I’m continuing Granny Square Month, a 30-day celebration of granny squares, with a review of a technique and pattern book by Margaret Hubert along with an excerpted pattern, so read on for details!
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Granny Square Flowers: 50 Botanical Crochet Motifs and 15 Original Projects is a granny square pattern collection that includes tips and techniques for crocheters by Margaret Hubert. (You can read my review of Margaret’s Granny Square Flower Garden in this post and The Granny Square Book in this post. Both reviews also include pattern excerpts.) The book opens with a dedication and acknowledgements from Margaret. After the table of contents, Margaret’s introduction explains that the book includes flowers, edible plants, leaves, and even weeds in granny square form. The squares are crocheted in the same yarn for clarity. Margaret notes that finished sizes will vary based on your hook and yarn (and gauge/tension), but she doesn’t indicate whether the patterns in the book are designed to be the same size or not.
The Granny Square Techniques section opens with Getting Started, which provides written and photographed instructions for three different ways to start the center ring and a step-by-step written and photo tutorial for the classic granny square. It continues to share information about the invisible join, gauge and adjusting sizes, five methods for seaming, and tips for making borders.
The book then moves onto the granny square patterns. Each motif pattern includes a flat-lay photo of the square, the skill level, the number of colors used (if more than one), an explanation of any special stitch patterns, and the pattern written both in U.S. abbreviations and in international stitch symbols. The book lists the difficultly level for the squares as 3 advanced beginner, 3 easy, 32 intermediate, and 11 experienced.
The next section is Granny Flower Projects. In spite of the book’s name, there are actually 18 projects. The listed difficulty level is 4 easy, 10 intermediate, and 4 experienced. The projects include women and children’s garments and accessories, blankets, and other home decor items. The book continues on to Crochet Basics, a section that includes information about reading patterns, a glossary of U.S. pattern abbreviations, a U.S./U.K. crochet term conversion chart, and a key to international stitch symbols. The book ends with an index.
Granny Square Flowers: 50 Botanical Crochet Motifs and 15 Original Projects is a spiral-bound book, so you can lay it flat to read while crocheting. Although the patterns are mostly designed for intermediate crocheters, it includes enough tips to help a patient advanced beginner to build her or his skills. Less than half of the patterns and projects from the book are featured on its Ravelry source page, but you can get still get a sense of the range of styles used for the patterns, including lacy and solid squares and simple and intricate projects. If you enjoy crochet motifs, you’re likely to find plenty in this book to keep you happy.
April Daisy Square
Crochet Pattern by Margaret Hubert
Pattern and Photo © 2013 Creative Publishing International, Inc., a member of Quayside Publishing Group. Shared with permission from The Quarto Group.
Skill Level: Intermediate
The daisy celebrates the arrival of spring, Easter, and Passover.
- Made with 4 colors: A, B, C, and D.
- With A, ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off A. (12 sc)
- Rnd 2: With right side facing, join B with a sl st in any sc, ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, (dc, tr, ch 3, tr, dc) in next sc, ch 2**, sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off B. (6 petals)
- Rnd 3: With right side facing, join C with a sl st in any sc between petals, ch 6 (counts as tr, ch 3), *sc in the center ch of next ch-3 sp, ch 3**, tr in next sc between 2 petals, ch 3; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. (12 ch-3 spaces)
- Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st (corner), *[3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next st] twice, 3 sc in next ch-3 sp**, 2 sc in next sc (corner); rep from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with a sl st in first sc. (52 sc)
- Rnd 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 3 (corner), 3 dc in next st, *sk next sc, [sc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc] 4 times, sc next sc, sk next sc**, 3 dc in next st, ch 3, 3 dc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off C. (4 ch-1 sps on each side)
- Rnd 6: With right side facing, join C with a sl st in any ch-3 corner sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in same sp, *[ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 space] 4 times, ch 1**, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 corner sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off.
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