My First Granny Square

granny square This may sound really silly, but I am so excited and pleased with myself. I’ve wanted to learn how to crochet for quite a while now, but every time I would try, I would get really frustrated. I am a very visual learner, and a lefty, and for some reason I just couldn’t figure it out. Other people who crochet didn’t really know how to help me flip everything around and so for a while I tried to crochet right-handed. That was not happening, so I just gave up. Lucy and Jane both have blogs that I just adore, and all of their crochet was making me have serious envy issues. I finally decided to give it another go, and guess what, I think I cracked it. I sat down for a couple of hours with a couple of crochet books, and Lucy’s tutorials, and came out with this one perfect (ok, well not perfect) granny square. It took a fair bit of concentration and plenty of ripping it out and starting over again, but I finally got it. I used Paton’s classic wool, which is so nice to use. The pinkish yarn (called Currant) is not quite as orange as in the picture, I just couldn’t get a great picture. Anyway, I can see how this crochet business could be very addictive. I think once I get the hang of these granny squares and am not relying so heavily on the pattern, they will be super easy to whip out. I have lots of plans in my head, but first I think I shall make a blanket for myself. Then again, maybe I’ll come up with something else. Thank you Jane and Lucy for the inspiration to give it another go, and thanks Lucy for the fantastic tutorials.

crochet • Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 • 18 Comments »
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18 Responses to “My First Granny Square”

  1. cathleen says:

    Well…look at that! You did a great job! I love the colors you have picked out. I, too, had a very frustrating time trying the granny square. Looks like you are on your way. Have fun!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Cathleen, thanks for stopping by, I really enjoy your blog by the way. Lucy’s tutorial was great, not sure that I could have done it without it.

  3. amanda rose says:

    very cool! i just finished my first (real) crochet project – you can check it out if you like. it’s basically a granny square that just keeps going and going. i was very proud of myself as well. now i’m making a ton of wash cloths to go with handmade soaps for xmas presents.
    loving your blog, and serendipitous that i came across it!

  4. Emily says:

    Hi – just swimming in from the fishbowl – love your blog and that granny square looks fab! Will definately be back – can’t wait to see the finished blanket – Hope you have a good day x

  5. Jennifer says:

    Amanda and Emily, thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is a huge encouragement. I’ve gotten two more squares done, I’ll keep you posted on the blanket progress.

  6. Katie Anna says:

    Hey Jennifer, fellow fishie here, you stopped by my blog http://www.katieanna.typepad.com earlier today so of course I had to come and check yours out too. I was surprised to see that I’ve already got your blog bookmarked, what a small world it sometimes is. I sincerely do love your blog and find your photos of the fresh food to be so lovely.

    I will check back often!

  7. Jane says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    Wow I’m so impressed. Your square looks great. I found crochet so hard to master but now I choose it over knitting anyday.
    I’m so glad that you have succeeded.
    Thank you so much for your kind words too.
    Love to you
    Jane
    Xx

  8. Katrina says:

    Fab website! You go girl!

  9. Nice wool and yarn good for winter!!!

  10. Jacqueline says:

    Dear Jennifer i adore your granny square! I don’t know how to crochet and i think your crochet skills is fabulous! Such a lovely blog you have here and im really enjoying my stay! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  11. Jennifer says:

    Thank you all for stopping by and commenting, it makes my day. Thanks again Jane for all the inspiration and encouragement.

  12. brandy says:

    Congrats! I taught myself (with the help of lots of bloggers and youtube!) to crochet a few years ago. The Granny Square was one of my first projects. I made it for my daughter with lots of pink (you can see it in my flickr album if you like) and she still sleeps with it every night. So proud for you!

    http://www.raisinggodlytomatoes.com/

  13. brandy says:

    Oh crud, I put a link there on my comment that I didn’t mean too! Sorry!! It should have been

    http://minivanlife.wordpress.com

    Sorry!

  14. brandy says:

    Oh crud, I put a link there on my comment that I didn’t mean too! Sorry!! It should have been…

    http://minivanlife.wordpress.com

    Sorry!

  15. Amy says:

    yay! congrats on your granny square…it’s adorable. great colors, too. Can’t wait to see the blanket!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks you guys for the granny square love. I’m really excited about this blanket, now it’s just fitting in the time to get one more project done.

  17. marisa says:

    a granny square blanket is on my life to-do list. kudos to you for taking the first step!

  18. Jennifer says:

    Marisa, thanks for stopping by, you should definitely try making one, it is a lot of fun.

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