Sunday, October 06, 2013

bigass granny square #2

alt title: it takes one to make one. Just kidding! You can make one, too. You should* !
034_GaleZuckerFV1013How bigass, you ask? Approximately 5 feet square (60 inches x 60 inches), no idea how much yarn I used--it's mostly leftover partial skeins, you know how those accumulate. Along the way working on it I purchased three skeins when running low on orange and a certain shade of green, or else it looked like it 'd get muddy.
A gift to my sister Marla McLean, for a special birthday . She'd admired my last bigass granny square blanket and asked if I'd make her one...so it wasn't a total surprise...but then again it was...
since she didn't know that I really was working on it, or colors. Actually, I don't plan the color. Spontaneity, she is my middle name. More like: flying by the seat of my pants, she is my MO.  I started with the idea of using warm colors, pinks, purples and reds for the double crochets, and cooler  greens, blues and grays for the smaller single crochets. Until I was staring at some Josef Albers *** color studies in the YUAG , pondering the edge when a color, like , say, blue, shifts from warm to cool or vice versa..so I played with that a little.. Also, with only a couple exceptions, I chose colors that I had enough yardage to get fully around the square.
This isn't the traditional granny square, in which groups of three double crochets are offset from row to row, so there's a diagonal aspect. It's a version** I prefer, alternating rows of double crochet in groups of three , and single crochets with chain 3 between. If you don't speak crochet,that means the little tiles of color line up in rows below each other, instead of offset from row to row.
I'm especially happy with the scalloped edging--that's a new one for me. I had a large ball of Cascade Eco in aqua left over from this hat.  It makes a good ending, more fun than the plain single crochet rounds on BigAss Granny # 1.
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I used an H crochet hook. Or four. Kept losing them! One disappeared in the house, just zzzzip, gone. The second ? When Kirsten Kapur picked me up to drive to Maine for Fiber College last month, we hadn't even pulled out of the parking lot  before I fumbled my hook.  It disappeared into mysterious nothingness under the seat. We had to stop at my LYS before we got on the highway. (she acquired some delish yarn so not all that tragic, really) Less than 24 hours later, that hook rolled between two planks of a boardwalk and was gone forever. Thankfully, a vendor at the Fiber College event sold me a nice wooden one, still in my possession.
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Most of the yarns are 100% wool, or wool/alpaca blends. Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Cascade 220 and Brown Sheep Lambs Pride are all well represented.  By the way? Marla loves it. 

I totally enjoyed this project--it's a good switchup from knitting, especially if you're working on an attention-requiring project, like a sweater with shaping or a lace shawl. It's so simple-you don't need special skills to start a granny square.  Easy stuff.  All that and the satisfying mmm of using up leftover yarns from other projects--like visiting old friends. Or single skeins of stash, if you are of that persuasion. I may just need to do another. Of some sort. Checkout my Pinterest board when granny squares take over the world  if you don't think I'm serious......
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* Ongoing appreciation for crochet queen Ellen Bloom's insistence that I sit down and make me a granny square  when I was photographing her for CraftActivism. What a gift she gave me!

** in Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks she calls it the Chocolate Box, you may see instructions elsewhere..but it's worth owning the book, it's an amazing resource 

*** whoa, check out that link to an app based on Albers color studies, and looking at your own designs compared to them. so. cool.

15 comments:

Kirsten said...

You sister is very lucky! That is one beautiful big-ass granny.

Jodi said...

Gorgeous and so colorful! Granny squares are the best. I'm excited to give this pattern variation a try -- right now I'm hooked on Cherry Heart's Rosie Posie granny square pattern.

Jan (Jcoop on ravelry) said...

Wow. Totally wow. And wow again. So beautiful!

Beverly said...

Gorgeous! And BIGASS! I like your method of the sc round...going to try it myself!

I'm convinced crochet hooks are like pencils--universal property, never to remain in one person's possession for long...

Manise said...

Gorgeous Big Ass Blanket! I do love the scalloped edging in that lovely light blue.

Mary Lou said...

I might even make me a big ass crocheted square. Cause, it's a not really a granny one. Gorgeous, lucky sister. Why don't my sisters me me stuff like that? All those hooks were worth it.

Mary Lou said...

OK, I can't write or spell.

margene said...

LOVE IT! The bold colors are fabulous together. I love the little scollop on the edge as finish, too.

Lee said...

What a fab BAGS! Makes me think I should resurrect the one at the bottom of my UFO pile. Maybe once it isn't in the effing 80's. :)

April said...

Amazing blanket! One day I'll break down and make one myself.

Ellen Bloom said...

I'm so glad I could be the inspiration for your spiral into granny-dom!!

Carla said...

That is one gorgeous big assed granny! Carla

Nic :) said...

Very Very pretty!
I love it!

twinsetellen said...

Was Mary Lou drinking her weight in white wine when she posted?

Great BAGG. You've almost got me started on one myself. Maybe when you get the third one posted...

Lori ann said...

it's stunning. i think i need one too. had to giggle about the disappearing crochet hooks :)