You may remember that a few weeks ago I came to appreciate Granny Squares for two reasons – I fell in love with a wonderful pattern in Best of Interweave Crochet (23 March) and I went to a Granny Square tutorial held by the lovely Betsy Makes (http://betsymakes.blogspot.co.uk). You may even remember my first attempt. If not, you can’t get away, because it’s here.
Well, since then Granny Squares have been in my mind, gently fermenting with creative ideas. I genuinely do want to crochet the granny square cardigan but NOT with the specific granny square suggested. And I’ve been toying with the idea of crocheting a summer throw, perhaps with granny squares, perhaps with another pattern, I’m not yet sure. However one thing is for certain, Granny Squares do not have to be square. But when is a Granny Square no longer a Granny Square? This little semantic issue has been in my mind whilst I’ve been toying around with different yarn, crochet squares (and others), trying to work out the best pattern.
To start with I followed Betsy Makes’ advice and recreated the Rosy Posy square from Cherry Heart (http://sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/rosie-posie-grannie-square-tutorial.html) It is a beautiful square which you can vary quite a lot depending on the colour combinations that you use. My attempt looks like this.
But then I carried on looking at other squares and making round patterns square. So what I ended up was this.
Ignoring the awful yarn (!) I used, the shape is very pretty and it could very easily be joined together to similar shapes in different colours to create a throw.
And the other one I’ve been playing with is this one.
Although it is most certainly not a square, especially as I gave up the struggle of adding the other two corners (couldn’t face those pesky ends all over again), it could be made to look a bit more like a square. Therefore it must be a Granny Square, no?
One thing I know for certain, this is not, and never will be a Granny Square, but I like it a lot.
In case you’re wondering, the first pattern is Granny Wheel Square, the second Frozen Star, the third Five-Point Starfish (I KNOW, I got carried away). All and more available in the wonderful Harmony Guide Crochet Stitch Motifs.