They're classics for a good reason!
Did you grow up with a granny square blanket draped over the back of the couch? Many of us did! They were ubiquitous in the 1960s and 70s, then fell out of fashion for a while, but they're BACK, baby!
The first granny square to appear in print (to our knowledge) was in a book called The Art of Crocheting in 1891. It didn't have a pattern, only the image (shown at right) of a square that most modern crocheters would recognize. It wasn't called a granny square at the time, but a "Block For A Slumber Robe." It was assumed that the crocheter would be able to reproduce this from the illustration.
How did it get the name "Granny Square"? Probably because lots of grannies made it, since it was a great way to use up scraps. Over time, creative crocheters figured out ways to use the same idea - clusters of double crochets worked into chain spaces - to make other shapes, so that we now have Granny Circles, Hexagons, Squares, and other shapes!
The basic idea is simple: Granny clusters (each cluster is 3 dc) separated by chains (usually 1 or 2 at the sides, and 3 at corners). Each cluster is worked into a chain space from a previous row.
Here are some of our favorite Granny Square tutorials online:
-Beginner Granny Square Tutorial - best for absolute granny beginners, and for working Granny Squares with the same yarn throughout.
-Granny Square that doesn't twist - best for Granny Squares with a different color on each round.
-Granny Shapes - how to work all sorts of Granny Shapes: circle, hexagon, pentagon, rectangle, triangle, etc!
If you want to learn more about Granny Square history, we highly recommend this post from HanJanCrochet!
Lots and lots of Granny Love!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
Featured Yarn & Pattern
How about a nice granny square duster perfect for a Texas winter? The Long Granny Square Cardigan by Moody Goose fits the bill perfectly! It's currently on sale for $3.60 on Ribblr.com. Make the squares now while the weather is hot, so that you don't have a lot of yarn in your lap, then put them together and add the hood and sleeves when it starts to cool off. We suggest Galway Worsted, Cascade 220 for the main color and a color changing yarn like Gina or for the squares, or use scraps for the squares!
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The Tip Jar
Love multicolored granny squares, but hate weaving in the ends? Do the initial chain-3 of a new row with working yarn AND the tail held together, then just snip off the tail.
That's all it needs!
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