I love love love to crochet. My Grandma (the first Grandma Dot) was my hero. I was not only named after her... I wanted to BE her. Her hands were always busy. I thought she was sooo ambitious, but later realized that it was probably nervous energy. She loved to sew, and she loved to crochet. So patiently she guided my fingers and proudly displayed my masterpieces. I now own many of them and they were anything but masterpieces. How Grandma would have loved the internet with its endless images and free crochet patterns.

When my own daughter came along I wanted to pass on this tradition, with its cherished memories, to my own "baby girl". The problem was... Tracy is a lefty. I tried and tried to teach her stitches, with much frustration and little success. Then Grandma tipped me off to teach her in front of a mirror. DUH. What turned out is that my Grandma taught my little girl, and another generation keeps Grandma alive through cherished memories.

Tracy has been bit by Grandma's "crochet bug". From the time she hit the double digits, through high school, college, grad school, working and anywhere went, her fingers were always intertwined with yarn. All her friends owned homemade afghans, from traditional granny squares to unusual and unique stitches. Her cousins all have dolls and toys made with her hands, and her nieces and nephews came into the world with a yarn and thread crochet wardrobe waiting for them; shoes and booties, dresses, and of course baby blankets galore. Her roommates and co-workers were blessed with bookmarks, hats, hair bows and purses, and my favorite... Her brother's collection of the ugliest Christmas sweaters you could imagine.

Last year, Tracy's life was altered forever by a young man who drove his truck into her drivers door. Having lost the use of her left hand she can no longer crochet and thus lives vicariously through the work of others. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration. But she does take pleasure in seeing the beautiful craftsmanship in the colorful and creative yarns and threads available. Thus this blog was birthed, to combine her passion for crocheting and her desire to help others get "bit by the bug" by providing a place where they can find fabulous free crochet patterns. Enjoy. Get bit. Let us know what you're up to. We want to hear your crochet story.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Free Crochet Granny Square Motif Patterns


     The granny square is one on the first afghans most people make. It has almost become an icon for crochet and is by far the most widely known patterns to both crocheters and non crocheters alike.

     Another wonderful thing about the granny square is that it can be manipulated and modified to make almost anything. 

     I have included a selection of beautiful modified granny squares that could make an ordinary granny square quilt into a family heirloom.

     I hope you enjoy the patterns I have posted and use them to create your own personal masterpieces.

    







































14 comments:

  1. Lovelly grannys;..but where are the patterns, ?
    are they written or diagrams? it would be nice if it was saud, for some love written patterns, others like me only love diagrams and shemas.
    Merci for sharing thses beautifill models
    FleurBelge

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  2. If you click on the name underneath the pictures you will find the written patterns.

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    1. Not for the top one by Edie Eckman you can't. At least it doesn't come up for me.

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  3. That is a beautiful story and I am so grateful that you shared! Thank you!

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  4. what type and brand of yarn did you use, especially on the first one

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  5. Ditto Eva's question. The yarn on the first one is gorgeous!

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  6. I clicked on the african flower link but it doesn't lead to a pattern, just another bloggers page. Others were asking for the pattern there too

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    1. If you click on the words underneath the picture on that blog it will take you to a page that has a chart.

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    2. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/african-flower-with-8-petals

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  7. The one at the top. I clicked on the blue words underneath. There's no pattern no diagram. How can I find it?

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  8. Each square is more beautiful than another. Thanks for sharing your story. Sad that she can't crochet. Never give up hope that some means will come along.

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  9. I've enjoyed visiting your blog. Such an array of patterns thatexcites crocheters, such as myself. Thank you for the opportunity to view and download. I'd love to register but I have now overwhelming incoming of email derived from third parties.

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  10. Hola saludos de México. Gracias por compartir trabajos tan hermosos.

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  11. I clicked on the link for the first square, it only gives u the instructions for the flower. Is there a pattern for the rest of the square.

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