Monday, April 14, 2008

Granny Squared

Hi Knitters,
How cute are these? On Saturday I was browsing around on the internet, looking at knitting stuff of course, when I came across this. I can't believe it's true but I have never actually made a granny square before. I became suddenly obsessed with producing these adorable little squares. I crocheted the last couple days away and made it through one last snowfall (hopefully). I have always loved the vintage look of a good granny square.
I love the size, the colors, the simplicity and just the overall cuteness factor of a granny square. The tutorial on the purlbee is exceptional including step-by-step photographs. I memorized the pattern after completing one square. You only use the chain, double crochet and slip stitches to make this version. It couldn't get any more basic than that.
This site is phenomenal for inspiration, tutorials, free patterns, etc. I try to get on there often to see any updates. If you get a chance spend some time going through the right sidebar. There is no doubt you will find something that will strike your fancy. I am just a big fan of Purl in general. I love the store in NYC, the online shop, Joelle Hoverson and her sister, Jennifer, the books, the fabrics and accessories, the list goes on and on. There is such an understated feel of quality and natural beauty associated with everything they do at Purl. I order from them frequently and they have fantastic customer service to boot.
Back to the crochet at hand, I used a size H crochet hook and Tahki Cotton Classic in an assortment of colors. The color range of this yarn is hard to beat. It is funny because my daughter at one point took my odds and ends of Cotton Classic and organized it all by color. She put variations on a color theme in separate baggies. What I have been doing is pulling out the baggies she sorted and using her color groupings to create the squares. This has been pretty joyful all around. The squares are fun to make and I think of her while I look at the colors. I guess a blanket may eventually come of these squares. Granny squares may be my new mindless project for the time being.
Want to join me?
best, susie