Granny Squares

Granny Squares

Here is a project I started last year and haven’t finished.  Have you ever done that?!  I got the idea from watching Nanny McPhee, a very entertaining movie with lots of rich visual detail to enjoy along with a really fun story-line.

On one of the beds in the children’s room is a granny square blanket.  It reminded me of blankets from my mother’s and grandmother’s homes.  I think I might even have had some stylish granny square clothing items!

Granny Square Blanket from Nanny McPhee

Here is a great video demonstrating how to make a granny square for someone who already knows how to crochet.  Youtube is great!  Honesty I never quite got the hang of it with just written instructions.  You don’t need to watch the whole video.  Just watch 2 or 3 rows until it “clicks” for you and each row increases accordingly.  Although you might end up watching the whole thing because this video is so calming and might put you in a hypnotic state!

My yarn is 100% Lion Brand wool.  I was planning to make a toddler bed sized blanket (not too ambitious I thought).  My squares are about 4 inches and I have about 40 of them so far.  This is the exact square I stopped on…

Here’s where I stopped…

It doesn’t haunt me or anything.  If I never finish it it is really no big deal.  The other option is to make something out of the 40 square I have.  I could make stuffed play cubes, a scarf, tote-bag, stylish matching vests for my kids (vintage pattern)…

granny square vest

Or I could put it away for when I have more time and finish my original project (and hope I get to it before the moths devour it).  What do you think?


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  1. I love the idea of stuffed play cubes…

    I want to try out granny squares – that’s one thing I have yet to crochet! And I LOVE youtube for crochet help!

    And thanks for reminding me that we need to watch Nanny McPhee!

    • Love YouTube for how to stuff. My husband uses it a lot to learn complicated guitar and harmonica techniques. The stuffed play cubes would make a great baby toy ; )

  2. When I opened your web page today, I immediately said (out loud, at the cafe) “oh wow!”. These are fantastic. So pretty!

    My mom made me a dress out of these when I was little. It was SO itchy, I don’t know how she got me to wear it. Stella certainly won’t! :)

  3. Well, I understand lacking time but I have to admit I really like your original plan for the granny Squares blanket, so maybe, you might be able to get to it in a little while and even better,since you are not in a rush you might want to hold off and see if some time opens up?

    • Love Youtube for that kind of stuff. They are just kind of fun to look at… Would it be weird if I made a head to toe outfit out of them?

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