When I shared the Here’s My Heart Pattern I mentioned that I had made a number of my own granny squares. –Just following my own muse.
I made them in 2006, so I found myself 8 years later wondering where they could be. The hunt was on but surprisingly short.
They were tucked away in a plastic bin across the hall in my crafting studio. (So glad I didn't have to descend to the basement; a nightmare it needs cleaning.)
I was very happy to see them but soon realized I had just been ‘hooked’ on making granny squares at the time and hadn't considered a purpose for them.
I’d made 48 squares. I decided the easiest thing to do would be an afghan. I may need to make a few more squares, but fortunately I still have bits of similar yarn lurking about. (In the basement – ugh.)
Update: Come and get the latest granny square patterns at my new blog: Crochetalot.com.
I had to decide how to join them. As I researched it I found that there are many ways and lovely videos and instructions out there. So I decided to take a little time and share some of them with you.
In no particular order of preference:
1. slip stitch
Link: Attic 24
2. Lattice Method
Link: Carina's Craft Blog
3. Flat Braid Crochet
Link: Gourmet Crochet
4. Join as You Go
Link: Sarah London on Flicker
5. Celtic Lace Join
6. Flat Crochet Seam
Link: Look What I Made
7. Invisible Seam (sewing)
Link: Do You Mind if I Knit
8. Single Crochet
Link: Wonder How to
9. Back Loop Sewing
10. Single Crochet with Chains
Link: Crochet Cabana
11. Whip Stitch
12. Backstitch (example has knitted blocks but I've used it for crochet as well.)
So what did I choose? Drum roll, please: In the end I chose # 4 --Joining as you go -- for my afghan project.
It was mostly for sentimental reasons. Ages ago my mom was given a beautiful pillow made of granny squares joined with black yarn. It always looked like stained glass to me.
'The Lost Granny Squares' part 2 will be coming soon! I can't wat to share it.