In today’s Granny Square Month post, I’m reviewing a book of granny square patterns by one of my favorite designers, Margaret Hubert, along with a giveaway for your chance to win your own copy, so read on for details.
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10 Granny Squares 30 Bags is another delightful collection of granny square patterns by Margaret Hubert. You can read my reviews of three of Margaret’s other granny square books (including excerpted patterns from each book) here: Granny Square Flowers here, The Granny Square Book here, and Granny Square Flower Garden here. The concept of 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags is straightforward but interesting. There are 10 granny square patterns included, and each one is also used in 3 bag patterns. One of the things I really like about this book is that is shows how by changing the colors and layout, you can totally transform a granny square pattern.
The book opens with an introduction from Margaret. The granny square patterns include the skill level and are written in both US pattern abbreviations and with an international stitch symbol chart. Patterns for the 3 bags based on each square follow the granny pattern. The bag patterns include an introduction to the project; a supply list include the brand, weight, and colors of yarns used along with the hook and notions; gauge and size information; and the skill level. The bag patterns are written in US pattern abbreviations. The granny squares in this book cover several skill levels (1 easy, 6 intermediate, and 2 experienced), as do the bags (3 easy, 12 intermediate, and 15 experienced). I would say that most determined advanced beginners or intermediate crocheters can complete all of the patterns in the book. The skill levels listed in the book seem to be based on a very strict reading of the Craft Yarn Council’s skill levels; I think many crocheters could make the experienced patterns without much difficulty.
The end of the book includes a Techniques section with written explanations with photos for the magic loop, 3 seaming options, 4 methods for lining bags, 4 suggestions for bag handles, and tips for adding zippers and covering snaps. There is also a glossary of abbreviations and a key to international stitch symbols. The book ends with a visual index with thumbnails of each pattern included in the book for easy reference.
While this is a paperback book, it has front and back flaps so you can mark your place when crocheting. The layout is clean and inviting and the bags are in a wide range of styles. If you like to crochet granny squares but are looking to go “beyond the blanket,” this might be the book for you!
After reading my review, are you ready to add 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags to your collection? The nice folks at Quarto have offered a giveaway for us!
This giveaway is open to readers in the United States, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 25, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive a copy of 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags, courtesy of Quarto. Good luck!