I had a quick order Friday that the client needed to pick up Saturday. I wanted the sale, so I did the rush for a little extra. It was a pretty simple order anyway for a newborn photo prop. The puppy beanie and diaper cover with tail (not shown) turned out really cute. It makes me wish I’d done this one for my little guy! I have this listed in my Facebook album now as an item available to order. I need to add this to my list for writing the pattern up.
I have a twist to The Granny Square Project! During the past year as I’ve been making the two squares for each month, I’ve actually been making four squares – two of each.
My initial plan was to make two separate afghans to give to two different people. But as I worked on it over the year I realized that I wanted to keep the second one for myself as a keepsake because I had made it during my son’s first year.
So now I am blocking the squares for the second afghan. As soon as I’ve got them all joined and edged I’ll get a picture of them together and finish this project up!
Most of the squares were exact duplicates. However, I made alternate squares for some of them by switching up colors or just the order that I used them in. I love the differences-some of them very subtle, others quite bold!
July – Square Thirteen
July – Square Fourteen
August – Square Sixteen
October – Square Twenty
November – Square Twenty-one
November – Square Twenty-two
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Happy 2015! Welcome to the new year. After last year, I am just exhausted. I feel like I could curl up in bed and sleep for 3 months!
Here is one of the gifts I was working on for Christmas gifts last month. My sister asked me for a pair last year, but it was just too close to Christmas when she did and I couldn’t get them done so I tried them out this year. It seems they’re even more popular now.
I did create the pattern for this and am working on putting it together. I made a pair for my sister-in-law and my niece too. I’m also working up a pair for my Mom right now too as she wanted a pair after seeing my sister’s. I would even like a pair, but I actually don’t own a pair of boots!
After I finish my Mom’s pair, it’s Granny Square time!
August – Square Sixteen
This square has been a monster! I have had the most difficult time with it and have had to frog and rework it on multiple occasions. It has been by far the most difficult square to-date, mostly because the pattern I was using (here) was for a 12-inch rather than a 7-inch square. I reduced my hook size and even changed treble crochets in the pattern to double crochets, but I just could not keep it to the 7-inches.
The original square I wanted to make before putting the petals in.
So what I ended up making turned out to be a combination of two different “sunflower” patterns, plus the background from June’s Square Eleven.
Both patterns were problematic. The original square I wanted to make was unnecessarily complex in design. The entire background is crocheted first and the petals are then put in later. But I really liked the look of the petals in this one so I tried for more than a week to get it right. I had also never used what is called the crocodile stitch (the petals) before, which has become very popular lately.
The backup pattern.
When I realized I just wasn’t going to get it to work with the size I wanted, I moved on to a pattern I had saved as backup. Pattern here. But when I got to the row that would be the green leaves in this pattern, it seemed like there were several rows missing as it went directly to the edging, skipping the last round of petals. So I had to repeat the previous petal rows myself. I didn’t really care for the open work on the background for this one so this is where I used the background from June’s Square Eleven to form the final square shape. Additionally, the petals’ tips were not pinned down in this pattern by working into them on subsequent rows like on Square Eleven so I added this bit too. I tried it without pinning the tips down, but the petals just stood up straight. This might have improved slightly with blocking but I felt better tacking them down.
I really liked the saw-tooth edging on the original square, so I also incorporated a bit of that, though I really don’t think I had room to do it justice. I like how the square turned out overall, but it took me a good two weeks to get this one figured out!
I am really running out of time this year with projects I have planned. I wanted to get the rest of the Granny Squares done in September to get the finished product done for Christmas, but I’m not sure that I’m going to make it. I have a few time-sensitive projects I have to get done including the kids’ Halloween Costumes. Just wait till you see what I have in store for these. It’s going to be so fun. These next two sets of projects are probably going to take me the rest of September and most of October so I suspect the finished Granny Square Project will be a late Christmas present to its surprise recipient. I guess that’s ok since this person doesn’t even know they’re getting it.
August – Square Fifteen
I know that I said I would start in on the parasol once I got the July squares done, but time just keeps getting away from me and I’ve had to re-prioritize my projects. If I want to get The Granny Square Project done in time to give it as a Christmas present, I’ve got to go ahead and see if I can finish the squares in the next month here. I’m not sure how long it is going to take me to join them all.
I have a couple of small birthday presents that I want to see if I can whip up real quick this week. I’ve also been working on the dress I wanted to make for my daughter. Unfortunately I ran out of yarn and had to order the color online because I can’t find it in the stores and the dress is sitting in the cupboard waiting to be finished. And finally, I’ve got something that I need to crochet for the four of us for my son’s 1 year pictures. I won’t say more than that because it’s going to be a very fun surprise. But I need to get started on that too!
In the mean time, I’m afraid the parasol will just have to wait till this winter, likely after little man’s birthday party. I did however, find a pattern that I like for it and I really can’t wait to get started.
As a result, here is August’s first square. The pattern can be found here. This is another one I’ve got mixed feelings on. Instead of working the granny clusters in a chain space, it calls for just working them between the previous row’s clusters. That always feels very clumsy and tight to me. There were also some instructions missing in the first round that I had to figure out, and each round starts unnecessarily (to me anyway) in the middle of the corner cluster instead of at the beginning of it. Normally you would slip stitch over to the corner space to start the next round, where as here you’ve often created the corner space by completing an hdc in the top of beginning chain 3/dc. I always hated joining that way, but it’s probably just a personal preference. I had to leave off the last row to stay within my seven inches. And my last row is worked with half-double crochets instead of dc’s. I don’t really like the rounded off corners and I think I might go back and change that. It would probably fit better with the rest of the squares anyway. But this one also has the front post stitches that I love again to give the 3-d appearance of red ribbon behind the black frame. I really like how that looks.
I have to actually buy some yarn for the next square I have planned because I don’t have the color I need. I need some dark burnt orange and that’s not a color I typically work with. I do believe this will be the first yarn I’ve bought for this project.
July – Square Fourteen
I think this is one of my favorite squares so far! The pattern can be found here. It made me think of fireworks and I just had to do it in red, white, and blue. I love how it turned out. Though if I did it again I’d probably just do the white either at the center or on the edging. It kind of breaks up the lines and makes their continuity hard to see.
I love working with cable stitches or post stitches. This square is made with front post double treble crochets.
July – Square Thirteen
I have some mixed feelings about this square; the pattern for which can be found here. I have done several squares this year with a central motif themed for that particular month. Those squares were started with the motif, and then the square was created by working into it.
With this square however, the star is worked completely separate from the square. That is to say, the square could exist without the star, whereas the other squares would not be complete without their motifs.
The star is crocheted separately and then connected by single crochets thorough picots at each point on round 5. Somehow this just seamed like cheating to me. But, then I thought about it again. This project is about gaining appreciation for the vast variety possible with Granny Squares and I guess this is one of those possibilities. I do really like the 3D effect it gives the square.
I also really like how the granny square clusters in this square are not actually clusters, but v-stitches. ((dc, ch 1, dc) all in one stitch.) It keeps with the granny square tradition, but gives it a slightly different look that I found refreshing.
I did depart from the patter at row 10. Instead of completing the last rows in double crochets and single crochets respectively, I continued with the v-stitches and liked this much better. I had to do a second row of v-stitches instead of single crochets in the last color so that I would reach my seven inches.
One thing that I was worried about when I started this project was that I would find it difficult to make all my squares the same size. I was concerned that I would have problems with patterns designed to be larger or smaller squares than the seven inches I had decided on. However, this has proven to be a non issue. It has been relatively easy for me to decide if and how I need to modify squares, whether by changing gauge with my hook size, or by adding or omitting rows.
Well we’re half way through the project now! I have so many other projects that I want to do right now. After I finish the next square I hope to do that parasol that I mentioned. Then I want to make a dress for my daughter. Then I would like to see if I can get most of the rest of my squares done this fall because I’d like to get them connected before Christmas. I have a surprise recipient in mind for the project and would like it to be a Christmas present!
June – Square Twelve
This square makes me think of the ’90s blue and white country cottage style with things like goose canisters and dishes.
It’s a simple daisy with the basic granny square following. I’ll put the pattern for this out on Ravelry and it will be free for one week! Use the following code to redeem for the free pattern through Tuesday August 12, 2014. FREEDAISYGRANNY
After that the pattern will be $1.50 here:
February – Square Four
February’s second square is quite a bit more complicated and includes an Extended Double Crochet Cluster (EDCC) which I had never done before. The heart is crocheted first and then the granny clusters must be worked around it and built up to make the piece square. The heart ends up slightly off center in order to accomplish this. The pattern for this square can be found here. I made a few small modifications for mine including changing color back to red at the half double crochet round and then changing back to white again and crocheting another double crochet row followed by a single crochet edging. Happy Valentines Day!