hipster square afghan

normally i don’t post about a project until it is finished, but i’ve made a lot of progress on the granny square afghan that i started last fall, so i feel like sharing! i started this project sometime in october, i think, because i remember working on it when i worked at the november election and that i had started it recently before then.

the fella said that he doesn’t like that they are called “granny” squares, because it makes it sound like i am an old granny. he asked me if they have any other name, and when i said they didn’t, he said we should come up with one. i proposed “hipster squares” and he loved it. so now he keeps asking me how my hipster square afghan is coming along. 🙂

120 granny squares later, here is the current status of the project:

  • all 120 granny squares crocheted
  • all squares blocked (the last are ready to be removed from the blocking board)
  • initial ends are woven in on about 20 squares (meaning the ends from making the square…more ends will come with attaching them)
  • 2 inner rows are attached, ends not woven in yet

this afghan is not from a pattern. initially, i was going to make it red and green checkered with a black border. then, joann fabric ran out of the red yarn i was using, so i bought some grey and decided to incorporate that as well.

at some point, i started making the squares one round too small – i hadn’t worked on it in a couple of months and when i started making them, i just forgot how big they were. i had made a ton by the time i realized it, so i decided to incorporate it into the design.

so now, my plan is to make the inner portion with the larger green and red squares, and then surround with a row of grey and then a row of green. because the outer rounds are smaller squares, i am going to have to be a bit creative in combining them. i am using carina’s method of joining the squares, which is pure genius. normally i hate the way granny square projects look because i hate the way the seam looks. with this method, it looks like a big continuous project with no seam!!! i just love it. pretty easy, too!

here are some photos of the process!

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About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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