New Book Gives Granny Squares a Modern Touch

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New Book Gives Granny Squares a Modern Touch


by Ardeana Hamlin

of The Weekly Staff

If your idea of crocheting heaven is to have at your fingertips 365 (one for each day of the year) patterns for granny squares, "The Big Book of Granny Squares: 365 Crochet Motifs" by Tracey Lord is the book for you. While Tracey Lord gets top billing on the book, she was assisted by Lucy Adam, Katie Clammer, Lindsay Obermeyer, Pauline Richards, Deborah Smethurst and Lindey Tydeman. The fact that seven women pooled their crochet talents to produce the book had me "hooked from square one," so to speak, pun intended.

Motif designs include, lace, textural, colorwork and three dimensional, and flowers, composite blocks, cables and bobbles.

Finished blocks are all approximately the same size so they can be mixed and matched to make afghans, curtains, shawls, throws or purses.

In her Introduction, Lord says the book is intended to be playful nature and she encourages crocheters to experiment with color, yarn types and block combinations.

Each block bears its own name -- Romany, Barnacles, Aloha, Spanish Lace, Fans, Gypsy Wheel, Aegean and Floe, for example. And yes, there is even one called Traditional Granny Square.

Some of the squares are easy enough for beginners to tackle and others are challenging enough for experienced crocheters.

Depending on how they are used, the squares can conjure up romantic, traditional, futuristic, modern, artistic, garden and other sensibilities.

The book also contains plenty of information to help get the crocheting started. …

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