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Share A Square

Aside from my own blanket, I’ve been working on another big granny square project, this one for charity – it’s the brain child of one woman, Shelly and is called the Share A Square project.  Thought I’d share it at the crochet along before the month is up (just barely!).

The afghan is 48 squares created by people all over the world – you can see the tags saying who they’re from and where.  I’m adding black borders, one of my own squares  and then stitching them all together.  This is one of 140 and more blankets being made like this for kids going to cancer camp this summer.

Share A Square

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Happy Leap Day

I can’t believe they gave it a name other than Feb 29, but there you have it.

Anyway… You may already have seen this on the CRAFT: blog today, but I thought it was adorable and great for the last day of Granny Square Madness! Oddly, it kinda flows into our next theme, no?

Enjoy! (Click the pic for the link…)

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Hi

Hi there, I’m Andrea. Just joined up but have been working on a giant granny square blanket for my oldest son. He’s 4-years-old and picked out the colors and made up the color pattern.

Andrea's Giant Granny

I’m excited to crochet-along with everyone. 🙂

eta: I’m andrealea on Ravelry.

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Tetris Granny Square Blanket

Tetris Granny Squares wip

Hi all! I just joined this group but I’ve been grannying it up for awhile now! My name is Ann, and I hang around a lot on Ravelry and cross post a lot of my projects to my blog. This is my first attempt at the Granny Square motif, so I decided to combine two of my favorite things: crochet and video games. It’s quite a bit further along than that now, but I haven’t taken a photo recently.

The pattern can be found here.

One thing I’ve noticed recently is that since working on Granny Squares, I notice them everywhere, especially in old movies. Anyone else experience this? 🙂

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60 members!

Woohoo! We’re up to 60 members now! Welcome to all the newcomers – please feel free to post and introduce yourselves to us all.

My granny throw update: I would have finished it last night, but I tried it on my chair for size, and it’s way too narrow 😦   So now I have to make another 13 squares. I somehow don’t think I’ll finish it before the new theme starts! Oh well, I’ll wait to show you the finished throw…

June

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Small Crochet links please!

Thanks to those who responded to the new theme post. I think everyone likes the idea of Small Crochet – a broad theme where you can crochet anything that’s smaller than about 6 inches. Hopefully this will provide lots of quick projects so we’ll all have time to fit in a few!

Here are some ideas for things that could fit into this theme:

  • Amigurumi
  • Small wearables: headbands, wrist warmers, etc 
  • Coffee mug cosies / iPod cosies, etc
  • Baby booties
  • Flowers & embellishments
  • Small thread or wire crocheted items
  • Anything else that’s small and crocheted…

Now we need some links for our sidebar! We have lots of amigurumi patterns already on the Past Theme Links page, but if you know of any other free patterns or techniques that would fit the Small Crochet theme, please e-mail them to Tracie.

Tracie and I will work on the new theme so we’re ready to begin Small Crocheting on March 1st.

In the meantime, it’s the last week of the Granny Square theme, and I am determined to get my throw finished so I can show you how it turned out before the theme ends 🙂

June

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Next theme ideas?

Hi All,

I can’t believe how fast this year is moving! The Granny Squares theme will run until the end of this month. How are you all doing with your Granny pieces? I’m about 75% through my squares, and then I’ll have all the joining to do. I still hope to finish by the end of February! I’d like to propose a new rule for the group: if you have started making something during a theme, but haven’t finished it before the theme ends, please do show it to us whenever you do finish. I’d hate to think we’d miss out on seeing your finished work just because you didn’t have time to finish it during the theme. 

granny squares in progress by planetjune
A Granny wreath? Nope, it’s just my squares in progress…  

We need to start thinking about what our next theme will be. To get us started, I’ve made a list of suggestions that were suggested previously, but we don’t have to pick from this list! I’d like a decision by this Friday (Feb 22nd), to give us time to set up the new theme for March 1st. Here’s the list so far:

  • Amigurumi revisited
  • Bags/purses
  • Crocheted Embellishments (flowers etc)
  • Clothing
  • Baby stuff
  • Your ideas..?

Please reply and let us know which themes appeal to you, and any other ideas you may have for the next theme. Check the comments to see what’s been suggested so far!

June

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Granny square footies

Here is another view of the same footies. Sorry I did another entire post…..still getting the hang of it!

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Granny Square Footies

Granny square footies I made these little granny square footies for my daughter…..cute huh?

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Triangle granny

granny triangles

 Here are a couple of tries at a different shape granny.  Found this pattern among others on line and decided it was the one.  Just used some regular Red Heart yarns with  “I” and “G” hooks.  I think I’ll probably use the large hook and start on a new afghan.  I’m also testing out a 1/4 square granny log cabin block and starting another set of basic grannys.  ( but with lighter and brighter colors this time)   So hopefully I’ll be posting  photos of  some more new creations.  I am really enjoying seeing what everone is doing.

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Hi kids! This is not a granny-square post, except that it is… it starts off with no more than the usual chain/join/crochet-chain-crochet patterns!

Funny, the things you can do with granny circles.

I call this the $1 Shawl. Funny story! I bet my mom $1 I could finish it in a week.

I lost.

And for those who wanted to see it, here’s the Pirate Bib, to match the Pirate Booties! 🙂 (Just click on “Pirate Bib”.)

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Another Granny Project

Thank you to everyone who commented on my giant granny square afghan question.  Blocking … who knew it was actually something IMPORTANT to pay attention to? (Consider that I’d only done scarves before, where guage and blocking aren’t as essential as on other projects … lol)

 There is another granny square project that I picked up again after making only one square quite a while back.  This one is essentially for me since it will most likely be used as a deorative touch in my living room.  It’s a pillowghan … you know … an afghan that folds up into a pillow when you’re not snuggling under it? : -)  My mom has one that is a quilted version.  She bought it YEARS ago at a cfart show somewhere here in town.  I did a search for “pillowghan patterns crochet” and found a bunch of different options.  Mine will be 13 squares of 18″ each, done up with Red Heart yarn on a J hook.  (I stitch tightly … the pattern I’m using called for a G!) The main portion of each square is done in Blueberry Pie (varrigated blues and purples), with the last round and joining done in two coordinating shades of purple.

I have a feeling that it may not end up staying on the couch as planned for very long.  My son and stepson both like blues, and my stepdaughter likes purple.  I may end up having to make at least four of these in various colors! (Any chance we could extend the Granny along long enough to keep me extra motivated? LOL!)

What about unconventional uses for the squares, though? DO any of you have unusual patterns / ideas to share? I’d love to know some of them!

~ Ri

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One of Three

Hi all!  I’m a new poster, have been lurking for a while.

I have three granny square projects going right now!  One is my ongoing attempts to finish the very first crochet project I ever started (3.5 years ago).  It’s undergoing changes right now.  I knew so little about crochet then that it was the simplest of projects.  Now I want to do something more interesting with it, and I’m figuring out what.

This one below is a new project:  a 40-square lap afghan.  The flowered pattern is Mary Ellen’s Daisy Granny Square and the brown is a circle-in-square pattern I made up to go with it.  I intend it to be a checkerboard pattern eventually alternating 20 brown with 20 flowered squares.  – I have 12 squares done so far, and all 20 flowered centers.  I am also going to try adding more colors besides red and see how it looks, perhaps some other autumn colors like deep purple, soft yellow or harvest orange.  Maybe it will just end up red and brown!  One of the fun things about granny square projects is that the individual pieces allow for guesswork and testing along the way 🙂

A Collection of Squares

Cheers! ~Miriam

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