The first time I laid eyes on Bear's Rainbow Blanket by Purl Soho, I knew I had to crochet it. The bright, bold design, and the brilliant spectrum of yarn drew me in at first glance. The original pattern calls for Koigu yarn, an absolutely stunning 100% merino wool yarn, whose hand-painted colors are to die for. But its price tag was too steep for me, considering that there are 41 different colors used in the pattern. I shelved the idea for some time, until I happened across DROPS Alpaca, a 100% alpaca yarn of the same weight, that comes in almost 60 different colors. It's incredibly soft, with fabulous drape, and best of all, when on sale, is about one-fifth the cost of the Koigu. (Garn Studio, makers of DROPS yarns, place their different yarns on sale at least annually, through all retailers.)
Raise your hand if you have a bad habit of putting off gift making until the last minute. [Sheepishly raises hand] I have the utmost respect for all of you non-procrastinating types who probably have actual to-do lists, with actual items on them, including "make gifts for your kids' teachers prior to the night before the last day of school."
That will never be me.
So here I am, the night before the last day of school, as previously mentioned, trying to figure out something cute and easy to gift to the individuals who have so lovingly cared for and shaped my children's education over the past year. I did manage to think ahead enough to purchase some Target gift cards, because I have to believe every teacher can appreciate free money to spend at Target.
Add in a handmade gift card holder that can later double as a credit card/loyalty card/business card holder, and we're in business!
Back when I first learned how to crochet, I struggled to learn how to make a granny square. I was accustomed to working in rows, rather than in the round, and the learning curve proved somewhat steep for me as a newbie. Relying heavily on photo tutorials on blogs, I persevered, and crafted my first, somewhat wonky square.
Fast forward a decade or so, and I've moved past the humble granny square to experiment with more challenging patterns. But I always find myself drawn back to the simplicity and clean lines of the classic granny square. I'm especially taken with solid granny squares, and the myriad of design possibilities they offer.
Earlier in my crochet days, the seam that appeared on solid granny squares where the rounds are joined used to vex me. It seems an unsightly addition to an almost perfect crochet motif. More recently, I've experimented with different ways of getting rid of the seam, and have landed on one that I now use exclusively. I've not re-invented the wheel with this pattern, but I thought I'd share the fruits of my granny square quest with a photo tutorial, since I found them to be so helpful when I was learning how to crochet.
So without further ado, let's talk about how to make a seamless solid granny square!