I have seen a lot of pretty granny patterns and other afghan patterns on Ravelry, and I have been wanting to start trying them out. I had never done any "granny" crocheting, but I decided to start with stitching that type of afghan. Eventually, I would like to try some other afghan types like blocks, granny squares, ripples stitch, etc. If I can get this granny square thing down, then I would really like to make a Mario themed granny square blanket like this one or this one. For now, I will just start with a very simple expanding granny afghan in fun taffy-like colors.
In order to learn how to do the granny square stitch, I used this easy illustrated how to tutorial. I used it as a basis for my afghan and have been expanding upon it to make a continuous granny, rather than squares to be stitched together.
I am still trying to decide whether I will make it into a rectangle and do rows on the ends or to make it a square. The plan is to have this afghan finished by the end of this next week. So whatever I decide, I will share it next week in my Part 2 post.
I picked 4 bright taffy-like colors of yarn:
Red Heart Super Saver Light Raspberry
Red Heart Super Saver Lemon
I Love This Yarn! Super Soft Turquoise
I Love This Yarn! Super Soft Periwinkle
The I Love This Yarn! skeins are a little bit softer, but the Red Heart Super Saver isn't much different feeling.
For the first time through with each color, I went around 2X. After that, I am doing 1X around with each color. I am partially weaving in the ends, but waiting until the afghan is finished to complete that task.