granny circles

Granny Circle Squares

As many of these granny circle (or squares) as I have crocheted and I’ve never stuck to such a strict color palette. Fun change!

tiny thread and hook


As I challenged myself a few posts ago, these latest little evening hand-busy crocheted rocks were done using a smaller hook, US9/1.25mm, and smaller thread, size 20. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually like using these small components even better.

I nearly finished blocking all my granny squares for the sampler. Ready to start joining tomorrow? You may be as relieved as I am to know that it’s not as hard as I thought it would be!

And lastly, here’s what’s playing in my studio today. I just love Camera Obscura. Enjoy!


granny square sampler afghan- week 13


This week's granny square is brought to us by Beth (who is @cookiecat57 on Instagram- remember you can tag your photos on instagram with #grannysquaresampler so we can all see each other's). I like this one because its quite different from the ones we've done over the past few weeks, retro, unusual, and just plain interesting. So let's do it! It is called "The Whirlygig" and needs no introduction other than Beth's photo, which she also kindly sent me.


Make 2 of these this week (you overachievers out there can always make more if you want, but at least 2), each one using just 2 colors of yarn. As with all other squares we've done, this square starts in the center, going outward. Nothing new there. The slight twist with this square is that, from Rnd 2 and onward, you always crochet into the back loop only of each double crochet/dc stitch. Double crochet into the back loop only = dcblo. Here is a video that demonstrates crocheting into the back loop at about 2:12. (It also demos crocheting into the front loop, we will be doing a single crochet into the front loop only, or scflo, which helpful when crocheting with color B, as you'll see below).


The Whirlygig Granny Square

With color A (which is the yellow in the top photo above), chain 4.

Rnd 1- 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. Sl st to top of starting chain to join.

Rnd 2- Ch 3, dcblo into next dc, (5 dcblo into next dc, 1 dcblo in next 2 dc) 3 times; 5 dcblo in next dc, sl st to top of starting ch to join.

Rnd 3-5 Ch 3, dcblo in each dc, making 5 dcblo in center of each 5 dc group from prev rnd. Sl st to top of starting ch to join. End off yarn at end of rnd 5.

Using color B, attach to any free front dc loop on first round, scflo in same space, continue to scflo all the way around, end off yarn after each round. Continue to do this on all 5 rounds (refer to Beth's picture above), doing 3 scflo in center of each 5 dc group.

Just reminders-

Post your sampler granny squares to our Flickr group.

Post them to instagram.

Follow along on the pinterest board.

Find all the week's squares on this page.


don't worry if you are behind! I am! Hoping to catch up this weekend. First we are celebrating Ian's birthday, he's 11 today! My baby is 11!

As always, let me know if there are any questions in the comments.

Enjoy crocheting this week!



granny square sampler afghan- week 9

How is everyone doing on the granny square sampler? Is everyone up to date on their squares? I know some have been crocheting on car trips and I am so jealous, I get car sick when I try. All that wasted passenger seat time!

This week I have a treat to share with you for our assignment today. I asked Erin if she would be willing to jump in and share a granny square for the sampler, and she graciously agreed. This week’s square is a sweet dimensional flower she chose for us.

(Find all the assignments listed onĀ this page.)



Granny with flower center 2

Granny with flower center


Three Dimensional Granny Square Flower- Make 3 of these.

The original pattern for this granny square can be found here. Follow this pattern as written thru round 5. Erin added another round to our version, which we both agreed frames the flower very nicely, and the instructions for round 6 are:

Round 6: Ch 3, * 1 dc into each of the next three dcs done in round 5, 1 dc into the ch-1 space that follows, 1 dc into each of the next three dcs, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the ch-1 corner space, 1 dc into each of the next three dcs, and 1 dc into the ch-1 space that follows **; repeat from * to ** 3 more times, join with a sl st into the first dc made in this round. Fasten off and break yarn.

*This granny square only adds in one twist, crocheting into the back of some of the stitches. This creates the 3 dimensional effect of the flower. Erin has provided a video to show us exactly how to do it.


Thank you Erin! Enjoy your crochet time this week everyone!


July Inspiration

Hope everyone’s week is off to good start. We are knee deep in Emma’s room redo. Its gonna be great, but man is it painful getting there! I have some great DIY projects to share with you as we finish it.