Granny Squares Galore

If your office is anything like mine, things are pretty slow right now. People are off for the holidays, and almost every cube is deserted. With all my coworkers gone and many tasks put on hold, this seems like a great time to get into some crochet.



For inspiration, I turned to Tracy Lord's new book, The Big Book of Granny Squares. This book has everything–bobbles, stripes, flowers, texture, fans . . . I could go on and on. There are plenty of patterns suitable for beginners, so as I leafed through I flagged the ones I thought I could manage. (There are more beginner squares than what's flagged; I just picked the ones I liked best!)

After much hemming and hawing, I decided to go with the "Flores" pattern (on page 189, for those of you following along at home). In this one, the square is just rows of single crochet–which I know I can handle–with appliqued flowers on top. The flowers will present more of a challenge, but I want to learn to make a magic ring, so this is a good place to start. I'm a bit nervous about working on this, because all my tutors are out for the holidays, but I have plenty of time to get it right!




As you can see, the square itself looks decent. Time to start in on the flowers! The beginning of this book has great, illustrated instructions, so I started there for a quick lesson on how to make a magic ring. 




This took a few tries, but I got it in the end. Not too shabby! I was really glad I got the hang of this, because a) it's a basic skill and b) it's key to making a number of projects. This is definitely one I'll practice a couple of times until I really feel I've mastered it. 




The next step is making the "petals" on the flowers. As you can see, this did not go so well. I had a little trouble reading the pattern, so I'm sure I didn't do things properly. The work in progress was definitely wonkus. 




All things considered, though, I don't think the finished product looks too shabby. (Although I made too many petals. Apparently I didn't follow the pattern very well!)




It looks like I need to make my single-crochet square a little bigger to accommodate all four flowers, but this gives you (and me) an idea of what it will look like when it's finished. I'm glad I picked this pattern–this will be really cute!



For my first experience following a pattern, I'd say this went pretty well. The pattern itself is clear and well-written–I just don't have enough experience to know exactly what I should be doing! But this square uses four flowers, so I'll have more opportunities to figure it out while I work on the other three. One of the things that drew me to this pattern (not just that it's for beginners) is that it has a lot of potential. It could be a blanket, or a table runner, or a scarf, or even a wall decoration. I think I might make a little blanket–if I ever get the hang of these flowers.

Happy Holidays!


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