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Beyond the Basic Granny Square – Part 1

101 Granny Squares – New Motifs for Contemporary Designs edited by Carol Alexander

This book contains patterns by 26 designers, many very well known. Basic granny squares are incorporated into cardigans, jewelry, purses, clothing, hats, curtains, tablecloths, and rugs. A few I really like are the Reversible Button & Beads Headband and the free-form Bag Lady purse. There are several granny square motifs provided for use in a poncho. You could choose one design or several to create a beautiful bedspread. One of my all-time favorites is the Pretty Patchwork afghan by Margret Willson shown on the cover.

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200 Crochet Block for Blankets, Throws and Afghans by Jan Eaton

When you are ready to move beyond a basic granny, this book offers some interesting alternatives. You can follow the suggested combination of blocks or create your own. The nice thing is the coordinating blocks are sized to fit together if you use the same weight yarn. I especially like the Floral Fantasy combination on page 29. She also offers some edging choices to add that personal touch to your finished project.

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