knitxcore.: Granny A Day: Week 1.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Granny A Day: Week 1.

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I saw Pip's Granny-a-day meme, and I just knew I had to join. The problem is that I've only crocheted a few times in my life, and I'd never made a granny square before.

I jumped in anyway, and watched her series of how-to videos until I made something that looked sort of like a granny square.

They're getting much better (as you can see), but something is still a little off, right? Are the stitches too loose? Is the hook I'm using too small? Can you even tell?

I feel like granny squares are something I should definitely try to master, as they are of pivotal importance in the style of crafting that I love the most: VINTAGE!!!

Are there any tips or pointers you can give? I'd really love to produce some consistently sized squares one day!

10 comments:

Anne Vierra said...

I am a huge granny fan. I recommend only chain one between clusters (ch 2 in corners), it looks like yours are ch2. Day 4 looks pretty good, but if you want a fuller look maybe go down a hook size. I use 5mm or 5.5mm for worsted weight acrylic but I like mine tight... http://butterknifescrewdriver.blogspot.com/2011/08/baby-blanket-for-l-j-s-little-girl.html Here is a blanket I made using 5mm hook and Vanna's Choice yarn by Lionbrand yarn! Good luck. Post more photos as you go :)

Laura Gerencser said...

The 2nd one is def too loose...for normal worsted weight yarn I usually use an 'H' hook. And you could change the stitches between clusters from 3 to 2...if that makes sense:)Also, it could just be because you dont crochet often; so with more practice you'll be turning out perfectly lovely squares:) I've made lots of these, and am currently making a blanket thats one big square:)

Erin Joy said...

Practice makes perfect! Soon you'll be a granny master!

Lisa Gutierrez said...

Day 4 is looking good! Like others, I suggest ch 2 or even ch 1 between your clusters. I do a ch 3 in the corners because I like them pointy. I usually make my squares with worsted weight yarn an H or I (5mm or 5.5mm) hook. Good luck!! They're super fun.

Crissy said...

Yeah, I agree! it looks like there's an extra chain space in between but it looks like you can get away with that by blocking the piece. The fourth one has a good shape to it!

Lisa said...

I think you're going pretty well! Day 4 looks good ^_^ I use a 3.5mm hook when crocheting with 8ply yarn. I think maybe it's just your tension that you need to practice with? I do two chains between clusters as well ^_^ Also, blocking is fantastic for fixing up slightly wobbly edges ~_^

Sian Lile said...

i tried following pips videos (which were great) but my squares were never quite squares(or squareish on 3 corners and a big ol curved edge on the other one)... i decided to just work on some simple things instead to practice - like a blanket made out of just chain and single or possibly double stitch (who knows??) and am going to make my aunty help me with the rest. i am impressed mr robbie!x oh and love the colours you've chosen..x

Lilea said...

Oh yes! Practice makes perfect. I agree with Anne, maybe less chain stitches between clusters. We can practice on Tuesday!

Katie Clady said...

Your clusters look good but it looks like too many stitches between clusters. I chain one between clusters and three at the corners using a J hook on worsted yarn, as recommended by Strumpets Becky. Your tension will get better the more you do. Hooray for learning something new!

eliza said...

dude, you're doing better than me! i'm still stuck on the chain portion of crocheting. good luck!