One day Granny Square Blanket workshop
So much fun with a granny square
Join knitwear designer Nicki Merrall to learn how to make a simple traditional granny square or a variety of other squares.
Many beginner crocheters want to learn to crochet a granny square and use them to make a blanket or throw. This is a great idea because only a few stitches are required and it doesn’t take long to memorise the pattern for the traditional granny square. Once you can crochet a traditional granny square, you can have a lot of fun making squares of different sizes and with different colour combinations. There are many ways of joining granny squares together; Nicki will teach you a simple, effective method which you will love. She’ll also show you how to add a simple border which will frame your project.
If you can already crochet a traditional granny square, Nicki will show you how to use the basic stitches, in different combinations, to make a variety of other squares. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you could learn a few new stitches to make fancier squares. Nicki will also show you how to join your squares together and add some different borders.
10:00–16:00, Saturday, 2 May 2020
Being Knitterly Studio, Loughborough, Leicestershire
The Being Knitterly Studio is in a beautiful Edwardian house in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
Full details and directions will be sent to you upon booking.
- A designer’s ‘show and tell’ using Nicki’s designs, swatches and crochet books.
- Tuition on crocheting granny squares, joining them together and adding a border.
- Advice on planning projects using granny squares.
- Refreshments all day together with home-baked cake in the afternoon.
Nicki will email you to ask about your experience with crochet, to help her decide which skills to teach you.
Crochet beginners will learn to:
- Hold the hook and yarn.
- Make chain, slip, double and treble stitches.
- Join in a new colour.
- Make a traditional granny square.
- Finish granny squares.
- Join granny squares together as well as crochet a simple border.
If you are a new or beginner crocheter, Nicki will teach you to do chain stitch, slip stitch and treble crochet stitches, and use them to make a granny square. You will practise by making three more granny squares. Then you will learn how to finish and block your granny squares. Finally, Nicki will show you how to join the squares together and add a simple border. You will leave with a small granny square blanket and will know how to make a bigger one.
Crochet improvers will learn to:
- Use the basic stitches, in different combinations, to make a variety of other squares.
- Make new stitches, such as double treble crochet, treble treble crochet, cluster stitches and crochet around the post.
- Use new stitches to make some other squares.
- Follow written instructions and charts.
- Finish granny squares.
- Join granny squares together as well as crochet a border.
If you can already crochet the traditional granny square, you will choose between making squares that use the basic stitches in different combinations or squares that use some new stitches. Finally, Nicki will show you how to join the squares together and add some different borders. You will leave with a small granny square blanket and will know how to make a bigger one.
Everyone will leave the Crochet Blanket workshop with a crocheted mini-blanket and instructions for the techniques covered, as well as plenty of ideas to try at home. If you are a beginner, you’ll be ready to make your first project, using traditional granny squares, such as a blanket or throw. If you are an improver, you’ll be ready to make a project, using different granny squares, such as a bag, blanket, cushion cover, scarf or throw.
- A 4.0 mm crochet hook for beginners.
- Cotton yarn for samples and projects.
- Refreshments together with home-baked cake in the afternoon.
- Notebook and pen.
- 4.00 mm crochet hook.
- Yarn scissors.
- A yarn needle.
Crochet hooks will be available to purchase.
- New crocheter (you’ve never tried).
- Beginner crocheter (you’ve tried, but lack confidence or are rusty or just prefer to learn with a tutor).
- Improver crocheter (you can do double and treble stitches and make a basic granny square).