In case you missed Danielle’s post earlier this year about granny squares entering current fashion trends, we have had even more proof this season from Anthropologie with their funky tree skirt. We crocheters are not to be outdone, however, so we bring you the Vintage Modern Tree Skirt pattern, available in the shop and on Ravelry. Now you can make your very own funky tree skirt, so that you can customize it to suit your holiday decor.
In the Tree Skirt workshop this weekend, there were many discussions on what else we can use granny squares for, so I thought I’d take a moment to share a few of our favorites.
Personally, I like non-traditional granny squares, so the Hexagon How-To and the African Flower Hexagon are a few of my favorites. The beekeepers quilt has nothing on crocheters! These patterns can be worked up as pillows, blankets, bags, and even pin cushions in any gauge of yarn. Ella Rae Superwash would be ideal, since it comes in so many amazing colors and can be thrown into the washer. I think I seriously need that pillow for my couch though…
Earlier this year I crocheted myself the Sunny Spread blanket, which is another non-traditional granny square construction that uses around the post crochet stitches to add a little bit of depth to your project. This would be a great summer throw in Berroco Weekend, and it is a lot of fun to make. There are plenty of examples on Ravelry on how to alter the colors to make it a lot more fun.
Of course, granny squares are not just for blankets and pillows! The folks at Purl Soho came up with some awesome granny square slippers, and I am really not sure how I have lived without a granny square tea cozyfor this long. Would it be too much to make it out of the new Rowan Tweed DK? The colors are perfect.
While the world of fashion seems to think that granny square dresses are the cutting edge of fashion, I think I’ll stick to wearing them on my head, because the granny square hat pattern, Tessellations, in the new issue of Tangled is absolutely adorable. It’s great in a graduated color yarn like mini mochi, but why not something with a little sparkle for the holidays, like Space Cadet Lucina?
I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you come up with!
*Credit to Marsha for this quote!