Delightfully old fashioned and rather quaint. Strange to think that they were so called in the 1960's and were all the fashion at the time, worn sewn together to form bright gaudy waistcoats which clashed horrendously with floral prints.
Now those trendy 60's women are grannys themselves, and the trend now seems quaint and old fashioned.
That's not to say that they cannot be modernised. Keep the colours few and simple and you can make some gorgeous stuff for around the house, even if you dare not wear them.
Or, as I have done in the photo's above, make them random and multicoloured for an old fashioned retro look.
In fact there are surprisingly so many variations on the granny square that you could never really get bored with them. (Well .... except for all those nuisance ends to darn in)
You can make them one colour or multicoloured
Make them big or small by altering the size of your hook and yarn. Make as many rounds as you like for each square - in fact you could just keep going with one square making it bigger and bigger until it becomes a blanket. But what most people do is stitch or crochet lots of small squares together.
And you needn't stop at blankets. Sew them into bags, jumpers, scarves - whatever you want
Vary the look and feel by using different yarns and hooks
Use a fine fluffy yarn and a big hook for a delicate lightweight throw. Or at the other extreme, use extra thick cotton and make a floor rug.
To make a square you will need to know how to work chain stitch, slip stitch and double crochet (UK trebles).
If you are new to crochet, just click on the link to the top left of this page for beginners to learn how.
single colour squares
Single colour plain square
Multicoloured plain square
How to join your squares together
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