So, I’ve got all these squares that my grandmother made, and I’m turning them into finished objects for several of us… you can get the back story here.
I sorted and counted them all on Friday: 123 squares, the vast majority of which had five rounds and three colors. There is also a respectable number of five-round one-color squares, and four-round two-color squares, plus small amounts of other combinations between 2 and 6 rounds, and 1 and 4 colors. By my calculations, everyone gets roughly 20 squares. Twenty squares can make a pretty decent-sized project. Not a blanket, or anything, but certainly a couple of throw pillows, a large tote bag, or a table runner.
I thought it would be fun to share the details of these finished items here, so I’m starting a new series called Project :: Granny Square. I’ll show you the squares I started with, any additions or changes I made to the squares themselves, how I arranged them, and what the finished product looks like. I’ll share any resources I used along the way, and maybe you can use the information in your own projects at some point.
Keep in mind, I’ve been crocheting only about 2 weeks, so these really aren’t going to be particularly tricky projects!
Project #1: Coffee Table Mat
Squares used: 10 (7 five-round three-color, 3 four-round 2 color)
Step 1: Modify and/or supplement the squares
If it were just me doing whatever the heck I wanted with these squares, I’d have just chosen the ten five-round squares that most perfectly matched my living room and been done with it. But, I am sharing these squares with several other people and I wanted to be conscious of not taking only the very best ones for myself. To that end, I included three of the four-round squares and added a fifth round to them myself with some green from my stash.
I neglected to take a picture of the squares before I made those changes, but if you are curious, the modified squares are the middle one in the top row, and the second + fourth ones in the bottom row.
I wanted my mat to be 3×4, so I made two new squares from scratch, using a combination of stashed dark red, light brown, and some of Granny’s yarn that was in the box with the squares. The new squares are at the top and bottom of the first column. (I’d already begun connecting the squares in this photo.)
Step 2: Join the squares
One of the things that made me choose to make a coffee table mat was realizing how well the square motif echoed the squares in the living room rug. In order to keep that going, I decided that the squares should all be outlined in one unifying color (just like the carpet squares). I crocheted another round of dark red on each square, joining them to one another as I went.
I then treated the entire mat like one big granny square and crocheted two more rounds of dark red around the outside.
Step 3: Finish and enjoy
At this point, all that remained were to weave in the ends and block. Weaving in ends can be rather tedious, so I recommend putting on a little Miss Marple, brewing yourself a cup of tea, and settling in on the couch for a while. (Try to ignore any good-natured ribbing about what an old lady you’ve turned into.)
I don’t have a proper blocking board or pins yet, but the puckers and unevenness in this project definitely needed to be dealt with. I used a twice-folded towel on the carpeted floor and sewing pins this time, and it worked alright, but I do see the edges starting to curl as I sit here, and so I may do it again once I’ve got the right equipment, and I will be sure to wet the yarn more thoroughly as well.
Here it is complete.
And here it is in its natural environment.
Project #1, used ten of Granny’s squares (three of which were modified by me), two of my own squares, and about 200 yards of yarn I grabbed from my stash.
The original blocks were most likely made from worsted weight acrylic yarn, or some kind of acrylic/wool blend. All of the additional stash yarn I used was a washable worsted weight acrylic/wool/nylon blend (Berroco Vintage).
I used a G (4mm) hook.
I used this video to see how to join the squares.
Before and after.
Next on the list? Most likely a larger table runner for my mother. Stay tuned 🙂