The classic crochet granny square motif has been reinvented again and again. Using different variations of the square itself, playing with different color combinations, and arranging squares in different ways, you can create an endless array of different granny square crochet blankets. But how do you get ideas for the right design? Margaret Hubert has the answer for you in the form of a book called 10 Granny Squares, 30 Blankets: Color Schemes, Layouts, and Edge Finishes for 30 Unique Looks.
10 Crochet Granny Square Patterns
There are ten crochet granny square patterns in this book, including floral crochet granny square patterns. There is a great range in terms of difficulty, and there are a few really unique crochet patterns in the book. My favorite is the Quartet, which is used to make the blanket that is featured on the cover of this crochet book; it has four smaller openwork squares connected together with an edging to make a larger square. Author Margaret Hubert is the perfect crochet designer to show us crochet granny square patterns, since she's also authored The Granny Square Book and Granny Square Flowers.
Color Variations on a Crochet Granny Square
The easiest way to alter any crochet pattern for a different look is to change the color combination of the pattern. This crochet book is all about doing that, finding different ways to put colors together to create an entirely new design. For each of these ten crochet square patterns, we get a chance to see what the pattern looks like in four different color combinations (the original square and three variations; the variations are then made into blankets). So for the quartet crochet square pattern, we see the following color combinations:
- Light and Dark Green. Two light green and two dark green crochet squares inside of a border that's dark green on the inside and light green on the outside.
- Multi-Colored. Four squares each of different colors with a fifth color for the border that ties them all together. (This is the variation that you see on the cover of the book.)
- Blue, White and Brown. Three blue squares, one white square, inside of a brown border.
- Green, Pink, Yellow and Blue. One square in each color, with a border in blue.
The light and dark green has a natural, organic feel. The multi-colored is both playful and contemporary. The third crochet blanket has a strong retro appeal. And the final blanket, designed for making a crochet baby blanket, has a bit of a floral feeling to it. Just the color change makes that difference.
Layout Changes for a Crochet Granny Square Blanket
So for each square, we see four different options in terms of color. But more than that, we see three completely different blankets, where the squares are laid out in different ways. For the quartet:
- The multi-colored crochet square is worked in even more colors, 10 in total, which are laid out in a grid of 30 squares to create the full blanket. The blanket's edging is black to make all of those many, many colors pop. One way you could change this is to make only a single multi-colored square (one square in five colors; the same design made 30 times) so it would still be colorful but not quite as intense.
- The 36 squares that make up the blue, white and brown crochet blanket are each made the same way, but they are laid out so that the single white squares in each larger square are facing each other in the corner to create nine white squares inside of the blanket. The border uses one of each color.
- Each of the 16 crochet squares in the baby blanket are identical and are laid out in exactly the same way, joined together with a blue and green border that has a lot of interesting detail.
So, in addition to the color changes, the way you lay out those squares and the border that you add to the final blanket can all make a huge difference in the final design of the crochet blanket. This crochet book provides a lot of ideas for different ways to play with the design. It's inspiring, colorful, beautiful and fun.
More About This Crochet Granny Square Book
10 Granny Squares, 30 Blankets is a smart crochet book that has a usefulness beyond the obvious. Yes, it will show you ten crochet square patterns and 30 patterns for crochet blankets. But it also teaches you a lot about design layout. This will help you with a wide variety of other projects, whether you want to play with altering crochet patterns for your own work or you want to work on designing your own crochet books. It is smart and useful!