Granny Squares are a popular crochet motif worked in rounds from the center outward.
Each motif is created separately, then joined together to make a finished item. Traditionally, granny squares were used to make afghans, but they also make great patchwork scarves, purses, shawls and a wide variety of items.
The traditional granny square was designed by a Mrs. Phelps in 1885. It was published in the Prairie Farmer, which is the oldest magazine publication in America. Based in Chicago, it has served the Illinois farmer for over 175 years.
The Traditional Granny Square
This square motif has many variations. The traditional one is a double-crochet square made by using a series of chains and double-crocheted blocks. The most familiar granny square is, of course, square. But by using different stitch types, other geometric shapes, such as hexagons, can be produced. Crocheting granny squares are also a fun and quick way to try out different crochet stitches.
Dozens of books, articles and YouTube videos are available to teach you the variations of this familiar motif.
Examples of Granny Square Garments:
The most well known granny square example is the traditional afghan. I can well remember the one my grandmother had (made my HER mother; my 'Banny'). The granny squares were joined together with black yarn, which was the traditional way originally. That afghan sat on the back of my grandmother's couch for my entire childhood. I can recall many a visit where I would curl up on the couch with that afghan. An example is shown below:
Granny square afghan
This retro Granny Square afghan is a 1970s crochet pattern featured by Pearl in her Etsy Shop PearlShoreCat. This vintage pattern is available as an instant digital download. Give your home décor a vintage look-from-grandma's-time with this classic blanket throw.
Purses are a popular way to use granny squares. ….
Lauren of MoonageCrochet on Etsy used the hexagonal style of granny squares to create this gorgeous shoulder bag.
Shawls are also a well known way to use the granny square motifs.
Granny squares were used to create this colorful long patchwork-look winter scarf. It is featured in the Etsy Shop MyCottonAccessories.
As you can see in the featured items above, you can create just about anything using crocheted Granny Squares. A time-honored technique that is always stylish.
The World of Granny Squares Craft Review was written by Wednesday Elf
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