Friday, November 30, 2012

New skill - Granny Squares

I've mentioned in the past that I have been frequently frustrated with my inability to learn how to crochet.  I was able to do basic cast ons and stitches (lovely crocheters, please don't be offended if I use the wrong terminology, I'm in uncharted territory here!), but never could do anything beyond that.

For some reason my mental yardstick for being able to crochet at a basic level has always been the granny square.  Over the Thanksgiving break I needed something new to work on, so I sorted through my yarn scraps and pulled up one tutorial after another until I figured it out.

Needless to say, I found it addictive, especially because I was able to use up scraps (many of you know that this is my thing).  Oh how fun it is!  Now, I'm aware the the color combinations are not the most attractive, but I don't really care because they are both square and crochet!


Now I'm not super accomplished like Robin, she isn't restricted to squares, in fact, she can make just about any shape!  Her experiments are so pretty and creative that they are works of art.

I'm also enjoying learning this new needle craft at the same time as my friend Sue.  She definitely is a few steps ahead of me though having learned multiple stitches and good technique.

I would eventually like to make a colorful scrap blanket because I've always wanted to have a granny square blanket.  Although it is definitely not going to be as organized as Heather's, she's got the power of Excel on her side!


It was such a joy to finally tackle this challenge and now I've been able to bring that energy to my many WIPs that are waiting to be finished.  I think that I will always be a knitter, but I definitely enjoy the process of crochet and appreciate all that is possible with it.

25 comments:

  1. kudos for learning a new crochet pattern!
    i'm still stuck on learning single crochet with a consistent gauge--my little dishcloths look like fishing nets on one end, and bulletproof material on the other ;A;

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  2. I have yet to try crocheting but I really want to learn how! Your granny squares are so cute and colorful! Congrats on finally getting past your brain block!

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  3. Crocheted items that are actually square? Doesn't happen around here, lol! Good job and I actually like the color combos as, once everything is combined, it will be much like a crazy quilt.

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  4. I've never been attracted to Granny Squares, but I am so glad you found something new and fun to work with! isn't it great to have your energy back!?!?

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  5. Oh yes, granny squares are so much fun! I learned it from a Martha Stewart magazine (of all places!) while I was working at a yarn shop no less. If you want to spend the time to coordinate colors, they pretty much design by themselves.

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  6. I love the idea of a crazy scrap quilt. I bet it will look great once you get many different blocks together.

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  7. Well done you, I would say you are way ahead of me, 2 colour work. Many thanks for the mention, I look forward to seeing your blanket evolve. I need to get back to the hook but my knitting list just keeps getting bigger

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  8. So fun! These are nice and portable too - a great "to go" project!

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  9. You are motivating me to give crocheting another try. Even though I can knit, the "hook" has always intimidated me.

    Your granny squares are great.

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  10. Congrats on your granny squares!
    crochet is so versatile, you can make almost anything, sometimes easier than with needles!
    go for it! :)

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  11. You are making a good start of it! Very cute squares. I'm not fond of the traditional granny square "gasp" but I like yours!

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  12. Yay well done you! I taught myself crochet back in July and I absolutely love it :-) So much fun!

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  13. Yaaaaay! That is so exciting! Your granny squares look wonderful and I'm so proud of you for conquering your fear of crochet!

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  14. Three Cheers for you!

    Your Granny Square is going to be gorgeous!

    The more colors, the better.

    Hugs

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  15. I learned to knit when I was 5 or 6 as part of 4H, but I'm not sure when I learned to crochet. I crochet when I'm feeling the need to complete a project faster than my knitting allows me to. I like squares but I hate stitching them together. I really like green and reddish square. It looks like watermelon! Congrats on sticking with it until you learned it!

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  16. I've been dabbling in crochet as well, and I find it really addictive. It is faster for me than knitting, and so completely different. I love your squares, and I love the idea for a scrap blanket. Using scraps is one of my favorite things too!

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  17. These look lovely!

    I would love to be able to crochet, but I still have so much to learn about knitting, if only there was more time in the day!

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  18. hmmm. I rather like these color combinations. You are quite good about using your scraps. good job! :)

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  19. I've yet to get a handle on crochet but it seems so much faster than knitting I feel like I should!

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  20. They're gorgeous and look exactly as they should. Be proud! It's such a great feeling when you finally crack it. I learnt quite recently, but just have a huge granny square that I keep going round and round on! I must cast it off one of these days :)

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  21. I remember when I finally figured out how to make a granny square. It is a feeling of empowerment. Congrats on learning how to make one!

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  22. I am so proud of your squares! Great job. The colors are actually very nice. No worries there! Thanks for the link back as well. Excel is so adaptable. ;)

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  23. Beautiful! They'll make a really cute blanket.

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  24. These are fun, Pumpkin! Hooray for kickin' crochet butt!

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  25. it must be granny square season.... me too :)

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