First Granny Square Blanket!

I figured it was time to make my first granny square blanket!  I have been crocheting off and on since I was a kid.  Surprisingly enough, this is my first attempt at the granny square.  The basic design would have squares of equal sizes lined up in a nice grid-like fashion.  That sounded pretty boring to me, so I decided to mix it up!

I looked all over the internet to find the best granny square pattern.  Many of them start with the “magic loop.”  I was challenged to find the best method of accomplishing this technique.  I finally settled on the Crochet World Blog version.  I, of course, had to customize it for my ease-of-use.  Instead of the two wraparounds on just the index finger, I do two wraparounds on both my index and middle fingers.  This makes Step B a lot easier for me, since I insert the crochet hook in the natural valley between my two fingers.

The Chalky’s World Granny Square pattern seemed to make the most sense to me.  To add the Michelle flair, I made some big squares (6 rounds, 7 inches) and little squares (3 rounds, 3.5 inches).  As I started laying out the squares to make some sort of design, I found that I was having a hard time with it.  I figured the whole thing could get pretty unwieldy.  Finally, I found that Microsoft Visio was just the ticket for my design planning!  It’s reminiscent of the diagonal or corner 2 corner (C2C) pattern.  Plus, it’s relatively symmetrical, which makes me happy. 🙂

I tend to make pretty good sized blankets, since you never know when I’ll keep it for myself!!  As you can tell from the pictures, I’m going with one of my favorite color combinations:  pink and purple!  I have a bunch of Loops & Threads Impeccable from my friend D.  I’m trying to pare down my yarn collection (I know — good luck to me!) to just Red Heart.  The Impeccable colors are technically soft rose and lavender.  In order to accomplish my ambitious design, I’ll have to make the following number of squares:

  • Large lavender:  30
  • Small lavender:  116
  • Large soft rose:  29
  • Small soft rose:  116
  • Grand total of all squares:  291!!

I’m planning to try the Flat Zipper Method to assemble this project.  We’ll see how it goes.  Wish me luck!

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Chevron Afghan for V

My nail lady, V, and I traded pedicures for an afghan!  She had a pretty clear idea of what she wanted.  I had never made chevrons before, so I had to make several different samples of different patterns until we agreed on the best one.

Pattern:  Chevon Lapghan, 196 chains + 3

Yarn:  Red Heart With Love in pewter and aubergine (love saying this color out loud!)

The pattern was so striking, I didn’t even have to do a border.  Now, I’m going to have to make one for myself!

Birch Bark Basket

Thanks to a wonderful Birch Bark Basket pattern from Moogly, I made this basket awhile back.  Please excuse my pajama clad legs!

I used double strands of Caron One Pound yarn in Dark Grey Mix.  I’ve never made anything with any kind of structure just by crocheting!  It was a fascinating process.  Essentially, it was almost entirely single crochet all the way around and through the thing!  Unfortunately, my poor Addi Swing hook broke due to the force I had to use to work the double strands.  The metal shaft totally detached from the plastic handle.  Fortunately, the manufacturer exchanged it for me free of charge.

If I decide to make another one, I would use more than one color.  I like a charcoal gray as much as the next person, but it gets kinda boring after awhile.