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!
I recently had the opportunity to sample and review Marianne Dekkers-Roos' new book, Colorful Crochet. Diving in to a new crochet book is always such a joyful experience, and cracking open Marianne's book was no exception. True to its name, Colorful Crochet is packed with beautifully designed patterns, each of which showcases Marianne's unique eye for color.
Read on for a complete review and an opportunity to win your own copy of Colorful Crochet!
It's the dead of winter (or at least it feels like it), which means that I've been seeking out bright and cheerful colors to combat the low daylight blahs. This motif was inspired by an intricate tile pattern, and evolved from there. It makes me happy, and I hope it lends you some cheer as well! Click below for the pattern details.
Well, here we are. January 20, 2017. I'm gearing up for the women's march in St. Paul tomorrow, and thought I'd quickly share my pussyhat pattern (a la The Pussyhat Project). I know it's last minute, and you probably won't be able to whip up a hat in time for events tomorrow, but thought I'd put it up here anyway in case anyone wants to make their own for future use.
Recently, my friend Susan Regalia (@suregal27 on Instagram) posted a photo of a sample crochet motif she'd spied at Joann Fabrics. Unable to source the pattern, I decided to try to design a similar one from the photo. Mine isn't an exact copy, but more of a riff on the original design. I hope you have as much fun playing with the pattern as I did designing it!