How to: Crochet a perfectly straight granny square

How to Crochet a perfectly straight granny square

Have you ever crocheted a granny square and found that it looks skewed or wonky, like its being dragged to one side? If so I have a few tips for you on how to crochet a perfectly straight granny square.

My golden rule to avoid the wonky granny square is……

“Flip your work on every round”

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What does this mean? Basically after finishing every round of crochet, rather than starting another round where you’ve finished, you flip your crochet over and start hooking the next round on the “wrong side”.

If you think about it if you add round, after round on the “right side” you are always crocheting in the same direction which helps create that skewed granny square look. If you use the flip method you will essentially crochet in opposite directions on each rounds which corrects any skewing!

If you don’t believe me look at these samples:

Crochet granny square examples

I have a few other tips which I use when hooking up my granny squares:

1. Do two chains (rather than three) in your corners

2. Start each round on a different side, so you aren’t joining the yarn in the same place on each round.

3. Never start a new round in a corner, always start your rounds on a side.

4. Don’t chain stitch between your clusters (tr uk or dc US), except on the corners see no.1

Cottage Garden Yarn Pack

I am currently in the middle of hooking up a giant granny square blanket, thats where you make a granny square and you keep adding rounds so it spreads out into a square blanket. The beauty of the giant granny square is you keep adding rounds until it reaches your desired size, or you become fed up, whichever comes first! I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing my granny growing on each round.

Cottage Garden Granny Square

Cottage Garden Granny

I’m using Stylecraft Special DK in 10 colours: Cream, Fondant, Pomegranate, Candyfloss, Wisteria, Sage, Storm, Meadow, Sherbet and Citron. If you fancy hooking along I have popped a yarn pack together here

Cottage Garden Yarn Pack

I will keep you posted on my progress!

Happy hooking!

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Frida’s Flower Crochet Along

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Stylecraft are back with a brand new Crochet Along for 2016, Frida’s Flowers!

Designed by Jane Crowfoot Frida’s Flowers Blanket is a stunning rich floral blanket inspired by Mexican Folk Art and the colourful dresses worn by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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The yarn packs for this gorgeous blanket go on sale on Friday 11th March and the first part of the Crochet Along is released on Tuesday 5th April over on the Stylecraft website with patterns released fortnightly over the following four months.

The blanket can be crocheted in Stylecraft Classique Cotton or Stylecraft Special DK, since Stylecraft Special DK is hands down the most popular yarn we stock we have put together a complete yarn pack in Special DK for our customers which you can find here

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If you already have some Special DK in your stash the yarn required for the Crochet Along is as follows:

3 x Black
2 x Plum or Fuchsia Purple
2 x Petrol
1 x Lipstick
1 x Cream
1 x Shrimp
1 x Saffron
1 x Meadow
1 x Teal
1 x Magenta
1 x Turquoise
1 x Copper

The Frida’s Flowers Crochet Along is aimed at those looking to improve their skills rather than complete beginners.

Fridas Flowers Blanket

So if you fancy hooking along with the Fridas’s Flowers Crochet Along starting on 5th April  be sure to head over to the website to get your Stylecraft Special DK yarn pack here

Happy Hooking!

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Win: 1930′s clamshell fabric bundle as featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

If you’ve picked up Issue 29 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine you may have spotted the sweet cover gift featuring Clamshell English Paper Piecing templates and a project book jam packed with adorable scalloped projects.

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We were delighted to provide a selection of our favourite 1930s fabrics and Robert Kaufman Essex Linen for the projects featured in the booklet and we absolutely love the results!

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You can find our LPQ 1930′s Clamshell bundle with 10% off here and since Christmas is fast approaching we wanted to give one of you the chance to start the new year with some lovely new fabrics, so to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of our gorgeous 1930′s clamshell fabrics,  just enter using the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.

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The draw closes on Friday 18th December and the winner will be contacted shortly afterwards

Good luck!

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LAST CHANCE: Pre-Order your Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner!

**Now in stock find all the Carpe Diem Planners and Accessories here**

Planner Girls, you may recall back in August (which seems a looooong time ago now!) we opened pre-orders for the amazing Carpe Diem A5 planners from Simple Stories.

All Carpe Diem Planners

Well the time is almost here…the planners are due to arrive here in the UK at the end of November! We have received a huge amount of interest in the planners and we want to make sure we order in enough planners for all our UK/Europe planner girls!

So here it is, your last chance to order your Carpe Diem Planner before they arrive in November. We are giving you two options:

Option 1

Pre-order and pay for your Carpe Diem planner in full to “guarantee” you get your hands on the planner of your choice! If you want to pre-order now just head to the website and check out! If you choose the pre-order option you will also receive 24 hour priority access to shop the Carpe Diem planner accessories when the planners land in the UK. We will then combine your orders and post you Planner and Accessories to you once the 24 hour priority access closes.

Option 2

Be added to the Waitlist to get priority access to shop the planners and planner accessories when they arrive in the UK. To get on the Waitlist simply email us (hello@thehomemakery.co.uk) with your choice of colour and we will pop you an email confirmation and contact you again when the planners arrive.

If you choose the waitlist option you will not need to pay anything upfront, but we will make sure we order a planner for you.  You will receive an email as soon as the planners arrive in the UK and you will be sent a special link so you can order your Carpe Diem planner and accessories. You will have 24 hours to check out before the planners go on general sale at which point we will release any unsold planners on the website. We will not hold any planners beyond the 24 hour priority access so if you want to “guarantee” your planner please go with Option 1.

***A note on our “guarantee” we will place an order with Simple Stories on your behalf and fingers crossed it will all go to plan and your planner will arrive safe and sound with us. Occasionally things do go wrong, they may sell out, part of our order could go missing or perhaps arrives damaged. We obviously hope this doesn’t happen so please take our guarantee with a pinch of salt. If anything happens beyond our control and we can’t deliver your planner, we will refund you in full. Simples!  

Pre Orders and Waitlist access will close on Friday 6th November …… So which colour will you go for??

Robin’s Egg

Robin Egg A5

Pink

Pink A5

Aqua

Aqua A5

Black

Black planner

Coral

Coral A5

Platinum

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To pre-order head over to the website now!

Happy Planning!

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