Experienced crocheters – try not to roll your eyes too much while reading this post, ha!
I love Granny Square Afghans. I know how to do basic crochet (I’ve made simple crocheted afghans and scarves in the past) but I always thought Granny Square Afghans were something extremely magical and way beyond my skill level.
I’ve collected them over the years from thrift shops and garage sales. Here are examples of those in my collection:
And here is the link to a post I wrote in 2015 called Granny Square Rescue! about my obsession and an image of my collection circa 2015.
A couple days ago I randomly decided that it was time I learned how to make Granny Squares and a Granny Square afghan.
I’ve looked at patterns in the past but quickly grew intimidated since I am not that experienced a crocheter. Then I remembered my trusty friend YouTube and found a whole bunch of videos on making Granny Squares!
First I followed this video by Jayda InStitches
And made this block!
I cannot tell you how pleased and excited I was to have completed my first Granny Square!
I did not feel like my stitches were not tight enough and so I looked for another instructional video just to get a different perspective on how to make a Granny Square.
So then I watched this video by Hooked by Robin:
The pattern/instruction was slightly different and she used a smaller crochet hook (the first video used an “I”/5.5 mm needle and the second video used a “G”/4 mm) and that seemed to make the difference for tighter stitches.
In the image below, the square on the left is the first one I made with slightly looser stitches (size I crochet hook) and the one of the right is the second one I made with the size G crochet hook.
Now I plan to make up a bunch of centers and get started on “production line” crochet.
I want to be more efficient with the color changes (work on one color of yarn at once instead of constant color changes) as I create enough blocks to make a GRANNY SQUARE AFGHAN!!!
This is going to be a lot of work but I am so excited to make my very own!
I will update you on my progress…
Speaking of making things for the first time, my partner John recently made his first piece of actual furniture in his new workshop in our daylight basement. In the previous post on my blog, Guest Blog Post: A Whole Lot of Remodeling Going On , Mike the dog (giggle) shared that we recently turned part of the basement into his craft room.
Well this weekend he put the room to use and made two redwood side tables for our front porch which matched the style of the existing coffee table on the porch:
So we were both pretty proud of ourselves!