Thursday, January 25, 2018

2018 Fiber Flux Granny Stashdown Challenge!


With 2017 behind us, it's time for a stashdown!  I'll be the first to admit...I'm a total yarn hoarder.  I have so much of it in baskets, random piles, cabinets, bins, you name it!  This year I wanted to make a commitment to myself to use as much as I already have on hand.  Now, you still might catch me wandering down a yarn aisle or two, no promises there!  BUT, I'm sooo ready to de-stash!

Do you want to join me on a de-stash adventure?  This year we're going to make a fun large granny blanket, as large or as small as you want, using yarn on hand as we go!  I love granny squares, they were one of the first things I ever crocheted and they are beautiful and relaxing to make.  

Here are some tips to get started! (written instructions for the square are further down):

  • Grab a bin or basket (mine is in the photo above) and use it to collect your yarn odds and ends.
  • Try choosing a color palette you like and look for yarn in that color (I chose shades of pinks, purples, and blues)
  • Make sure it is a similar weight.  This does not have to be exact, but I stuck to worsted-ish weight.  Some is slightly thinner, some a little thicker.  Basically yarn that recommends an I, J, or K hook.  However, if you have lots of sock yarn, use that!  Have tons of super bulky?  Try that instead!
  • Last thing, if you plan on machine washing your blanket when it is finished, make sure all of your yarn is machine washable too!


We have a great crochet along (CAL) community!  Please visit and join the Fiber Flux CAL group on Ravelry to get updates, see everyone's progress--this will be so fun to see what yarn everyone chooses!  Also, get questions answered, help others, and show off your work.  


The written instructions are further down in this post, but be sure to check out the video below for the intro to the project + full granny blanket tutorial:

(Can't see the video?  Click here!)

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Supplies:

  • Yarn odds and ends in a similar weight
  • K (6.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors



Instructions:

This blanket is a classic granny square.  You can make it as big as you want by simply working more rounds.  Change colors/yarn each time you run out of yarn as you work through your stash!

Chain 4, join into a ring with a slip stitch.

 Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 3, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space...first corner done!
Then chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.

Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 3, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1.  To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space then chain 1...repeat until you reach a corner again.

Keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives you those pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

Repeat round 3 as many times as you want to achieve the desired size.

A note about making multicolored rounds:
  • To begin a new round in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch1 at the corner and keep going.  
  • To begin a new round in a new/different color, cut yarn, leaving a tail, and fasten it with a slip stitch. Join the new yarn at one of the corners as shown and tie securely.
  • Did your yarn run out in the middle of your round?  Simply tie on the new yarn and keep going (weave in the ends into the corresponding color--blue tail into blue section of stitches for example).  To see a visual of this, check out the video!

Finishing:
Weave in any ends.

*I will give an update each season (spring, summer, fall, then winter) to show the progress of my blanket.  Please share yours too on social media and in our Fiber Flux CAL group (link above).  Happy de-stashing lovelies!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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