The Art of Patience : Crochet Squares Afghan Blanket

by Julie Gibbons on October 8, 2010

crochet squares blanket

I’ve been doing it in my favourite chair, in bed, at the beach, on a farm, in Spain and France, on the motorway and on the ferry, in the car and only just managed not to do it in the bath.

It started back in May, when I decided to get crafting. No organic wool to start with – my wee local wool shop not being used to such outlandish requests.

The intention was clear from the start. An afghan style blanket, a mosaic of colourful squares. Books helped me get started, augmented with videos on YouTube. It took quite a few squares to really understand what I was doing!

The result? A fabulous swatch of crochet squares crafted lovingly – and oh so patiently – into this fetching, warm and cosy blanket, completed just short of six months later.

It looks rather pretty in its new home, yes? A perfect time for completion, what with these blustery autumn days.

crochet squares blanket throw

The next project involves organic wool, oh yes it does: a raft of colourful granny squares to complete, ready to be fashioned into something at present unidentified. And after that, no more squares for a while. It’s all the sewing, see …

But you know, you don’t need to stick to wool or other traditional yarns. Here’s a great idea to upcycle those unwanted plastic bags.

Upcycle it! How to crochet with plastic bags… from julia vernersson on Vimeo.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie Walker October 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

How glorious is your blanket Julie, and when I think of your first square, now look at the result – wow!

Will you be crocheting with poly bags too?


Julie Gibbons October 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

Thanks Jackie – yes, the first square left quite a lot to be desired!

I’m not sure I’m a poly bag crocheter … the organic cotton I’m working with just now seems much more cosy :)


Susi October 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Crochet is something I’d love to learn. Started knitting again last year and had a few successes but I made the mistake of putting it down over the summer and have yet to start again.

A good friend of mine did try knitting with poly bags, she wasn’t sure what to do with it once she knitted it up though!


Julie Gibbons October 13, 2010 at 11:47 am

Oh, you should def give crocheting a go Susi … I’m loving it.

I think quilting or patchwork would be next on my list … oh, but it’s such a long list ;)


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