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Attack of the Giant Granny Square Blanket

It’s done!

Well sort of – I still have to weave in the ends from joining the squares.

“Tierney, what are you talking about?”

Well I am following up on the guest blogger post from earlier this month by my impatient miniature schnauzer Mike: The Inpatient Schnauzer: Update on the Granny Square Afghan (Guest Blogger).

Mike looking impatient

Yes, of course my miniature schnauzer knows how to write blog posts, why are you asking?

Well Mike no longer has to be impatient as I’ve finished my first granny square blanket. I used the word “finished” loosely as I have many yarn strands hanging about it waiting to be woven in.

I wove in the ends as I finished each block but I got lazy when I was joining the 90 blocks into ten (10) rows of nine (9) blocks.

It measures approximately 70 inches by 74 inches (178 cm x 188 cm) and it is much bigger than I thought it would be.

Here is Mike stretched out on it as I tried to photograph it for this post:

Here it is once I removed the miniature schnauzer from it:

After joining the blocks with a dark grey yarn, I added a single border around the whole piece.

I am pretty pleased with myself now that I’ve taught myself via YouTube videos how to crochet granny square blocks and to join them into a blanket. Here are all the posts if you really need something to fill your day (smile, wink) of my first granny square blanket journey. Some of these posts include links to the YouTube videos I used to learn.

Making My Own Granny Square Afghan

Granny Square Madness 

Update on the “Granny Square Madness” 

The Inpatient Schnauzer: Update on the Granny Square Afghan (Guest Blogger) 

Now that I’ve finished the blanket (except for the weeks and weeks of weaving in ends..ha..ahead of me), it is time to finish up hand sewing my quilt Seattle Scrappy (see most recent post on this scrappy quilt – An Update on “Seattle Scrappy” – Haphazard Stitching… ).

Seattle Scrappy waiting to be finished…

I notice a pattern – I seem to be really into grey lately (or is it “gray” I can never decided which one to use).

I want to start my next granny square blanket (I’ve been watching more granny square YouTube videos) but I should not start a new project when there are old ones awaiting some love!


How about that pandemic thing going around. Oh yes it still sucks and I have complete “pandemic fatigue” at this point (I know you are thinking: “join the club”).

A couple of my friends were recently diagnosed with COVID (I was not exposed) and have been on quarantine for a couple weeks. I did drop someone homemade chocolate chip cookies on their porch. They are doing okay and their worse symptom was not being able to smell.

Chocolate Chip cookies have special healing properties

But I will keep on crafting my way through and I might have some news in the next couple of weeks.

Oh and Mike the miniature schnauzer has been concerned that since he’s been a guest blogger on this blog a couple times (The Inpatient Schnauzer: Update on the Granny Square Afghan (Guest Blogger) and Guest Blog Post: A Whole Lot of Remodeling Going On) he might be recognized by his growing fan base, so he’s asked to start wearing sunglasses when he goes out to keep a low profile:

Trying to avoid paparazzi…

49 thoughts on “Attack of the Giant Granny Square Blanket”

  1. ‘Gray’ is American spelling; ‘grey’ is British, unless you are Madeline l’Engle for whom they mean different shades if gray.

    Cheers on the finish. It looks great. Funny how Mike stretch
    Ed as if to claim more of it as his.

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    1. Oh I did not know that thank you very much! You know I just finished a Wrinkle in Time by her so we’ll see what happens in the next couple of books I found at a thrift store of hers. Yes Mike has to stretch for maximum blanket!.

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  2. The dark gray for joining turned out fabulous! The weaving in of ends could be your “crochet at home” project and the new granny square project your “crochet on the go” project. I mean, it’s not like you’re going to drag a whole blanket around when you’re going somewhere right???
    Sorry to hear your friends got ill. The Netherlands were doing great in the summer and now we’re in our second lockdown because new measures were taken far too late when cases started to increase in August/September. It is so annoying.

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    1. Oh my goodness that’s a brilliant idea! I think I’m going to do that! Sorry to hear how things are going in the Netherlands and it did look positive for you guys but sorry you’re in lockdown again 🙁

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  3. Tierney,
    Your 1st-ever completed afghan is gorgeous!! And your blog is a bright spot while we’re ‘hermiting’, out here in the boonies. Thank you.

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  4. Your granny square blanket is so wonderful!!! Mike looks so proud laying on ‘his’ blanket!!! Weaving in the ends is a tedious task but you’ll get through it, LOL Oooo, I love the little hint at some news in the coming weeks… We’re struggling through pandemic fatigue as well, maybe we’ll get some relief in the spring with the vaccine 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much and he does not seem to mind about the loose ends ha ha Ha but they didn’t bother me :-). You might think you have a long way to go but you will be surprised how much progress you make. I remember when I felt like I had forever till I could complete it!

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  5. BRAVO on the afghan, Tierney! 👏👏👏 It is glorious and looks like a wonderful and comforting piece to wrap up in (and Mike clearly loves it). I am so proud of you! (beaming). How does stitching granny squares together compare to quilting? I imagine quilting takes tremendous patience. Thanks for the videos — I’ll be returning to them in the future. Wishing you years of comfort, and congrats on the finish (I hope the weaving in goes quickly). 😊

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    1. Thank you and it is such a different experience than quilting. I think everyone needs a couple hobbies as it adds variety to your life. I love how portable the making of crochet blocks are – even more portable than hand sewing projects. I appreciate your thoughtful comments 🙂


  6. Love your post – the schnauzer is a very cute ‘helper’ – great granny square blanket and quilt. Must admit to having pandemic fatigue, as you say, it’s gone on too long and my crafting mojo is waning.

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  7. Congratulations on finishing the granny square blanket! So glad that Mike is taking precautions when he has to be in public. Also I am thankful that you didn’t get COVID and that your freinds seem to be recovering well from it. Very thoughtful to make cookies!

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    1. Thank you, you are too kind! It is in the washing machine right now (on gentle cycle) and then to the dryer as I have finished weaving in the ends! Now I will get to just enjoy it (and Mike will too!) 🙂

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  8. Phew (Whew) it’s done and almost dusted…I was thinking you could take a winter type fabric and just stitch it to back – and bingo all “ends” gone! 🙂

    Don’t worry about “objects” in the PhD pile … I seem to have quite a few in mine, be it this or that object!

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    1. I talk to Mike about it but he understands that you have cats and that you need to go to your cats to help you. Mike unfortunately does not like cats he thinks they are full of themselves ha! 🐈 🐈 🐈

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  9. Ah ends, the dark side of crochet 😉 It’s funny – I was just looking at the pile of blankets next to me with soooo many ends still hanging out. Maybe I should get on with it…
    Anyway well done on your first granny blanket! It is beautiful and looks super snuggly and warm.

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