The most basic of granny squares can get a bit dull after a while. Even if I say so myself, I think I’ve completely smashed it with the basic granny. Every one I make comes out perfectly square and neat.
I changed up a gear last month by trying out the solid granny. I’m not entirely happy with them. I crochet into the spaces rather than the top of the stitches which makes them a bit gappy, instead of solid. They also looked a bit messy at the start of each new round. I will keep trying, but I’ve moved them temporarily into the “too hard file” while I tackle other designs.
I therefore present to you the block stitch granny, the circle in a square granny and a front post granny.
My favourite, based on looks, is the circle in the square.
My favourite for speed, and for least yarn used (therefore more economical for charity makes) is the block stitch granny.
The front post (or it could be back post – I get confused) is quite effective but it comes out slightly smaller than the others overall. That’s fine if you are doing a whole project using just them, but my mix and match blankets need squares the same size.
I also made this circle/ block stitch combination, which I like, and it wasn’t too fiddly.
It’s a good way of using up yarn that’s no good for other projects, because you can use it for the round of chains between the blocks and it’s hidden apart from the ‘diamond’ shape (the bright pink).
These new designs are a bit wonky, but I think they will get pulled straight once joined to other squares.
You may notice that the colour scheme I’m using is less random than some of my others. The plan is that I am going to use all of my coloured yarn stash, only buying neutral colours to finish projects. The hope is that my projects will look a bit more polished, although I do like the random ones. Let’s see how long I can stick to the plan.
I’m adding this to the craft challenge which is a bit lonely and to be honest will probably get abandoned if I don’t get any takers.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Please let me know which design is your favourite.