The Revival of Granny Spice Square: A Tale of Perseverance and Passion in Crochet

The Journey of the Granny Spice Square

The tale of the Granny Spice Square is one of passion, creativity, and resilience, a narrative that many crafters can relate to in their own artistic endeavors.

The Rejected Square

Like many, I harbor a deep love for Granny Squares. Their quick and satisfying creation process culminates in a beautiful piece of art, warm in your lap. Participating in the Granny Square CAL by Knitcraft last year was not only a joyous endeavor of creating diverse squares, but also an opportunity to forge meaningful friendships. This experience ignited my desire to design a unique square for the next year’s CAL. Despite my enthusiasm and efforts, my creation was not selected, leaving my design forgotten and unworked.

Revival of The Original Square

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The original square

The encouragement from my friend Amy breathed new life into the forgotten Granny Spice Square. She believed in the beauty and uniqueness of the square, suggesting its release on the much celebrated Granny Square Day. This sparked a renewed sense of purpose and excitement for my Granny Spice Square. Embarking on this revived journey, I meticulously worked through my notes to perfect the pattern. Despite its beginner-friendly nature, the intricate details demanded careful attention and creativity in stitch manipulation to bring my vision to life.

Embrace the Granny Spice Square

The Granny Spice Square stands as a testament to perseverance and the unwavering passion for crochet. The square, once rejected and forgotten, now shines in its full glory, ready to be embraced and celebrated by crochet enthusiasts worldwide. Let’s unite in the love for crochet and make the Granny Spice Square a beloved addition to our creations.

The Pattern

For my square I used Durable Cosy Fine yarn and a 4.5mm hook.

You can really play around with colours and make the square in your own style. The square itself is really versatile. You could use it for a bag, a pillow or even a blanket! (Please don’t forget to tag me!)

Round 1Mr, ch3 (counts as dc), dc into mr, (ch3, 2dc) 3x into mr, ch3, slst into top of beginning ch3, fo.
Round 2Join yarn in any corner ch-3 sp with a Stdc, (dc, ch2, 2dc) in same ch-sp, dc in next 2 sts, [(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch-sp, dc in next 2 sts] 3x, slst in 1st dc, fo.
Round 3Join yarn in any corner with a Stsc, (ch3, sc) in same ch-sp, sc in next dc, ch3, sc between 3rd and 4th dc, ch3, sk 2, sc, [(sc, ch3, sc) in next ch-sp, sc in next dc, ch3, sc between 3rd and 4th dc, ch3, sk 2, sc] 3x, slst, fo.
Round 4Join yarn in any corner with a Stdc, (ch1, 2dc, ch1, dc ) in same ch-sp, dc in next sc, ch1, sk 1, (2dc in next ch-sp, ch 1) 2x, sk 1, dc in next sc, [(dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1, dc) in next corner ch-sp, dc in next sc, ch1, sk 1, (2dc in next ch-sp, ch 1) 2x, sk 1, dc in next sc] 3x, slst in 1st dc, fo.
Round 5Join yarn in 1st dc of any first ch-1 sp of a corner with a Stdc, dc in same ch-1 sp, (dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc, 2dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next 11 sts, 2dc in next ch-sp) 4x, omit last 2dc on last repeat, slst in 1st dc, fo.
Round 6Join yarn in any corner ch-3 sp with a Stsc, (ch2, sc) in same ch-sp, [sc in next dc, ch3, sk 1, sc in next dc (ch3, sk 2, sc in next dc) 4x, ch3, sk 1, sc in next dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next corner] 4x, omit corner on last repeat, slst in 1st sc, fo.
Round 7Join yarn in any corner with a Stdc, (ch2, dc) in same ch-sp, [dc in next sc, ch1, sk 1, (2dc in next ch-sp, ch1) 6x, sk 1, dc in next sc, (dc, ch2, dc) in next corner] 4x, omit corner on last repeat, slst in 1st dc, fo.
Round 8Join yarn in any corner with a Stdc, (ch2, dc) in same ch-sp, [dc in next 23 sts, (dc, ch2, dc) in next corner] 4x, omit corner on last repeat, slst in 1st dc, fo.
Round 9Join yarn in any corner ch-3 sp with a Stsc, (ch1, sc) in same ch-sp, [sc in next 25 sts, (sc, ch1, sc) in next corner] 4x, omit corner on last repeat, slst in 1st dc, fo. Weave in all ends.

Congratulations!

You’ve just made a very versatile square! What are you going to make with it? A bag, a blanket, a pillow? Please follow me on Instagram and share a photo of your work using #grannyspicesquare and #knotsosquare. That would make me spicefully happy!

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