Yarn for Crochet Granny Squares

Are you looking for your next granny square project? Maybe it's a pillow, a pair of funky curtains, a sample afghan, or even a sweater or skirt, but regardless of what you want to crochet, I would suggest going to The Big Book of Granny Squares to find your pattern pieces.


Here is the author, Tracey Lorde, to help us choose the right yarn and calculate the amount of yarn needed.

Buying Yarn

If you are making a large project, such as a bedspread, make sure you buy plenty of yarn before you begin. It is better to have too much than to need an extra ball months later and find an obviously different dye batch, or worse still, that the color has been discontinued. However, many of the squares in this book are perfect for using up odds and ends within your stash.

To calculate how much yarn you will need for a larger project, work up one test square in the yarn(s) you intend to use, then unravel it by pulling out the stitches and measure how much yarn was used for each color within the square, plus extra for yarn tails at each end. This is how much yardage you will need per square, per color. Now multiply the yardage for each color by the number of squares you need to make. This gives you a total yardage for each color. Check the ball band for the yardage on each ball, and then divide the total yardage for each color by this figure. Round up to the nearest whole number: this is the number of balls of each color you need to buy.


Cotton is a common choice for crochet work. The fiber comes from the seedpod-the "boll"-when it bursts open. Cotton with long fibers is prized as the best quality because it produces a smooth, strong yarn when spun. Cotton washes well but may stretch if hung out when wet, so beware of hanging a heavy piece vertically; dry it flat. Cotton is a good choice for baby or children's pieces because it is not itchy and remains soft.

Acrylic is the best known of the synthetic fibers. It takes dye very well, so it is available in a wide range of bright colors. Acrylic is also economical and easy to care for, so it is a popular choice for children's wear. Other popular synthetic fibers you might see include microfiber and rayon.

Blends are often a good choice as they combine the best of several fibers, often creating a more durable, easier-care yarn.


You use 60 yards of blue and 120 yards of cream in a square. You need to make 20 squares altogether for a lap blanket.

Multiplying 60 x 20 gives 1,200 yards, and 120 by 20 gives 2,400 yards.

The ball band says there are 240 yards to the ball so you will need 1,200 ÷ 240 = 5 balls of blue, and 2,400 ÷ 240 = 10 balls of cream for your project.


The completed squares in this book all worked up to a size of about 6 inches (15 cm) square. However, as long as you choose the correct hook size for the yarn you are using, the squares in this book can be made in any yarn-although the completed square will vary in size; finer yarn will produce a smaller square, and thicker yarn a larger one.

You might use finer yarns to create a delicate lace throw, a curtain panel, or some special table linens. Conversely, using thicker yarns would produce cozy afghans, warm pillows, or even floor rugs.

Tracey Lord

What will you make? Order or download your copy of The Big Book of Granny Squares today, then head out and start shopping for your yarn.


Best wishes,

P.S. What have you made from granny squares?


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