Not Your Average Square

There's something about granny squares, man. I can't get enough of them recently.

One of the first crochet projects I finished was a big granny square blanket. I remember sitting crocheting it at my desk after finishing portions of the HSPA tests my junior year of high school. I had brought in a book to read afterward the day before, and my proctor had told me that was not allowed; when I brought in my yarn and hook the next morning expecting to be told to put that away, too, I was instead met with, "Oh, what are you making?" (The blanket later started to fall apart in college because of my poor color-changing and weaving in skills, but you live and learn!)

I've made some other granny square projects throughout the years, but my first love and usual main focus has always been knitting. Nevertheless, when I realized recently that my Etsy shop needed some variety (I don't know too many people who want to wear bulky scarves in the spring and summer), I decided that what it needed was a selection of items that know no season. And the first thing that came to mind was pillow covers (followed closely by stuffed animals, but that's a different blog post entirely).

So I picked up a hook again and have been crocheting granny squares of every shape and size. The photos show the one I just finished yesterday - the first to have all of the complete and final touches - and all I have to say is that I am literally IN LOVE with this pillow.  I made this particular one for myself to test out the pattern and see how I liked it before putting it up for sale, and I am so thrilled with the result. It's soft and cushy and I can't stop squeezing it.

I used a few skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick that I had on hand in Grass, Apricot, Cranberry, Eggplant, and Fisherman. The thickness of the wool made the project move quickly, and it creates a beautiful dense and sturdy fabric. The nature of the four colors with the cream means that each skein (other than the color used for the border) can be used for multiple pillow covers.

I made both sides of the cover identical, attaching the squares as I went alone, then did a single crochet border in Fisherman around the edge of each, followed by a single crochet edge of Eggplant. When both sides were complete, I crocheted both sides together, leaving an open space along most of the bottom edge with loops for the three wooden buttons.

I'm really really super mega happy with how this pillow cover turned out. I want to go to the store and buy this yarn in every color and just make a ton of them to throw around all over my house. (You can do the same by just clicking here!) That's not too much to ask, is it?

I didn't think so.

Cheers!