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Book Review: Granny Squares Now

By Sandy Amazeen May 12, 2009, 4:29 GMT

Book Review: Granny Squares Now

These are not your granny’s granny squares! They’re young, hip, and sometimes not even square. More than 70 contemporary versions come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, along with fabulous finishing ideas. They’re attractive enough to use as an embellishment on a piece of clothing, as well as in traditional stitched-together projects. Many of the designs appear in different yarn weights and colors, allowing crocheters to personalize any of ...more

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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