Granny Square Love Book Review

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I am always excited when Tuesday rolls around because it means that I get to review another crochet book. I’m especially excited this week, though, because not only am I reviewing an awesome new crochet book but I’m doing so as part of the book’s blog tour and I’m also able to offer a giveaway copy of the book. Happy Tuesday!

Granny Square Love by Sarah London

Granny Square Love is the brand new crochet book by crochet designer Sarah London. The book’s subtitle: “A New Twist on a Crochet Classic for your Home” really helps define what this book is all about. I have been in love with granny squares lately myself but don’t enjoy the traditional form of making a bunch of small multi-colored squares to join together. After all, if you know me, I’m not a fan of frequent color changes or joining motifs! I do love large granny squares, though (did you see my large granny blanket?) and I love interesting twists on the classic granny so it was a given that I would fall in love with this book from the first time I heard about it. Don’t worry, though, there are also lots of options for those of you who do enjoy bold color changes and motifs.

Who this Crochet Book is For

This crochet book isn’t limited to people with a certain skill level. We all know that the granny square is a classic and easy crochet item that you can learn quickly even as a beginner crocheter. Combined with basic intro tips in the book, this makes it a good book for a new crocheter. (Yes, if you’re looking for a holiday gift for a non-crocheter who might want to crochet, it’s a safe bet!) But it also has some cool design ideas, some fun granny twists and some other unique stuff that will make the crochet patterns interesting to advanced crocheters. If you like crochet and you like granny squares and you are looking for something new and bold to crochet for the home then this book is worth checking out. That home part is a point worth reiterating – it’s a set of crochet patterns for the home so it’s not for people looking for clothing designs, although some could certainly be adapted into clothing with a little bit of creativity!

Format of this Crochet Book

I like the format of this crochet book because it’s broken up into easy-to-digest chapters that each feature 4 – 6 crochet patterns for a specific part of the home.

The book does begin with the classic crochet pattern book intro chapter. It starts with a heartfelt and lovely introduction from Sarah about why she fell in love with granny squares. Then it gets into the information on materials, basic stitches, etc. This section includes easy to follow drawings for people who need a refresher on this part. And one fun twist is that it includes some little tips from Sarah, like she lets us know that she always saves the yarn ball band and a bit of the yarn from a project to have an easy record of what she’s worked on and with. There’s an appropriate specific section on making granny squares and a section on reading charts and patterns. Really nice intro for beginners.

Then we get into the crochet patterns, which are divided into products for the living room, kitchen, dining, room, bedroom and the bathroom and laundry. Each chapter starts with a description of what you’ll find in the chapter and why it’s awesome. Each pattern includes:

  • Item Name. A simple name that tells you exactly what you’re making, like “square cushion”. I appreciate this because it means you can easily pick what you want to make from the table of contents.
  • Item description. A fun few sentences explaining what you’re making and how to put some twists on it to make it cool.
  • Yarn required. We’re told generally what yarn would work (example: worsted yarn in three colors) as well as specifically what yarn was used in each product featured in the pattern’s photos.
  • Crochet hook and other notions needed.
  • Finished product measurements. I did notice that there was no gauge information in the patterns, which I thought was interesting. Maybe it’s not so necessary when working a granny? To be honest, I’m not sure since I rarely check gauge when working. (I know, I know …)
  • Multiple photos.
  • Row by row instructions. Easy to follow, very clear, printed in a manner that’s easy on the eyes.
  • Finishing instructions.
  • Stitch pattern diagram.
  • Sarah’s color commentary. This is a great addition to the book. Sarah uses a casual but instructive voice to explain her color choices and make other color suggestions.
The book wraps up with some helpful crochet information including crochet hook conversions, tips for substituting yarn and a book index.

My Favorites from this Crochet Book

It’s tough for me to choose favorites from this book, but if I had to pick my top three, I’d go with:

1. Ottoman Slipcover

2. Grocer’s Tote

3. Bold Bedroom Cushion

What I Love About This Book

My very favorite thing about this crochet book is the great creative patterns. But a close second is the photography in this book. Amazing bold colors are well-depicted throughout the book and there are some cute styling ideas. Even some of the small photos, like the step-by-step photos at the beginning on how to make a granny square, have neat backgrounds that make the book more fun.

Get the Book at a Discount Now

For the duration of the book tour only you can take advantage of a special discounted price on Sarah London’s new book:

Get Granny Square Love now for just $12.99 ($10 off the retail price!). Visit the Martha Pullen Online Store and use promo code GRANNYTOUR to get your exclusive price. Offer expires October 8, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Special Price in US Dollars, for items that are “in stock” only.

Or take your chances on trying to win your free copy from my giveaway below …

Follow The Rest of This Blog Tour

You can learn a lot more about this great crochet book by following the rest of the blog tour. It started yesterday on Sarah’s own blog and continues on through October 8th. The tour should include more giveaways, Q&As and other good stuff and features some of my personal favorite crochet blogs:

You can also get blog tour updates on Twitter by following publisher F+W Crafts (@fwcrafts) and author @sarah_london.

Granny Square Love Giveaway!

You can easily enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will receive one copy of this great crochet book. Due to shipping costs, entries are limited to U.S. addresses only. This giveaway will remain open until Saturday, October 1st at midnight EST and I will announce the winner on the blog on Monday, October 3. Good luck!


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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

36 Comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. So glad you enjoyed this fun and colorful book – it’s such an inspiration!

  2. I love granny squares because they are mindless to create but can result in some very interesting looks, as this book obviously proves!

  3. Thanks for sharing, I love Sarah’s use of colors.

  4. I learned to crochet on the granny square. My grandmother taught me. For years that was all I made, granny square afghans. I loved learning there is more to granny than one big square. I was wowed by the picture of the black and white pillow. I love how the colors stand out on that. I am definitely making one like that. I’d love a copy of the book for more granny square ideas.

  5. I would love to have a copy of this book! Thank you for the review.

  6. Granny sqaures are so easy to crochet! Yet they are so versatile. That’s why I love them so.

  7. omg i want this book badly! i love the versatility of the classic granny the best..add some funky colors and its instantly contemporary

  8. I love the versatility of the classic granny square! It can be made into almost anything with any amount of colors and the possibilities are endless! The shopping bag in that book is awesome! I’ll definitely have to make some of those!

  9. Granny Squares are simple allowing you to use color and twists on the design to show your style.

    Alicia V.

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  11. I think this book is fantastic, I’ve been following Sarah’s blog for a while now & am very excited for her!!

  12. I looked at a friend’s copy and love this book!

  13. I love the way a granny square can be as big or small as needed and don’t require a whole lot of fancy stitches.

  14. You can never get bored with granny squares. Just a simple change of color, patterns and arrangement, and you can go from dowdy to fun and modern :)

  15. I love that the look changes depending on what color combination you use.

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  17. I just LOVE granny squares, I am so addicted to making them. Currently I am working on my first granny blanket (114 squares and counting!!), this books will be such a inspiration!!
    Esther.

  18. As always your work is awe inspiring. I would love a copy of your book and would love to learn to knit and crochet so that my work looks professional and not “home made”.

  19. Brings me back to my childhood and my grandmother.
    She taught me to crochet and I miss her so!
    :

  20. I would love to have this book.. I just learned this spring how to do granny squares and just love doing them..

  21. <3 Sarah London's bright colors are both joyful and inspiring! Love her blog and would love to have this book.

  22. I like your review! It is great to read about the different ways we might see the same book :).

  23. I want to win! I was hoping to be a part of the tour, but alas, I wasn’t … Maybe next time.

  24. Love the granny square! This book looks way cool! I read about it on Barnes and Noble site as well as your twitter feed and here at your blog! Love making small granny squares out of mohair and joining for scarves!!!

  25. I love the granny square! I read about this book on Barnes and Noble site as well as your twitter feed! Way cool. I love making small granny squares out of mohair and joining for scarves. Love reading your blog!

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  29. just wanted to let you know I got my book in today, thank you!! :) I’ll be doing a review shortly !

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