Granny square

The Granny Square Blanket

Before I start, I really want to thank everyone for all the lovely comments! All the interest and support has been wonderful!

So! Who said the granny square blanket wasn’t modern…..photo 2 (8)

This gorgeous design is timeless and although frequently used for baby blankets they also make beautiful throws. I was largely inspired by the free  pattern listed on daisycottagedesigns.net and followed it rather closely. However, my pattern reading skills still need to be improved and I struggled to understand round one. So I actually started the blanket by:

  • Slip knot, chain four and slip stitch in the first chain to create a circle.
  • Round one- chain two, two dc into the circle. *Chain one and three dc into the circle* Repeat three times and slip stitch to join. Slip stitch along and into the first chain one gap.

As Lauren’s design was advertised as a baby blanket, I also increased the rows to make more of a lap blanket.

So I have:

12 rows of navy blue

4 rows of cream

4 rows of red

4 rows of navy

4 rows of cream

4 rows of red

4 rows of navy

But what I love the most about this design is the picot edging. It not only protects the edges from fraying it helps to support the shape and structure of the  holey granny square, while making the design stylish and contemporary.

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So do check out http://www.daisycottagedesigns.net/2014/02/free-crochet-patterns-granny-square.html if you would like to follow the design more closely. However, If anybody would be interested in purchasing a throw from me I’ll soon be creating an Etsy account!

So  I’ll leave you with another a cat picture, as that seemed to work wonders for last time!

Bye for now!

Bee

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The Granny Square Cushion

So maybe believing I could post weekly was rather naive when it came to the larger projects! But hopefully the wait will be worth it…

So handmade, homely traditional goods are the height of season, so I thought I would have ago at making the granny square cushion. Many free patterns can be found all over the internet, ranging from easy to hard. The pattern I chose was EXTREMELY easy and went like this:

  • Round one: Slip knot and chain five, slip stitch into the first chain to create a circle. Chain three and do eleven double crochet into the circle (the chain three acts as the first dc), slip stitch to join.
  •  Round two: In between the previous stitches change colour and chain three, double crochet into the same stitch. Now work two dc  between every stitch of the previous round. Slip stitch to join.
  • Round three: In between the previous stitches change colour and chain three, place two more double crochet into the same stitch. Place three dc  between every group of two dc crochet from the previous round. Slip stitch to join.
  • Round four: Change colour once more and chain three between a group of stitches from the previous round. Place two more dc in the same gap, chain one and place another three dc into the following gap of stitches, chain five (to create a corner) and place three dc into the next gap. Three dc into each of the next two gaps with a chain stitch between and chain five, repeat until finished and slip stitch to join and weave in ends.

*Join squares together with single crochets.

This was what I was able to produce………..

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So easy I recommend this to any crochet newbie! However, it is such a beautiful design I will be making more and recommend the pattern highly to even the experienced. Its a household must accessory!

My next challenge for the up coming week or so…. is an afghan blanket, so watch this space! (I equally have a few orders to get through so I will blog as often as I can)