Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Granny square goodness...

When I discovered flickr and "dottie angel", I almost instantly fell in love with the granny square (of course the one shown in this photo is actually a granny circle, but you see what I mean) and the style they call "granny chic". Ooh... to have a house full of mid-century modern furniture, afghans, and doilies is a dream. Since I live with a man who apparently has an opinion on home decor, I've been working on compromising. (Not that I'm complaining or don't like the direction we're going in. Its just different from what I have in my head.)

Anyway, my love for granny squares moved my determination to learn how to crochet one. My mother had taught me how to crochet YEARS ago, when I was IDK... 10 or so. I knew if I had someone there to teach me, I could pick it up. Since I don't know anyone who actually crochets granny squares, I took advantage of the good ol' interweb. I looked it up on youtube and found a tutorial.

That helped me some, but I was doing something wrong. I couldn't figure it out. Then I remembered Carol's post. She had written a granny square tutorial. I basically merged the two together to fill in the blanks. What one tutorial was missing, the other made up for. I was crocheting my little granny square blanket in no time!

I've been working on it for about two weeks, now. Any time I want to just unwind, I break out my crochet! I started with the big piece in the middle. I was just going to keep crocheting a big square until it was the right size. Then I realized it would be square, and not the shape I wanted. So I bought a skein of aqua yarn to add some color, and give it the right shape I wanted.

I know I messed up a little. I didn't want to undo all the squares, though. So I just filled in my gap with single crochet. Its not completely done yet, but I'm sure it will be nice when it is.

Despite my mistake, I am so proud of myself. I took the time to teach myself something new, and I actually followed through. (I have a bad habit of giving up on stuff. And I don't foresee me giving up on this because I have enjoyed it so much!) Now I have a new talent. AND I actually crocheted SOMETHING instead of just a chain! Next up... zig zag crochet!!

5 comments:

  1. You did a good job there, Brina. :) The trick is to do the small granny squares first, forming your outline, and then making the middle square to fit inside. :)

    The colors you picked are lovely. :)

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  2. Thanks. Now I'll know that for my next blanket! I love the colors, too.

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  3. Awesome! Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to try this. ^_^ ♥

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  4. It looks great!!! I recently saw on a blog a granny square bunting/banner, which got me interested in learning it too!!!

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  5. so cute! learning to crochet is one of my "four simple goals" before 2011. maybe ill learn soon?

    love the colors! aqua and white- refreshing colors. :)

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