YIPPEE! hook up some grannies with me!

if you know me at all, or most especially if you follow me on Pinterest, you’re probably all too aware that i’m Gaga for Grannies. Whether they be bright, drab, fancy, basic, kitschy, elegant, chunky, or lacy, i love them all.

i’ve been crazy about these totems of crochet since i was a child and my grandmother crocheted those iconic seventies vests for my sister and me. it irks me to this very day that there is not a single photo of us wearing them! so last year i took matters into my own hands and made one for myself (you’ll note that i’m wearing it in the above videos!). i made it into a dress because i knew i’d wear it much more than a vest, but i used the original pattern published in 1971 by Red Heart. shockingly (to me), this 40-year old pattern boasts only 11 projects on Ravelry!

and now, i want to make YOU go Gaga for Granny Squares too! and then i’m hoping to hook you into the Hexi Cowl! my two newest online workshops launch today on Creativebug, as part of their new Makerie channel. they’re calling their new collaboration “a handmade partnership” and it’s super lovely that these two awesome entities which i’m already involved with have joined creative forces! when i went out to Colorado last April to teach at this all-sewing retreat, i arrived a few days early to film these in a cozy cabin in the middle of a crazy Rocky Mountain blizzard! we had so much fun, and now i’m SO excited to share them with you at last.

to celebrate, i’ve got a free *month-long* all-access subscription to Creativebug to give away! just tell me in the comments what you would make out of granny squares or hexis, by midnight tuesday 7/16, and a winner will be randomly chosen on wednesday the 17th.

now, go grab some yarn and a hook and let’s get grannying!



  1. What wouldn’t I make with grannies?! vests, afghans, scarves, cat clothes, booties, bunting, baby stuff!

  2. well, I’d hook up that cowl and buntings, and maybe even some seat cushions! thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I’ve long fantasized about making a modern granny square afghan – same classic squares, but in a good wool yarn in, say, shades of gray or something like that.

  4. I’m currently making a hexi blanket out of felted tweed, it’s going to take awhile!

  5. I’ve been meaning to make a granny square doll blanket for my daughter.

  6. I am in mad love with grannie squares right now. I’m thinking of going home tonight and digging up some lovely fingering weight yarn to hook up a shawl (can’t decide on shape yet).

  7. I would love to make a blanket for the apartment we just moved into to make it feel more comfy and personal.

  8. I need to learn these granny square things. They seem to be all the rage. Now if I only knew where to find an experienced teacher…. šŸ˜‰

  9. I’ve always wanted to know how to make granny squares – but crochet always confused me. I’d make a good ol’ fashioned afghan! …and a lot of other cool stuff

  10. Sherie M.

    I would make a cover for my Charkha with some pretty granny squares.

  11. I love the bunting! I would like to start a crochet club at my shop and have everyone
    Contribute a granny- like a community project!

  12. Right now I am crocheting a granny square throw for my four legged grandson (Pomeranian mix named Freeway). He absolutely loves to snuggle up on the one I made for my daughter – so now he will have his own!!!

  13. Michelene

    I’m planning a granny-based cowl in Sixth Doctor Who colors!

  14. I’d make a long vest! a table cloth! a couch throw! maybe I’d even finish the bedspread my mother started in the early 80’s and left to me šŸ™‚

  15. I would make a poncho, then a kitty sweater-ish thing, then a blanket for Elizabeth the mini-donkey, then an afghan, then see what else needs covering and/or snuggling šŸ™‚

  16. and btw, Cal, it is So So nice to hear your voice and see you – if only in the virtual sense.

  17. LaDonna Greene

    My first quilt was a huge Grannie Square. I could not remember how to stop it. lol I have since made quit a few Grannie Square blankets.

  18. Pauline Costley

    Just learning to crochet so to win would be a real bonus. Have wanted to crochet all my life and even though I’ve just attempted a granny square I am well pleased x

  19. You are SO creative with Granny Squares!!! I have made traditional Granny Square Afghans but I would love to learn all your secrets and make something new and exciting! :O)

  20. Rita Pitter

    I’d like to make a colourful throw or blanket.

  21. I love blankets …. and would have thousands of them in every kind of granny going! Who doesn’t love being hugged by a Granny Square Blanket!

  22. I’m very new at crocheting, I need a pattern for a granny square.

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