Even though granny square week is over, I have one more bonus post before I move on to new topics. While I was writing the posts for granny square week, I knew that I wanted to come up with fresh ways to use the motif.
A common variation on the standard granny square afghan is the “endless” granny square. Instead of making a number of smaller motifs and stitching them together to form a blanket, you just keep adding rounds until the motif is the size of a standard afghan. It is an attractive idea because it bypasses the laborious task of sewing together all the motifs.
Instead of creating one really large motif, I decided to go in the other direction and experiment with using a lot of tiny motifs. I have been calling this tiny motif a “Granny Square Mini”. It is easy to make: it is just two rounds of the granny square pattern stitched in one color. You could work both rounds in a different color, but I personally like the effect of working them up in a single color. The single color motifs take on the nature of tiles and can be combined in interesting ways. Here are three ideas.
Select a pleasing color scheme – an analogous, triadic, or accented analogic color scheme would work well for this pattern. See my articles on selecting color schemes for more information about these combinations. I chose a triadic color scheme of plum, pumpkin, and olive green.
The motifs are then arranged so that each motif is surrounded by motifs of a different color. In the sample picture below, note that diagonal rows of color form as the motifs stack up. If you use more colors, you could create a more random effect.
Granny square minis can be used in combination with standard-sized granny squares. I found that a four round granny square with a single crochet border is the same size as a block of four granny square minis. Therefore, you could create a patchwork effect as demonstrated below. This would make an eye-catching afghan.
Using granny square minis, you could create any design that you can draw on graph paper. Spirals, starbursts, abstract designs, and even a child’s initials would all be possible. I did not create a sample for this idea – I’ll leave that to your imagination.
Samples for this post were made using Sheep(ish) yarn in Plum(ish), Pumpkin(ish), and Olive(ish).