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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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