When I was pregnant with our first baby, and I decided that I wanted to learn how to crochet. I wanted to create something beautiful for the new little being growing inside of me. Something that could be treasured, used, loved. I knitted in school but it had been years since I picked up a set of knitting needles. Just for the fun of it and for something different, I said I would give crochet a go.
So one Saturday afternoon I sat on the couch for what must have been a few hours, trying to complete a granny square but getting more a more frustrated as the minutes ticked by… I couldn’t make it square! It was always wonky or I would miss a stitch or do something wrong and have to rip it back. I was following a pattern my mother had given me – one from Family Circle magazine which dated back to 1985. I was convinced there must be a mistake in the print.
My other half came home and his well-intentioned “ah you’re doing great” made me even more frustrated as I just couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. And I had been led believe that a granny square was the simplest and most basic place to start. Lies I tell you, lies! So I retreated to the bedroom… An hour later I emerged with an almost perfect square! Happy days! My crocheting journey/addiction had begun!
I decided to start make a blanket with lots of little squares. All using the same pattern but with different colour variations. I was so pleased with how it turned out. Making it involved so much love and effort. All those ends to weave in, the changing colours… I really REALLY love it and so does our little bundle who is now 2.5 years old…
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly, DK
Inspiration: Variation of granny square 42 (Lacy Wheel) from Jan Eaton’s book, 200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans.
Colours used: Lilac 219, Light Pink 212, Dark Pink 350, Cream 303, Lemon 320
Dimensions: 80cm x 80cm
Made up of: 49 individual squares (7 wide x 7 long)
Weight: approx. 340g