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Granny Squares: Over 25 Creative Ways to Crochet the Classic Pattern [Paperback]

Stephanie Gohr , Melanie Sturm , Barbara Wilder
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30 May 2012
If you like to crochet, you won't be disappointed with Granny Squares. The crocheted squares, affectionately called "grannies" by their fans, are true quick-change artists. Quickly made, they continue to reveal their charm in ever new color variants and different combinations of yarns and stitches. The individual squares can be very easily joined together to make wonderfully colorful bags, gifts, beautiful home accessories or snuggly throws. Here you will find creative ideas for big and small granny square showpieces, and with precise instructions for all basic techniques and patterns provided. Whether you are at home on the sofa, on the train or on a bench in the park, the manageable crochet pieces will fit in any bag. and with each square a little work of art emerges. What's on your hook? Will you start your masterpiece today?

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (30 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844488403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844488407
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 19.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful guide to the traditional crocheted granny square. There are 23 granny squares at the start of the book which vary widely in the stitches they use. There are over 25 projects in the book which then use a granny square from the front of the book in a project. There is a project for four bags or pouches (mobile phone, colourful bag and a spectacle case), six 'covers' (wall hangings, covers for coat hanger rails), five clothing projects (hat, slippers and wrist warmers), five 'kitchen' projects (mug cosy, fruit basket), and eight projects for the bedroom such as blankets and cushions. It was published last year in Germany but has now been translated into English by Search Press. I think in all honesty there are only a couple of projects I wouldn't make. What's so wonderful about the granny square is that it's so versatile. It speaks a universal language so a German book is much the same as an English book. There are four pages of instructions at the back of the book if you are new to crochet. There was no problem at all with the pattern translation. This is a great introduction to granny squares if you are new to them or a fantastic addition to your collection if you already have a few books on them. It's a great 'first crochet book' to buy as the granny square practices a lot of stitches and makes you learn magic ring!-sewingisforgirls.blogspot.com Granny squares are still the staple of the crocheter, and as they enjoy a resurgence in popularity this book is sure to be a popular choice for crocheters old and new. Containing more than 25 pretty projects, the granny squares are used for a whole host of interiors and accessories projects from bath mats and bolsters to stoles and slippers.-Craft Business The time when making these versatile and beautiful little squares were associated with grannies is long past; now everybody seems to be taking up yarncrafts. If you are a beginner, somebody with lots of oddments or you want a quick project that grows fast here are not only the squares, but also what to do with them. I do like books like this; thin and inexpensive but filled with possibilities. Originally published in Germany this combines traditional written instructions with charts for maximum accessibility. There are twenty-three different squares to make in the first part of the book, some one color and others using several different yarns. They have names like starfish, carnation and snowflake and appearances to match. The rest of the book is filled with twenty-five different projects both large and small, beginner or more challenging. There are baby blankets and household items like a mug cozy, napkin ring, placemat and table runner, trims for towels, a throw, wearables such as a beanie hat, stole, slippers and bags. Each project has a whole page colored photograph of the finished item plus a page of instructions and sometimes small details are shown as extra photographs. Projects are grouped according to use, and graded according to difficulty. Total beginners, who have not crocheted or made up a pattern before, are advised to go elsewhere for their initial crochet training. Project instructions are the type that require some previous experience, although there is a brief refresher course on the stitches at the back, it is not sufficient to teach beginners. Chain and double crochet are not covered although treble and others are, which is odd, but Search Press also publish some excellent books for beginners. Try this one when you know the basics and you won't be disappointed, particularly for presents and crafts to sell.-Myshelf.com

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Stephanie Goehr was born in Stuttgart and grew up near Tubingen. She lives in Esslingen with her husband and two children. Stephanie spent a lot of time in her mother's craft shop as a child, where she learned many different types of handwork. While she studied to become a graphic designer, she wrote several books about different craft techniques. Stephanie enjoys the challenge of looking for new ways to use traditional crafting techniques. You can see all her published books at www.stephaniegoehr.de. Melanie Sturm was born in 1973 in Bavaria. As a child, she watched her mother and grandmother sewing and knitting almost daily. During the last 15 years, she has been busy with many creative endeavors. About two years ago, she became re-acquainted with her original passion for textiles and since then works exclusively with yarn and fabric. Her creations can be seen on her blog, http://nomimikry.blogspot.com. Melanie currently lives with her son near Munich. Barbara Wilder lives with her husband and two grown children in Ilsfeld near Heilbronn. Her love of handwork began at a very young age. As a child, she spent a great deal of time with her grandmother who was an accomplished seamstress and taught her everything she knew about handwork. It became clear that her granddaughter would follow in her footsteps. In 2004, Barbara Wilder created her label, "Raumseelig" (http://raumseelig.blogspot.com). She recently began working on her Graphic Design certification and has many creative ideas that she'd like to have translated.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars granny comes up to date 12 Jun 2012
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
You might think granny squares is for granny to crochet but this book brings granny squares up to date. Learn the basics of the granny square, then master all the different ways you can make them. There are 25 projects to get you going. I particularly like the wall hook and mug cosies. I just have to have a pair of those favourite woolly slippers. Excellent photos. Instructions are written in full and also using charts. This book should prove usable for beginners upwards. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great modern granny squares 15 July 2012
By beccalikesbooks TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book contains 23 different granny squares to crochet (with both diagrams and written-out instructions), and 26 projects to make with them, which of course you can mix and match - the great fun of granny squares!

The projects are really modern-retro and cover a variety of useful things - a spectacle case (which could also be used for iPod, phone, etc), wall hook, stool cover, matching place mat and napkin holder, button-on mug cosy (possibly my favourite!), slouchy beanie, some really fun pointed slippers, and a tea-light holder (really pretty, great idea). The blankets in there are also gorgeous and make me want to get granny-square-ing right away.

Great fun for any stylish crafter! Please note this review, with pictures, is from my blog becca-likes-books.tumblr.com, thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I had been looking for. 29 Jan 2013
By V Reed
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Had looked for ages to find a book that was simply about granny squares, no over complicated patterns. This book breaks each square down simply and as a relative beginner I have found it invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow diagrams and great results! 12 July 2013
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As a beginner I find reading crochet patterns quite tricky - this book is great, it has diagrams and once you know the stitch symbols they are really easy to follow! I'm getting some great results!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring items to crochet. 6 Aug 2013
By Elizabeth S. Wells VINE VOICE
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I didn't know you could do so much with granny squares. I have been inspired by this well produced book. Not only beautiful patterns, but items that will be a joy to crochet and make very welcome gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 30 Jun 2013
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This is a lovely little book, the patterns are great especially for beginners or those returning to crochet after a long break like me!
I am now hooked! (excuse the pun) :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 20 April 2013
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I urchased this book on the basis of the attractive cover photo. Inside are even more fantastic projects. It's a delightful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRANNY SQUARES 13 Jan 2013
By carys
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didn't realise that there were so many different ways of crocheting Granny Squares, this book fakes the monotony out of repeating the same pattern over and over
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 9 days ago by Elizabeth norfolk
3.0 out of 5 stars Granny Squares
I was somewhat disappointed in this book as the only thing I liked
is the one illustrated on front cover.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
Really like this book. My daughter had a copy and just had to get my own. I have made the baby blanket and can't wait to get started on one of the other projects.
Published 2 months ago by ROSIE
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
very good to understand , highly recommended for
people eager to learn. I know its going to help me
create the perfect square.
Published 3 months ago by andrew kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars just as hoped
This book arrived very promptly and was good value. It even fitted through the letter box, which was very helpful. i am really enjoying using it.
Published 3 months ago by MT
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, English terminology!
Excellent. A crochet book that uses ENGLISH terminology. What a joy! Not an American single crochet in sight. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Diane Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Granny squares, 25 creative ways
Beautiful ideas for using a very basic technique. I am looking forward to getting busy with the pin and yarn
Published 6 months ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars granny squares
helpful advice. Book enabled me to find new techniques .
used squares to make blankets for grandchildren going to university.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs J A Mellamphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great patterns but lots of typos
The book is attractive and has some lovely patterns which I enjoyed trying out. I was really disappointed that the pattern for the cover had lots of mistakes which I had to solve... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle_Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely crochet book
The projects in this book are well photographed and detailed instructions make it easy for all levels of crocheters to have a go. I am glad I bought the book.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. E. Clothier
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