Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Timeless Charm of Granny Squares: A Crochet Tradition

The Timeless Charm of Granny Squares: A Crochet Tradition

In the vast and colorful landscape of crochet, few patterns have stood the test of time quite like the beloved granny square. A cornerstone of the craft, the granny square is more than just a motif; it's a symbol of tradition, creativity, and the enduring joy of handmade creations. Join us as we delve into the history, versatility, and timeless appeal of granny squares.

  1. A Stitch in Time: Origins of Granny Squares:

The origins of the granny square can be traced back to the early 19th century, with its roots embedded in the rich tapestry of craft traditions. Initially, these squares were a way for crafters to use up leftover yarn, creating small, portable projects that could be worked on bit by bit. Over time, the granny square evolved from a practical use of scraps to a cherished and versatile crochet pattern.

  1. Versatility Beyond Measure:

One of the key reasons for the enduring popularity of granny squares is their remarkable versatility. From blankets and afghans to scarves, shawls, and even garments, the granny square adapts effortlessly to a myriad of projects. Crafters can experiment with different yarn weights, colors, and arrangements to create unique and personalized items.

  1. Colorful Creativity:

Granny squares are a playground for color enthusiasts. Crafters can experiment with color combinations, gradients, and ombre effects, transforming a simple square into a vibrant work of art. The rhythmic repetition of the pattern allows for endless possibilities in color placement, making each granny square project a canvas for self-expression.

  1. Joining Forces: Creating Larger Masterpieces:

Beyond their standalone charm, granny squares shine in their ability to join forces and create larger masterpieces. Whether stitched together traditionally or using more modern methods like join-as-you-go, the squares come together to form blankets, throws, toys, and even garments. The joining process adds an extra layer of creativity to the overall design.

  1. A Tradition Passed Down:

The beauty of granny squares lies not only in their aesthetic appeal but also in their role as a tradition passed down through generations. Many crafters fondly recall learning to crochet with the guidance of a family member or friend, stitching together their first granny square. This timeless pattern connects crafters across time and space, creating a sense of continuity in the world of crochet.

Find my pattern ' Good Old Granny Squares ' here

Whether you're a seasoned crochet enthusiast or just starting your journey with yarn and hook in hand, the granny square invites you to join a tradition that spans generations—one square at a time.

Happy Crocheting!


Monday, November 20, 2023

Crochet Daisy Top - Link to free pattern

 If you have read my little 'about me' bio (over on the right!) You'll see I've been on a hiatus from designing. I've been putting together some blog posts recently and thought I should share one of the things I've been working on this past year

the Crochet Daisy Top! 

It's a free pattern that is on the Spotlight Australia website (I can't promise the pattern will be there forever) click the link to go see it.

It's a boxy, slightly oversized design, but it could be easily customized by adding an extra row for more length or taking out some squares at the neckline for a scoop!

Happy Crocheting! 

A Guide to Different Types of Fibres for Knitting and Crocheting

I'm going back to basics for a new series on my blog. Today I'll be talking about different fibres for crocheting, knitting and any yarn craft!

Knitting and crocheting are not just crafts; they're expressions of creativity, passion, and patience. One of the key elements that contribute to the success and satisfaction of your handmade projects is the choice of fibre. From soft and luxurious to sturdy and practical, the world of fibre offers a diverse array of options for every knitting and crocheting enthusiast. In this guide, we'll explore different types of fibre, each with its unique characteristics and benefits.

  1. Wool: A Timeless Classic Wool is a perennial favorite among knitters and crocheters. Derived from the fleece of sheep, it is known for its warmth, elasticity, and ability to wick away moisture. Merino wool, in particular, is celebrated for its softness, making it a great choice for cozy scarves, sweaters, and blankets. Wool blends, combining wool with other fibers like silk or cotton, offer a balance of warmth and breathability.

  2. Cotton: Cool and Versatile Cotton is a popular choice for warm-weather projects due to its breathability and lightness. It's soft against the skin and comes in a variety of weights, making it suitable for anything from dishcloths to summer garments. Keep in mind that cotton doesn't have the elasticity of wool, so it's wise to choose it for projects that don't require much stretch.

  3. Alpaca: Luxurious Softness Alpaca fiber is renowned for its luxurious softness and warmth. It's hypoallergenic and comes in a range of natural colors. Alpaca is often compared to cashmere for its silky feel, and it's a fantastic choice for items like shawls, blankets, and accessories where a touch of opulence is desired.

  4. Mohair: Fluffy Elegance Mohair comes from the fleece of Angora goats and is celebrated for its fluffy, silky texture. It adds a touch of elegance and warmth to any project. While mohair is often blended with other fibers, it can also be used on its own for lacy and airy creations.

  5. Bamboo: Sustainable and Silky Bamboo yarns are gaining popularity for their eco-friendly nature and silky feel. They have a beautiful drape and are often chosen for lightweight and breathable projects. Bamboo is an excellent alternative for those allergic to wool and is known for its anti-bacterial properties.

  6. Silk: Lustrous and Regal Silk is a luxurious fiber known for its lustrous sheen and smooth texture. While it can be more challenging to work with due to its lack of elasticity, the final result is often worth the effort. Silk blends well with other fibers, adding a touch of sophistication to garments and accessories.

  7. Acrylic: Budget-Friendly and Durable Acrylic yarns are widely appreciated for their affordability, durability, and low-maintenance care. They are perfect for projects that require frequent washing, like baby items or blankets. Acrylic comes in a vast array of colors and is an excellent choice for beginners due to its forgiving nature.

In the world of knitting and crocheting, the possibilities are as endless as the variety of fibers available. Whether you're creating a cozy winter sweater, a delicate lace shawl, or a lightweight summer top, choosing the right fiber is a crucial step in bringing your vision to life. Experiment with different fibers to discover the unique qualities they bring to your projects, and let your creativity soar with each stitch.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Buttercup Hexagon. Free Crochet Pattern.

Last year I published a square for a CAL, called the Buttercup Square. I have been thinking about making a hexagon version... and here it is! 

It has the same 3D floral centre motif, then six corners are created in row 8, instead of four. 

Hexagons have an added bonus of two ways of fitting them together, which I'll get to at the end of this blog post. 

I have stuck with my buttercup yellow colour, but this time, I have used a 5mm hook and a cotton/nylon blend DK/8ply weight, making my hexagons 25 cm wide. As with any motif, yarn weight, and hook size can be altered to your preferences! 

Reminder or the square version


ch - chain

chsp - chain space

sc - single crochet

dc - double crochet

2dc-cl - 2dc cluster - see below

BP - back post

sk - skip

st/s - stitch/es

YO - yarn over 

Special stitches

2dc-cl – 2 dc worked together to form 1 st  

Method: *YO, hook into next st, pull up loop, YO, pull hook through 2 loops on hook, rep from *, YO, pull hook through 3 loops on hook 

BPsc - back post single crochet 

Method: Hook around next post (from back to front) YO, pull up loop, YO, pull hook through both loops on hook. 

Magic Ring Tutorial 


Make a magic ring.

R1: ch 3 (counts as dc) 11dc, sl st to close (12dc) 

R2: ch 4 (counts as 1dc, 1ch) *1dc, 1ch, into next st, rep from * around, sl st to 3rd ch to join (12dc, 12ch) 

R3: ch 3, dc in same st (counts as 2dc-cl), 2dc-cl in same st, ch1, *(2x2dc-cl, ch1) in next st, rep from * around, sl st to 1st st to join (24 2dc-cl, 12 ch) 

R4: sl st in next 2dc-cl, *(sc in next chsp, ch3) rep from * around, sl st to 1st sc to join. (12sc, 36ch) 

R5: sl st into next chsp, 3ch (counts as dc) 3dc in same chsp, ch1, *(4dc in next chsp, ch1) rep from * around, sc join to 1st st. (48dc, 12ch) 

R6: ch 1, sc in chsp just made, sk 2 dc, 5dc in next st (3rd dc in cluster) *sc in next chsp, sk 2 dc, 5dc in next st, rep from *, sl st join (60 dc, 12 sc 

R7: ch 1, BPsc around sc, *6ch, *BPsc around next sc,  rep from *10 times, ch3, dc join in 1st st. (12BPsc, 72 ch 

R8: ch3, 2dc in chsp, *(ch3, sc in next chsp, ch3), (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in next chsp, rep from *5 times, (ch3, sc in next chsp, ch3), (3dc, 2ch) in next chsp, sl st join to 1st st. (48 dc, 6 sc)

R9: sl st in next dc, sl st in next chsp, 3ch (counts as dc), (2dc, ch) in same chsp, (3dc, ch) in next chsp, *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc, ch) in next chsp) (3dc, ch) in next chsp, twice, rep from * 4 times, sl st join to 1st st (96 dc, 27 ch)

R10: ch 1, sl st in same st, sc into each st and ch around (123 sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Joining your motifs

As previously mentioned there are two ways to join your motifs. (Note, you can use any joining method you like) I like to think of this version as a solid fill.

And the second version is a bit airier and lacey, with the triangles being negative space.

All hexagons will work like this! As you can see with this other hexagon motif

Copyright © 2023 Emma Wilkinson Designs All Rights Reserved No restrictions are placed on finished items made with this pattern, however, the pattern may not be resold or copied in any form. Pictures remain the property of Emma Wilkinson Designs