Granny Square Flair: book review and giveaway

Everyone knows what a granny square is. Even people who are not quite familiar with crochet have seen the granny squares most likely. And granny squares are first thing that comes to our mind when we think of crochet. Our grandmothers and grand grandmothers made them. But as everything else, crochet is developing constantly, and new stitches are born every day. And today granny squares may look very different. Modern and fresh. Granny Square Flair book by Shelley Husband of Spincushions, which was published recently, collects of wonderful selection of such modern and fresh granny squares. And today I would like to share my thoughts about this book.
Granny Square Flair book by Shelley Husband of @Spincushions. Reviewed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
“Making crochet squares is gratifying in so many ways. They give you a sense of achievement, since you can complete a square easily in one sitting. You get to do a little happy dance every time you finish one.” Shelley Husband

DISCLOSURE: My copy of Granny Square Flair book arrived on August 28th – just on the day of my birthday. And opening the package delivered from UK felt like a real birthday gift. Shelley Husband sent me a copy of her book for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What’s inside Granny Square FLAIR book?


As already mentioned, Granny Square Flair book includes instructions for 50 modern granny squares. And all of them come in one size: approx. 15cm/6in when made with 8ply/DK/light worsted yarn and a 4mm (G) hook, if your tension is average. There are also suggestions given on how to adjust the size and make squares larger or smaller.
Granny Square Flair book by Shelley Husband of @Spincushions. Reviewed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Before jumping to patterns’ instructions it might be helpful to study several chapters about different types of yarn and hooks, joining methods and pattern notes. I just love Shelley’s seamless tips – something new to learn and use in my own designing work.

Each pattern in placed on a separate page in the book together with written round-by-round instructions, a chart, a picture of a finished square (I love the idea of showing off all squares in one off-white color) and several colorful version with different shades.

Although I prefer to crochet with charts whenever possible, I found some of them to be difficult to read. Because of several layers being used at the same time. For these complex squares I would choose to follow written instructions (and they are easy to understand) with partial referral to the charts. In general I would say Flair book is perfect for both beginners and advanced crocheters, as everyone will find something for himself.

I couldn’t help myself and tried my hook on Iron Lace square. Isn’t its texture lovely?
Granny Square Flair book by Shelley Husband of @Spincushions. Reviewed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Next chapter of Granny Square Flair book is not less exciting as it shows 11 crochet projects made with granny squares listed in the book. I honestly love all of them, but because recently I am all about gradient and variegated yarn, my absolute favourites are Melbourne Wrap and Dahlia Scarf.

Melbourne Wrap was made by Shelley with my own colorway of Our Tribe yarn by Scheepjes*.
Melbourne Wrap. Crochet design by Shelley Husband of @Spincushions
Photo by Jo O’Keefe

And Dahlia Scarf uses two skeins of Our Tribe yarn in shade Haak Maar Raak.
Dahlia Scarf. Crochet design by Shelley Husband of @Spincushions
Photo by Jo O’Keefe


Finally Shelley Husband suggests tips for how to design your own crochet projects using granny squares: how to choose yarn, patterns and layout. And how to estimate approx. yardages for a project.

In the very end of the Granny Square Flair book you will find a complete Glossary with all crochet stitches used in the patterns, their descriptions and explanation of symbols from the charts.

Where to Buy


The book is available as a hardcopy ($29.99) and as E-book ($14.99). If you’re in Australia, you can purchase the book directly through Shelley’s website (if you want to support crochet designers, please consider buying from them directly!) If you’re located elsewhere, you can find the book through other retailers such as:

Amazon.com* (paperback)
Amazon.co.uk (paperback)
Barnes & Nobles (paperback)
Bookdepository (paperback)

You can purchase the PDF E-book from Shelley’s website, too (link is listed above, just scroll down a little bit), no matter where you are located.
Granny Square Flair book by Shelley Husband of @Spincushions. Reviewed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

GIVEAWAY


Shelley has kindly gifted one hardcopy of Granny Square Flair book for a giveaway. If you would like to win it, please, comment below this post with an answer to a simple question:

Are you enjoying making granny squares? And why?

For an additional entry, please, follow lillabjorncrochet and Spincushions on Instagram, then come back to my blog and leave another comment here. The giveaway will run through September 24th, 2018, and a happy winner will be picked randomly and announced here on the same day. Good luck everyone!
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UPDATE: the Giveaway is closed now! thank you very much for participation and lovely comments.

The winner was chosen randomly and it's Arja with comment: "I love making granny's and even the weaving ends when i finished one. You van make beautiful things with it als: pillows/blankets/bags/coasters/cardigans/sweaters and even à dress. It is endless, but in the end i just love à pile of granny's". Dear Arja, please, contact me for more details about your prize :)
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209 comments

  1. Granny squares let me use different yarns and stitches on a smaller project that I can take with me anywhere. I feel like I have accomplished something with each one.

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  2. i like making granny squares because I can use smaller bits of yarn I have leftover from other projects. And many designs become more complex once they're all stitched together.

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  3. I learned to crochet with my grandma, mom and aunts. First mass project, granny square coats for all of them. Lifelong love of crochet was born.

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  4. Have not done a granny square in awhile but would love to try some new squares!

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  5. Love making granny squares as they allow you to learn new stitches in a smaller context without feeling overwhelmed. Also they’re great for stash busting and they can create an amazing effect from small to large projects...so versatile 😍💕

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  6. Sometimes I just start to make different granny squares without knowing what the final result will be - and then it just become pillow cover, blanket, stool cover etc. Or if you dont like the result you can easily use those squares for something else. So that why I liked them very much:-)

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  7. I love making granny squares because each one finishes quite quickly and I can see progress in what I do. These are beautiful squares and I think it would be a fun challenge to make all squares into one afghan!

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  8. I love making granny squares as there are so many endless possibilities. You can make the same pattern up with different colours and end up with a completely different look. Also they are a project you can take with you wherever you go.

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  9. Following you both on Instagram 💖👍 - thank you!

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  10. I started making squares as part of squares for charity . After that there was no turning back. I enjoyed various patterns I could make. Like you said it gives a very calm feeling of achievement and joy.

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  11. Jeg slapper af, når jeg hækler, små firkanter er perfekte, når man vil følge med en film på tv't, 1 - 2 stykker på en aften er fint med mig.

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  12. I like to make also Granny squares, because however it looks like simple, you can use many type of stiches and you can make very different patterns, cute squares can you join in many ways.

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  13. This looks like the perfect book to use my stonewashed sampler wit, a multicolored blanket of all the squares!

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  14. I do love making granny squares because as Shelley says you get to do a happy dance when you finish each one, and before you know it you have a blanket!

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  15. I love to make granny squares, though I admit to be intimidated by joining. These are beautiful!

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  16. Hi 👋
    I love making granny squares since there's so many different ones and it never gets boring. And then the advantage of being able to put them together in different colour ways, patterns and sizes! 💙💛💚

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  17. Love grannysquares because opportunity to use different stitches making lovely pattern and for learn new stitches; also love to see the WIP in kind of short time. Alsways have to stop myself and say okay ONE mor row😂

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  18. Love making granny squares, there are endless possibilities.
    This summer I made lacy squares and sewed them together to make summer tops ��
    I also have a friend who I am going to teach her how to crochet I will start her off with granny squares.

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  19. P. S. I am following both on Instagram ��

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  20. Granny squares are the reason I started crochet. As a small girl from central Europe I watched american movies and everywhere they had some type of Granny squares blanket. I liked and wanted to have one at home. I have to say now, I have only one on my sofa, but my friends have many others.
    I love to make them, because it's simple and neat.

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  21. I usually have a granny square project of one kind or another going at the same time as a larger project. There is something very therapeutic about making different squares (even joyful when they all come out the same size) blocking them and joining them. I have a dream that once I retire I can make one of every square that I have collected patterns of over the years. Sadly, I still have quite few years before that day!

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  22. I love GS for all the reasons mentioned above and because they remind me of a GS blanket at my Grandma’s house when I was young. I love the name and love the look!

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  23. First granny square blanket is going to finish soon. It’s for my first granddaughter. I’ll make more. Because it’s sooooo fun!

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  24. I love making granny squares for a few reasons. Not only because they are pretty but also...I learn new stitches, they can be used in modern and traditional way, I can combine many many colours or only one - and they are not boring even in one colour, I can use them in small and large projects. They also help me to keep my nerves under control before flying ;)

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  25. I’ve followed your Instagram for ages but started to follow Shelley today :)

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  26. I love making granny squares! They are great for trying out new colour combinations and they’re great to take with you and make on the go! And you can use them to make anything!

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  27. I love making granny squares because they give you such a big options of stiches and textures... and endless work possibilities!! Pillows, blanquets, shawls...

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  28. Making granny square you have a infinity options to make them into a bedspread, tablecloth, blankets, pillows... and also making them into a wall decor.

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  29. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I have always been intimidated by the granny squares because of the joining them together to get the end product, but have bought many patterns to make them.

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  30. I love to make granny squares as - if you choose the more complex patterns - there is a great variety in the stitches of the rounds and I never get bored making them :)

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  31. I am now following both lillabjorncrochet and Spincushions on Instagram!

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  32. I love granny squares. I am making a Groovyghan blanket right now that has lots of grannies and variations of grannies. They are colourful, easy and fun to make. Thanks for this giveaway. Nicola (I am Nicolaknits on Ravelry, and my blog is www.nicolaknits.com)

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  33. Granny squares are like bite sized projects that can be combined to make bigger ones!

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  34. I like to make granny squares because they are perfect for small projects and using up scrap yarn.

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  35. I enjoy making granny squares for several reasons. They allow me to use my scrap yarn. They allow me to gauge what my home spun yarn looks like worked up. Last, they are beautiful and fun!

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  36. I just started making granny squares. I do love them because once you get the pattern down you can fly right through. I only know how to crochet a basic grann square.

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  37. I haven't made granny squares yet, but having tackled many other crochet projects I am sure I will love them.

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  38. I learned how to crochet in grade school 50+ years ago by helping my mother make granny squares. I don't know if she ever pieced the squares together but I kept one with my potholders for a long, long time. This new generation has brought us such wondrous new versions of the traditional humble square to make truly stunning projects. They're keeping crochet young.

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  39. I enjoy needlework of all kinds but crochet is the most releasing. With crochet you get the fastest gratification with your project. How awesome is that?

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  40. You can let your imagination take over for every new creation with granny squares....and it doesn't have to be sqaure!

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  41. I love the texture that can be created using granny squares. They can be made into blankets, pillows, hotpads, scarfs and even the focal point of a piece of clothing. They are the perfect "on the go" type project!

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  42. I love this book and granny squares..so..Yes please! Making such lovely "granny's" in so many different and beautiful designs. Love them! I wanna start right now

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  43. I love the uniqueness that every square brings to a project - every which way your eye looks it's another awesome design and surprise. Also, the color or monochrome motif - either looks amazing every time.

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  44. I LOVE Granny Squares!! They are not only beautiful but they remind me of my heritage and when my Grandmother would crochet such beautiful tablecloths and doilies. It takes me back to a bygone era if only while I crochet <3

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  45. I love to crochet, but granny squares haven't been my favorite project because they have to be joined together after the squares are done. However, some of the squares illustrated are so beautiful, they would be worth the effort.

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  46. Most definitely yes! Crochet has skipped a generation in my family, but prior to the passing of my Gram's, she taught me just enough. My four sisters and I end up Skyping weekly to work on squares and other projects so we can have fun together and stay in touch. Granny squares and crochet itself is very calming and I look forward to teaching my children.

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  47. Simply changing the yarn weight, or going to multiple colours, can completely change the “feel” or “mood” of the square.

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  48. Ahhh granny squares. Great for making on the tram, in the car, waiting for dinner to cook, in the hot Queensland sun. Can't beat granny squares for versatility and ease all year round.

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  49. I love making squares because you can make them as big as you like and use them for so many projects.

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  50. Granny squares-FABULOUS, they allow design versatility with portability and are comfortable to work in all weathers. Crochet-holics can fulfill their addictions anywhere, anytime!

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  51. I actually have not made many granny squares, as I look for unique patterns. I do love the satisfaction each time a square is completed! I love the look of different stitches on different squares, to show the contrast in a blanket it throw. What a brilliant idea to use just one color, and a rich one at that! It brings out the beauty of each square, without being distracted by different colors I am excited to try my hand at your patterns! Your patterns are stunning!

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  52. Granny squares are great for learning new stitches and not be overwhelmed with a huge project of them. Since these are all the same size, you can try them all and end up with LOTS of squares for a sampler style blanket....repeating the squares you fell in love with!
    I used a granny square and did a mood blanket.....one square per week th some filler ones to make up the balance.

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  53. Michele-Craig Wagstrom7 September 2018 at 02:47

    I love granny squares because of the infinite patterns and color combinations you can create!

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  54. Michele-Craig Wagstrom7 September 2018 at 02:49

    I am following and look forward to seeing future posts! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic book!

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  55. I make granny squares for charity and love looking for squares with texture and that will give me a bit of a challenge. Done a few of Shelly's squares and would love to win

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  56. I love to learn new crochet stitches and trg new granny squares

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  57. I love making Squares of different kind. They give room to play with colour and they are a portable projekt. you can crochet them in any weather and at the end you can put them together to make a big blanket. There are so many different styles and difficulty levels - there are something for everyone. I already follow both of you on instagram :-)

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  58. I already follow both on you on instragram and have done for a very long time :-)

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  59. Good evening from Idaho! I remember at a very young age to knit and crochet. My first project at age 8, was one huge granny square. What a wonderful task that was. Now that I am older, I love crocheting the best. Granny squares are a unique and creative way to display different tectures styles. Every granny square that I make goes into projects for Hospice and the elderly, with a prayer and many blessings for each square. Your book looks very good and look forward to trying out your amazing patterns. Have a very blessed evening. ��

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  60. I'm 52 and don't ever remember learning how to crochet, I just always have. My mom, my grandmothers all crocheted so it's natural that I and my sisters do too. I love granny squares because they work up quickly and you can see your progress. They're so versatile and today's designers make them complex and beautiful so I never get bored. And this book looks exactly like the sort I love crocheting!

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  61. This looks like a wonderful book!

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  62. I haven't been able to master the granny square, but I'm trying. I would love this book to help give me the inspiration to master this technique.

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  63. A lovely way to use up my stash and a lovely colourful comforter at the end x

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  64. Granny squares are a quick project
    that sewn together can make just about anything

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  65. I have just recently started to crochet and i have finally mastered the granny square i love how versatile it is. Im making a granny square blanket for my boys in a multitude of different colours and hopefully different styles of granny squares once i can get the hang of them

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  66. I love Granny Square💕💙
    It is easy to take the crochet work with you😊
    The look change depending what color, yarn, size hook you are using😊
    The look will also change with how you montage the different squares 😊
    I love it💕

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  67. Granny square are simple, beautiful and makes me feel like have done an entire project in just few minutes. They also can be as complex and different as our mood asks for. They are great way to try an yarn for the first time, as also a good way to use all the yarn that is left. I just love them. I'll definitely love the book, as I'm already in love with yoor blog.

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  68. Love making Grany aquares as they can be used for everything! And they are great making as I comute with train for almost two hours each day to work 😄

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  69. I enjoy making granny squares because they are easy to make while watching TV.

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  70. Since I prefer amigurumi, I think granny squares are really cool especially when the overall design of the combined stitches and techniques starts coming together!

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  71. I started crocheting as a child when my grandmother (who else?) taught me how to make granny squares. Making them now always takes me back to those days.

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  72. Oh and I follow both of you on IG

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  73. Granny squares are like Marmite, you either love them or hate them!
    I love them!
    Love their versatility, renewability and continuous evolution! <3
    Marie (marierezan@hotmail.co.uk)

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  74. Uh I’m so excited this book would be on my top 10 this I just have to have it ❤️

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  75. I love making granny squares because of the completable-in-one-sitting aspect,and also because you dom't know what it's going to turn into.I just LOVE playing with fibres and sometimes I scent them slightly (using recycled incense packaging) to make the whole experience even more appealing***

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  76. I really need this book for my shelf! Ive been crocheting most of my 41 years and granny squares were my first real finished project. I haven't stopped learning new techniques ever since and applying them to new squares and other projects. Im sure my mother and i both could find a few new projects in it.

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  77. I enjoy making granny squares because of the versatility with colors as well as the layout designs. Thanks Tatsiana and Shelley for the opportunity!

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  78. I love making granny squares because of the versatility of layout designs. I love how they can be put together in different ways to make geometrical designs. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  79. I love making granny squares because they are portable and manageable and make for varied patterns and added interest in blankets!

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  80. I already follow both you and Shelley on Instagram 😉

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  81. I enjoy squares because I have trouble crocheting straight when doing large projects.
    Being a new self taught crocheter I’m forever looking for new squares to crochet!! This would be wonderful to continue my learning

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  82. I love granny squares because they're so quick and they can be made in so many different ways... Big or small, colorful or not, one design can look so different and they can be combined in tons of variety

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  83. I am following both of you on Instagram. :)

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  84. I love granny squares. They're so versatile. The same pattern can look completely different by just changing the colors. They travel well and you make so many different things with them.

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  85. I already was following you and am now following Shelley.

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  86. My first ever attempt at crocheting was to learn to make a granny square blanket for my niece... and I feel in love with crochet. Since then I have always had something on my hook. Granny squares are almost medative, you get your rhythm and off you go. I would so so dearly love to get this book and expand my repotaire with the trusty ol’ granny square.

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  87. Thank you for the recommendation of another wonderful crochet master, following Shelly on insta��

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  88. I love making granny squares as you get such quick results but I am not very good at joining them. Any tips for this would be gratefully received.

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  89. I love making granny squares because I can take these little goodies everywhere. As I am crocheting whereever I can (in the car, the bus, the train, the plane, in a Cafe while having a coffee with friends...) this is perfect for me. And at the end I still can have big things coming out.

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  90. Granny squares are great to make when it is so hot in the summer in Australia and then sew together in the winter.

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  91. Love squares as you can see the design quickly and then get on with a different pattern. Great for those with time challenges.

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  92. I've followed you on Insta for ages have now followed Spin Cushions x

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  93. I don’t do a lot of granny squares but when I do Shelley is my go to designer. I love the work of both of you designers. Have been following your blogs and designs since returning to crochet. I would really like to have this book and hope to eventually.

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  94. I love making granny's and even the weaving ends when i finished one. You van make beautiful things with it als: pillows/blankets/bags/coasters/cardigans/sweaters and even à dress. It is endless, but in the end i just love à pile of granny's ������

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  95. I just started doing granny squares due to my daughter seeing a blanket that she wanted. I never crocheted before and neither has she, but now we are working on this project together. This will be a great Keepsake for her one day. I would love to have this book to expand my knowledge of granny squares and then to pass this along to her.

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  96. I love working granny squares because I can use different colors of yarn and I completely adore colours combinations!

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  97. I’ve followed your Instagram but started to follow Shelley today.

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  98. I absolutely enjoy making squares! They are the perfect portable project, so they are easy to travel with or take for breaks while waiting for kids in the car or at doctor's appointments. And they do provide me with a sense of completion and satisfaction at having finished something. An added bonus is that they are the perfect thing to use up all the scraps I so easily collect from other finished projects. To me, that's a Win-Win-Win situation! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  99. I like making granny squares: it is just fun, One square takes not so long time to make, you can use many colours and then arrange squares many different ways. :)

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  100. And now I following you both on InstagraM :)

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  101. Those are beautiful granny squares and yes I am making a huge granny square right now. It is called the Galaxy Granny Square by Bag o Day Crochet but I am making it 1 big huge granny squares to turn it into a cocoon cardigan for me for the fall and winter in Nevada. I am using a light weight 3 Lion Brand Mandala yarn in the colorway Genie. Love it. I have loved making granny squares ever since I was little. Each small square is a quick show of finished work that turns into a huge finished project in the end.

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  102. My first major project when I learned to crochet was a blanket made with these incredibly gorgeous granny squares that looked like a giant flower. I fell in love with the possibilities that granny squares afford and I always find myself gravitating toward granny square projects for the feeling of accomplishment with every finished square.

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  103. I have been following @spincushions which is why I would love her book! I cannot wait to learn more about @Lillabjorncrochet and the beautiful projects you create!

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  104. I love making granny squares because they give a real sense of satisfaction each time one is finished. Also it’s a sense of achievement as the pile of finished squares grows and the complete project gets nearer

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  105. I have been teaching my youngest to crochet.
    She is currently making her first granny square blanket! And I think she would love this book beyond measure. Smiles.

    She always feels so proud to have mastered something new and completing each one of these beautiful Squares would make her feel so happy I think.

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  106. I love granny squares because I can easily finish one in a sitting and feel good about finishing the little beauty

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  107. I love making granny squares. I always love trying different designs and looks. Sampler type Afghans are my favourite ��

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  108. I love to do granny squares as you can make different projects with it and do them one at a time :)

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  109. Also love your work (both of you ladies) which i can enjoy on instagram! :)

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  110. Granny square is my childwood ... That how i learn crochet so it's very special to my memories . Good luck everybody 🤗

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  111. I only recently started making (and loving!) granny squares. The possibilities are endless!

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  112. I am following both of you on Instagram!

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  113. It's so important for the Granny Square to evolve from our perception of it as the starting point to something much grander. Modern crafters like you and Shelley and your peers do a great job of passing on these age old skills but with a new and innovative outlook. Long may it continue. My go-to crochet pattern will always be the Granny Square. From little squares, fabulous objects grow.

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  114. There is so much to love about granny squares! The easy portability, the stashbusting, easily combining different designs into one larger project, the variety of projects that can be made from them, using various sizes all together. I would be thrilled to win a copy of Granny Square Flair!

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  115. I love granny squares because you can use different yarns or colour ways and make one pattern look different every time. ❤️��

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  116. I love granny squares because you can make them look completely different by the using multiple colours, single colours, interesting yarn, chunky yarn, the possibilities are endless.

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  117. I love granny squares for a number of reasons.
    Due to health issues,it makes it difficult to do and finish large projects therefore with granny squares I can make smaller projects.
    I can make them in all different patterns and colours.
    I love to try different patterns and this is a great way to do it.
    They also take up less room when crocheting on the go such as waiting for medical appointments.
    They are a good talking starter too and introduces people to the world of crochet.

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  118. I love making granny squares because the possibilities are endless. The whole process of choosing a design, yarn and colour is so therapeutic.

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  119. The book looks wonderful....it would be pure joy to own that and to get new inspiration on some granny squares. I have realised I sleep so much better when crocheting granny squares bedtime...I love the repeat, the counting the lovely little squares that comes from the making by my hands...so many things to be happy for. And winters coming...so more squares are needed

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  120. Yes! I love the variety of designs, the flexibility to use different weights of yarn, to make them a single color or a riot, and the ability to combine them in endless ways: creating everything from blocks to bags, table runners to tops, afghans to accessories, decorations to doggy beds. The possibilities are truly infinite!

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  121. I love Granny Squares as they are easy to do whilst commuting into London, waiting at the swimming pool or outside dance class and you get that little hit of dopamine when you finish one, which spurs you on to do more! I love that you can use up scraps of your fave wool and you can go colour crazy or monochrome and they still look fab! Plus they are a good way to teach my daughter to crochet and gets her practising her stitches!

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  122. Till a dozen years ago I believed Granny Squares were old-fashioned crochet, but due to modern designers I changed my point of view. It is a matter of new structures, color schemes, geometrical patterns... the traditional Granny Square has a brand new and modern twist and endless possibilities! Moreover, you can crochet a granny square in a sitting, and they take less room... Crocheting Granny Squares is democratic as you can easily carry them around in a little bag - and be definitly more human counting your stitches rather than looking at your phone display... Huge projects grow from a few dozens of little, humble Granny Squares!

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  123. I like doing granny squares because it's relaxing and fun to use different colors, stitches and patterns that go together. Small and very portable, too!

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  124. Those granny squares are just beautiful. I would love to make them.

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  125. I like crocheting granny squares because they break into the humdrum of monotony--Also I have been able to incorporate them into a Tank Top, a Camisole that my daughter wore to her Engagement party, a dress, an Afghan and there are yet more projects to come.My four girls allow me umpteen inspiration !

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  126. I love to make granny squares when I travel. They are the perfect size, especially if you have to stop suddenly. It is truly wondrous that such a small project can be combined to create so maby different things.

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  127. i love making granny squares, with just a little bit of time you came make something beautiful!

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  128. My very first project 40 years ago was a granny square, I was intimidated by joining, so I just kept making it bigger. My giant granny still keeps the rocker adorned at my parents house. Been crocheting ever since. I love it, it's my happy place.

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  129. Following you two on Insta now!

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  130. My gramma taught me to crochet 40 years. She taught me granny squares! i love seeing how they have evolved over the years.

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  131. I love making granny squares - the portability of them, the sense of accomplishment when you don't have a lot of time to see progress on a big project, the many different items you can make with them...
    My grandma taught me how to make a traditional square when I was probably 8 and have been loving them for 50 years!

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  132. Each granny square is a self-contained portable project! The sense of accomplishment is an easily repeatable perk!

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  133. Are you enjoying making granny squares? And why? -
    My first crochet project at 8 years old was a Granny Square jumper! Simple, but as a beginner, it was a memorable project (still 40+ years later I continue to crochet Granny square projects!)

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  134. Just came across this post... I must say I was smiling when I read your blog about granny squares. To me granny squares do remember me of my grandmother, who started to crochet for her grandchildren and the first thing I received from her as a gift was a shoulder bag made out of grannies! When my daughter asked me to teach her how to crochet I started making granny squares myself and I've got hooked :) So to win a book with new patterns of granny squares would be awesome!

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  135. I am a granny fanatic. There are so many patterns and colors that inspire my creativity. I have joined some groups that swap granny squares. It is a lot of fun. Every month we have one pattern to crochet and we make another as we wish. I really look forward to my little package in the mail. If I win the giveaway, my challenge will be to make every square in the book and pick my favourite to create a cardigan or maybe a blanket. Thank you and good luck to everyone!

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  136. I follow you and spincushions on Instagram. Chantal

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  137. Granny Squares are so versatile. They don't use much yarn and I love working on them wherever I go. Now days Granny Squares are so beautiful with endless possibilities.

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  138. I learned to crochet from my Mom many, many years ago. And the first piece I made was a Granny Square afghan, which I still have by the way. When I make Granny Squares today, it connects me to my Mom.

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  139. My first, and favorite crochet sweater is made up of many 4" simple granny squares. So easy to bring with me everywhere and comforting in its repetition! Just reading this article makes me want to start another!

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  140. 1. Because my Gram taught me to crochet when I was young doing the granny squares and 2. because they are so versatile, baby blankets galore!!! I love making a new baby a blanket out of all the different squares and putting them together like a puzzle, then you get the joy of presenting that to a new mommy...well nothing makes me happier!!!

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  141. I would love making granny squares with my daugther. My gran taught me to crochet and noe I can teach her with help from this wonderfull book. I enjoy to crochet granny squares, its a light work to bring along. �� All the best wishes Minna - Denmark

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  142. I love making granny squares because they can be simple or colorful, full of texture or smooth. They go so quickly and you see a blanket come together all at once when you join instead of little by little when you do rows. I'm making my first granny square blanket right now and love it!

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  143. Awesome book! I have to try my chance first at the giveaway before actually getting it since this is one of my current projects: doing different types of granny squares in one single color and then joining to make a baby blanket. I am loving it because the square itself takes hardly any time to make at all, I feel like I have accomplished so much by doing one at a time and then when I put them together, the whole project grows like magic. I love making blankets but I don't get the chance with small kids to work on anything for too long and if they take too long to complete... I have many bags of UFOs! :D I also love modern granny squares, they have a complete different look from the ones we grew up with! A Grinda is also another current work in progress ;-).

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  144. Since I can remember the granny's square are in my life. I did not meet my grandmother, but I have a blanket She crocheted from granny squares. These squares signify for me the thread that unites me with my mother, my grandmother, my great grandmother and all the women who preceded me and shared the pleasure of crochet and knitting. Greetings from Mexico. Magdalena Garcia

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  145. I love making granny squares because between different patterns and your choice of different color yarns, the possibilities are endless. No two blankets would be the same. Thank you so much for this giveaway.

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  146. My first crocheted afghan was a granny square I made with my grandma's help. I can't help but wonder what she would think of all the newest granny squares.

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  147. I love granny squares because they are a combination of tradition and modern creativity. I agree they give a deep feeling of achievement.

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  148. I love crocheting granny squares as you can take them everywhere you go and work on them without taking up a lot of room. They also take less time to crochet and I never get bored making them in all patterns.

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  149. As a knitter for many years I always looked on the fabulous designs that crochet offers and seemed a world away. I learned to crochet a couple of years ago and the granny square was my first step into a fantastic world where I can make anything , anywhere for anyone. Those squares are fabulous and I would love to introduce them into my life and my makes for others to enjoy x

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  150. I love granny squares, each one feels like such an accomplishment, and then I get to play with them in the end and find a cool way to put them together.

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  151. I have made granny squares for years now but am finding them boring as they seem to all be the same. Would love to try your patterns. Thank you

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  152. I really enjoy the endless possibilities when making granny squares. A granny square was the first project I made when learning to crochet. I made a vest. this was back in the late 60's or early 70's. My Nana taught me. I would LOVE to win a copy of FLAIR! Pick ME! Please!!!

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  153. I love granny squares because I can make a beautiful little piece of art in a short amount of time, and turn around and incorporate it into something larger and even more beautiful. They are also easy to do when traveling or on a break at work.

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  154. I do like granny squares! So I started doing your Sophie loves lill a winter blanket, with zero crochet experience AT ALL. For me it's quite honestly pain management. I can't tolerate medications especially due to my nature of work, so I thought I needed something to take my mind off it. Happy to report on almost done with the blanket, it's only been a month (gurl, that's a lot of pain lol) and I've really surprised myself! Granny squares are quick (than an entire blanket) and the finished product is satisfying. It helps i have a good teacher;) (yep. You, and your blogs and the east understandable writing)

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  155. HI! I have always love granny squares! When I was a little girl, my gran-mother and one of my aunt crocheted a lot of them, I loved the colors, the shapes, the different stitches. I have been crocheting them even during all those years when crochet was not the trend any more.
    I following both on Instagram and Facebook.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  156. I love granny squares, you can make lots of different patterns just by changing colours and make many different things, there is no end to the projects, great little projection small scale or as large as you wish. Looks like a fabulous book.

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  157. I avoided making granny squares for [yikes] 40 years... until last summer, when I fell in love with a blanket pattern made of granny squares. I discovered the joy of crocheting a blanket that grew 1 square at a time and didn't fill my lap, making me too hot, as it grew. Also discovered the joy of playing with the many joining stitches available out there. So now I'm hooked and this book looks like a heavenly thing to have and use for the next 40 years! :)

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  158. I love granny squares. They are both versatile and easy to take along when my husband decides to take a last minute trip. I have made afghans large and small, a scarf and a set of place mats with squares and would love to try my hand at combining them into a cardigan

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  159. I so much would love to have this book. I am going to have to buy it if I can't win it.

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  160. Granny squares are fun because they are so versatile and quick to create.

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  161. A granny square afghan was the first work of crochet I ever saw as a 4 year old in a grand house of an 85 year old woman. It had pride-of-place in her parlor. On my first trip to visit my east coast grandparents, what should I find on my grandmother's daybed but a very similar granny square afghan (with black being the only border and connecting color allowed to tie in the pieces). Some years ago, I made my west coast grandmother a granny square afghan in pinks - her favorite color, but need to get back to it, after having viewed the gorgeous and amazing granny squares created by Ms. Husband. I'm especially fond of the "Dahlia" neckscarf - love the colors - as we have a bumper crop of dahlias this year and currently have (yes, I counted them) 97 blooms to keep me happy.

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  162. Granny squares were the very first thing I learnt to crochet. I love how many variants there are and they are so satisfying to make.

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  163. Without granny squares there would be no beginners and without beginners no crochet, they are the life blood of this craft. It's the go- to square for all

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  164. Granny squares? Miniature works of art, beautiful individually, bound together can become something breathtaking!

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  165. I love granny squares... so many different stitches you can use, your leftover yarn you can do wonders with..they are small enough to take in handbag to sit at doctors or hospital while waiting, granny squares can be made into so many things, rugs, cardigans, curtains etc.. love granny squares and the book looks beautiful and extremely imformative and beautiful photos

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  166. I love to crochet granny squares while using up my stash leftover yarns. Patchwork blankies turn out wonderful!!

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  167. I love crocheting granny squares. I am currently working on a granny square blanket. It is meditative...and once the project is put together it is so much fun to see the WHOLE picture. Granny squares are so versatile, portable.

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  168. Of course the granny square is a right of passage for the novice crocheter!! I learned to crochet from you tube and started with granny squares! I love that they can give you a sense of accomplishment quickly. They can be any color any pattern and are super cute quick gifts. For people who are not crafty, they are always super impressed with hand made gifts. I am obsessed with crochet and am alwatys looking to improve my skills.

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  169. I enjoy making granny squares beause they are a portable project, a lot of different designs and I can join them together to make blanktes, clothes, pillow tops, curtains and totes/purses!

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  170. I love to make sampler afghans with granny squares. So much texture and color! A wonderful way to spend hours just checking out the different stitches and how the design was created. Perfect adventure for a chilly afternoon or when I have the sniffles. I also love the way you can create a treasured heirloom for free from leftover bits of your stash!

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  171. I've always thought making squares was a great way to learn. Plus, they are such a great travel project.

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  172. I follow lillabjorncrochet and Spincushions on Instagram

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  173. It is always good to see new ideas with the granny square

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  174. The book really looks wonderfull with very nice square patterns. With kind regards Olwen
    olwenhurkens@hotmail.com

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  175. I love granny squares because you can make so many different things with it. And there are so many variations that there is always something new to try.
    And last but not least, because they are small you can always take your crochet with you, no matter how big the project you're working on.

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  176. I occasionally make granny squares but often get bored. The images of the squares in this book however, don't look boring at all! Gorgeous and looks like a challenge!

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  177. My granny square repertoire consists of one model of granny square - the good old fashioned, traditional granny square that everyone learns to make when they start hooking!!!!!! There is something very comforting about Granny Squares. Maybe it's a sense of lovingly bringing an age old tradition into the 21st century with a twist of the new and interesting. This book looks delicious and I'd love the opportunity to experiment taking my granny square hooking skills to the next level!!!! :)

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  178. Granny squares allows one to show off many different stitches. The best thing is that you are able to take it with you. I never go anywhere without some kind of craft with me. Crafting in any medium is great for the mind and soul. Keep crafting all of you.

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  179. granny sqs are so versatile, you can make so many projects from purses to sweaters and tablecloths and more, the color and pattern options today by designers are simply amazing allowing us to be creative in our designs. thanks for having a contest.

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  180. Granny's are perfect on the go and you have a lot of choices put them together - love them

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  181. Granny squares are so much fun to make the different stitches and colors. Great for scrapes. This project allows you to take it with you. Great way to spend your time. The book would look great on my book shelf.

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  182. I just got "hooked" on grannies because they are so portable--I can take them with me to my various doctor appointments. I happily crochet while others stare at their phones but I don't mind being odd!

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  183. Granny squares and Shelly Hubbard were made for each other. Her iconic shades of blue make you just want to do more squares. I love the granny...so versatile, everyone can be unique & rearrange the colors and it looks different yet again. Charming, quck, easy ... the granny is a classic!!

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  184. Following both on IG....thank you both for all you do!!

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  185. I love granny sqaures cos they are so adaptable and go together beautifully.

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  186. A granny square was the first thing I made during a stressful time, and it helped me finally get the hang of crochet! The project is still ongoing as it has morphed into one giant granny square blanket!

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  187. I love making them because they can be very different, colorful,and exciting.

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  188. Being a lefty, when I was young (40+ years ago) teaching me to crochet was a step too far for the craft teacher and my friends mothers ... it was a craft I had to let go as being "not do-able".
    Just over 3 years ago when I had a very bad episode of psoriasis, my skin was very itchy and very sore, I had to find something to keep my hands busy. Having been at a friends house a few month prior to this, my friend (a craft writer) had been crocheting and I recalled how fantastic I thought her work was and how relaxing it looked. So, with new determination I decided crochet was going to be my saviour!
    So hooks and wool bought I spent weeks and weeks practicing all the basic stitches - rows and rows, back and forth. YouTube and books - fantastic! Then when I felt I could try something the granny square was the obvious choice - right?
    Well I nearly wept after my first attempt - it was clear pattern reading skills needed to be honed too - it was terrible. Still determined I practiced and practiced - and finally I made something that looked reasonably like a granny square!! I was so happy I felt I could conquer the world!! Within a year I was making "Circles of the Sun".
    If I struggle with a pattern now and start to feel despondent, I take out my bag of practice pieces and remind myself of the fantastic journey I have had - and how that 1 granny square opened a whole new world for me (and has helped keep my hands away from my skin!). I love granny squares!

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  189. I love granny squares!!! They allow me to utilize the partial skeins of yarn left over from bigger projects. I love the fact that I can throw them into my bag and take them to appointments or anywhere I'm going to have some down time. I receive more complements on my granny projects than on any other of my projects.

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  190. I have only ever made plain granny squares so this book would give me the perfect opportunity to branch out and learn something new. They all look amazing!!

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  191. I like the granny squares for several reasons--quick to do one square, portable so I can work on them while I am waiting in a dr office, use up small bits of leftover yarn. You can get different looks with the same pattern by changing the color combination.

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  192. Granny squares are a great way to introduce variety into a larger project. Try out new stitches and techniques on a smaller scale. They also allow you to break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks that are also portable.

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  193. I love granny squares because they can range in size from small to large and you can have multiple stitch pattern on one square. Plus they can be turned into so many different things

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  194. I love granny squares because there are so many ways and colors to make them unique!

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  195. I have started a granny square blanket for my sons wedding. I have enjoyed crocheting a square that is completed within a hour or two. I feel like I have accomplished something. I would love to include more designs to make this blanket stand out even more.

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  196. I have signed up to follow you both on instagram

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