Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Granny Square LOVE review and GIVEAWAY!

Today on Cute Crochet Chat, we are delighted to present a review of a new crochet book published by North Light Books, a division of F+W Media. The title is "Granny Square LOVE" A New TWIST on a Crochet Classic for your Home, written by Sarah London!



If you love granny squares like so many crocheters today, read on to find how you can win your very own copy from Cute Crochet Chat! There is also a LINK included at the end of this post which will enable you to obtain a copy of this book at the reduced rate of $12.99! That is $10.00 off the publisher's price! 

I am pleased to say that I was 'around' for the first wave of granny square mania. To be honest, I was never really happy with the avocado and harvest gold family of colors that were so popular in the seventies and many granny square designs reflected this muted color palette.
Now that the granny square has made a big comeback, I love all the color combinations and uses for it that are so popular today. Sarah London, known for her beautiful color combinations, has done a wonderful job of giving us a multitude of great projects! She has actually created uses for the granny square that I have not seen before.

At first glance, I was struck by all the colorful diagrams and great photographs included in "Granny Square LOVE". This lovely book is wonderful and FUN to browse through because of its colorful photographs and pretty color palette. Is it a perfect book for the beginner crocheter because so much information is included. There are well detailed, visually pleasing diagrams of all the crochet stitches used and



also well defined photos of how to create the perfect granny square.

Sarah gives us lots of details, tips to create the perfect granny square and an easy-to-read crochet diagram for every project, as well as written instructions. Each project even has its own "Color Commentary" from the author herself.


There are 25 crochet granny square projects included. Here are some of my favorites!




 Stool Cover



Bath Mat

Bold Bedroom Cushion

Grocery Tote  AND


Tablecloth


One copy of "Granny Square LOVE" is available for our giveaway. For a chance to win, post in the comments section and let us know the very FIRST or the LAST granny square project you crocheted. Was it for yourself or for someone else?
One winner will be drawn at random at the close of the contest, on or around October 12, 2011! Please don't forget to leave a contact email address in your comment, in case you are the winner!
If you can't wait to see if you've won and would like to purchase your own copy at a reduced rate, visit the Martha Pullen Company online store. Enter the promo code GRANNYTOUR and receive "Granny Square LOVE" for $12.99! That's $10.00 off the publisher's price! Promo Code expires on October 8, 2011.
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41 comments :

Scribe said...

The very FIRST granny project was just my very FIRST square. I learne to crochet when I was eight... but only did it by sight and just in the past 2 years have matered reading patterns! My first granny was FUN...I became an ADDICT!

The last granny project I did was a hot little granny mandala number that I converted into a decorative pot holder for my BFF's birthday!

I NEED THIS BOOK (one way or another ;)

erin
takingheart@gmail.com

The Bead Stylist said...

Granny Square never looked so good and I don't even crochet but must admit that these design ideas are terrific, thanks for sharing...!

Tami said...

My most recent granny square project is still a work in progress. It's a granny square blanket in the shape of a Super Mario 1-Up mushroom, where each granny square is a pixel. The squares are all complete, and half of them are assembled! It's going to be a Christmas gift for my boyfriend's little brother. :)

This book looks great. Some really beautiful and creative uses for granny squares!

--Tami
tlallen617@gmail.com

Bailey said...

I believe one of the first Granny projects I completed was a Hello Kitty Patriotic Bag to put a Hello Kitty in to make her mobile.

Prior to that I had made some for practice, but nothing assembled.

The last project I made was a large granny afghan for my DH.

I would love to enter the contest. If not here I plan on checking it out at the library to review prior to purchasing.

Nicole said...

My last granny project I did was a bag that ended up WAY bigger than I thought! Before that, it was a blanket for my little girl in bright pink, orange, lime green and some black for a big contrast.

I love the market bag in this book, I'm dying to make it!

J A C Q U E L I N E said...

Its funny but of all my years of crochet The first granny sqaure I made was for the crochet rainbow project for the japan flood victims. I just never made one I am not sure why...but now I see how useful and lovely they can be there will more in the near future for me.
I need to win this book for that to happen :)
mukweto (at) gmail (dot) com

April Garwood said...

Major confession here...I've never crocheted a granny square... gasp! I love that stool cover though and would love to make that for my mother-in-law for Christmas!

Sarah.Crochet said...

my first project was a black and white checkerboard"esque" lapghan for my dad back in 2007.

My last was a crocheted a few squares for a CAL blanket I am working on this year.

My favorite was a pink black and white blanket I made for charity in 2008!

Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Mindy said...

Great book! I've been crocheting for years, and only just made my first granny square this past summer...just to try it out and to say that I've done it! But I love what everyone makes with them. I'd love to be more creative with them!
Thanks for the chance to win!
justforthis917 [at] yahoo [dot] com

James-Linda said...

A REALLY NEAT POST!
GRANNY LINED-POT HOLDERS ARE THE ONLY ONES I'VE MADE. THANKS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Holly Louise said...

My first Granny square I have kept as a coaster on my bedside table. It was a "test" to see if I could really could make them for a baby blanket I was getting ready to make for my cousin's first baby. I ended up using a different pattern for the baby blanket but was so proud of myself for making my first Granny square that I couldn't bring myself to frog or throw - it's only 3 rounds so it's a perfect coaster for a glass of water by the bed!
My most recent Granny square project was made this past spring. I have 1 giant Granny as a lapghan for MY "Grannie" as a thank you for hosting my Bridal Shower at her house. It's made with shades of pink, yellow, purple and brown - each time I talk to her on the phone she usually tells me how much she loves it and that she uses it daily! Photos of it can be found here http://craftycraftyhollylouise.blogspot.com/2011/10/oops.html

-Holly
hljweston@gmail.com

Duchygirl37 said...

My first granny square was part of crochet lessons in school when I was about 11 years old. My last granny square was couple of months ago to see if I haven't forgetten how to make granny square. I just hope that granny square are last forever! Such pleasure to make it with beautiful colours.

Beth W. said...

My first..was a blanket for my son (then 6 yrs old)....it was green/black and camouflage! It did get crazy trying to get them all placed in the correct order!

Thanks for reminding me about it!

annemarie said...

I have the book on my wish list! My last granny project was a baby blanket for my grandson - cannot remember my first as I have been granny squares for almost thirty years.

Richard Rose said...

My first granny square project was helping my sister with her granny square blanket. I was on holidays and getting a little bored, watching my sister crochet, so I suggested she teach me how to do it so I could help. The rest, they say, is history.

Jade said...

My FIRST Granny Square project was probably about 30+ years ago and I believe it was just "that".. a Granny Square - it was part of a church group after school activity. My Nona taught me how to attach all those squares together to create something - a scarf, which reflecting back; probably isn't bad for a 6 year old. The LAST Granny Square project I made, was a few years ago, a Hello Kitty motif'd bag for my daughter. I've always loved Granny Squares, but they'd become a bit 'dated'; I am happy to see their return.
Thank you for the give away. Good Luck everyone.

x.jade.ryan.x [at] gmail [dot] com

S. Franklin said...

I just fell in love with granny squares. My very first project and last project are the same - a granny square. But I have plans for all kinds of things in the near future!

Kimberly R. said...

The last granny square project was a bedspread for my daughter in pinks and a white background.
I'd love a chance to enter - Thanks!
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Kacy said...

My first granny square project was a baby blanket. It had 36 squares, and I used 5 different colors. I alternated between colorful center squares and solid color squares. The end result looked like multi-colored flowers on a solid pink background. I LOVED it!

meanderinghome {at} gmail {dot} com

hafza said...

Wow...the book looks great. My most recent granny square project is Sunburst Granny square afghan. It is a Crochet Along that I participated at The Oxford Family blog. It is still a work in progress.

hafza
shaza.zain(at)gmail(dot)com

Marion Boddy-Evans said...

I've never crotchet but it's on my to-do list!

Brandi said...

wow loving the stool I have the stool for the project!

lorraine said...

i just adore this book..the very first granny square project i did was my babette blanket..i look back at it and laugh about how many mistakes i made (like use a ridiculously small hook)..currently im experimenting with granny circles and having a blast! thanks for the giveaway!! raineoc@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

My first & last granny project was a blanket my my granny! I only learnt to crochet at the end of last year, and I decided to make a blanket for her for her birthday. I chose the brightest of bright colours, and I'm so glad she loves it.

Kate Price said...

thanks for the in depth review - it's good to see what's in the book technique wise, as well as the patterns.

kateeprice [at] gmail [dot] com

Lilly said...

The very Last Granny Square project I made was a Teddy Bear Granny Square blanket for sick children at a nearby hospital. It was fun to make and a blessing to give.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Lillian
vlgimmelli@gmail.com

Brenda said...

My very first granny square project was this spring.. It is a never ending granny square and I have since made 3 more.. I love them so much!! Would love to win this book too.. bur300@gmail.com

Carol said...

I started the "Galaxy Afghan" a few months ago, for myself, I put it away planning on finishing it sometime before next summer, maybe even entering it into the county fair. I guess it's not really granny squares though, it's granny hexagons. :) Would love to win this book. Thanks, Carol scjanderson@hotmail.com

needlekrafter said...

My first granny square was a granny pillow, which was just two large granny squares which were sewn together with a small pillow in between... It was hideous, made of red, green, light blue and yellow. My mom loved it though... and it was the start of what is my all-time favorite craft... I'm grateful for my mom's cousin who taught me this treasured skill. It's brought over 30 years of happiness. :)

needlekrafter said...

forgot to mention the last granny project... it was a granny blanket with beautiful colors- spring green, turqoise, light blue and white...

Marrissa said...

What an amazing looking book!
My first granny square project was when I was about 10, I made a a heap of squares and the lady teaching me to crochet sewed them together for me to make a vest. I didn't get to choose the colours though and the bright red and blue contrast didnt appeal to me! I am so grateful to have learnt this craft - I still have the vest tucked away safe :)
Please enter me - good luck to everyone :)

melsdaisypatch said...

My first granny square project was a extra large hot pad. Lots of little grannies to make one large hot pad. It was given away at a church function. The last one is still a WIP. A giant granny square "blankie" for my little man. Thanks for offering the chance to win this book and good luck to everyone!

Carolyn McPherson said...

I have to say that I have only made ONE granny square. It was the very first thing I learned to crochet last year. I've gone on to make beanies for my baby girl, but have yet to progress beyond my ONE granny square. But I'm eternally hopeful!!

Melody said...

My first project was a scarf made with medium purple and light purple.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Anna W said...

My first square was done six years ago when I did a baby blanket for my sisters son. I remember having trouble finding the colours I wanted. Today there is no problem at all...

anna(at)wikstrom(dot)in

gill said...

The first thing I crocheted was a granny square - eventually I made enough to make a very small blanket but I didn't sew the ends in properly and it kept unravelling - I was too disheartened to try and fix it!!
I would love to win a copy of this book!

Holli Yeoh said...

I'd love to win a copy of Granny Square Love. My first granny square project was a pot holder in orange and brown (it was the 70s). It was a Christmas present for my grandparents and I was 5 yrs old.

Bizenurse said...

My first granny project was a baby blanket for my baby son when I was 18 years old. I love the versatility of granny squares and still love them. I can't remember the last granny square I made- I think it was12 in squares for a charity blanket. Can't wait to get my hands on this book! Love the tablecloth idea!!!
Cassandra Gore
bizenurse@aol.com

KusalaKnits said...

Arrrg. Blogger. Try this again. I just learned to crochet (after being a knitter for 10 years). The most i've done are a bunch of hats and felted bowls, and I can't wait to do some squares to burn through some stash! I would SO love this one!

MarieAnge said...

I'm currently working on a baby blanket so I'd have to say this is my last :)
It will have hearts hidden in it and the yarns I'm using are white and khaki.
The book looks really great.
Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Cisca said...

I've never done a granny project yet :( If I win this book it'll be a good opportunity to start :) :)