I tried making regular sized granny squares to add to my giant granny square blanket - and I didn't really like it. With large granny square blankets they have this great drape and weight at a baby blanket size, but as they get bigger, they are stretchier and adding granny squares didn't help.
So I undid all of the granny squares. Which left me with a lot of little mini yarn balls. What to do? First I used some to practice knitting. I just knitted until the ball ran out, and loved the color combinations. I have been really into neutrals lately with a little yellow.
What colors or combinations have been catching your eye?
I have always seen these flower and yo-yo crochet blankets on Pinterest and thought I would finally try it. I made some yo-yos, but made them a bit bigger than the pattern called for and had trouble joining them. Here are some in progress photos but you guessed it...I undid it all.
All of those little yarn balls are stored in a drawer, waiting for inspiration to strike again.
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Last year I crocheted this giant granny square blanket. Giant is relative to a normal 4-5 row granny square...but its really a lap blanket. I resorted to the granny blanket method because it guarantees you straight sides (something I may or may not struggle with...). It also turned out to be my fiance's favorite blanket to cuddle up with. Remember I said it was a lap blanket...? I'll let your imagination paint that picture.
But really, the granny square method for a blanket is nice because it doesn't have too many holes but it's also not too dense. The drape of the "fabric" is great, too.
Obviously in love with these yellow-gray-brown color combinations, I set out to make the granny blanket a RECTANGLE (cue oohs and aws) but adding traditional granny squares. I did this. And then took it all out. The drape of the traditional granny squares was so much flimsier than the center square, and it drove me crazy.
Yes, now I have a gazillion tiny yarn balls [picture coming soon]. But I will find something to do with them...
My favorite afghan yarn is Lion Brand Vanna's Choice - it's just soft enough and is an Amazon add-on product. I am also partial to the aluminum hooks - they stay so cool in your hands.
Stay tuned for more projects! I learned how to knit!
What needle projects are you working on now?