Book Review – 100 Bright and Colourful Granny Squares…

I was contacted by the team at ‘Love Crafts‘ before Christmas and asked if I’d like to do a product review. Love Crafts is a huge website which offers yarns, accessories, products, patterns, community and inspiration for all kinds of crafts including crochet, knitting and sewing! There’s loads to discover so do have a look…

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I always love a book so agreed to do a book review and the one which caught my eye was ‘100 Bright and Colourful Granny Squares‘ by Leonie Morgan

So I was sent a copy and here’s my review…First impressions are that it really is colourful! 🙂 Lots of variations and there are some gorgeous squares. I love that they can be mixed and matched to create amazing blankets, cushions and endless projects… there are plenty of suggestions for this in the book… 🙂

The patterns are written in UK crochet terminology and there’s a really helpful patten chart for each square if you prefer to follow patterns in this format…

To really test the patterns some squares needed to be made and I was of course immediately drawn to the square called ‘Baltic Sea’…

I enjoyed crocheting it very much! 🙂 But for those of you who read my previous blog post you’ll know my hooks have been super busy recently and I didn’t have time to make too many more. So what better way to test the book than to ask others including beginners!

So my daughter crocheted a square… a twist on the traditional granny square with taller stitches. She found the pattern easy to follow…

I used the book during a 1-1 crochet lesson with lovely Lindsay who I’ve been enjoying teaching… this was a real test for the pattern! It worked really well using the book in this way… a small project which could be achieved in a short amount of time and it taught pattern reading too… Lindsay crocheted it beautifully!

Then I asked the ladies at my local crochet group to crochet a square – they sent me these photos of their progress…

Thank you Liz and Justine! 🙂

They both did say that it was harder than they thought it would be… so there are obviously a mix of easy designs and more challenging ones in the book. And of course each different crochet book will have its own style of pattern writing which can take a little getting used to if you’re used to other styles.

I wanted to try one more square myself so decided on the ‘She Sells Seashells’ square – another coastal inspired square!

I liked that it’s a square crocheted in rows rather than in the round. There are quite a few of these in the book…

Again, I enjoyed crocheting it and I found the pattern well written and easy to follow. There are suggestions in the book for edgings and how to join the squares, plus a guide on how to read the pattens and charts as well as a couple of pages on ‘Working with Colour’.

It’s a lovely book which I can certainly recommend! 🙂

Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂

14 comments

  1. Thank you for the great review. Have ordered the book. I think a great way to use up that ever growing stash and learn new techniques all based on the simple granny square. I love making blankets so this will add to my growing pile.

  2. Good morning the postman just delivered my new book(100 bright and colourful granny squares). First impressions are very positive, I like the layout and beautiful selection of squares plus the easy to follow instructions. Also it gives an easy to follow chart for materials and amount for different blankets. I think I will try to make every square and join them together to make something beautiful. THANKS for the review!!!

  3. I loved reading this review. The granny squares are so beautiful and colorful. They make me smile. I will buy this book. Thank you.

  4. This book looks Great ! But I have wasted alot of money trying to find patterns I can read and understand. After a while I am really leery to spend money on a pattern that says easy “( Its finding the one designer that you can understand what they have written. I stopped crocheting for a long time because of this. I will wait to see what others say. I have a box and folder full of patterns I couldn’t do. Thank you for Sharing!

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