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And the grannies keep on coming

I loved this week’s Granny Square Sampler squares, with their circle-in-a-square themes. It’s got my wheels seriously turning in the direction of a new blanket design. Do I really need to make another blanket? No, probably not. Is that going to stop me? No, probably not.

I am amassing enough of a collection now, that I can’t photograph them all together on the cabinet top anymore. We’ve moved to the floor, folks.

12 thoughts on “And the grannies keep on coming

  1. Meanwhile, as evidence of our completely different brain wiring, I’ve begun my Halloween crocheting for the year:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11418107@N02/7416834796/

    1. Haha, yes, I can safely say I have never even considered crocheting myself a hat with antlers (not to mention, I don’t have a whole lot of use for Halloween, either). Still, impressive hat – you pull it off nicely 🙂

  2. Hmmm…I’m having trouble with the second set of circles within a square. The final product looks NOTHING what you’ve shown above. Maybe my learning style and the pattern maker’s teaching style aren’t meshing. When you get to row 3 what did you do? row 4? This is where I’m having the issue.

    1. I did do things slightly differently than she said to. For one thing, I started the first round just like all of the other granny squares, and ignored her instructions completely. For round 3, I didn’t really get why she did an additional ch 1 at the beginning, so I eliminated it. My Round 3 looked like this:

      Ch 1 (acts as sc), ch 2. *sc in next dc, ch 2. Repeat from * around. Join with a sl st to 1st ch.

      For round 4, just think of it like this: You have 24 ch2 spaces from the previous round. In order to turn a circle into a square, you’ll need to turn four of those spaces into corners, and four of them into sides. The other sixteen ch2 spaces will get skipped.

      So, starting in one corner round 4 looks like this:

      (ch 3 [acts as 1 dc], 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in any ch2 space [this is the first corner]. Ch 1, skip next 2 ch2 spaces, 3 sc in next ch2 space [this is the first side], ch 1, skip next 2 ch2 spaces. *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch2 space [corner], ch 1, skip next 2 ch2 spaces, 3 sc in next ch2 space [side], ch 1, skip next 2 ch2 spaces. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

      Does that make a little more sense? I puzzled over the directions a little myself at first before they clicked.

      1. This is a huge help! I sat there puzzling over the photo and eventually walked away thinking fresh eyes would do the trick.

        I think this is a pattern that would really benefit from having a diagram. Then again, I LOVE working from the diagrams instead of a big block of text. [You’re instructions have been very helpful though, thank you!]

        1. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of reading diagrams (I forget what all of the symbols mean) but I definitely find them helpful when the written instructions confuse me.

          I think, really, what I’m a fan of is the idea of “plain english” instructions along with the technobabble. I mean, yeah, I can see you want me to ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc, but why? Explain to me that you’re trying to square off a circle and that set of stitches creates one of the corners, and I will be much better at internalizing the pattern.

  3. Any of your new squares would be perfect for the Inga bag – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ingas-hakelbeutel-2

    I am working on my second bag now and using the Sunrise Sunset Afghan pattern for the squares and I just love it. Here is a link to my Ravelry page showing some of my squares – http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Francieos/ingas-hakelbeutel

    I love all of your squares so far and can’t wait to see the finished project.

    1. Oh, Penny showed me that bag back when I first started in with granny squares! I love hat you’re doing with the sunny squares and bright colors!

  4. As someone who is always cold & lives in Minnesota I truly believe you can ALWAYS use another blanket! So, I say go for it.

    1. I think you are enabling me 😉

  5. I love your collection of squares and the colors. I will have to try some of them. The idea of the different sizes in a blanket is really appealing. I took up polymer clay because I had made so many crocheted blankets that family members didn’t want anymore! LOL! But now I will need to try these.

    1. That’s funny, because one of the things that first drew me to needlecrafts was the fact that I had made so much polymer jewelry and such that I’d saturated my family with them and needed something new to give – our stories are opposites!

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