I absolutely adore this new little book, “Granny Square Love” by Sarah London.  London has definitely lived up to the cover’s subtitle, ‘A New Twist On A Crochet Classic For Your Home’.  In addition to the well-loved and time-honored traditional granny square, this books takes Granny for a drive, leading to a few new places.

London starts off with the traditional granny square, that simplest of all crocheted squares that bumfuzzles the minds of many!  Getting those double crochet clusters that start with a circle into a square can be a challenge.  Her good instructions, large photos, and very clear, large diagram will get anyone over that hump.  From there, London shows other traditional uses of the granny, updating colors to stimulate your imagination.  Floor cushions and patch pockets are easy enough to pull off.  But, a non-kitchy granny lampshade and ‘floating’ granny square curtains definitely bring granny into the 21st century.

Then there are the really cool projects!  How about a granny style Christmas stocking?  So easy and flexible.  Pick your colors and make one for everyone on your list.  The charming teapot cozy is a winner.  And, the color treatment on the Bedroom Blanket – a nice, bold, color-blended afghan – is stunning.  Best of all is the very tailored Bold Bedroom Cushion.  London certainly has an eye for color that elevates the simple granny to much higher levels.  Each project is accompanied with a few lines from London about color treatment – which I find especially helpful.

You may recognize Sarah London’s name as the designer of the very popular, stash-busting, free afghan pattern, Wool-Eater.  You can see it here and follow the link to the free PDF pattern.  It’s a marvelous pattern that will turn the least of your scraps into a much-prized blanket of any size.  Sarah also sells a lot of patterns on her blog, http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/  Check it out for more news and inspiration.  But, if you like granny squares or want to give a book to someone who will enjoy learning to create granny squares, grab a copy of this book!


North Light Books, September, 2011

8X8 satin finished soft back

144 Pages, lots of color photos and diagrams

ISBN 9781440312946

$22.99 USD


By jd wolfe


17 Comments so far

  1. Anne Marie on September 21, 2011 4:24 am

    I love her patterns – I love to use granny squares to make pillows for the sofa and bed. I can use up leftover yarns and make a great project.

  2. Karen Norris on September 21, 2011 6:10 am

    I would love to win a copy of this.

  3. Leah on September 21, 2011 6:56 am

    I just started crocheting. I would love this book for inspiration.

  4. Eneida Marrero on September 21, 2011 7:04 am

    I love granny squares and would love having a copy!

  5. Marci on September 21, 2011 7:09 am

    I love making a huge granny square afghan- lots of colors and combinations! Thanks for the chance to win <3

  6. Jackie on September 21, 2011 7:15 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book, thanks for the chance.

  7. Maxine on September 21, 2011 8:16 am

    Oh i just love granny squares. Brings me back when i first started to crochet. I made one giant granny square afghan.

  8. Patricia Rosas on September 21, 2011 8:19 am

    I love to crochet and have been doing it since I was 6 or 7 years old. I would love to win this book. Thank you for giving me the chance to win it.

  9. Cay on September 21, 2011 8:35 am

    JD, I do a lot of squares for charity and am constantly looking for new ideas for squares. I have resized, taken big things and cut done to square size, etc. This book will definitely go on my Christmas wish list, unless, of course, I win it here. Thanks for the heads up!

  10. Sally Walter on September 21, 2011 10:09 am

    Love Sarah London’s designs and use of color!! Would love to win this!!!

  11. Nancy on September 21, 2011 11:09 am

    This book sounds like it’s exactly what I need!

  12. Jane S. on September 21, 2011 11:27 am

    I stick with granny square afghans. They’re fun, fast, and a great way to use up bits of leftover yarns!

  13. Megan Bell on September 21, 2011 11:54 am

    This is awesome! The first thing I ever made was a granny square blanket for a sick friend. I would love to see the stocking. Hope I win :)

  14. Shannon on September 21, 2011 1:35 pm

    This looks like a great book I would love to win this.

  15. Leslie on September 22, 2011 5:35 am

    Love , Love , Love granny squares. Reminds me of my Grammy and the vest she made me as a child.

  16. Pat E on September 25, 2011 7:06 am

    I’d love to win a copy

  17. Jo on September 28, 2011 2:27 pm

    Would love a copy as am trying to teach myself to crochet but am struggling! Thanks

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