Modern Granny Square Crochet And More
Laura Strutt • Photography by Caroline Arber • CICO Books, £12.99 • UK terminology
The humble granny pattern is the most recognisable crochet design. Sadly it’s often looked down on as simple or old-fashioned, but this collection of 35 fresh and modern patterns aims to show just what can be done with a traditional set of stitches.
Designer Laura Strutt (www.madepeachy.com) has combined the classic granny pattern with a variety of stitches, techniques and yarns to create a huge variety of textures and effects, including bobble stitches, chevrons, solid blocks, circles and more. The designs fall into three sections: Cushions and Throws; Finishing Touches; and Clothes and Accessories. The first chapter includes patterns such as a pretty Polka Dot Crib Blanket and the snuggly Mitred Ombré blanket (above), which uses a combination of rounds and rows to create a clever quilting effect. Finishing Touches covers mug cosies, doilies, rugs, bunting and other homely accessories, while the final chapter includes stylish fashion, from a Peter Pan collar to the pretty-and-practical slouchy handbag and Jumbo Squares Scarf.
There are helpful tips given throughout the book, from blocking recommendations to notes on lining bags and checking measurements to suit you. This is an inspiring collection of designs that can be enjoyed by the most experienced crocheter while still being accessible for the newest.
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