A tribute to the granny square

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I’ve often wondered how the granny square was “born”.  It’s such a simple design concept yet, in my opinion forms the cornerstone of crochet.  In fact it’s so epic I believe it requires some praise.  I also often wonder how the formidable little square got its name “Granny”


According to a 1946 article attributed to the Oregon Worsted Company, the thrifty women of early America would carefully save scraps of yarn and fibre unravelled from old sweaters and socks.  As these scraps accumulated, they were crocheted into small squares; the colours combined on the whim of the craftsman.  The squares were then sewn together to make a blanket which was both functional and colourful.  Because grandma was no longer up for manual labour, she was often the one to sew the squares together, thus they became GRANNY SQUARES.


This colorful GRANNY SQUARE blanket was thought to resemble a Colonial-era rug, which was brought over from England, by way of the Middle East.   By the early 1800’s, the name GRANNY SQUARE AFGHAN was commonly used to describe these blankets made from multi-colored yarn.


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I just love the granny square and much of what I crochet includes this beautiful element.  The photos below are testament to how much I adore the granny square.

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At the moment I’m busy with a beautiful scarf working with the fabulous Katia Darling yarn.


I am often amazed at how many people actually struggle to perfect the crochet granny square. I often get asked to assist with shaping the corners for example.  I found this awesome tutorial and it should form part of every crochet enthusiasts library.  Take a look  here.

Our crochet friend Brenda Grobler is busy with a wonderful CAL – I’ve decided that I’m going to join her on this challenge.  I just love her colour scheme.  Go on join Brenda and I on this journey.  Hook up on this link.


Saving the best for last… this awesome jersey is showcased in this months Ideas Magazine. The instructions are easy and its guaranteed to be a winner in your wardrobe.


Share your granny square creations with the Hellohart team on our Facebook page.

Happy hooking (granny squares that is)

Have a fab filled week

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4 thoughts on “A tribute to the granny square

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