Today is National Granny square day!
Do you know where the granny square originated? Well, me neither! The story about its origin is vague at best. Supposedly, they’re called Granny squares because back in the Victorian days, grannies would save scraps of yarn from old socks, leftover projects or unravelled fabric to make scrap squares. These typical patchwork squares were subsequently put together in a colourful blanket. Since grannies couldn’t do any actual labour, they were usually the ones to put these blankets together. Hence, granny squares. I’m sure this has been written down by a man who never touched a crochet hook in its life, ha!
Whatever its origin, today we celebrate the glorious granny square that everybody has at least made once by gathering 12 special and colourful crochet patterns!
1. How about this pretty bracelet from Felted button? it works up pretty fast and it’s a great way to use up some of those scraps.
2. Nobody puts a limit on the amount of rows in a granny square, so you can go wild and make a giant granny square blanket!
3. This gorgeous blanket by Poppy and Bliss is technically not a granny square, but imagine this effect with grannies? it would be glorious!
4. By making these small and delicate grannies your blanket gets a completely different look!
5. And how about pixelblankets? Technically these aren’t granny squares, but you could easily do this with them! A pixelblanket is a feasible way to make good use of all your scraps. Find a pre-made pattern, or make your own image! Simply select a picture, run it through an online pixelator and you’re all set to make your own personalized blanket.
6. Wear ’em, own them! A granny skirt isn’t only retro, it’s a display of how much you adore this basic building block of crochet!
7. This bag from Bo-M uses modified granny squares as the basic blocks to make a bag. Combined with tassels it makes for a retro, but also very adventurous bag!
8. Hexagon grannies (or any other shape) are a great start to make various decorations, like a bunting or granny hangers, for example!
9. If you stick with the regular granny square, you can always spruce it up by using a lot of colours! This rainbow granny blanket is easy to make and is an absolute stash buster.
10. Make a granny with a twist by switching out the center with something else, like these pretty flowers! Esther from Happy in Red has made you a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this.
11. A granny shawl is fast and fabulous! And don’t the colours go great with eachother?
12. Even though the original dress is sold, I still wanted to include this picture in the roundup. It’s a great example of how a retro motif like the granny square can be delicate and elegant! The owner of this Etsy shop makes all sorts of gorgeous crochet dresses. Make sure to have your wallet with you if you want one though!