I haven't crocheted granny squares since the 70's. Seeing their renewed popularity, I thought it was time to try these classic shapes again. How fun, and how addicting! Once begun, it was hard to stop.
I thoroughly enjoyed putting colors together in even the basic granny square, and decided to make a runner for our table. For this project I wanted a lightweight, washable yarn with interesting colors. I chose three colorways of Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn:
To create a palette, I wound the Silk Garden Sock into small balls by color.
Putting the colors together was magical work, with wonderfully rich color combinations resulting in happy-looking squares:
To make the colors "pop" even more, I framed each square in the traditional black. Carefully working in all the yarn ends was time-consuming, but I'm thrilled with the finished product.
And I have enough finished squares left to make another runner, or perhaps a shawl.
While making and joining the grannies, I felt one with those before me: choosing color combinations for each square, deciding on a project shape and border design. I also have an appreciation for the skill involved in joining grannies well, so lines and corners are square and even.
While working on the table runner, I took a couple quick detours and made some grannies from solid worsted yarns. They fell short of the color depth and interest in the squares made from Noro yarn. Granny squares are another way to enjoy the color genius of Noro.