Slate recently ran an article about the ubiquity of granny square afghans on American television shows. It was fun to read about the origins of some of those familiar set decor pieces. The article didn’t mention one of my favorites: the granny square afghan at the home of Parks and Recreation character Ann Perkins.
During the show’s first season, it was often seen in the company of Ann’s then-boyfriend Andy Dwyer (who spent much of his time on that couch while they were dating). No matter how you feel about basic granny square afghans, those TV couches would be pretty boring without them.
I challenged myself to a task for the contest last year: make two versions of a doily in different sizes. The “mini” version was to be made of thread, and the “mega” version was to be made from yarn. Here’s the final result of the larger version: a doily blanket.
The pattern is the Sunburst Pineapple doily, which is a rather large doily even when made with its intended thread. My blanket version was made out of the lovely Antique Teal shade of I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.
No awards for this one, but I do really like it. In fact, it’s one of the few crocheted afghans that I have out on display. It’s draped over the living room loveseat at this very moment. 🙂
Remember that contest I mentioned, and the post in which I promised more photos and descriptions? Well here I am, making good on that promise. 🙂 This first one is a crocheted baby blanket, which I made from granny squares.
I loved the idea of creating a gingham pattern out of two shades of the same yarn color, plus white. I had also been (and still am, really) obsessed with the turquoise-white color combination. Hence, the inspiration for this afghan. This baby afghan pattern from Bernat served as the inspiration for the granny square color layout. But I wanted to use granny squares with more interest and texture…
..so I found three different granny square patterns that I liked, all by Aurora Suominen. The six-inch-wide square patterns were rather hard to find – many patterns are 12 inches wide, which would have made a HUGE blanket once I had created the gingham pattern I desired. But I loved the ones that I picked – all different from one another, yet bearing the similar textural hallmarks of the same designer.
Here are the squares I used:
I didn’t win any awards on this one, but I’m quite happy with the result. The only hiccup? The centers of several of the flower squares unraveled horrifyingly in the wash. I thought the entire thing was a lost cause when I saw the damage, but the repairs turned out to be relatively easy. The photos you see here were taken after the washing mishap and subsequent fix-up.
See this project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/framing-a-flower-6-square