The granny square is the one of the classic crochet items that almost every new crocheter learns to make. It was the very first thing that I learned to crochet at school (at the tender age of about 9). I spent weeks working on a little blanket made of blue, red and white granny squares. I took so much pride in the tatty blanket. Never mind the fact that there were missed stitches, the ends weren’t weaved in properly and my tension was completely wonky.
I’ve always associated “the granny square” with very old fashioned and dated crochet. I tend to make amigurumi and goodies for babies and children. Afghans and knee rugs are not in my wheel house. So I decided to do a little research. Wow, how wrong am I!
Granny squares are not old fashioned at all! There are so many different stitches and crochet techniques out there. Granny squares are no longer the out-dated crochet projects I once thought they were. From handbags to clothing and blankets. Did you know that crochet is making a fashion statement this season and can be seen on runways all over the world? The humble granny square thrives in the crochet world and is very much alive and kicking.
In light of this new revelation, I decided to have another go at “the granny square”, and since Christmas is almost upon us, why not give it a festive twist. The end result is just charming! How about using this Santa granny square in afghans, in scarves or jumpers, or simply hung on the Christmas tree. It would make a gorgeous Christmas gift, wrapped beautifully with a lovely, festive tag (have a look here and here for some creative ways to wrap your Christmas gifts).
Crochet Santa Granny Square pattern
This crochet Santa granny square pattern uses several different stitches, two hook sizes and two different yarn weights. Best suited to an intermediate crocheter (or an enthusiastic beginner!)
The pattern is available for download at my online shops.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Yours in craft,