Happy National Granny Square Day!

Happy National Granny Square Day!!

 

Wait, what?

 

Yes! Today is National Granny Square Day!

I know that there is a ton of “national” days, but I think it at least keeps things interesting, even if you can’t use it as an excuse to call in sick from work…

 

Me: *cough cough* “Sorry boss, can’t come in today, I’ve gotta celebrate National Granny Square Day”

 

Man, that would be awesome, though.

 

So today I’m here to share with you some of my own curiosities about the granny square and some of my favorite patterns that include them! Come along with me on this journey, it’ll be a fun little jaunt!

 

I was curious as to why it was called a “granny square” and unfortunately there really aren’t that many reliable resources to help answer the question as anything further than it “looks like something your granny would make”, which is a little bit of a letdown that it might be something so stereotypical. So it seems like another one of those “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop” questions…the world may never know.

Another thing the world may never come to a definitive conclusion is when it got started. It’s about as murky as the question of when crocheting really got started as a fiber craft. Some reports say early nineteenth century but, as mentioned by The Sunroom, the earliest references are from books from Victorian England, in which are rather complicated patterns, suggesting a longer history than even that. Want to know more than you possibly wanted to about granny squares? I humbly suggest further reading this article by Crochet Concupiscence, it’s pretty wild and thorough!

But from whatever humble beginnings it originated, it has had an enduring relationship to crafters all over! It enjoyed a renaissance in the 60s and 70s and hasn’t ever completely faded, continuing to grace runways even today.

And there are all kinds of granny squares!

Little ones:

These are 2 3/4 in squares from Crochet Again!

 

Chunky ones:

Chunky granny squares from Designs by Phanessa

Simple ones:

Simple square design from The Spruce

Complex ones:

Leaf Stitch Granny Square from Craftsy User Jyneffer

You have plenty of opportunities for creativity with these!

There are several kinds of motifs you can use as well. You can go for a floral motif:

Click for the YouTube tutorial

Or even some cute animals! Maria’s Blue Crayon does some really adorable wildlife granny squares!

Maria’s Blue Crayon’s Woodland Afghan series
And here’s her Ocean Granny Square Afghan

The “granny” style motif isn’t all, either!

You can also do granny stripes:

Granny Stripes pattern from Attic24

And granny chevrons!

Granny chevron design from Bella Coco

The sky’s the limit!

And even I myself have made some cute stuff using the design! It’s such a nice and simple way to make things and really opens you up to different ideas!

I have my Granny Gone Chic fingerless gloves, these are done in Gryffindor colors:

And my Granny Goes to the Beach applique bikini top:

 

 

 

I just appreciate the wild amount of variety you have as a crafter when it comes to the usage of the granny square motif. I think it’s just a really cool way to add pops of color to things, whether you want something super vibrant, or subtly delicate in creams. It’s also a fantastic way of busting up your stash of odds and ends of yarn, which everyone has! So I hope you enjoyed reading this little foray into the magic of granny squares, I certainly did. If you want to get into the fun and action of the day, be sure to scroll about through the Instagram tag #nationalgrannysquareday or #nationalgrannysquareday2017! Everyone will be posting up close pictures of their individual squares to create a delightful digitally composed afghan, let’s hope it figuratively covers the globe!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

Enjoy this article? Be sure to pin to your Pinterest boards! And I’d love to see what you’re up to with all of those granny squares, find me on Facebook and Instagram! Happy National Granny Square Day!

p.s. Enjoy all of these patterns, but be sure to share the love and link them back to where they came from. Be kind, and don’t claim the patterns as your own!

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Granny Gone Chic Gloves

Despite the name, granny squares can be super trendy! They’re also a phenomenal motif to work with, whether you’re working with a simpler design or something more involved. You can, however, do enormously more intricate designs and they are wonderful to gaze upon:

Look at the majesty of this square!
Click the image for the free Ravelry pattern


That’s a lot of color changes and it’s so pretty!

And since they’re square, it takes the guesswork out of what the size is going to be: square. So you’re going to get a reliable size on whatever piece it is you’re putting together, you aren’t going to get any kind of weird obtuse shape or have the project wind up with an extra arm, as long as you’re doing it right! Sometimes I just like the reliable simplicity of a standard granny square since it can be so versatile!

You can make a ginormous afghan in the Granny,

This large blanket was one of my first crochet projects!

 

 

or coasters,

Click for Sewrella’s delightful pattern!

or even these granny square gloves!

 

Gloves, fingerless gloves, wristers—whatever you call them, they can be so helpful when the weather is not quite super cold, or you simply want to have the use of your fingers for doing small handwork (or texting, we can be honest). Those snaps don’t caption themselves!

I’m going to present these guys to you in two ways: one for those who already understand the granny square and another for those who are like “what” about how the stitches work! Either way, this is a simple project, the only trick is you have to make two or you only have one wrister, which…I don’t know why you’d only need one glove? But anyhow, here we go!

Materials Needed:

*1 Ball of worsted weight (4) yarn
I used Buff Fleck in Red Heart Super Saver for mine, I liked the simplicity of the neutral color
*H hook (5.5mm)
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors

Terms Used:

Ch = Chain
Dc = Double Crochet
Sl st = Slip stitch
St/s = Stitch/Stitches
Ch sp = Chain Space

Instructions:

With I hook, chain 4, slip stitch to the first chain to form a loop

Round 1: Ch 3 (this first Ch 3 counts as a Dc here and throughout), 2Dc into the loop, [ch 3, 3Dc] three times, ch 3, sl st to beginning of the round

**note: In the above picture, you may notice I only chained 2 in the corners, don’t do that
Chain 3 to the form the corners!**

Round 2: Ch 3, turn over. 2Dc into the ch 3 space. Ch 1 *[3Dc into ch sp, ch 3, 3Dc, ch 1], repeat from * twice, sl st to beginning of round. Sl st across to the corner and place another sl st into the corner ch 3 space. 8 Dc total


Round 3: Ch 3, 2Dc into ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3Dc into same ch 3 space, ch 1, 3 Dc into ch 1 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc] into corner ch 3 sp], ch 1, 3Dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc] into corner ch 3 sp, ch 1, 3Dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc] into corner ch 3 sp, ch 1, 3Dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, sl st to beginning corner. Sl st across to the ch 3 space, sl st once into ch 3 space. 12 Dc total


Rounds 4-6: Continue the pattern, expanding by 4 Dcs in each round. In each ch 1 space, 3Dc, and in each corner [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc].

Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch and chain space around the piece. For each ch 1 space, place 1 single crochet. For each ch 3 space, 3 single crochet. Once completed, ch 1. Do not bind off.

Fold the piece in half, and seam the side opposite the fold with a single crochet beginning from the end with the Ch 1. Continue across to the second ch 1 space.

Look here where the hook and tapestry needle are pointing:

The space in between is where you want your thumb hole to be!

Option 1: Break the yarn and reinsert past 2 3Dc clusters
Option 2: Slip stitch along one side of the piece until you reach past 2 3Dc clusters

Continue to seam with a single crochet to the end of the side. Bind off and weave in the ends.

And enjoy your gloves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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