It has taken me a while to get through all of these grannies from Simply Crochet’s granny square a week app, but after finally getting them all finished it was time to get them laid out and put together. Once I had them laid out as I wanted them I discovered a few problems;
First, I was one square short. Luckily there was a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine, issue 27, for a star motif that I wanted to make already and knew it would go well with the other grannies so was perfect.
Second, some of the grannies were huge compared to the others and it was messing up how they would go together, the only solution – some had to have a slight haircut and loose a round or two, sorry Granny Irene, Iris, and Mabel.
Once those two problems were out of the way, along came the next one, how best to put them together?! I tried a few different methods and was not happy with them, so decided to try just using a dc stitch seam in a dark colour (black) that wasn’t in any of the granny squares. I was really happy with how well it worked out, as I was starting to think they were never going to look nice when all put together.
Once I had attached all the grannies together I decided to add a border again in black to finish the piece off. I wanted to do something in keeping with the granny square theme, and started by doing a row of dc stitches the whole way around. Next I fastened on at a corner, and did the following: ch3 2trb ch2 3trb. This provided the corner edge and next I did; *ch1, skip 2 ch then 3 trb into next, repeat from * to next corner dc, 3 trb, ch 2, 3trb, I repeated this around all edges and joined with a slip stitch to first ch3.
I then decided I wanted a square pyramid effect around the edges, and completed this;
For the two long edges;
Pyramid row 1
Join in first ch space after corner ch space, ch3, 2trb into ch space, *ch1, 3 treble into next ch space, repeat from * 2 more times.
Pyramid row 2
Fasten off, for next row of pyramid fasten on into the first ch space from the previous row, ch3, 2trb into ch space, *ch1, 3 trb into next ch space, repeat from * 1 more time, Fasten off
Pyramid row 3
For final row of pyramid, fasten off into the first ch space from previous row, ch3, 2trb into ch space, ch 1, then 3 trb into next ch space, fasten off.
Once the first pyramid was finished, you just repeat the pyramid pattern for length of the row, starting with the next pyramid in the next ch space from the first row of the previous pyramid
For the two shorter sides;
Pyramid row 1
Join in first ch space after corner, ch3, 2 trb into same ch space, *ch 1, 3 trb into next ch space, repeat from * once more fasten off.
Pyramid row 2
For final row of pyramid, join in first ch space from previous row, ch3, 2tb into ch space, ch 1, 3 trb into next ch space, fasten off.
After I had completed this and finished off all the loose ends – there was a lot! I could finally sit back and look at what I had completed and was really pleased. I didn’t know how it would turn out and had not done anything like this before. While I was making it I wasn’t too sure if it would work out but I am glad I didn’t give up and push it to the bottom of the work pile, as it looks even better than I hoped. It’s not the biggest of blankets but I am happy with that as it looks great on the back of one of my chairs that needs recovered. I have wanted to make it look better for a while! It’s also the perfect size for just a small lap blanket, perfect for when it’s not cold enough for a large snugly blanket and you just want something to take the chill off your lap! I am so glad I can finally use it – I knew all the hard work would be worth it!