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The Granny Square Book: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square Spiral-bound – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; Spi edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589236386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589236387
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Longtime crocheter and designer Hubert explores granny squares--those classic square crocheted motifs--in this collection of patterns. A full-color photo of each square is included, as well as written and charted instructions for crocheting the square. Crocheters can mix and match their favorite granny squares or follow one of the variety of included patterns. It's not easy to make garments and accessories featuring granny squares look fresh and contemporary, but several of Hubert's creations are quite fashionable. Crocheters looking to move beyond basic granny squares, as well as new crocheters drawn to these traditional motifs, will enjoy this collection." - Library Journal



"This is a great 2011 crochet book to add to your granny square library. It includes crochet patterns for seventy five different crochet squares including the classic granny square and many of its variations." - Kathryn Vercillo, About.com Crochet

About the Author

Margaret Hubert has written a dozen books for Creative Publishing over the last several years, including The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting, The Granny Square Book, Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters, Runway Crochet, and Granny Square Flowers. Through her books, her classes, and convention seminars, Margaret has been instrumental in fostering and developing new generations of crocheters. In a fitting tribute to her lifelong work as a needle art designer, the Crochet Guild of America honored Margaret in 2012 by naming her to their Hall of Fame. Learn more about her on her website, margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com or on Ravelry, www.ravelry.com/designers/margaret-hubert.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait to get started.
Rebecca N
Love this book, great addition to my crochet library.
Theresa J Keynton
The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Alna from Namibia

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on December 19, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
(This review is part of a series of reviews of books in my granny square collection. For these reviews, the # of granny squares refers to the number of patterns for squares that are crocheted in the round, not the total number of patterns in the book.)

Summary: An ode to the granny square, with 75 motif patterns and 25 projects using granny squares, along with tips for construction, design, and finishing touches. Uses U.S. pattern abbreviations for motifs and projects, and international stitch symbols for motifs.

# of granny squares: 74

What I like:
The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat so you can read and crochet at the same time.
All motif patterns include both U.S. pattern abbreviations and international stitch symbols.
The introduction includes reflections on the Hubert family's love of grannies, as well as personal quotes from other crochet designers about granny squares.
The "Crochet Basics" section includes descriptions with photos of crochet stitches (including basics and special stitches), so the book is very beginner friendly. This section also includes an overview of crochet pattern reading, multiple techniques for starting a motif (adjustable loop, slip knot, and chain ring), joining and seaming working with multiple colors, and edgings. This section includes plenty of text and also some step-by-step photos. This chapter is something you can skip over and just dive into the patterns, but it includes the types of tips and tricks that can make your work look more polished.
There are many really pretty floral themed grannies.
Three of the motif patterns include matching half square (triangle) patterns.
Each motif pattern includes a difficulty rating.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Alna from Namibia on December 4, 2011
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I LOVE this book! The illustrations and photos are beautiful and inspiring. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I am planning to crochet one block a day untill I have finished every block in the book. For an almost beginner like me who have not crocheted for many years, it is a fantastic book.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mary on May 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Overall, I really enjoy using this book. The squares are beautiful, and there's a decent variety of designs. My major concern, however, is that the designs were not edited well. On several occasions, the written directions do not sync up with the charted directions. For example, for flower garden square IX (pg 76) in the written directions it tells you to create chain 3 spaces at the corners, but in the charted directions, it tells you to create chain 2 spaces in the corners. Additionally, there is a misprint in that same design that tells you that you should have 98 tr rather than 8. This is not the only square where I have seen similar mistakes. Obviously, you can figure out what is correct through trial and error, but I find this very frustrating; especially since I consider myself a beginner/intermediate crocheter, so I don't always know the correct way to fix the directions. I would hope that any book selling patterns would be checked and double checked for accuracy.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By FaeDreams on January 25, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought this book from a crochet site and it is phenomenal. It has 75 granny square patterns, many of which I have never seen and they are gorgeous. Each granny square is shown with a finished image of the pieces, a color coded diagram that shows which stitches are in which round and clearly written directions. And if you want to create clothing and other projects beyond a blanket they give projects and helpful directions to design your own in the last section of the book.

The only reason this book did not get a 5 star is because they don't go into creating your own granny square design, only designs for projects with them.

If you love to crochet, and like a new update on the Granny Square you cannot pass up this book!
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2013
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I am very happy and proud of my Granny squares. Hope you like my video.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By AmandaGal VINE VOICE on December 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm a beginner, but I've done quite a few granny squares. What I liked most about this book was not the granny square patterns (they're good), but the ideas on taking granny squares further than afghans. I loved the clothing projects and a few of them didn't even look like granny squares. These projects inspired me to think about all the possibilities for granny squares that aren't afghans.

If we're just talking about the squares, the author supplies is a wide variety of styles and stitches and teaches each stitch with nice photos. I have only made two the squares, but the patterns seem to be accurate and well done.

I have the Kindle edition and I see no formatting errors.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Margarita on December 23, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
There are a few nice squares in here. I love two of them and there are others that I might use at some point but for the most part I wasn't terribly impressed. She gives some pretty good tips on making and joining squares but she could have been much more thorough with that. There are so many different ways to join squares and each type or style of join will change the look of the finished project so she could have done a whole chapter on that and it would have made the book a much better value. The projects in the back of the book are pretty good and if I had a young daughter then I would definitely make the backpack (the best pattern in here IMO) and the lacey shawl is quite nice, too. If you are a beginner crocheter then you will find lots of useful information in this book. Squares are very easy to use in projects so there is no limit to the designs that an imaginative person can come up with once they find a square or two that they like. She does do a very good job in giving schematics for different types of sweaters (and suggestions for other items) that you can use squares for so that you can get a start in designing with grannies. I'm not sorry that I bought this book, but I have most of the information elsewhere in my large book collection. There are a few squares in the book that I had not seen done elsewhere, so I am happy to have it.
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Margaret Hubert designs both crochet and knitting patterns for yarn companies and magazines such as Crochet, Interweave's Knit and Crochet, and Woman's Day. She teaches at yarn shops, retreats, and national gatherings. She is the author of several other books including the books in CPi's "Hooked" series.