Granny Square Progress

I’ve been crocheting granny squares for a few weeks now, and I feel pretty confident about it. Crocheting, at least this one very uncomplicated pattern, is a great go-to craft for when I don’t want to have to think. I can make granny squares while watching TV, while sitting through Eliot’s taekwon do classes, while waiting in lines, etc. I don’t go anywhere these days without a ball of yarn and a crochet hook in my purse.

I think it’s cool to look at all my granny squares so far side-by-side. It’s pretty obvious which ones were my first tries and which ones I’ve completed more recently.

granny squares

The rainbow squares are pretty wonky and uneven, the stitches not consistent in size, with noticeable errors in almost every square. The creme colored ones are a bit more regular, more even, tighter…and then by the time I was working on the light blue stack, I could actually stack them atop each other and line up the holes. Score!

granny squares 2

Now I think I need to start weaving in all the ends and joining them, since I have a feeling that I’m going to be bored out of my skull if I wait until I finish all the squares to do that. I’m not sure yet what kind of pattern I’m going to join them in. I just know I want the finished blanket to be sort of randomly rainbow-y. Is rainbow-y a word? It is now. 🙂

Learning to Crochet: Granny Squares

Since I don’t have enough hobbies, I recently had a friend show me a few crochet basics. She got me started on a hat, but after working on it for a bit, I felt I was kind of past my depth. I thought something flat might be an easier way to start. So I grabbed a ball of rainbow yarn and set to work to learn how to crochet a granny square.

I worked through a set of five very helpful YouTube videos by Beth; here is the first in the series:

I like these videos a lot because she goes very slow at the outset, and then speeds up as you get the hang of it. As she suggests during the videos, it’s best to watch what she does, then pause and try it yourself, then watch the next step. I did a lot of pausing and rewinding and rewatching to make sure I was doing things right.

My first try wasn’t too shabby.

My plan is to just keep making granny squares until I use up the ball of yarn I bought, and then possibly make some solid colored squares and white squares and join them together into a blanket. I’m keeping my expectations low with these; my only goal is to improve as I go along, so I’m kind of expecting and allowing the first several squares to be wonky.

I’ve got three finished so far, and I’m actually having fun making them–they go together so quickly. Eliot got curious last night and wanted me to teach him too, so we sat down together for a bit and I helped him crochet a chain. We made it into a bracelet. He seemed pretty stoked. 🙂

I mean, his preferred type of crafting is still Minecrafting, but we’ll see…