream. Good luck with the blanket - the colours are fab!

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    1. Hi Deborah. My first granny square project was a large single square blanket and I did not block it. I think I should do it because it's very much out of shape. Glad to hear that Lucy's steaming worked good. I might have to try it.

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