Thursday, 20 February 2014

Squares squares glorious squares

I have a crazy plan to make a blanket with no two squares the same!  It was inspired partly by my scarf that I recently made where all the squares were different, and was meant to be in CK inspired colours.


The colours haven't quite turned out as I had hoped, but I am going with them, and I can always add some more in if I want to later on.


The plan at the moment is for 210 three round granny squares which will then be edged in white and joined as I go.  I am not sure if it will be big enough though, so I am doing the three rounds of each square and will then lay it out and see what I think.  I might end up with 420 squares, in which case I can either add more colours, or have two of each colourway, which wouldn't be too bad.


I did make a spreadsheet to work it out - I still have to work out the randomness of it though - and that is how using 7 colours I have come up with the number of squares.


This is going to be a long project, but I will keep going!  So far I am 40 completed squares in after just over a week, so not too bad at the moment.  The making up will take some time though I imagine.


I am working with Stylecraft DK, and just to keep a record before I do my usual trick and lose the bands (!) the colours are

Lemon
Teal
Candyfloss
Aspen
Aster
Cloud Blue
Lipstick



I am joining in with Marianne and Chrissie for their Crochet a Long - pop over and visit them and see some lovely crochet makes!




Amy

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  1. I'm loving the color combination!

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  2. Love your blanket Amy and your choice of colours...very pretty indeed! Sarah xo

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  3. It's looking really pretty! I have a folder where I store the yarn bands otherwise I know I'd lose them all too ;) xx

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  4. Wow, you're going to be so busy Amy !
    Kate x

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    1. Slow and steady is the plan!! I am in no rush, and I enjoy just hooking round. It is the sewing in the ends that I don't like! xx

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  5. I love projects like this. Last year, I made a blanket with squares where no two were alike. Right now, I'm making flowery squares that are so far unique, but I'm sure I'll eventually repeat. It goes against me to be completely random, I just don't think that way. :)

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  6. Love all the colours, its looking really pretty. I have a clothes peg that I painted to keep all the yarn bands together, or I know I would lose them.

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    1. You are very organised keeping all your yarn bands together! As long as I know the colours in case I need to get some more I'm not too worried! xx

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  7. I love this blanket Amy it's just gorgeous and the colours are soooo pretty. Keep up the good work.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you Patricia! I will keep going and will keep showing progress! xx

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  8. Good luck to you Amy, that's how I started off with mine, http://lindacraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/so-what-happened-to-that-blanket.html
    I hope you are better than me at getting it finished, In fact I bet you get yours finished before I do. :)

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  9. Wow that is a big brave blanket, it is going to look fabulous. I get too scared to join as you go, I like to make them all and then play around with where they are going to go at the end. So doubly impressive. Thanks for always stopping by my blog. Jo x

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  10. Look at all those squares! Unbelievable! You put me to shame with the speed of your squares, the colours are soooo bright and beautiful, well done! Chrissie x

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  11. I love the colours you've chosen, they're working really well together. All those squares will keep you out of mischief for a while. I've only made one blanket where I've joined on the go, it's so much easier than joining all those squares together at the end.

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  12. So pretty! And you have done so many already Amy! Its going to look lovely when its finished, look forward to seeing more progress on this one!
    Better get back on with mine!
    Gill xx

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  13. I'm planning something similar to use up some of my alleged stash??? The colours are lovely, very spring like which is what I have too.

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  14. I love the colours! I think I would sew together batches as I went, as otherwise I would be daunted by the thought of sewing so many together at the end.

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    1. Because I am trying to keep it as random as possible I can't start to put it together until I have all the squares otherwise I will find that I have clumps of colours together - well, that is what I am worried about! I am quite happy to do it in stages, there is no rush for me! I do however sew the ends in as I go, that is a pain otherwise! xx

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  15. You have been busy and your new crochet is looking lovely! It's a good idea to keep the ball bands, and tie a bit of the yarn on it too if it's a more unusual brand and colour....so I've found!!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xx

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  16. You are a clever lady. I love my home knitted blanket but it is a ragamuffin one and wouldn't pass any kind of 'neat knitting' test! x

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    1. I cannot knit to save my life, so any kind of knitting in any condition would impress me!! xx

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  17. Looks like your going to be busy. Lovely scarf I keep fancying making myself a granny square scarf x

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    1. I do love my scarf and have worn it lots! I am in love with the granny square right now it seems!! xx

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  18. I love the bright colours soo pretty ! WOW ! are you going to be a busy little beaver lol . I am looking forward to see it all done I bet it will be lovely ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  19. I dont think its crazy Amy. I love to see crocheted square blankets but the sewing or joining together is a bit of a nightmare isnt it?!

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    1. I am going to try the join as you go method so hopefully that will not be too bad as they all need a border and I will therefore join as I do the borders. That is what the plan is anyway!! xx

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  20. I've just taken the plunge and am starting to learn to crochet :-) your blanket sounds enormous to me - but such lovely colours. Look forward to seeing it grow over the coming weeks. Jilly

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    1. I look forward to seeing your crochet as you progress Jilly!! xx

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  21. Very pretty! You are very talented with your handiwork.

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  22. Visiting with you via Betsy and Wanda's blogs. I adore these color combinations. Have a nice afternoon.
    Mildred

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  23. Lovely colours Amy. It's a big job (especially all those ends to tie in), but stick with it - it will surely keep you busy!

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  24. Good for you Amy! This sounds like a huge endeavor, but the fact that you're already 40 squares along ... maybe not! Love the colour combos you are using. It'll be fun to follow along with your progress :) Wendy x

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  25. Gosh Amy, so many lovely colours and squares, what a busy lady you are and sounds like this will keep you busy for some time, although you certainly are making great headway. Like Jennifer, I have trouble going 'random' - I try but somehow just can't do it - it's all in my 'make-up' I guess! Well done to you! Cheers, Joy xo

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  26. Your scarf looks rather lovely Amy, I like the colours you have combined. Wowee to making such a huge blanket, it's going to be a bit of a marathon, but will be so worth it in the end. My blanket that I have almost finished has taken me 6 weeks and you forget how long all the joining together and border can take. Look forward to seeing how yours progresses xxx

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    1. I am assuming that it will take me at least 7 weeks to do the squares and then goodness knows how long to do the borders and joining and then a border round the whole thing! I reckon that I am in for a few months work, but that is OK! I think that you have done really well do make a blanket in 6 weeks! You must crochet really fast!! xx

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  27. I love to see little piles of centres, I think that's the exciting part, then you start adding and your piles look bigger. Your pics are just pure joyful ness of Granny Love. Looking forward to following you on this Granny Journey.
    Sally xxx

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  28. Hi Amy! Oh, you have been going to town and the squares look so colorful and happy! Can't wait to see it finished.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  29. I'll be keeping my eye on this project♥️
    Good luck!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  30. This is going to look amazing. How organized of you to do a spreadsheet for working out colour combos. I have not been game enough to join as I go as I am like Jo and enjoy playing around with the placement of the squares, but a spreadsheet would solve that issue now, wouldn't it?!

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  31. That is looking soooo lovely. I just love your colours. I'm making a blanket too but joining four squares at a time then bordering all around then joining that piece to three others to make up a really large one, if you get my drift. I'll post a pic. You'll probably want to discipline yourself into weaving in ends every six squares or so otherwise to have to do it all at the end will be an absolute nightmare, ask me how I know?lol Have you heard of 'DesignSeed.com'? Great for organising your colours.

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  32. Color!! Beautiful color! I just love it!! =) blessings ~ tanna

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  33. The blanket is going to be beautiful! I like the idea of not making any two squares the same!

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  34. Hi Lovely Amy, sorry I have been absent for a few days, it has been one busy week! My goodness I am impressed with your work Amy, it is looking so good and I cannot wait to see it all finished and lovely. A great post as always Amy. Have a lovely weekend, sending you big hugs and loves
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxx

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  35. Pretty squares Amy, the blanket will be lovely.
    Marianne x

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  36. Lovely colours, gosh what a huge project, I'm sure it will be beautiful when it's finished, enjoy the process xx

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  37. These look lovely! Great idea! You must be very patient to work it all out and not make two squares the same! Look forward to seeing it when its finished!

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    1. I have a system, so as long as I stick to it the squares should work out - I hope so anyway!! I will of course share my progress and finished blanket! Thanks for stopping by Charlotte. xx

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  38. Amy, how did you ever get so much done in such a short time? I love the idea, I love the colors and I love the pattern and I love the idea.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  39. They are just so pretty, I was thinking how are those round flowers going to be squares....shows how much I know about crafting!

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  40. O those lovely squares and lovely colours - a project to savour! I'm starting a granny square project soon too and I cannot wait :-)
    Have a happy crochet time X

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  41. Your project is SO organized! The colors are very pretty and your approach is wonderful!! This will be a gogeous blanket!
    :)

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  42. I am so impressed with your organisational skills and I am loving the colours you are working with. It is going to be a stunner of a blanket. xoxo

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  43. Lovely! You've made a great start and got a lot done already. I am working on a four-round granny square blanket and calculate that 15 squares long by 15 squares wide will be more than enough for a large double/king size blanket. So thats 225 squares, plus a generous border. So hopefully yours will be similar-ish? I have to say if mine was 400 squares I'd run away now! And sew in the ends as you go - I am. It's boring but I know I'll be glad I did when I get to the end. Good luck! x

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  44. They're multiplying! What a pretty array of colours and handiwork, Amy. One day, yes, one day I will pull the "learn to crochet" book off the shelf and try again.

    Karen

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  45. Look at you go friend!!! Your squares are just so beautiful! The colors are happy and this blanket is going to be awesome! I really wish you lived closer so that you could teach me some things!!! I can't wait to see how it turns out! A lovely week to you sweet friend! Nicole xoxo

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  46. Very pretty and certainly a labor of love This will be very special, Amy!

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  47. It looks lovely. I think the colours goes very well together. And what a treassure to have! Looking forward to see what it will look like in the end. Anna x

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    1. Thank you so very much, glad that you like the colour combination, I wasn't sure at first, but the more that I do, the more that I like it. I will be sure to share how it is going, and the finished blanket of course! xx

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  48. Goodness, you have a job on your hands there. But what satisfaction when it is done and keeping you warm :)

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  49. Looking good! It's so satisfying seeing the little squares pile up. I do miss crochet for that! The effort will be worth it and it will be super gorgeous when it's done :-) Mel x

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  50. Precioso tejido me encanta el punto a crochet ,yo tambièn soy fan del tejido ,abrazos desde el sur de Chile

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  51. Your delghtful pictures full of colour and promise make me want to learn to crochet so much! Enjoy your creative work!

    Stephane

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  52. HOW MANY SQUARES????????!!!!!!
    They are looking beautiful though.
    x

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    1. That is right Jill - 210, but they are only 3 round grannies and then another round to do the join as you go bit!! I am crazy, you are right! xx

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  53. Just beautiful AMy I love the colors, IM thinking in knit something for Autu

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    1. Thank you Gloria, I look forward to seeing some of your creations on your blog sometime! xx

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  54. Your blanket is going to look great - I too like working with Stylecraft is has such a squidgy feel to it.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Lorna and for your lovely comment, I hope that I will see you again. Sorry for the long time in replying, as you will see from my next post along I am trying to have a bit of time away from the computer at the moment. Hope you have a good weekend and thanks again. xx

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  55. Hi Amy,

    I love all the gorgeous colours of your blanket - it is going to be great when you finish it.
    My Mother was always crocheting peggy squares and making rugs.
    Happy week and thanks for the kind visit to my blog
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  56. Hi Amy I love the idea of your blanket especially the lovely randomness of it - it's growing so quickly. I love to see piles of granny squares, my idea of fun and I must admit its the first time in a while that I haven't got a blanket on the go. I think I may have to remedy that - thank you for the inspiration xxx

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    1. Thank you Vanessa and thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope to see you again sometime. Hope that you have a good weekend. xx

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  58. Such cute little happy squares. I hate sewing the ends in too! WORST. JOB. EVER!!

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    1. We definitely agree on the sewing in then Robbie! Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again and that you have a good weekend. xx

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    2. Again (always and still!) blown away by your yarn skills!!

      I love the idea of no two squares alike and cannot wait to see what you create next!

      xo

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