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I Learned to Make Granny Squares!

Written by Sarah on February 3rd, 2015 Posted in crochet, granny square

The votes are in! It was a tight race but you guys decided that I should learn to crochet granny squares. And, boy, have I!

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I pulled out some stash yarn and experimenting with basic granny square patterns. Quickly, I realized that I really didn’t know how to crochet at all. Whenever I ran into something I didn’t know how to do (double crochet? triple crochet??), I’d check YouTube and figure it out. (I tend to use Lion Brand’s videos. It’s important to use a quality source that you can trust when you’re learning online.) It was remarkably easy to learn. I can’t believe it took me so long to try it.

I didn’t have much leftover yarns that matched each other but I ended up making around 20 granny squares in a week. They’re ADDICTIVE. Who knows what I’m going to do with all of these mismatched granny squares (I said, “I’ll make a bunting!” a hundred times. I do not need more than one granny square bunting.) There are lots of free patterns that I’ve been trying out and I’ve been getting so much inspiration from this Pinterest board. I couldn’t stop. The different shapes really excite me, circles inside of hexagons, flowers inside squares. Each one feels kind of magical. I’m really obsessed with this sunburst pattern. I’ve made so many of them.

I’m not very good at crochet yet. I don’t know which hook to use with which weight yarn the way that I would with knitting needles. I’m not terribly fast since (yet). There are some other things that make me feel like I won’t be giving up knitting any time soon. But in the end, I’m loving the finished product. I’m definitely going to make a lot more granny squares. And, seriously, I love that new-craft feeling. I keep holding granny hexagons up in Jon’s face and yelling, “I did that! Look!” That feeling never gets old.

Will you learn to make granny squares? Have you tried them? Did you think they were easy?

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Comments (6)

  • February 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm |

    I love making granny squares, but I hate all of the finishing work involved! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with all of your squares.

  • February 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm |

    Yay these are fabby! I tried to teach myself crochet many times before it finally gave up and went to a class, now it seems so simple! 🙂

  • February 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm |

    They can be addictive…but I’m not a big fan of making things with motifs…but I do have a granny square afghan in progress with a sun pattern..

  • February 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm |

    I love that you’ve got so many done! They really are addicting!!

    I’ll have to pull my hooks back out because I love the way that sunburst looks!!

  • February 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm |

    Oh yes, I love making and looking at granny squares! And yours are truly beautiful! So many different designs already! Did you know that Simply Crochet has a free app that gives you a new granny square pattern every week? I think it’s called Granny Square a Week..

  • February 6, 2015 at 10:35 am |

    Well done! You are motivating me to keep trying at crochet. I seem to give up after a couple of rows each time because I feel like such a klutz with my hook. Give me needles any time. Still they are some lovely things done with crochet and I should keep trying. I’ll check the Lion Brand videos. With so many granny squares, you will be able to make a nice afghan. Don’t give up. Brioche is next.

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