A giant granny square work in progress

A Giant Granny Square – WIP Wednesday

lace weight yarn for a giant granny squareI’ve had this beautiful ball of lace weight yarn for a couple of years now. I’m turning it into a giant granny square.

I’m using a 3.5mm hook, and a slightly looser than average granny pattern – two chains between clusters, three chains at each corner. That gives it a really loose, open look. Lacier than your average granny square, which tend to be on the thick side.

To make a giant granny square, just make a granny square… bigger. There’s no special technique. Just keep increasing at the corners on every row, for as long as you can stand it.

A giant granny square work in progress

I’m thinking it will turn into something similar to a granny square shrug. It would be nice to have something light to throw on over summer dresses. And this may be light and lacy, but the yarn is merino (merino/silk? merino/something? I don’t remember) so it will be warm even if it is very holey.

A lace weight granny square

But I’m not too wedded to the finished object. This is process, rather than product work. If it doesn’t turn out – so what? I figure I may as well have stash in granny square form, as in a ball.

A giant granny square is a great stash-busting project, and a great travel one too. This comes with me to knit night each week (now that the rows are looooong, I need something to distract me!). It went with me to Prague recently, and I’ve got a couple of conferences coming up – you bet it will be stashed in my bag for those too.

I’m almost at the stage where I can block it, tie the edges closed and try it on as a granny square shrug. And I still have about half the yarn remaining! I’ll keep you updated with this one – if it works out, I think it will be lovely!

Detail of a loose granny square

PS – want more grannies? Check out my list of granny square blankies.

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