Saturday, 27 October 2012

Solid Granny Square Blanket

As far as the lifespan of a ball of yarn goes, this Stylecraft has gotten off to a busy start!
When I bought this back in May, I was super excited to be embarking on another bright and glorious yarn fuelled journey. This Stylecraft was going to be the ingredients for a sunny and beautiful "Granny Stripe" that planned on making for a friend at work.



Dani (my friend and work colleague) had seen pictures of the other blankets I had made and (ever so nicely) asked if I would make her one. She wanted something bright and fun (like her personality), but didn't mind what it was. I decided upon a "Granny Stripe" as they are nice and simple to make and the end results are simply stunning.

Dani had said that there was no rush for her blanket to be completed, so I decided to make it a side line project. A project that I would work on gradually, whilst also working on other projects.
I decided upon a stripe a day.


I was pretty busy with rehearsals at work and also going to German school, so one stripe a day was easily do-able.
I got cracking with the project and was doing my best at being random with my colour selections. I was loving the results!! It was so happy looking and I was extremely pleased with how it was progressing. 


Things got a little hectic at work and I fell behind on my "stripe a day" and for a short while the blanket ceased to grow.
When I finally got around to continuing with the blanket I found that my motivation had dwindled. I just wasn't feeling the "Granny Stripe", not to mention, I had been totally inspired by some "Granny Square" blankets I had seen whilst browsing the internet. (Sandra's blanket, Little Tin Bird's Elmer Squares)

I decided to pull the "Granny Stripe" apart and give making a solid "Granny Square" blanket a whirl.
It was so nice to make these little squares, so simple and quick, not to mention easy to join together.


My "Granny Square" blanket was a constant presence at work and at home. Always in the background waiting to grow.


I was using 16 different colours and making it totally random. It's probably the first time I've been totally random with a project. Usually I end up with a little planning, no matter how random I intend on being. But this time I succeeded with being totally spontaneous.


The blanket seemed to grow at an extremely fast rate. I would keep a small stash of colours and a hook in my rucksack. It was so easy to quickly pull out my mini stash and make another square.


I was always surprised at how different the colours worked next to one another. Sometimes the blanket looked very blue and other times very pink.
The only thing that I did plan, was to ensure that every colour was used in equal quantities. I didn't want one colour to overwhelm the blanket.


Two months after beginning, my blanket was finished!!!!
TAAAAA DAAAAAAH!!!!!!

 

I am so completely chuffed with how it turned out!


It has so many different colours and seems to complement many things very well.


You've probably noticed I added a border. Just a simple one but it definitely does the trick.


A multicoloured blanket of happiness!




It looks very at home lying on my bed and making friends with my nice big "Blooming Flower Pillow". As you can see, its pretty large. 560 squares in total, 20 X 28. It should be big enough :-)


It's been such a pleasure to make. Really it has!
I'll let you in on a secret........I've seriously considered keeping this for myself! EEEEEK! I know that's terrible, but I'm truly in love with it. I also know that Dani will love it, and she is lovely!
I guess I'll just have to get cracking on another one for myself!!!
I just have a few more ends to sew in and then I'll have to say goodbye :-) It's really going to be tuff parting with it, but I'll enjoy it for the final few days that I have it!


95 comments:

  1. Holy cow! That really would be hard to let go of.Good luck:) It's stunning!

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  2. Oh my! This is fab! Have you done some therapeutic crocheting or what!! And seriously... are you learning German? Remember, it's not a language... it's a throat disease ;-)
    Have a great weekend, Esther.

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  3. It is truly beautiful! What a lucky friend!
    Better get started on one for yourself now!
    Angie x

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  4. Gorgeous. It reminds me of Elmer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_the_Patchwork_Elephant

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  5. the blankset is totally gorgeous, you are such a kind soul to gift it to your friend! I would want to keep it for me too! ;O)

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  6. This is soooo beautiful!
    You did a good job choosing your colours random. They are really nicely spread over the blanket. Super!
    Dani is a very lucky girl, to get such a precious gift!

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  7. It's beautiful! I would like to do something like that, but I don't have much time.
    Maria

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  8. How very beautiful! I love the border. And Dani will be so thrilled! I would have a hard time parting with it also though. But your talented fingers can always do it all over again. What a wonderful friend you are.
    Danette

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  9. I love your blanket. I too am under the spell of the solid granny blanket. I'm slowly buying yarn to make mine. I twill have to wait until after Christmas because of other projects, but every time I see this blanket done, I fall more and more in love with it. I do have a question. I want to make mine for a king size bed and I'm planning on having at least 15 colors or more if I can find enough different colors. How do I go about figuring out how many squares I need? Do I just make until it fills the bed with a little hangover or is there a formula? I'm not very good at figuring out these things and I would certainly appreciate any help. Thanks, Matt.

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  10. It would be hard for me too to say goodbye to this lovely blanket. Love it!

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  11. Gorgeous!! I love the randomness and how it all comes together to look perfect!

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  12. I think it is just simply gorgeous!~ Patti

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  13. wow that is beautiful now I want to make one.

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  14. The blanket is stunning...perfect, and I can well understand why it will be difficult for you to let go of it! In my first year of blogging and visiting other blogs I have especially been drawn to others wonderful use of color. I have my Lucy pack of colors and have visions of using it brilliantly. But the idea of randomly drawing the next color even if you use the colors equally is sooooo daring to me. However your results are sooooo delightful you banish my fears of disaster :) Thanks for posting, Matt. xx from Gracie

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  15. Que hermosa!! me encantó, los colores todo! felicidades! un saludo desde el norte de Mexico

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  16. Ohhhh! Now if you are like me you will be making yourself one. I can't help it I do it all the time. *sigh* Now I have to many afghans and not the heart to part with any of them :)

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  17. Oooooooooooooohhhhh!! I love this blanket! And the pillow! And the box of buttons! And glass vase with cover crochet! And everything, absolutely to the blog ... I also have the same granny stripe blanket. I love working with Stylecraft much. You inspire me! Thousand thanks for sharing! Thank you and congratulations on your excellent work!

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  18. Ooohhhh!!!!! Me encanta, que colores más bonitos.
    Un abrazo.

    Anna

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  19. I love it... looking at all of the colors make me want to smile! I think I may have to try something like this for myself. The smaller granny squares make it a perfect project to work on when you only have a few minutes here or there to do something. :)

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  20. I love each and every photo in this post! Your finished blanket is eye-candy! I would not be able to make something that amazing and then give it away.. although it would be very nice of you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  21. gaaahh this post is such eye candy!! i LOVE your granny square blanket. i'm working on a granny stripe now but the patchwork one is my next big project. you did an amazing job!!

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  22. Oh I really love it! It's beautiful! I would not be able to part with it! I'm just finishing up a simple single/double crochet stripe with some spare colors i had on hand. After seeing your solid granny square beauty I know what my next blanket is going to be! Oh and your huge blooming flower pillow is great! I have a smaller one on my chair. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  23. That is amazing! I love it - so vibrant!
    http://theknitographer.blogspot.com

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  24. Yuor blanket is AMAZING!!! love it!!!
    you did a great job and you are so right to be so proud and enthusiast!!!
    I understand that is really hard to take apart from it!! ;oD
    happy weekend, xxx Alessandra

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  25. Realmente Matt, ficou maravilhoso!
    Parabéns pelo belo trabalho!
    Eu amei!

    Abraços,
    Fabiana.

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  26. your co-worker is very lucky to have a friend like you!! The blanket is beautiful! I love all the colors and especially like the border too. I can see that it would be hard to part with but those are always the best kind of gifts!! :-)

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  27. Stunning Matt (as always. When are you starting mine?...... xxx

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  28. Yummy afghan! Just beautiful. I know your friend will love it!

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  29. Beautiful. It's amazing how quickly we can throw together a project we enjoy as opposed to one we're not really interested in. :) Dani is lucky to have you for a friend. She must be a special friend to receive this labor of love. You are both blessed.

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  30. Love the blanket....your friend is a lucky one!

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  31. Very beautiful. I love the way the randomness of the colors turned out.

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  32. It's a wonderful wonder! :-D

    Dani is very lucky to receive such a precious gift: it's a beautiful object and it means a deep friendship and care!
    I love your house too, so joyful and relaxing at the same time. I'd like to live in a place like this!
    Excuse me for my bad english; I hope you can understand what I wrote

    I'm Missfarfalla on Ravelry

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  33. it is beautiful. the stripes where cute too and I would have been hard-pressed to decided on which was better :-)

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  34. Absolutely stunning! I just finished a small one for a baby but def want to make a big one soon.

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  35. It's lovely Matt I think you are very brave pulling out the stripe one it was lovely too, all that work!! :)

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  36. oh my you are brave....Keep it, Don't let it go, it's far too lovely!!! Only joking. I'd be in tears giving such a gorgeous thing away. I cannot do random, my mind tries to hard to organise. But I like the blanket so much. It looks like a pixelated picture.

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  37. Looks yummy! I'm 13 squares into my first granny square blanket (3 colours per square, though I'm now considering making half of them three colours and half of them single-colour!). It'll be a 100 squares baby blanket so seeing your gigantic blankets tells me I'm not THAT crazy ;)

    The randomness is lovely too! Nice work!

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  38. Love it! I'm certain your friend will love it too.

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  39. Hiya Matt, your friend is one lucky lady, I love it and might make my own :) Especially since my local yarn shop is now stocking stylecraft. your colour choices are fab x x

    handmadewithlove-esther.blogspot.com

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  40. Que riqueza.
    Linda combinação de cores.
    Parabéns pelo bom gosto de seus posts.
    Linda semana.
    Beijo.

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  41. Oh it's so lovely Matt - completely understand not wanting to part with it, if I had it in my home I wouldn't want to let it go either. Thanks for adding a bit more colour to my Sunday :-)

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  42. It's truly fabulous! I love it! It must be so hard to give it away - but made easier by the thought of making another one for yourself. You've inspired me to buy another Stylecraft pack and make yet another blanket!

    Have a lovely week.
    Leah

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  43. It is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! One Lucky Dani, i would say!!!
    I love it!!!
    I have been working on a granny blanket myself and know how many many hours goes into it,.. two months is fast!

    Do you find crocheting like meditating???

    Have a wonderful bright week!!!

    Hedwig

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  44. It is a gorgeous blanket! Loved the colours...

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  45. It's really beuatiful, well done!

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  46. It' s just amazing. Beauty is always on simple things. And the border takes it up

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  47. like the combination of stripes and squares..thanks for so much inspiration. I like visiting your blog as its always fresh and bright looking

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  48. Matt, that's stunning! I was loving the granny stripe, too, but this blanket is so delicious. Dani will love it--if you can stand to give it up! Beautiful job. :)

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  49. Wow, it's so gorgeous, I love it! So colourful and cheerful!
    Maria x

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  50. It looks lovely - I am not surprised you don't want to part with it. You have made it really quickly. Thats the benefit of being able to take small bits of it around everywhere you go. I have just completed my third granny stripe and like you I lost the motivation towards the end of the third. I had to keep going though as they were a present for two sisters likely to kill each other if they get different designs (they are only 4 and 5 yrs old)! Lily. xxx

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  51. Just stunning....like all your work. You are such a talent!

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  52. Hola Matt

    Hoy he descubierto tu blog y me gusta mucho.

    esta manta es impresionante, muy buen trabajo.

    Besos. Ana ;-)

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  53. Hola Matt

    Hoy he descubierto tu blog y me gusta mucho.

    esta manta es impresionante, muy buen trabajo.

    Besos. Ana ;-)

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  54. Matt that is a stunning creation I love it, a really amazing piece of work!

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  55. wauw! soooo nice!

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  56. It is absolutely wonderful and Dani, if she might get it, can be so lucky! But maybe you will make another one for her and get this blanket for yourself! You deserve that!!
    Sabine

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  57. I love it! I love how all your blankets are so bright and cheerful. :)

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  58. That is the most beautiful thing ever! I need to learn how to make awesome things like this!

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  59. Absolutely stunning. Well done on the totally random, I find I end up planning a little. Working on solid Elmer squares just whizzing up a square in any spare 10 minutes is so productive. I am going to make equal piles of all the colours and then try totally random ..we will see!

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  60. Wow!! I love the colors & simple pattern.
    What Yarn & Colors did you use, did you list that somewhere & I missed it???
    Thanks!

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  61. B E A U T I F U L!!! I want to make one myself now.

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  62. OMG that blanket is absolutely beautiful!!

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  63. Yes, it's right:I'm the luckiest and happiest Dani on earth, because Matt had give me this very wonderful,colorful great gift!
    I'm very touched!!! It's sooo marvellous !!!

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  64. This is gorgeous, which granny square pattern did u use?

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  65. Hi Matt. I'm visiting you for the first time. What a fun crocheting site. I'll be around again.

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  66. Hi Matt. I had this crazy thought over Christmas that I would teach myself to crochet with the aim of creating a granny square blanket in time for a glamping trip in August. I found a You Tube clip that showed me how to crochet multi coloured squares and after a few attempts I managed to get the hang of it but the changing of colours added time so I was so thankful to stumble across this blog and to see your beautiful creations (I cant' stop looking at them). I have decided to do block colour squares and hope I will have something in time for August. Thank you so much for sharing and for brightening up my grey old day here in Canary Wharf. Jacqui x

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  67. Hi i love the blanket you have made it looks wonderful. I was just wondering a couple of things 1st how many rounds did you do? 2nd how did you sew it together or was it done by crochet? 3rd what size bed would it be for?
    Many thanks

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  68. This is amanzing!!

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  69. oooooooohhhhhhh!!!!!! my mom and i just love your blog and all the colourful yarns you use!!! we are sweltering in the heat here in South Africa and cannot wait for winter and the cooler months to come creeping in, so that we can get stuck in to crocheting and knitting! Thanks to your inspiring blog!
    Regards
    Flo & Riekie

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  70. Hi Matt, What a fabulous blanket! Can you please tell us how you joined your squares together? I don't think you sewed them along the whole length of the square, did you? Many thanks,
    Alison

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    1. Thanks for the comment Alison! I used the "join as you go" method, so each square was joined to the neighbouring square as I completed the 4th round of each square. Hope this helps? xx

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    2. Um, you mean the 3rd round of each square, right? By my observation, they're only three rounds each, yes?

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  71. where would i find the pattern to this and yeh i have the same question a Aliso, how did you join your squares together?..... The blanket iw beautiful!!!

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    1. Hey!!! There is no pattern as such, just simple granny squares joined together using the "join as you go" method.
      Pretty much any granny square pattern would work!
      Matt xx

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  72. Do you have a method for how to arrange the colors? Or did you just eye it?
    You have sparked my motivation, I am going to make one for myself! Awesome. I have 2 grandson's and both of them have taken an interest in learning to crochet. But their parents, my daughter and son-n-law, kind of think it is too feminine for them. I don't think so at all. I have heard that originally crochet came from sailors, this is the technique they used to make their fish nets!

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  73. i just came across your page searching for granny squares, all your blankets look amazing! love the colors used and your stitching is so neat! i understand how hard it is to let go of a project that's been made as a gift, but when you see how much the other person loves it too it doesn't seem quite so hard to give it away :)

    this blog has definitely has inspired me to try out some granny squares.

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  74. Wow that is truly gorgeous! thank you - am going to try doing one myself. Matt you dont have the pattern for the pillow to share do you :)

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  75. Hi Matt! I love your blanket. It has been the inspiration for the one I am working on. I have all my squares made and ready to go. Since they are all finished off how would you recommend attaching them? Should I just stitch them together?
    Thanks!

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  76. Just a simple border? It's a great border. Found you on pinterst. Love your designs.

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  77. Do you have the pattern for this granny square? Thanks!

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  78. Hi, Matt! I love this blanket, and am going to make one of my own. I'm even going to order a Stylecraft pack and have it shipped to me in Sydney, Australia :-)
    Just one question - did you make the whole thing from the 17 balls, including the border? I see you've done 35 squares of each colour, with three rounds per square, yes? What size crochet hook did you use?
    Thank you! Bettina x

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  79. That is just so colourful, I love it, I also love the cushion too

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  80. That is so colourful Matt, I love it... I also love the cushion too

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  81. Made by me Caphee27 March 2014 at 11:04

    I do love your blanket Matt, I'm a little like you I adore everything I make and find it hard to part with it.

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