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What does the Easter weekend remind you of? Chocolate eggs and rabbits wrapped up in coloured foil, hot cross buns, a dash to that favourite holiday or camping spot, a good rest and a bit of fun with the family?

If we look back in history to the events that Easter commemorates, we see a weekend that stands out as a beacon and it was no holiday!

The usual Christian emphasis at Easter is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As Christians we celebrate Easter and the story of a God determined to rescue a planet that is out of control.

We hardly need to be reminded that we live in a troubled world, as watching the nightly television news gives us a dose of the world’s woes. Easter speaks to us of rescue, of renewal and of the way to peace, it tells the story of a God who made the world, saw it crumble and proceeds to put it back in shape.

Believer or not, Easter is about a new beginning, a fresh start. Spring is finally here and everything is coming back to life.  After the cold and dark Winter months there is sunshine and warmth and soon fresh green leaves will sprout, flowers will bloom and colour will be everywhere.

Whatever it is that makes Easter a special time for you, hunting Easter eggs, baking delicious cakes or coming together as a family, I hope you will find a special moment to rejoice in new beginnings and maybe find some time for a little crochet.

Here is Granny Bloom just for you…

 

All you need is some Yarn and a hook. I used DK Yarn and a 4.5mm hook

(UK Terms used)

Ch8, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made, *3tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made; rep from * 6 times, ss to join (8- 6ch-sp’s)

Fasten off. Join new colour at any 6ch-sp.

Rnd 2: *12tr in 6ch-sp, skip 1tr, ss to next tr; rep from * around, ss to join (8 petals)

Fasten off. Working from behind petals join new colour by ss to st just fastened off.

Rnd 3: Dc into same st, *5ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd, 3ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 4: SS to first 5ch-sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, 3tr into 3ch-sp, *[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp, 3tr in next 3ch-sp; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 5: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] into corner sp, *1tr in each of next 9sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 6sts, ss to join.

Fasten off. Join new colour (I used first colour) at any st.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in corner sp.

Weave in all ends.

Pasg Hapus – Happy Easter wherever you are!

XO.

 

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For all you lover’s of granny squares, I have news for you. Great news in fact from the lovely people of Simply Crochet magazine. They have come up with a clever new App (sorry Apple iOS only at the moment), an App that’s completely free to download and offers you a different granny square design to make every week. Above are the first two.

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What are you waiting for…go and get downloading (unless you have already done so)…you can get the App from here and find out more about it here.

Enjoy! X.

dear diary,

you all know that my first love is knitting, this has been proven many a time. However, I am also known to like a bit of crochet now and then and when it comes to using  Captain Hook, I like squares best of all.

Why?, because I can sit at the end of the day or in between boring chores and make them without thinking what I am doing too much. The other VIR (very important reason) is that I simply adore beautiful cotton yarn in delicious colours and all who know me also know that I am simply not the ‘I like knitting with fine cotton yarn person’ at all!!!! So what better way to use some of the loveliest scrummiest cotton and make lots and lots and lots of squares that will in turn become a useful something.

Have you ever wondered why these delightful squares are called Granny Squares? …well I have but it is almost impossible to find out anything about them really. This is all I know:

The Granny Square is a crochet technique that is used to make a  square fabric by working in rounds not rows. You start from the center and work outward and most crocheters make lots of small sized squares which they then assemble into blankets, cushions and more.

Multicolour granny squares are also an effective way to use up small amounts of yarn left over from other projects and for the basic granny square motif simple beginners crochet is all you need.

We all know that Granny Squares where all the rage in the 70’s but does anyone know how old they really are and when the first ever one of these little gems was made?

If you know more about the history of these little treasures…please let me know by leaving a comment!

Thanking you in anticipation 🙂

PS: I just found this link to another blog where you can read more about the history of the Granny Square: http://goodtimesithinkso.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/history-of-granny-square.html

 

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