Sunday, 26 June 2011

Granny Square Blanket Ta Dah !!!!!!!!


Hello Lovelies ,
Well ,on the scorching day that we have had today I finally finished my Granny Square blanket. Those little squares have been at the top of this blog for ages now ( and I'm not planning on changing them yet ) ...indeed I started making them back in January inspired by a vintage blanket owned by my Mum...you can read all about that blanket here .
So , how did my version turn out ? Want to see ?

Then do come out side into the heat of the garden with me , here it is ........



Looking lovely draped over a chair .......



and here is the whole blanket.......



Do you like ? I must say I LOVE it :0)   I could look at this picture for AGES.
Yes I'm very happy with this little blanket. It's 36 inches by 50 inches.A great size for putting over your legs or draping over the back of a chair. My first completed blanket of 2011. Yay !!

Something else I'm loving is my new , old basket . I spied this beauty in a charity shop the other week . I had to have it as it's exactly the same as one I had for school cookery ( home economics ) lessons as a teenager......



And inside is.........



The vintage inspiration blanket :0)  Here they are together.........



Here you can see just how tiny the squares of the original blanket are .Isn't it stunning ...I think the amount of work that must have gone into this is mind boggling.

I'm very happy that the plum colour is so similar to the original.Something that differs is the border.Mine is a wide, colourful affair , of course influenced by the stunning creations of you know who :0) ...



It is made of seven of my favourite colours from the squares then a row of single crochet ( U.K. double ) followed by the same simple edging I made up for my granny stripe. That's simply  sc , sc , then (sc ,chain 3 ,sc) all in the same stitch ,repeat around.
Here are a couple more indoor shots ....just because ......



Thank you all so much for sharing this project with me ,I can't tell you how much it adds to the enjoyment I get from the creative process . Lets face it , crochet blankets are not that interesting to husbands and sons ( though the latter do make kind comments on occasion).Yes , being able to share all this with like minded souls is wonderfully encouraging...so thank you for reading and especially for all the lovely comments you so generously leave me :0) You are the best !

Hope you are coping with this heat if you are in the U.K. My computer is telling me it's warmer here than in Greece at the moment !
Jacquie x

P.S. thanks also to those who highlighted my method for getting a flat border is similar to this great tutorial. Do have a look :0)

70 comments:

  1. You must be so chuffed. It looks lovely.

    Colette x

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  2. What a beautiful blanket. You should be very proud. I love the basket with the original in it. Gorgeous a feast for the eyes! :)

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  3. Again such a beautifullllll creation! Love your blanket!! Ria

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  4. This is such a gorgeous afghan and the colors just POP! Great job!

    I once had a basket exactly like that and I loved it. :)

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  5. That looks absolutely stunning. Even though it has been very hot today i feel the need to give your blanket a big cuddle. What are your plans for your blanket?
    I love it when i see someone has updated their blog and it gives me the encouragement to crack on with my projects. Thank you for sharing x

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  6. Utterly gorgeous :)

    I've just posted pics of my first crochet make and the first square of my granny blanket ;)

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  7. Well done. You should be proud.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  8. Gorgeous blanket!! Love the colours!!

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  9. Now thats a great blanket,well done you must be very happy with it.

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  10. Gorgeous! Love it. No I am not coping well in this heat. I really do not do heat very well. xx

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  11. I cant believe how fast you made this, its lovely, what is your secret to quickity quick crochet?
    Pixie x

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  12. Wonderful blanket, I love it!

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  13. Looks awesome!! Great great work :D

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  14. Wow! That's all really, just wow!

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  15. It.is.devine.
    WOW IT'S SUPER!!!!! Esther.

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  16. aww well done you its beautiful i adore the colours and the original blanket is stunning to and in such good condition still. Enjoy them both, dee x

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  17. Wow that looks lovely & what a fab match! Gorgeous!

    Jo x

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  18. Oh it looks gorgeous! So cozy and warm (not that we need it today) :o)
    I love the picture of them both together.

    Have a great week Jacquie.

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  19. Amazing! Well done clever you - stunning and beautiful!!

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  20. well done you , I am so impressed by its evenness and it is so so like the blanket the inspired it , thanks for sharing this with us all

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  21. Interesting to see the two blankets together. I still expected the original to be much bigger, just shows how small the squares in it are.
    Lovely work, well done. Must be very satisfying.
    By the way, there's no heat here, still wet and cold and miserable, and I'm turning into an old misery guts complaining about it all the time!

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  22. Love your blanket, I'm new to crochet and still have so much to learn. Lucky you with the sunshine and heat today, we are still much cooler and damp up here in Scotland.

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous!

    I've still got my basket from school cookery lessons and it's exactly like that.

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  24. It looks brilliant! And it's warmed my heart as it's not at all warm here in Australia!

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  25. it is absolutely gorgeous! that plum is lovely :) Congrats on finishing your first blanket this year!

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  26. Beautiful and I love the colours

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  27. The concert of colors is just spectacular. Won't it be grand when it cools off enough for you to use it? I've been thinking of you and this project this week as I used your suggestion for joining squares (sewing them together) but I've run into issues in the corners. None of my corners are uniform! The joining stitch is always a little bit different...and since I used a contrasting thread, it's obvious. I plan to do a post about it tomorrow so will have photos of my first attempt. Would love to know if you have any suggestions. x&o, Annette

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  28. Well done on finishing your beautiful blanket! It's very nicely done and will make you so happy each time you get it out. I do love your vintage one as well.

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  29. ooooh! it is STUNNING! congratulations! =)

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  30. Very very beautiful!!!! Love it!!!!

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  31. it's lovely! And ye, the plum is very similar to the original which is just perfect too!
    XXX

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  32. Wow it is absolutely stunning! Absolutely freezing in my part of the world today - and a lovely blanket like yours is just what I need so I'm very jealous!! I love the two blankets together - just gorgeous. And as for the basket - FABULOUS. Have a great week!

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  33. Gorgeous! Well done!It makes me want to work on mine... Seems to be a never ending story project... A joyful one. Be overly proud. This is a magnificent piece. Happy summer.

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  34. It is gorgeous Jacquie :) well done! I love it and I love the plum border :) Magnifique!
    Angie

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  35. Beautiful Jacquie and it looks so close to the vintage blanket you already had. Well done!
    Anne xx

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  36. It's just gorgeous, very very pretty!! Love the plum colour and the big wide border, though the vintage one is also very cute! Well done for finishing it, have loved seeing it come together! xxx

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  37. pretty pretty! Congrats on finishing your first blanket of 2011, nice work.
    That's also the same basket that my mum had for home economics, and is still in use today at home.

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  38. I absolutely LOVE it!! You must be so proud - it is gorgeous! That plum is lovely, and your border works so well! Very inspiring!! :o)
    x

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  39. It is AMAZING! Those gorgeous, jewel-like colours!

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  40. Your blanket is GORGEOUS! I simply adore that plum color!! And your basket.....I LOVE that too! Just perfect for some more crochet projects. ;-)

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  41. lindo!!
    adoro los grannys, son súper versátiles

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  42. Gorgeous! What more is there to be said? (Except that I'm sooo jealous of your lovely basket...)
    love Jane x

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  43. What a totally fantastic blanket and such a great find to go with it. I see endless hours styling your two blanket beauties together! Well done you - you have every right to be proud of that one. x

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  44. Its fabulous! Well done you!

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  45. Well done it looks fab. I love the plum colour. Since you inspired me to try crochet again I've now finished my own blanket and cushion. Next time I will try the flat edging technique. Keep up the good work.

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  46. Looks FANTABULOUS The purple just look amazing! Well done!

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  47. Great job! Your blanket is beautiful!

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  48. What a stunner Jacquie, a real labour of love xox It's gorgeous !

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  49. Oh that's gorgeous, Jacquie! Well done! xxx

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  50. BEAUTIFUL!!! Plum is my favorite color! :)
    Louise in FL

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  51. Wow, that's so beautiful! I love that plum color. All that sewing up must have taken forever. Well done!

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  52. I have so been looking forward to seeing the completed blanket, and I must say it is B E A U T I F U L ! Woweee Jacquie, what a triumph!
    So, what's next?!
    Jones x

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  53. Oo, looks gorgeous! I've ditched the blanket in favour of socks at the mo - was just too hot to be crocheting with a big blanket over my knees!!! (not that I really need woolly socks right now either...!) x

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  54. All those photo's are completely justified that is serious granny goodness. Hope you don't need to use it until winter rolls around -but you are all ready to Enjoy.

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  55. hi , ur blog is beautiful , i love all the crochet , i followed u with my twitter as im having problems with my blog , its melanie-baxterk1p1project.blogspot.com have a look , u have lots of followers , i carnt seem to get any xxx love and take care love mel xxx

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  56. Beautiful work - well done! Feels great when you finish, doesn't it? And yes, the vintage one must have been very time-consuming to make! Loved seeing them together.
    Enjoy your summer (it's winter here!),
    Caz from Never Knew :)

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  57. Hasn't it turned out just gorgeous! I totally know where you're coming from in that sons and husbands don't quite get the excitement a crochet blanket can bring!! If I were your real life buddy I would be over like a shot to drape it over myself and rub my cheek against it.

    xxx

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  58. How gorgeous! Ilove that border colour in both blankets. And what a lovely tribute to the original.
    So nice to have wandered across your blog, hope you don't mind if I stick around?
    xx

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  59. Hello Jacquie! That blanket became a real beauty! Those colours are so beautiful and not so common! I love also your basket. I used to have similar and it was so practical. Now there is now way I could find it here.
    You have right, here in Greece we don't have so hot like usually this time. For us this weather is perfect. It's hot enough to go to the beach but we don't need to use the air condition and working in the garden is enjoy. Still I'm affraid we have two very hot months still front of us!
    I wish your summer continues well!
    xxx Teje

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  60. After you have received 63 comments i don't hold out much hope you will read this ,However i will try. I have just started to follow you as i find your blog amazing. I was hoping you might follow me, but we will see......x

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  61. This is gorgeous. I love those colors. Wonderful result of all your hard work.

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  62. Gorgeous - I love the colours you have used. I so wish I could crochet!!!

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  63. So beautiful! You've inspired me to make a smaller version as a baby gift. I'll make it car seat size! Love your flat border! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. I've been looking at grannie blankets and keep coming back to yours as the one I just adore! I want to try my own version of it, and if it works out, maybe even try one with the tiny squares--they are so sweet.

    Would you share something about your yarn--fiber, weight, brand?

    Thanks for sharing your blanket, and the lovely story of the original.

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  66. p.s. I counted 8 colors in the border, and possibly 16 in the blanket. Amazing!

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