Stash Granny Afghans

Stash Granny Afghans

These actually started out as granny stripe afghans but I decided after a few rows of each to change to a granny square pattern.  I decided to change after realizing that I had already done 2 stash afghans in granny stripes and it seemed a square one would work up faster than a stripe one and would keep me warmer while working on it over the winter.

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The blue/green one had a few balls of variegated yarn and I added in some plain blue and plain green odds and ends.  The other started with a white centre and then used up the little balls of greens, yellows and oranges from other projects.

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Here is a bit closer look at the almost finished projects.

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I didn’t use a true granny square pattern but used a rectangular granny to get started.  (See middle photo)  If you aren’t sure how to do this stitch, just search rectangle granny and you will find lots of help.

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Starting with this stitch made the finished afghan about 110 cm by 100 cm.  I just kept going till I used up all my yarn, so size would be dependent on how much yarn you have to use up.

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These will be afghans for the vehicle to be used to snuggle in after the grandkids have swimming lessons or have fun at the beach or just for when they feel chilly.

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I’m sharing with the Granny-spiration Link Party.

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Time for Granny

Time for Granny

Granny squares were one of the first things I learned to crochet, nothing fancy like all the granny squares out there today, just a plain and simple granny square.

I still have the very first afghan I made when learning to make granny squares.  It was made in blocks of 12 which were hand stitched together and from time to time I have to restitch parts of it.  I’ve come a long way since then.

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Around the outside of the 12 blocks I did a row of white and then blue.  The blue rectangles were all edged in white and then the whole thing had white and blue edging added.  Not a fancy edging, just the 3 double crochets in the spaces.  This one is more than 40 years old as I learned to crochet when pregnant with our first daughter.

I’ve made lots of afghans since then but always seem to go back to the granny square.

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Lapghans were a favourite, using the pattern, Thoroughly Modern Granny from the book Ultimate Book of Scrap Afghans.  I call these lapghans as they tuck over your lap and legs while sitting in the armchair.   I started this pattern with a friend when we made afghans to donate to our school auction.  We did these ones over two consecutive years.  Each of us crocheted half the squares, then one of us crocheted them together and one of us added the fringe.  A good team effort.

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It uses the regular granny square with loops on all corners.  It is a fun pattern to make and something you can work at one square at a time. Each time you get to a corner you do a chain of 10, join to form loop at corner and continue along with the regular crochet of the granny square. Do this on 3 rounds, and then the 4th is just the regular crochet. When I do the last round, at each corner starting at the inside, you poke the loop through the next loop. When you get to the last loop, you just do the regular crochet around the corner.  You can see the loops better in the images below.

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Clear as mud???  After you’ve made a few it becomes as easy. The pattern book is out of print now but I’m sure you can still buy it online.

I liked it so much I started making them for myself, for family and for friends.  Over several years they were done in greens, browns and beiges.  Another matched the old paint scheme of burgundy, blue and sage green with beige for the connecting and edging.  For a couple of years everyone on my Christmas list got one of the lapghans.  I am always thrilled to see them still in use.

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It is a great stash busting projects.   You can change how it looks by the colour scheme you choose.  I’ve done a variety of colours, blocks with the same colour for the last round, and blocks all the same colour scheme.   Some of these lapghans were made BDC (before digital cameras) and I had taken some photographs and scanned them.  I didn’t take photos of all my projects BDC so some I have no record of.

Do you still have your first crochet afghan?

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party ,the Granny-spiration Link Party and Hookin on Hump Day.

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Green ‘Purse’onality

Green ‘Purse’onality

I love tote bags and I love to make tote bags.  I found this cute pattern for a bag made out of granny squares a few years ago. It is great for using up odd bits and pieces of yarn.  It’s called Inga’s crocheted bag.  I just tweaked it a bit and took out the squares that formed the bottom.

This one is in my favourite colour of green, with a green stripe material for the lining.  These bags are totally washable and fall right back into shape with just a quick iron.

green 'purse'onality

In total, for my pattern, you need 13 granny squares and then some yarn to join them together and make the straps.  Using the same colour gives the bag a different appearance to the ones I made using scraps of various colours.

green 'purse'onality

I also love to line my bags, with inside pockets, so that smaller items don’t poke through the crochet.  I also line the straps as this stops them from stretching out.

green 'purse'onality

Do you see the ring on one of the handles?  That is how I keep track of my keys.

don't lose your keys

I have a clasp on my key ring that connects to the ring on the handle and it stops the keys from falling to the bottom of the bag.  One year I made key fobs for little Christmas gifts out of plastic canvas and embroidery thread.

plastic canvas key fob

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party ,the Granny-spiration Link Party and Hookin on Hump Day.

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I Like ‘Purse’onality

I Like ‘Purse’onality

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I love homemade bags and have them in many colours.  I don’t use any bags/purses that are store bought but have ones with a little ‘purse’onality.  I’ve also made many bags to give away as gifts.  One of my favourites is a granny square bag in black, dark gray, light grey and white.

blackgraybag2

I found this cute pattern for a bag made out of granny squares a few years ago. It is great for using up odd bits and pieces of yarn.  It’s called Inga’s crocheted bag.  I just tweaked it a bit and took out the squares that formed the bottom.

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In total, for my pattern, you need 13 granny squares and then some yarn for join them together and made the straps.  I always get lots of comments on my bags when I am out and about.

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I also love to line my bags, with inside pockets, so that smaller items don’t poke through the crochet.  I also line the straps as this stops them from stretching out.

Over the years here are some I’ve made in different colours.

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The next bag pattern is from a pattern book that I have called Trendsetting Totes.   This one is the shell pattern shown just under the title.

blackgraybag1

I made the first couple according to the pattern and then decided to change it up a bit.

bag01aa brown shell bag3a

This time I added a few more rows of the shell pattern and used 3 colours which cut back on the plain top.  I really like how this one turned out. The one below is one of my favourites.

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Is it grey? or gray?

One of the the yarns and it said grey, but noticed the darker one said gray.

Either one is acceptable.  It comes down to the American or British spelling … rather like having a u in colour or not.  So I’m presuming the gray yarn was made in the States and the grey one comes from Canada.

grAy for America and grEy for England.

I used all sorts of little tricks like this when I used to teach and kids will remember much better.

As I’m British as well as Canadian (have dual nationality) I will use grey … but how about you?

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party ,the Granny-spiration Link Party and Hookin on Hump Day.

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Granny Stripe Shawl

Granny Stripe Shawl

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Now that gardening season is over I find myself doing more and more craft projects.  A project that I just finished up was the granny stripe shawl.  I always had the intention of adding an edging to it and I finally added a fringe.  Here is how it looked.

I’m calling it a Granny shawl because it is made using half a granny square. It isn’t really an original pattern but bits I’ve borrowed from other patterns.  You can find directions for the half squares if you Google it.  I’m doing 2 rows in each colour.  The colours with the smallest amounts left over are being used first, as with each row it gets a bit bigger and requires more yarn.  I don’t want to change colour mid row, so I imagine it will get a bit trickier to find stash colours as the rows get bigger.

 It measures 34 inches or about 87 cm. from the center to the tip and 68, about 174 cm. inches from tip to tip.  To add the fringe I cut pieces of yarn from all the colours and added them in groups of 4 along the sides of the shawl.

I keep trying and trying to use up all those small balls of yarn but never seem to accomplish it.

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So I added a fringe to it.  And the best part is, if I decide I don’t like the fringe it is easy to remove as each section in attached with a half hitch knot.  But right now I love it.

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National Granny Square Day

August 15 is national granny square day.  This is the very first pattern I learned to crochet and I’ve used it in many, many oatterns.

In honour of granny square day I’m sharing some of my favourite items.  Here is my very first blanket.  I’ve improved a lot since then.

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My favourite granny square purse.

And another.

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Granny square lapghans.

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Big granny squares.

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Small granny squares.

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Have you got a favourite granny square to share for National granny square day?

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