:: A Granny A Day : 2012

March 14, 2012

It’s Autumn. I know that you think it’s all about leaves falling from trees. It is. But it’s also about getting ready to cosy down with some crochet (despite the fact that it is going to be 30 degrees today in Melbourne!) Soon enough it will be crispy and crunchy. I can feel that bite in the air.

I thought we could do ‘A Granny A Day’ again! Do you remember when I started A Granny A Day way back then?  Maybe you don’t because you are here for the first time or new to this blog. That is A-OKAY!

A Granny A Day is a great way to learn to crochet or to build up a good stash of crocheted squares.  You can do one each day or you can fudge it and do one a week, or one every TWO days if that works better.  Just do what is best for you!

You can do nice simple squares or you can do fancy ones. That is entirely up to you, too.  They can all match… or they can be random. In a day or two (I will put up a pattern link post and we can drop in links to cute patterns and motifs, to share and make!)

You can learn to crochet via video tutorial on this very blog here. Or you can click around and find tutorials on YouTube or via Google.  Or you could go to a class at your local craft shop, if that is your kinda thing!

Will you join in?  Sign up below or in the comments with a link to your blog, so we can visit you!
Like the Meet Me At Mike’s Facebook page to get further updates and cute pattern links too!

xx Pip

Learn To Crochet Video Tutorials

  • Gemma Day August 6, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    I'm learning to crochet now via your video tutorials and I'm doing ok so far.
    You can follow my progress here: http://everydayimstitchin.blogspot.co.uk/


    Gem x

  • Sequins and Glitter June 15, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    I love being a little part of this, makes me that bit more motivated to do some more squares when I can see other people doing it too!
    I've just posted an update on my progress here:

  • Jayne May 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    PS I forgot! Sign me up for sure!

  • Jayne May 25, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Wow, just found your wonderful blog and though I'm from the U.S. and a lefty (I'm pretty good at switching righty instructions to lefty) I'm going to do the Granny A Day. I've always wanted to make a granny square blanket so here I go! Your videos make it much easier, thanks! Now to go and explore your blog some more before my kids get up 🙂

  • Anne May 8, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Hey Pip!
    I'm in! …But I have been so bad at blogging since I started publishing a magazine. But… i always have time to crochet and I post my pics on instagram {anniehay} which I share on my photoblog http://mycraftaddiction.tunblr.com – I think we are following each other now on instagram, which led me to this blog! 🙂 super cute, BTW! must read more now, so…
    check ya soon!

  • Allie Stone May 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Hi Pip firstly I would like to say what a wonderfrilly web site and books you have so kindly produced for all us crafty creatives it's so sad to hear your shop has closed My passion is crochet and presently granny squares Which is why is was great to find your site celebrating these little gems of colour and fun My current collection of squares are joining together to cover an ever so boring but very useful eco-bag Thank you so much for all your inspiration and colour-fun-ness Allie x

  • Anonymous May 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Dear Pip
    Thank you so much for such great clear easy to follow granny square instructions, after a long battle from a long line of crocheters' and knitters in my family with no results,i have eventually produced granny squares and all manner of hooky things now 2 weeks into learning, i really cannot thank you enough for enabling me to enjoy this fab world of hooking. Out of all the you tube posts yours was by far the best. Pip thank you again for sharing and i love your books too. Very best wishes J x

  • Kate Johnston May 1, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Hi, i am attempting a quilt for our baby due in August. I want to put his name on it – have you done any squares with lettering? Would appreciate some ideas, tutorial etc or point me in another direction…
    Thanks so much in advance, I love the granny a day concept, its keeping me sane!!!

  • sweetpea family April 24, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    I love your granny squares ……………I am becoming addicted can't stop making them

  • hookedcrochetedaccessories April 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    A little behind the 8-ball because I just found your blog, but, I'm keen as mustard! Two done already… I figure this way, my two kids will eventually get their promised blankets before they're 18 😉

  • Savanah April 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    I'm dying this is so adorable! Why am I too anal to make a granny something with different types of granny squares, rather than just all the same?! D:

  • Gemma April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Hi Pip, I learnt to crochet through your tutorial on this blog + now I am 55 granny squares into a big afgan rug traditional style with lots of bright colours + black borders. I'm also making things extra difficult for myself by trying to be super thrifty + use recycled wool scraps + op shop wool finds only! I would love to be a part a granny a day + I will post pictures of my progress soon! My blog is http://seedpods.posterous.com/
    Thankyou for teaching me how to crochet!

  • katie.rose April 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Hello Pip, Like so many other commenters here I also leant how to make granny squares off your wonderful tutorials! I sat there last Easter with my Nan (who's a dedicated knitter) and my laptop and I couldn't believe how quickly I picked it up! I felt so proud of myself for learning something new! This year, (last week actually) I was a little nervous as I wasn't sure my fingers would remember what to do! But they just went and went and now I'm right back into it! I also have a blog this year – http://bazaarteapot.blogspot.com.au/ and I will be sure to post up my progress soon :)Thanks so much for your inspiration and motivation!

  • Twigwoman April 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Greetings Pip: I am new to your blog and love it and fairly new to crochet, would like to join granny a day but I do not have a blog am I still able to sign up?

  • Focus on Art April 1, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Hey Pip. I am slowly getting the hang of granny squares and can happily say I learnt using your wonderful video How to crochet videos -– they are brilliant! So clear and simple (at times a little too slow, but way better too slow than too fast). Your time and effort in putting them together is much appreciated.
    Crochet has never much interested me but my almost 9yo is getting into this sort of stuff so I'm keen to teach her.
    Thanks so much.

  • emilylovesbagpuss March 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Hey there. I am hoping to gain a fondness for the granny by joining in 🙂

  • Jo March 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I used this one from here……
    I think it's a sunburst Granny but it's called a circle in a square on this pattern.
    Jo 🙂

  • Jo March 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I've added some links to some granny square pattens in anyone wants them via my blog. They're not my own patterns but ones I've come across and have put in one place for ease of access. Hope it's ok to pop it on here Pip, just thought it might save a bit of research time for someone.
    Jo 🙂

  • A VERY BRITISH AFFAIR March 28, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Ok – I tried! but became seduced by my ongoing crocheted bunting in fantastic spring greens, If you stitched four together they would be square – does this count!

    Damn these good intentions – maybe one day i'll finish it, Sarah AVBA xxx

  • heidihill March 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    hello! I was wondering where I can find a pattern for the "Sunburst Granny Sq"-I can't seem to find it,and would love your help!

  • Jane March 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Oh yes please, sign me up. Your granny square tutorial was the first crochet tutorial I ever understood! Oh yippee, fun.

  • House Of Lapin March 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    I started last year and now can't stop, I'm totally addicted. I can't stop making them (or buying pretty coloured wool), when I'm about to finish one blanket I'm thinking of what the next one will look like. Could you please let us know where you buy your wool/yarn from?

  • Danella March 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Sign me up please. Need some motivation!

  • Jenny March 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I have just tried to sign up – no idea if it worked. I have never crocheted before, but I made my first granny square tonight using your tutorials. And I am halfway through a second. At the moment I might aim for two a week and see how I go from there.

  • jodie March 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I am definately in! I keep saying I am going to learn how to crotchet…so no excuses now! Thanks for the motivation : )

  • Coal Valley View March 19, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Hi Pip, I'm super excited by this – thanks so much for generously providing all the links to the tutorials!! I've been wanting to learn to crochet for ages so really needed this nudge. I have bought my supplies and done a chain stitch……so far so good. The next bit looks tricky and If I can't do it I think I'll cry too 🙂 And maybe I'll aim for 1 a week instead of 1 a day. Mel xx

  • Tweed Delights March 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    I'm just getting in to 'grannying' – it will make a change from my 'tweedying'!

    I'd love to learn how to do different kinds of granny squares – but perhaps one a week will suit me better 🙂 I'll give it a go – not sure how it works tho!

    We're moving into Spring here 😉

  • Jo March 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    And as my excitement levels go up, my spelling gets worse! That's obviously a blanket!

  • Jo March 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    I've been waiting for one of these to come along! The flower in the square tute that you've linked to is gonna be the first in my 'mish mash' balnket.
    I get far too excited for my own good at these things!

  • MinaStickor March 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I would love to be a part! Really need to finnish my squares, the projece have been resting a little bit to long 🙂

  • Caroline March 16, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Pip…yes yes yes please let me be in on the granny a day action! – how do i put the 'granny' picture on the side of my blog?!?! thanks XXXX

  • geekycrochetmom March 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    I'm currently working on a granny blankie for my younger daughter… count me in!

  • SJSquared March 15, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Thank you so much, Miss Pip! I can't wait to start!!

  • Mareelouise March 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I will!
    I'm getting a new puppy soon and would love to make her a blanky- saw your puppy pics today and got even more inspired.

  • Pip March 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Keep trying! You can do it! I cried a bit when I was learning, I am a bit of a sook like that!!! xxx

  • Pip March 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Wooh! Welcome back Granny A Day! And hello and thank you to YOU, for reading and saying nice things. Aw. xx

  • Pip March 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    You can find the pattern here > http://rosehip.typepad.com/rose_hip_blog/2009/04/floral.html xx

  • Pip March 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Aw! Thanks lovely Marita! YAY!

  • Pip March 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Rach, you can sign up just by commenting here, or you can add your Facebook Profile Link (if you have one) above in the Link Tool Thingy! xx

  • Rach__P March 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    How do we "sign up" if we don't have a blog (although it seems to be the go these days!)?

  • Maree March 15, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Oh goodness. Learned to crochet a few months ago at brown owls, and it seemed so simple with help right there. But tried last night to start a square and had an EPIC FAIL!
    Will try again on the weekend when I have a bit more time, as I'd love to make a sweet little quilt…
    Great idea.

  • Karoline March 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Pip. I have adored reading your blog for many years (up until now, a "lurker" sans comments). You are funny and lovely and oh-so-creative and I escape to Mike's when things are dull and grey at my desk job. You inspire me to be crafty wherever I can (not crafty as in devious, obviously! But crafter-y! One who crafts. Yes.) and you have inspired me to pursue (and not give up on) many of my own projects. But I just cannot seem to get the hang of crochet! I can do a linky line, and once by accident I made a patchy-looking round flower (when really I was attempting to start a blanket). Anyway, I'm so excited that Granny A Day is back – I am re-inspired to master this thing and I am really going to focus now and get my crochet on.
    Thanks for always providing inspiration and zing to my office days, your blog is the best!
    x Karoline

  • SJSquared March 14, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Hi There Pip!

    A wonderful idea! I'm certainly in. 🙂 I have one question though: would you mind sharing your pattern for the beautiful square with the flower in the middle? I'd love a challenge!

    Thanks for your amazing blog, constant inspiration and wonderful attitude!

  • Marita March 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Just wanted to say that the granny 101 videos were great! 🙂 Double high-fives to you!

    Marita from Norway

  • Pip March 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Of course! That would be great!! xx

  • LionessLady March 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Hey Pip, can we put the granny a day picture of yours on our blogs? Thanks x

  • Natalie March 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I'm in, have already started a quilt, but this will keep me going!!!

  • Robyn March 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Im in pip! This will get me going again! Still haven't put together the blanket with the squares i made during the last two goes at a granny a day 😉 And yes the ends are all still hanging out too.

  • Gayna March 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Hi, no blog, but I'm in!!

  • Sway March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    In for sure!! I learnt to ' Granny' last year and am beyond in love with it!!
    I can't wait to get started ( I may even kinda cheat and do one today haha! Forgive me?)

    Agree with everyone above – I hate the loose ends! I always leave them all till all the squares are finished, then its agony doing them all at once…. I only have myself to blame 😉

    My brand spankin' new blog is: loversnotliars.blogspot.com
    Sway xx

  • Emily March 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Ooh, this might be just the thing I need. I absolutely don't have time for any more projects, but I bought the wool to learn how to make a granny square blanket THIS TIME LAST YEAR! Oops! 'Bout time I rectify that situation 🙂

  • Reannon Hope March 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I like this idea Pip! I doubt I'll get one a day done but I love having a task to complete 🙂 sign me up!!!

    What a nice excuse to buy more supplies….

  • Rach__P March 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    I think I might also do Granny A Day to finish off ANOTHER granny blanket I have started but not finished. Oh, it's on.

  • greta @ ontopofalilypad March 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Hi Pip, I used your tutorials to start crocheting last year, then got addicted to amigurumi… I ready to get back to grannys!

  • Gem Bentick March 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    This is something I've been looking forward to doing, yay!

  • Hattie Hen March 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Yep I am in. It will give me the motivation I need to use up all the scraps in my growing pile.
    Also, Vicky – I couldn't agree more. The end weaving is the pits.

  • Lisa T March 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Oh – this is awesome! I am new to crochet and have planned to make a geeky blanket for my boy (I hope my idea is simple). This will give me the motivation to actually start. Yippee!

  • Sharyn March 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Hi Pip, Sounds like a wonderful project that I would love to be a part of…I'm in!

  • Jennifer March 14, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Yay! I'll do it, but mine is probably going to be more like a granny a week. I'd love to get an afghan done one of these days!

  • Rach__P March 14, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Oh yay! But I kind of haven't finished my granny a day blanket started circa November 2010 (when I first found your blog and your tutorial saved me from crochet frustration!). I think I will do "Sew In Ends" A Day.

  • A VERY BRITISH AFFAIR March 14, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Hi Pip, I really am going to try and join you – I started my first few squares last year but have lost momentum along the way, this is just what I need xx

  • Catherine March 14, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    I really want to do it. I hope I will do it. So sign me up.

  • gemmipop March 14, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    Oooh! I loved Granny A Day! Sign me up!!

  • Vicky March 14, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    I love the humble granny square, but man, I hate weaving those ends in and all the joining!