Some time ago I had a hankering to make some granny squares after seeing some great ideas out in the wonderful world of the internet. I found some great colours in my local store, all in 4ply merino and started planning.
I wanted all the squares to be variations on the colour theme, all similar but the idea was that it wouldn’t look too regimented in the end – my initial ideas page (right) had already shown me that following an orderly pattern wasn’t going to work for me. If you need help finding colours for your blanket, you can get started with some ideas here.
I started experimenting with the colour combinations that I had planned and soon found a few that really appealed. The main colours I wanted to focus on where the reds and pinks, but that I would join all of the squares together with ivory.
I’ve used a very straight forward, traditional granny square, with 4 rounds and then finished off by slip stitching around the edges with Ivory, which I later used to join up the squares.
If you haven’t planned ahead, once you have a few squares, you can work out how many you’ll need for your desired blanked size. Each of my squares were about 8.5cm square and I made a baby blanket, 8 squares across and 12 long.
I find it helpful to bundle my like squares to keep them organised, and help keep track of how many I’ve made already – otherwise I’m capable of creating quite a mess!
Once each of the rows have been joined, you can go ahead and join your rows together to complete your blanket.
I use slip stitch to do this – it creates a little ridge of ivory betweeneach square, which I really like – it somehow manages to unify, yet break up the various colours used – perfect!
Once I’d joined everything together, I also slip stitched around the edge of the entire blanket, to keep this consistent with the joined pieces.