Granny Square Love: A New Twist on a Crochet Classic for Your Home by Sarah London. North Light Books (September 2011).
With a riot of gorgeous colour, Sarah London’s book Granny Square Love is for anyone who loves crochet, and loves granny squares in every room of the house. Welcome to the Whipup.net stop on the Granny Square Love blog tour!
Reviewed by Kate G
Quite often, when someone talks about crochet, they are talking about a granny square. Granny squares are virtually the foundation of crochet motifs. In Granny Square Love, Sarah London, a great lover of granny squares, shows how to take the most basic granny square, add fabulous colour combinations, and to add a granny square project to every room of the house. I know so many people who love the rhythm of making granny squares, and who make them by the dozen. Most of these squares are destined to be stitched together into afghans, and now crocheters have so many more options for their grannies.
Even if you have never picked up a crochet hook before, Sarah London’s clear instructions will get you started making chains and basic crochet stitches into granny squares in a few minutes. The stitch illustrations are clear, and the photos of granny square construction are helpful, easy to follow and delightfully retro.
Each project has a clear description, details such as yarn, notions, hook size and measurements of the finished item, row by row written instructions for each round, tips for finishing each project off, and a colour commentary by Sarah London. So often yarn projects are presented in a dictated colourway, and either the crocheter has to use those colours or figure out another colour scheme without any guidance from the designer. I really like Sarah’s colour tips, and finding out her motivation for certain colour palettes, and her colour decision making processes.
Another fabulous part of every project is the large scale stitch chart. For every crocheter that loves to use a stitch diagram, there is another that avoids a pattern with a diagram, with so many people never having had learned to read the symbols that make up a crochet chart. Here Sarah provides clear diagrams, along with detailed row by row instructions, so that a crocheter of any experience level can follow along with the text and the diagrams at the same time, until reading a granny square crochet chart is second nature. I personally love using crochet charts, and I’m excited about other crocheters learning to use charts, and doubling the number of patterns available for them to tackle.
The projects in Granny Square Love are divided into projects for each of the rooms in your home. My favourite projects are the giant floor cushion (loungeroom), stool cover (kitchen), garland (dining room) and curtain (bathroom and laundry).
If anyone ever wanted to move away from the most simple granny squares used in Granny Square Love, to more complicated grannies or to other sizes or crochet motifs, then all of Sarah’s projects would be easy to adapt. But I bet that anyone who loves granny squares will make these projects, at least once each, and surround themselves in every room with riotous coloured grannies.
About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.
DISCLOSURE: Sarah London PROVIDED WHIPUP.NET REVIEWER KATE WITH A FREE REVIEW COPY. THE AMAZON LINKS ARE AFFILIATE LINKS.
Join in the rest of the blog tour:
- September 26 Sarah London’s Blog
- September 27 Crochet Concupiscence
- September 28 28 Knit Purl Gurl
- September 29 Underground Crafter
- September 30 Interlocking Crochet
- October 1 Crochet Mama’s Blog
- October 3 Crafty Pod
- October 4 Lindamade
- October 5 Cute Crochet Chat
- October 6 Crochet Liberation Front
- October 7 Create Loves
- October 8 Whip Up