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April 22, 2012

Do you remember my Granny Square Afghan?

A while back I bought yarn to create an old fashioned granny afghan.  Well, it fell into the category of UFO, collected some dust and then was remembered by me a year and a half later.  I think I had put it away because I just didn't like all of the black (even though I decorate with a LOT of black).  And too, if you own a dog that sheds a lot (me, me, me!), you know black seems to be a magnet.  So in showing a friend my squares, it occurred to me to simply change the direction and make the dominate color the beige that was already in each square.





It had taken on a completely different look by emphasizing the beige.  All that is left is the joining and the border!  For anyone interested in colors, you will need the following in Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand: Honey, Beige, Black and Dusty Green.

Happy Stitching,
Diane

31 comments:

  1. I love granny square afghans and the colors you've chosen are stunning. Great idea making the tan the dominant color instead of the black.
    Blessings!

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  2. I really like using tan as the dominant color rather than black!

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  3. Diane, I'm so glad you had that revelation and finished your afghan! I love the colors! My grandmother taught me to crochet granny squares many, many, many years ago. I had hours of fun making those squares in a variety of color combos. Maybe one day I'll pick it up again!

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    1. Lanie. . . .my grandmother taught me too!

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  4. It's beautiful, Diane! I love the colors--very "Little House!" I'm a fan of Granny Square afghans, have made a few in my lifetime. :-)

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  5. Very pretty. I never could crochet, but I like looking at them. Post a picture of the finished afghan when you get it put together and bordered. Those definitely are your colors.

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  6. Oooo it's getting into cooler weather here now. Puts me in mind of doing some crochet again. Thanks for the inspiration. It looks lovely.

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  7. I love this colour combo! Definitely more pet friendly too.

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  8. Very pretty. Of course, if you have a pet that has both light AND dark fur (like my maine coon cat), no matter what I do, the fur shows!

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  9. They very much are your colours. I have always wanted to learn to crochet..maybe granny squares are the way to go! Lovely!

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  10. Love the new look. The beige really sets it off!

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  11. Je m'aime pas le crochet ! Mais là ! bravo !! cela donne envie de le faire aussi !
    I don't like crochet, but when I see your work, I want to say congratulations !!! It's very beautifull !

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  12. I don't know how to crochet, Diane but appreciate the beautiful work you have done....this is so pretty and I can visualize someone snuggledin it!

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  13. I love Granny Square Afghans, but shy away from doing them because of hiding all those ends!

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    1. Bonnie. . . .most I just work in while I crochet the next round. Last night I wove the remainder in while watching tv. It went fast!

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  14. Gabriele12:46 AM

    These colors look great. I like the afghan! And I think I will start one.... but who will do the sewing???
    Greetings from germany, Gabi

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  15. Anonymous6:15 AM

    Lovely colour combo - but then all your colour combinations are so nice in all your designs. You've inspired me to give it a try - in a throw size at least! Thanks for sharing your inspiraitons.
    Colleen

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    1. Mine is a throw Colleen. In Arizona we don't have much need for anything larger. :) Let me know how you do!

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  16. I love the addition of beige. It really does stand out. I am also finishing up some UFOs, it must be the weather.

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  17. Anonymous7:50 AM

    Hi Diane love the Granny Square colors it will be a treasured heirloom! I have a question about the Granny Square, do you have a problem with it leaning to the right? I have a friend who had that problem and the only way she could solve it was to turn it after completing each row. If you have any suggestions on how to solve the problem without turning it we all would appreciate any help you could give us.

    Brenda

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    1. The way I learned is to alternate the direction of the stitching. In other words, the back side shows on one row then the front. When I reach the end of the row I join with a slip stitch, chain 3 and turn the work. Then I stitch 2 DC in the opening (the ch 3 counts as the first DC).

      The squares aren't leaning. :)

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  18. I love how it is turning out!!!! The colors are just beautiful!!!

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  19. Anonymous12:13 PM

    That looks so pretty and fluffy! I have an ancient one I made almost 40 years ago in blues out of Red Heart yarns and it refuses to die! I swear that old RH yarn is bulletproof. You've inspired me to finally retire it and donate it to a shelter and make a new one with more updated colors and smaller squares.

    Cindy in Oregon

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  20. Really like the granny squares. I just might have to do one of those soon. Can work on it on the road between AZ and SD.

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  21. I love your afghan! I know there are tons of granny square patterns out there, but I can't seem to find this particular one. Would you be so kind as to point me in the right direction?

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  23. Beautiful!! Which joining technique do you use at the end to join all of your squares

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Thank you so much for taking time from your day to drop me a line or two!

Diane