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My Granny Square Shrug!

May 22, 2015

It’s official.
I am addicted to Granny Square’s.
I cannot stop making them.
I think I love the unchallenging aspect of them. The fact that I don’t really have to think, and I can just keep on going, with half an eye on the latest box set, or while the kids are running around screaming at each other playing nicely.
I’ve made THREE cushion covers, a bag (I’ll blog this ASAP!), my granny square poncho, and some extra squares just ‘cos I can’t stop…

And now…..my Granny Square Shrug!

I saw this on Pinterest when I was feeding my addiction, and pinning to my Beyond the Granny (Square) board.
It claimed to just be one giant Granny Square, but it just didn’t seem possible…
But I wanted one nonetheless, so I decided to give it a go.
And if you want to too, here’s the lowdown.

The Pattern

The original pin led to this blog here, which then led to another post with a bit more detail about the pattern here.
I made a few changes, largely due to a lack of yarn (!), so this is my version:

  • DK wool-I bought about 6 or 7 50g balls from the Make Do and Mend-able Pre-loved Craft Stuff Facebook page. I thought it would be enough to make it as per the original post, but it wasn’t. My shrug is consequently quite a bit shorter, and reaches down to my waist. But I really like it this length, so all is well!
    I really like the yarn and the colours, until hubby said “oh, it’s kind of khaki”, which put me off for a bit. But now I quite like my ‘camo’ shrug…
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Start a simple granny square (there are some great instructions here on Little Tin Bird, and then just keep going…!
  • I started to run out of wool before the specified 105cm width. Mine is about 85cm wide, and was 34 rounds of granny square (can you have rounds of a square..?!)
  • To finish off, I did a round of double crochet all the way around the edge (make sure you leave enough wool for this)
  • Then, this is where the magic happens…

GrannyShrug1

GrannyShrug2Depending on the size of your arms, you might want to make this opening smaller or larger. I pinned it first, and then (gingerly) tried it on, to check it was about right)

GrannyShrug3I used single crochet to join my edges, following this tutorial here from Attic 24. You could also sew them up, or join them however you like, if you have a way you already prefer!

Then….turn your folded square inside out, and it will, as if by magic, become a shrug!
HOW clever is that?!

GrannyShrug4

Look how impressed that cat is…..

I LOVE this, and have been wearing it a LOT!
I’m already planning another one, this time using a double thickness of yarn, and a larger hook, with some of the yarn from my vintage jumble haul...

More yarn-oooops! But again, lots of the same colour. I'm thinking maybe a cardi..?

More yarn-oooops! But again, lots of the same colour. I’m thinking maybe a cardi..?

Are you tempted to make one?
Do share some pics if you do!

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Anne-Marie Hill August 25, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for this, I wa just looking for the size of granny square to use for a shrug. I have been crocheting for years (40!) and have made many garments, scarves, hats, baby things etc. This will be my first shrug though. I went through my stash and found some leftover chunky yarn so my shrug might end up being the same size as yours if I run out of yarn. 🙂

    • Reply Jen August 25, 2016 at 7:58 am

      It’s such a dimple and enjoyable project Anne-Marie, have fun!

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