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.

Leave a Reply

Keep Reading: amiguru.me

Making face masks: things have changed

Making face masks: things have changed

Like a lot of us, I’m making face masks. Here’s the free pattern I used (and how they look on).

Homemade face masks for that quarantine chic

Homemade face masks for that quarantine chic

Ami What is the best yarn for amigurumi? Why crochet amigurumi? Knitted Amigurumi Amigurumi Gifts – Select -AmiWhat is the best yarn for amigurumi?Why crochet amigurumi?Knitted Amigurumi – Amigurumi Gifts Guru How to crochet everything – picture tutorials – Select -GuruHow to crochet everything – picture tutorials Me About me Blog – Select -MeAbout meBlog […]

Inside voices: crafting through the coronavirus

Inside voices: crafting through the coronavirus

Ami What is the best yarn for amigurumi? Why crochet amigurumi? Knitted Amigurumi Amigurumi Gifts – Select -AmiWhat is the best yarn for amigurumi?Why crochet amigurumi?Knitted Amigurumi – Amigurumi Gifts Guru How to crochet everything – picture tutorials – Select -GuruHow to crochet everything – picture tutorials Me About me Blog – Select -MeAbout meBlog […]

Let’s knit a gansey

Let’s knit a gansey

Ami What is the best yarn for amigurumi? Why crochet amigurumi? Knitted Amigurumi Amigurumi Gifts – Select -AmiWhat is the best yarn for amigurumi?Why crochet amigurumi?Knitted Amigurumi – Amigurumi Gifts Guru How to crochet everything – picture tutorials – Select -GuruHow to crochet everything – picture tutorials Me About me Blog – Select -MeAbout meBlog […]

Multimodal split bike mittens (free knitting pattern)

Multimodal split bike mittens (free knitting pattern)

Ami What is the best yarn for amigurumi? Why crochet amigurumi? Knitted Amigurumi Amigurumi Gifts – Select -AmiWhat is the best yarn for amigurumi?Why crochet amigurumi?Knitted Amigurumi – Amigurumi Gifts Guru How to crochet everything – picture tutorials – Select -GuruHow to crochet everything – picture tutorials Me About me Blog – Select -MeAbout meBlog […]