Book Review: Granny Squares Now

The ubiquitous crochet granny square receives a makeover that will likely change your perceptions of this tried and true pattern. Using contemporary yarns in an assortment of textures and colors that, when combined with updated pattern variations, yields surprisingly trendy results. The stunning Homespun Classic Throw shown on the cover serves as case in point although the Woven Rings Afghan with its interlocking center motifs is a close second. The ruffled Peony Flower would make a cute accent pin and while shown worked in one color, it would come alive in variegated or progressively lighter shades.

Each motif is shown with a close-up color photo and clear written instructions, some shown added onto or made into a garment. The brief summery of abbreviations and stitches located in the front will serve most needleworkers although beginners will want to have a more detailed “how to” guide on hand. This is a nice, general crochet motif guide with most of the designs well within the beginners ability.

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