There are thousands of patterns for granny squares, plain and fancy, to tempt beginners and experienced crocheters alike but it’s hard to beat the traditional granny square. You can make the squares as big or as small as you like. Multicoloured or all one colour, they always look neat. You can make lots of small ones and join them together or you can just keep on going until your square is the size you want.
For this pink, white and green blanket, I made small granny squares and crocheted them together as I did the final round so there is no sewing involved. The border is border #140 from Edie Eckman’s book ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders’. As a final finishing touch, I decorated the blanket with small flowers made from the leftover yarn. The beauty of using lots of small granny squares joined together is that you can make the blanket rectangular and you can create patterns by using different coloured squares.
In contrast this blanket is just one large granny square, it’s 66cm (that’s 26ins in old money) square and finished with a very simple border, border #49 from Edie Eckman’s book ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders’. It’s made with bright orange, pink and lime green acrylic yarn which really hits you in the eye. Not everyone’s favourite colour scheme but I love it! Although it’s not very big it’s perfect as a knee blanket or for in the car or push chair for a baby or toddler.
These large granny square knee blankets are ideal for using up part used balls of yarn and when my Mum said that her local foot clinic needed knee blankets I jumped at the chance to make one and to clear my stash drawer of some odds end ends of yarn.