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Expand your granny square knowledge with a free book

Do you love granny squares? They are one of the most versatile crochet patterns. A quick baby blanket can be made using one large square. Attach smaller squares to make jewelry, belts, and intricate blankets. There are many variations on the granny square. In her book, 10 Free Granny Square Patterns, Toni Rexroat uses granny square in unusual ways. The projects range in difficulty from easy to intermediate.

Not your basic granny square

Yes, the book includes a granny square blanket. But this is just a start. Easy projects like headbands and bracelets give beginners quick success. More experienced projects include a vest suitable for office wear and a really cute sweater for a little girl.

If you have experience modifying patterns, the little sweater is easily enlarged to fit an adult. Remove a square from the headband to make it suitable for a child. That is the beauty of working with granny squares. You can easily draw out the pattern on graph paper—it is just a series of squares. Add or remove squares to make the project the size you desire.

Using the vest pattern in this book and Fisherman’s yarn from Lion Brand, I was able to make a beautiful vest with classic lines. The neutral tones go with everything and the classic lines never go out of style. The projects included in the book will give your wardrobe a handmade look—not homemade.

The granny square messenger bag is another favorite. This would make a great back-to-school gift for a college student. It is large enough to hold most laptop computers.


You will need to enter your email address in order to download the free book. Crochet Me does not sell your information. Once you enter your email, you join the Crochet Me community. There you will have access to numerous free patterns and advice.

You have a chance to browse through the patterns before deciding to download. It is in pdf format, which is compatible with most e-readers, including the Kindle. Now is a good time to read through this book and use the patterns to start on holiday gifts.

Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work and patterns for sale on Etsy and Craftsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.

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