Granny Square Day 2019

The British crochet magazine, Simply Crochet, is having a Granny Square Day 2019 on Instagram where you post a grannie square and they turn it into a visual blanket. Marina had told us about this and we got all enthusiastic about grannie squares and all the colours and shapes you can make them. We have been posting about it all. We have really enjoyed it. Grannie squares use up oddments and you can never have enough grannie square blankets. They all get used and worn out. People love them. You can use grannie squares for scarves, hats, blankets, jackets, cushions, bags…They can be used to make gloves and toys. They are so versatile and then very helpful when you are yarn bombing 🙂

You can see some of ours at the top of this post and then Hilary shared a lovely photo of a grannie square banner outside of Loxton Library. So pretty.

Loxton Library

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Sunburst grannie squares

sunburst grannie squares
sunburst grannie squares

Sunburst grannie squares are good to learn to make because they can produce such cheerful blankets, bags, jackets…whatever you like. The video we have chosen for this post shows you how to alter it slightly to make it denser if you want a tighter version. Craft Passion has written a very enthusiastic post about Sunburst Grannie Squares which includes different ways of joining them together. The written instructions from that site are here. You might miss them because there are so many good things to look at on the page. Karin brought a basket full of Sunburst grannie squares to cheer us up this week. We are focusing a bit on grannie squares because they are good things to know how to make and different styles and patterns can help you create some lovely things. It is a good grannie square for oddments and we love our oddments projects.

Now for Curio’s video:

Crochet mandalas

Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.

Crochet mandalas

Dolece and Gabbana Spring Summer 2019
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Christine drew our attention to a wonderful Dolce and Gabbana dress featured in their Spring/Summer collection 2019. On the video it comes up at 12.27 but the parade itself is worth a watch because it is full of colour, texture, movement and interesting uses of textiles.  In a photo it looks like they have printed mandala onto fabric but in real life you can see the mandala are made of sequins. It is great to see crochet inspiring fashion houses like D&G. Still images of this parade are on the Vogue site

In crochet circles mandala are ever popular. They are colourful. They are interesting to make and they can be as big or as small as you want them to be so they have lots of uses and make a good visual impact because they are so vibrant and have texture.