and it was going so well

So there I was, cruising along on the last round of my giant granny square. That’s right, I’ve crocheted up five 100g balls of Taiyo right quick! I was trying to outrun the yarn on the last, rather long go around – the blanket’s going to be about 40″ square – and then when I go to turn the last corner?

I neglected to go a proper corner on the previous round. Had to rip back two rounds.


On the plus side, I do think there’ll be enough yarn. And I’m getting the urge to knit something to back it with, rather than using fabric – maybe just mitred stockinette or diagonal garter stitch, but I don’t know. It might be nice to back it with fabric, and I do have some really nice organic cotton jersey.

Oh, the possibilities.

(If I ever get to finish this thing.)






11 responses to “and it was going so well”

  1. Christa Giles Avatar

    I’m making one of these for the LYS where I work.. .and I’ve found a few botched corners as I go, but I don’t want to rip back, so I just work 3 DCs into the space between the first and second DC of the not-a-corner cluster, then the chain, then the other 3 DCs into the space between the second and third DC of the not-a-corner cluster.

    And then I tell myself that I’m keeping the traditions alive, of leaving something wrong in a project “’cause only God makes things perfect!”
    A bit of a cop-out, but I’m okay with it. Also a good example to pull out when newbie knitters or crocheters lament about making mistakes and having to rip back.. this shows them another option :)

  2. Rebecca Avatar

    Hi Laura,

    I know that you’re not as much of a sewing blog as a knitting blog .. but as a craftster who enjoys some of the mixed media projects, I totally support the idea of backing with fabric. :)

    Also, I was wondering if you’d be willing to divulge (in an upcoming post) your ‘go to’ shops if you wanted to pick up some fabric for a project.



  3. mai Avatar

    well, at least it’s easier to rip back and pick up those dropped stiches than it is with knitting, right? :)

  4. Jennifer Avatar

    perfect timing. i follow your blog and find it so helpful. love your sock book. i am trying to do a granny square afghan and after the second colour it starts to bias. It looks slanted. what am i doing to see pic of yours. i am using acrylic leftovers.

  5. Wendolene Avatar

    You’re really adventurous to be contemplating *knitting* a backing for your blanket (which looks awesome already–great stash-buster)! I would just get it off the hook and say ok–done.

  6. stitches.and.tulips Avatar

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and wanted to drop a note to say hi. What better time than on the giant granny-square post! I love the giant granny square. I can also appreciate your frustration with having to rip back. I always try to think of ways to avoid it but I always give in eventually. Good luck – can’t wait to see the finished product!

  7. Seanna Lea Avatar

    Hopefully your crochet experience mimics mine and that the fixes are easier and less time consuming to make!

  8. Elizabeth Avatar

    I suggest backing with fabric. If you back with yarn, you’ll end up with a very heavy blanket–after all, crochet uses up a lot more yarn than knitting, so if you add knitting on top of that, it can get pretty hefty. If you back with fabric, you can make a nice border all around by cutting the fabric larger, then folding over the edges twice to make a doubled edge, mitring (sp?) the corners. Very tidy.

  9. Suzanne (Yarnhog) Avatar

    That giant granny square totally grabbed my attention. Despite the many, many lots of yarn taking over my guest room, I couldn’t resist buying 10 skeins of Noro Iro in a gorgeous, brilliant colorway just perfect for my family room from a Raveler who happened to be destashing it for a song just to make my very own giant granny square. Now I’m just waiting impatiently for it to arrive so I can start. I can’t wait to see yours finished.

  10. Debbie Avatar

    I’ve been trying to make a Granny Square for a week, now, and I just can’t get it right. Mine keep looking like a pansy! I’ve watched the videos on YouTube, and I’ve tried other sites and patterns. What pattern do you use for your Granny Square? I would love to know. Thanks!

  11. Patti Avatar

    Which reminds me of the time my mom was making a giant granny square afghan and she somehow ended up with not 4 but 5 corners! I never found out how she managed it but it is still a running joke in my family.

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