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The Granny Square Book

Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square

The Granny Square Book
Format: Spiral, 176 Pages
Item: 193949
ISBN: 9781589236387
Illustrations: 250
Size: 9.25 x 8.75 x 1
Weight: 1.688 lb.
Published: November 1st 2011
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Granny squares are to crochet what pieced squares are to quilting. They originated with pioneer women using up precious scraps of yarn to make blankets for their families, and over the years, many recognized, named patterns have been handed down from one generation to the next. Beyond this treasury of 75 different granny square motifs, Margaret Hubert shows the evolution of the granny square, how it can be used and interpreted in different ways with different yarns, and how today's crocheter can design her own projects using the granny squares of her choice with the yarn choices of today. Just as Margaret learned from her grandmother and mother and then passed the skill down to her daughter and granddaughter, each generation finds new uses and artistic ways to interpret granny squares.

Margaret Hubert designs for yarn companies and book and magazine publishers including Crochet, Interweave Press, Quick and Easy Crochet, Crochet Fantasy, and Belle Armoire. She teaches at yarn shops, retreats, and national gatherings and rarely misses a national conference in the needle arts field. A world traveler, Margaret pays close attention to the fashions in Europe and spots style trends as they hit New York. She is equally as passionate about knitting and crochet, and can design patterns for either, in any size or shape. Among her specialties, she is a master at free-form crochet. She is the author of 12 other books including five books in the CPi Hooked series, Knits for Men, Plus Size Crochet, Knit or Crochet–Have It Your Way, Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, and Complete Photo Guide to Knitting.

"Longtime crocheter and designer Hubert explores granny squares—those classic square crocheted motifs—in this collection of patterns. A full-color photo of each square is included, as well as written and charted instructions for crocheting the square. Crocheters can mix and match their favorite granny squares or follow one of the variety of included patterns. It’s not easy to make garments and accessories featuring granny squares look fresh and contemporary, but several of Hubert’s creations are quite fashionable. Crocheters looking to move beyond basic granny squares, as well as new crocheters drawn to these traditional motifs, will enjoy this collection." - Library Journal

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Crochet Basics

Hooks and Other Notions

General Techniques

Granny Square Techniques

Details and Finishing

Granny Square Patterns

Seventy-five Squares

Designing with Granny Squares

Start Small

Graph It Out

Butterfly Garden Two-Way Shawl

Popcorns and Lace Shawl

Holiday Vest

Yoga Tunic and Mat Carrier

Popcorn Flower Cardigan

Fiesta Bag

Pendant Earrings

Bright Colors Backpack

Tween Hooded Vest

Toddler Pullover and Hat

Baby Sweater and Hat

Jeannine Square Blanket

Pillows with Panache

Tuscan Tile Afghan


Stained Glass Afghan

Flower Garden Throw

Lily Pond Afghan

Straw Hat Topper



November 8,2011
The Hartford Knitting Examiner calls The Granny Square Book a "book about timeless techniques and fresh ideas for crocheting square by square." Learn More.