I’m not the best at crochet, in fact I can’t actually hold my hook and tension my yarn correctly, instead I choose to knit my crochet. This means I hold the hook and the yarn in my right hand and work as if I’m knitting with one pin. It achieves pretty much the same results, although apparently a crochet professional can tell the difference?
Anyway, undeterred it is my goal in life to cover everything in glorious multicolour granny crochet, trebles to the initiated. This book was made for just that and much to my delight Granny Square Crochet by Catherine Hirst has come in with May’s samples from The Book People. Even better their selling copies of it for just €8 at the moment.
Ok, so there is a ‘Useful Information’ chapter at the back of the book, full of stitches, abbreviations and pictures of how to hold your hook (gulp!). Can you hear this section being closed as I go straight back to the pretty pictures?
35 projects are in this book, yes I did say 35 – lets look at some of my favourites.
I love the Granny Round Cushion Cover to pieces and can see a beautiful round table cloth in the making. Actually, more of a centrepiece thingy to be precise.
What’s not to like about the Stripes lampshade Cover? Great way to transform those cheapy lamps from Dunnes and Heatons and make them more personalised. I’m sure I picked up a job lot in the Dunnes Sale for €2 each and they’d make a great gift for friends.
I could definitely be persuaded to use a teapot more often if it looked as pretty as this, what about you?
The Colourful Granny Stripes Scarf is beautiful and if you made it a little wider and slightly longer it would make a great summer evening shawl to wrap round your shoulders. Or perhaps you have a friend in hospital that would love the cheery colours and welcome the extra warmth?
The riot of colour in the Granny Square Cushion Cover is created using 7 complimentary colours and would be a great way of using up your ends although I”m duty bound to mention that knitting a few Knit Happens stockings is another great way too (cheeky!)
Lastly and only because I want to leave a little mystery, look at these beautiful little shoes. The Mini Granny Square Booties are so adorable I’d happily use them as a decoration in my house just so I could look at them.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m rather in love with this book – power project finishing here I come because it wouldn’t do to start yet another project would it…..?