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Granny Square Day!

YPRL Staff

5 July, 2024

Embrace the Joy of Granny Square Day: Community Craft Together 

Granny Square Day

Get ready to immerse yourself in the delightful world of crochet as we celebrate Granny Square Day!  

Each year on 15 August, the crochet community all over the world celebrates this day by creating crochet squares and showing their creations. The tradition is young, first initiated in 2014, but has already gained popularity among crocheters from different countries around the world. 

This cherished tradition brings together crafters of all skill levels to create beautiful squares that symbolize unity and creativity. Join us for an enchanting journey filled with stitches, laughter, and heartfelt connections. 

How do I get involved?

Our journey begins on Monday 22 July from 10.00am - 12.00pm. It's a day dedicated to learning and sharing as we gather to master the art of crafting Granny Squares with our Yak 'n' Yarn group at Eltham Library. Whether you're a novice, eager to learn, or a seasoned crocheter seeking new techniques, there's something for everyone at this lively event. 

But that's just the beginning of our adventure! Save the date for 15 August from 10.00am to 12.00pm when we'll come together to receive the lovingly crafted squares and create something greater by sewing together the individual squares into a larger project. 

But why August 15th, you may wonder? It's more than just a date on the calendar: it's a celebration of giving and spreading warmth during the festive season. As we gather to assemble these vibrant squares into stunning creations, we're not just crafting blankets and decorations; we're crafting bonds of friendship and community spirit. 

Imagine the joy of those who will receive these handmade treasures, knowing that each square was crafted with care and affection. Our Granny Square Day celebration isn't just about crochet: it's about spreading love and kindness to those around us. 

So, mark your calendars and join us on 22 July and 15 August as we embark on this enchanting journey together. Let's make memories, share laughter, and create something truly beautiful.

Together, we'll make Granny Square Day a day to remember! 

If you're interested in joining a local craft group but aren't able to make it to Eltham, we have plenty of crafty community members meeting regularly at the following branches:

Crafty Catch-Up, Mondays 1pm—3pm at Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub.

Knitting and Sewing Club, Mondays 1pm—3pm at Mill Park Library.

Charity Knitting Group, every second Wednesday 10am—12pm at Lalor Library.

Craft Circle, every fourth Wednesday of the month, 1pm—3pm at Watsonia Library.

Books to explore!

3D animal granny squares: over 30 creature crochet patterns for pop-up granny squares by Caitie Moore

Create cute animal granny squares with this collection of over 30 animal granny square crochet patterns, including a rabbit, a cow, a sheep, a llama, a flamingo, a ladybird and more!

Each motif features a 3D element, and each pattern features full written instructions and chart, plus full guidance on all the crochet techniques needed.

Beginner's guide to crochet: 20 crochet projects for beginners by Sarah Shrimpton

You want to learn crochet, but have no idea where to start? You would love to set to work on some gorgeous yarny creations, but find patterns and charts confusing and scary? Then let author Sarah Shrimpton guide you through the basics, with this book you'll learn to crochet and complete your first project in just one day! To top this, did you know there are actually only a handful of stitches you need to learn to be competent at this super-yarny craft? It's what you do with them that can create something as simple as a dishcloth or as complicated as a teddy bear.

Hello hexie! 20 easy crochet patterns from simple granny hexagons by Sarah Shrimpton

See granny hexagons in a whole new light with this inspired collection of modern crochet patterns. Hexagons are quick and easy to make and can be combined in a myriad of ways to create a huge range of projects from garments and accessories to home decor and even toys.

In this unique collection, popular crochet designer Sarah Shrimpton reveals 10 crochet hexagon patterns and 20 step-by-step projects that you will be itching to stitch thanks to their simplicity and creativity. 

The ultimate Granny square sourcebook: 100 contemporary motifs to mix and match

This unique granny square collection combines the styles of 23 creative designers from all over the world, who each bring their best game to the table.

With ample suggestions for captivating combinations, written instructions as well as clear graphs for every square in the book, stitch instructions and techniques for blocking and joining, this sourcebook goes above and beyond to show you the endless possibilities of granny square crochet.

Ultimate Granny Square Collection

The Ultimate Granny Square Collection is a stunning celebration of the building block of crochet!

Featuring a selection of gorgeous scarves, bags, tops and home décor as well as a library of 50 original square patterns by well-known crochet designers, this bumper magazine will appeal to both beginners and experienced crocheters! 

Crochet stitches step-by-step by Claire Montgomerie

This essential guide opens up a world of possibilities for crocheters of all abilities, with a huge range of stitches to inspire your next project. Discover how to combine stitches to create eye-catching creations and try your hand at techniques including filet stitches and C2C.

This essential collection of must-try stitches will offer something for every crocheter and every project, with tips on finding the right techniques to create everything from blankets and sweaters to socks and toys.

Learn to crochet, love to crochet by Anna Wilkinson

The book is made up of a collection of twenty garments and accessories that will add 'wow' to your wardrobe but also, through making each project, you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. By making your way through the book you'll have an enviable wardrobe of handmade garments that include a Granny square sweater, a Daisy motif top and a Circular clutch bag.

Throughout the book, Anna is on hand with a ready reference of techniques and tips to guide you. So, if you have ever really wanted to learn to crochet but you have yet to find the right beginner's projects to tempt you, then Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet is the book for you.

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