Ode to Granny Squares

GranniesOk, a lot of people have “issues” with granny squares.  They need to get over themselves, and quickly. Or they can keep their cute little mouths shut. Because, most of the detractors against this staple of crochet, a) Cannot crochet them and B) aren’t authorities on fashion or crocheting fashion.

Granny squares and other motifs are the quilting blocks of our art/craft. These babies are versitile and can be stunningly beautiful. You can make them in thread or yarn…they can be large or small. They come in all shapes and sizes. They are quick and easy to make, and can be put into a billion different kinds of projects!

Once again may I remind you that the yarn has a lot to do with it. You have to use your head when making projects. If it’s a blankey how do you want it to feel? If it’s a skirt do you really want it full of holes? Who knows maybe you do! Planning is always the key. Then there is color.

There are a myriad of tomes on color theory, there are several different color theories out there. I’m quite partial to a european theory that makes Green a primary color. Oh yes  indeed, that exists.

There are no universal acceptances on what makes a color beautiful or ugly. It depends on the culture in which you grew up. Look up color and their meanings some times. In western culture black signifies death, in many parts of asia, it is white that signifies death.

In western society white is worn for weddings, in some cultures it is green, or red, or blue.

Some cultures LOVE orange, some love avacado green (which I do not like, if it’s like the dirty avacodo green, now a fresh un-oxidized avacado has a lovely shade of creamy green.) Some cultures love constrasting elements, and others like colors grouped in the same family group.

I’m in the the shake it up baby line of color use, but I do make analogous (same color family) pieces for my western minded clients.

Half of what goes wrong with motifs and granny squares is a) the yarn choice and b) the color combos.

I like to to do several motifs out of two or three colors, and make equal amounts of squares or motifs in a single (complimentary or matching) color.

 Away with the tired comments about granny squares! I for one and quite tired of hearing it…I find it interesting how people can be so brazenly rude about a craft when they have so little knowledge about that craft. I am often stunned by the comments made by those who’s only knowledge of crochet is doing a picot edging on some project they created with sticks. I do not comment on other crafts of which my knowledge base is slim to none, I wish others were as courteous!

sarasscarf.jpg This scarf was made by my daughter last year out of my scrumblinis (it has every natural fiber you can think of in it, except Quivet)…She was only 13 when she made it! Now, is that not fun! If she can do it, you can do it!


About thegoldenme

I love crochet and hand-spinning. I am visually impaired, and thus extremely tactile. I love texture and color, and creating things that feel good, and look good has made life richer and warmer.
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2 Responses to Ode to Granny Squares

  1. kellinator says:

    Truth. I’m totally confused as to why Crochet Today keeps publishing patterns for granny square afghans in hideous ’70s colors. Granny squares can look lovely and classy when the colors don’t make your eyes bleed.

  2. camanomade says:

    Yeah, I’m quite convinced it’s a conspiracy to keep us down 🙂

    A little color theory goes a long way 😉 LOL…

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