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Monday
Mar232009

Joelle's Giant Granny Square

This beautiful blanket sat unfinished and crumpled in a forgotten corner of Joelle's craftroom for at least two years. One day it somehow got unearthed, poking itself out from under a pile of fabrics. Page, Molly and I were simultaneously riveted by the vision of this amazing blanket that we'd never seen. Molly demanded to know, "Where has this been?!" I reprimanded, "Why haven't you finished it?!" Page yelled, "Can I have it?!" Why didn't I think of that?

Joelle was less impressed with herself than we were with her. She just kind of shrugged and said that she'd gotten too busy to finish it (true, she is busy). So I offered/got enlisted to crochet the last round and to sew in the ends.

It was a pleasure to spend time in the mind of Joelle's color sense. To me it's a marvel how she dreamed up these colors. Soft grays and creams blur behind sharp bursts of vivid pinks and rich browns, all mingling together in beautiful rainbow magic.

It's a simple notion - a granny square that goes on and on and on - but because the pattern is so pleasantly meditative, the mind is free to just wander from one color to the next, creating beautifully symphonic color music. There's no better instrument for such composing than Koigu's KPM. The hand-dyed colors strike every note perfectly!

This blanket is 30 x 30-inches and takes at least seven skeins to make. Joelle used more skeins in order to use more colors. Here's what they are:

For this warm toned version (from top to bottom):

Colors #2389, #1303, #2360, #1111, #2231, #1411, #1135, #1110, #1209, #2180, and #1201

Here's another color idea if you want to explore cooler tones (from top to bottom):

Colors #2411, #2171, #2409, #2405, #2416, #2403, #2360, #0000, #1201, #2100, #2180, #1230

Remember that tracking down exact matches of Koigu colors can be a little tricky at best, and impossible at worst. Luckily, Koigu makes so many gorgeous colors that substituting one of these colors with your own choice is bound to bring its own rewards.

This blanket has been on quite a journey. I think Joelle's love for it has been rekindled, and Page may have to make her own! If you'd like to make your own and want to learn how to make a granny square, please visit our Granny Square Tutorial!  --Whitney

Reader Comments (74)

I'm in love with this pattern! The only problem is my edges are getting flowey -- as in, the tension around 30 or so rows isn't tight enough around to keep it a square but starting to look more like a poodle skirt. What could possibly go wrong with a granny square?! Yikes... Please advise.
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraustinannie
Oh, I get always so sad when I read this post. I've tried twice to make this granny and always end with a giant twisted square. And it begin to twist from the beginning square. I have tried with a worsted weight yarn and works better but never with a sport or fingering weight. Did anyone have the same problem as me?
July 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercelia
Oh I have just read the last comment and the problem I have is exactly the same as austinannie! lol...
July 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercelia
Hi Annie and Celia,
We're so sorry you're having this trouble! If you edge is getting ruffled or not laying flat it means that you've either got too many stitches, or to few. Without looking at it, its hard to judge, but it sounds like what is happening is that you aren't doing the double crochet properly (this is a common problem!)
Here is a link to the double crochet tutorial on our site:
http://www.purlbee.com/crochet-basics/2007/4/12/double-crochet.html

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you need further assistance!
July 30, 2009 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
LOVE THIS !!!
Am crocheing a blanket at the moment, but now I can't wait to finish and try your inspiring example!
September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid
This is such a great blanket! Do you all offer crocheting classes? I would love to learn more about that. I also would like to go beyond just knitting and learn more tecniques. Love you guys and hope to go visit the shop soon!
October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNadia Marie
I'm a man and I think that it's amazing!
October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Man
It's beautiful! The colors are great! Seems like a lot of good work!
January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaryse
I love this! I included them in a collection of granny squares over on my blog: http://monami.squarespace.com/mon-ami-journal/2010/1/17/inspiration-granny-squares.html

thanks for sharing
xo
January 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermon ami
Oh I am so in love with your yarn colors....and the combinations I will definitely be using to crochet many winter items this year....Thank you!
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
I was wondering if you can explain how to do the pattern. I'm trying to make a baby blanket for my daughter due late April and that's the pattern I want to use and I know how to do regular crochet just not the granny squares. and when I seen the name Joelle I thought that would be even more perfect cause my daughters middle name is actually going to be Joelle. Hopefully you can either recommend me to a site that does that pattern or type one out for me. please and thank you!!!!!
March 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Hi Nicole-

Here is a link to the Granny Square pattern, complete with written instructions and photos: http://www.purlbee.com/granny-square-project/

Good luck with your blanket! and congrats on your soon- to - arrive daughter!

- Molly
March 7, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love these colors! And this post has just enthused and inspired me to make one for the kiddos. Wonderful creativity and I have to say, I love your website!
Gabli
November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabli
Sorry for the confusion, especially as you have provided a product link - but could you please tell me if the skeins recommended were mini KPM (11yds) which seem to have many more colors available and have a similar product photo to the one in the post, or the 175yd skeins?

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/410-Koigu-Premium-Merino-(KPM) or
http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8016-Koigu-Premium-Merino-(KPM)-Needlepoint-Yarn
January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Honey
Hi Miss Honey-

It is the 175 yard skeins. They are available here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/410-Koigu-Wool-Designs-Koigu-Premium-Merino-KPM

Thanks you!

Molly
January 5, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I made a giant great granny for each of my children this year for Christmas (4 of them-people in church got used to me brining in my bag & working during service, bonus is that it keeps me warm while I work)-only variation I use is using 2 or 3 skeins at a time & a huge crochet hook. Makes for a very thick cuddly blanket. Added bonus is I get to think of & pray for each child as I make their blanket. Very calming & peaceful to work on.
January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose
Did you block this when it was finished? I am making one currently and as it gets bigger it is not as square as I would like it to be.
April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPixie
Hi Pixie-

Joelle didn't block this. However, someone else we know had a problem similar to yours and it turned out that she was doing double crochet incorrectly. Here is a video on the double crochet stitch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpi7FxMxv5Y&feature=related

Please let us know if you have any further questions, and good luck with it!

Molly
April 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi,
I'm currently having the same problem as Celia and Pixie, I watched the youtube video and read the double crochet blog post and that's how I've been making my double crochets. Do you know of any other reason why this might be happening?

Thanks for your help and love this blanket!

Katie
April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hi Katie-

We're sorry to hear you're having this problem. You might want to try experimenting using a different sized hook. If you're getting a rippled edge your tension might need to be tighter, and thus a smaller hook might help.

Please let us know if that helps!

Thank you!

Molly
April 15, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
My g-granmother made afghans like this all the time, and I tried to figure out the pattern on my own, but I was just a beginner. I'd like to do this one day!
May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercristine
I love making granny squares! They are about the only thing that I can crochet! I have made my twins son and daughter a large granny square afghan and am in the process of finishing my oldest son's. I've been using yarn that I've had in my stash to make a scrappy afghan. I am also in the process of making doll six afghans to donate to my mother of twin's group so that they can sell then at the annual convention. I am hoping people like them enough to buy them. Maybe they can raffle them off also. Anyway, I love granny squares and can't wait to make more afghans! I also love love love the color way used in this afghan!
June 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
I am making my first 12 in granny square for a blanket that is roughly 90 x 80 or so. How many skeins and squares do you think I should aim for? ^.^ love your blanket!
August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeslin
Hi Keslin,
That's a tough one. The original used 24 skeins of Koigu. Are you knitting it in Koigu? Those 24 skeins created a 30 inch x 30 inch blanket. I guess you could extrapolate from there.
Laura
September 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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