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Granny Square Challenge – Square #3 – Friend Family Square

Alright, it has been a little while since we posted the last update to the Granny Square Challenge but we are up and rolling again! Funny how life and tech issues both have a way of interrupting work on things like the blog world….

A quick recap for those that haven’t yet heard about the Granny Square Challenge: Every couple weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. These squares are not my original designs, but rather squares that I have found made by other designers. The final project will be a fun granny square throw full of assorted squares. Those participating have chosen and shared their colours,  mastered square # 1 – the solid granny square and shared their skills with square # 2 – the Heart Square.

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Square # 3 is a great little 6″ square that has so many options for personalization. The pattern can be found on the Christal’s Crochet blog HERE. You will need to do 4 of these squares using whatever creative spin you like to give it your own personal touch as long as at the end they are still 6″ squares. While doing mine I attempted to show you a few different variations to give you ideas, with examples showing anywhere from 1-3 colours and also doing half with the original ‘front side’ of the first 2 rows, and the other half with it reversed just to show you can even work the other side for a different look.

For those just coming across our challenge now its still not too late to join in! Follow the links below to the first couple posts, and get yourself caught up before square #4 is announced! Share your squares on the FB Event page HERE, our normal Lovingly Hooked FB page HERE or email them to me at contactus@lovinglyhooked.com to have them shared. I am planning on doing a post in the near future just to showcase the squares that have been shared up until this point.

Square # 1 – The Solid Granny Square

Square # 2 – The Heart Square

Can’t wait to see everyone’s completed squares from this one!

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Granny Square Challenge – Square #2 – Heart Square

For those of you following along with our Granny Square challenge – Today we are introducing square # 2.

A quick recap for those that haven’t yet heard about the Granny Square Challenge: Every couple weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. These squares are not my original designs, but rather squares that I have found made by other designers. The final project will be a fun granny square throw full of assorted squares. Those participating have chosen and shared their colours, and mastered square # 1 – the solid granny square. Completed squares are being added to our Flickr album HERE as they are being posted.

Square #2, the next part of the challenge, is the Heart Square. This is a 12″ square unlike the last one – and you will only need one for the finished throw. As this will become a more central piece of the throw, I suggest working it in your favourite of your chosen colours!

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Unlike the last pattern, this is worked in rows. The pattern can be found HERE on the SmoothFox Crochet and Knitting blog. This is a blog I have visited a few times now as I love the designs that SmoothFox shares! This pattern introduces a newer stitch for beginners, and so I am also sharing a great YouTube tutorial from New Stitch A Day HERE.

As I said last time, if you haven’t already joined in on our challenge its still not too late! We have only done one square now, moving on to number 2! If you want to join in and get caught up, you can find the post about square 1 HERE or come on over to our Facebook Event HERE to follow along! Share your squares on the FB Event page or email them to me at contactus@lovinglyhooked.com and I will make sure they are added to the album!

Looking forward to seeing your squares!

 


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Granny Square Challenge – Square #1 – Solid Granny Square

I have been pretty slow on blogging lately – between busy work hours, a cold bug that didn’t want to leave our house and some personal things being thrown in the mix getting on here has been a little more difficult. For that reason I am a little behind on blogging this, but wanted to be sure to get it put on here for anyone that may not be active on our Facebook page to have seen it!

We have started a fun challenge to get some new crocheters up and going, seasoned crocheters sharing their skills, those who have taken time off back in the game and busting out some of our stash (that we may not have even remembered we have). This challenge is a Granny Square challenge.

Every couple of weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. I will let you know when I do how many of that pattern we will need. The final project will be a fun granny square pattern full of assorted squares. Participants have chosen and shared their colours, and we’re currently on Square # 1 – the Solid Granny Square:

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This is a fairly standard pattern in the repertoire of those who work granny squares regularly. It is super versatile – looking great when worked as one solid colour, or while mixing in a fun blend of different colours to create some different designs. Mine above show a couple different ways you can use colour to add to the fun!

The pattern itself can be found all over the internet – but I have chosen to share the one found on the A Creative Being blog HERE due to its simplicity. I also shared a great video tutorial by Mikey from The Crochet Crowd which can be found HERE for those that prefer that visual presentation.

If you haven’t already joined in on our challenge it’s not too late! We have only just started the first of our squares, the second to be released Wednesday, April 23rd (delayed slightly due to the holiday weekend). Come on over to our Facebook Event HERE and start sharing your squares! There will also be various prizes being announced as we go! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!


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Hearts Throw

With a wedding early 2014 I knew starting this year that I was wanting to spend some quality time working on a handmade special gift for the bride and groom. I weeded through a ton of different patterns for the ‘perfect one’ when I came across this a free pattern online that fit the bill. I set to work with a ball of Bernat Handicrafter (it ended up needing a few) and the resulting project was a perfect wedding gift!

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A labour of love – this did take me a lot longer than a lot of the projects that I take on but I was so pleased with the end result that I couldn’t have cared. I opted to use Bernat Handicrafter 100% USA grown cotton for many reasons including the fact it was a locally grown fiber, the softness and the durability for care afterwards. The pattern is a free pattern from Red Heart and can be found HERE.

This, like any cabling pattern, is definitely not a beginner pattern, but for anyone who has experimented with some smaller cabled projects and is looking to challenge themselves its a GREAT project to take on! The pattern is super easy to follow and the design of the blanket gives you the satisfaction of accomplishment after each panel.

Has anyone else ever made a handmade gift for a wedding or bridal shower? If so I would LOVE to see and hear about it! Please share either in the comments below, or better yet on our Facebook page HERE.

Enjoy!