Like many (or maybe most!) crocheters out there I have quite a few ‘works in progress’, a couple long standing which I’ll likely never complete, while others I definitely will. One of these was a granny square blanket that I started at the end of 2018 which finally got finished on 2 January 2020. During this time I’ve dipped in and out of it in between working on other crochet and craft projects, when I’ve needed a break from more complicated pieces or wanted something that will allow me to completely switch off.
It has been quite a relaxing project to work on as the repetitive nature of the granny stitch means that it doesn’t require lots of attention to be paid to a pattern. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the challenge of learning a new crochet stitch or having to interpret a new pattern, but sometimes you just need something simple and relaxing to do that doesn’t need a lot of attention – and for me the granny square is that.
I did a block of three rows at a time of Stylecraft Special DK in Silver, Wisteria and Pale Rose, using my trusty Clover Amour 4mm hook. The plan was to keep going until I ran out of yarn, and that’s exactly what I did! Unfortunately I didn’t have quite enough Pale Rose to do a third round in the final section of colour, but I don’t mind as it’s just for me. The final blocked size is 49cm, great for using to keep cosy while sitting watching television.
Yes, now that this blanket has been finished I have indeed started another one. However instead of being a granny square this is going to be a granny star blanket (pattern by Lulu Loves Crochet), with the intention of using up some of my yarn stash. I have a drawer full of bright coloured DK yarn that I want to use up, so I think this will be the perfect project to brighten up dark January evenings.
I often have a simple project on the go – you are right, sometimes you need something to not think too hard about when you still want to craft. I love the colours in your granny square blanket. Look forward to seeing the stars grow too.
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