Crochet Book Review: The Granny Square Book

by Kathryn on March 27, 2012 · 10 comments

in Crochet Books

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The Granny Square Book is a 2011 crochet tutorial, motif and pattern book by Margaret Hubert. Just take a look at its gorgeous colorful cover and you can see that in many ways it’s the ideal crochet book for spring!

About Margaret Hubert

Margaret Hubert is not new to the world of knitting and crochet. She owned a yarn shop back in the early 1960s; she published her first book on knitting in the 1970s, and she had a hand knitting business in New York in the 1980s. A great interview with her over at Crochet Insider says that she learned to knit from her mom as a child and then learned to crochet in her late teens from a yarn shop owner. She is perhaps best known among both knitters and crocheters for her great freeform work. Margaret’s website is the best source for more information.

Who This Crochet Book is For

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This backpack was designed by Hubert’s granddaughter in her favorite colors. Looks like the talent was passed on. The pattern is in the book.

This book is good for beginners who want to learn some crochet basics and then apply them to a wide range of different projects. This book also works for experienced crocheters who want to diversify their square-based projects. The crochet square is such a fundamental part of many items so this book is truly good for any crocheter. I know I like it.

Format of the Crochet Book

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Dogwood Flower Crochet Square, pattern in the book by Margaret Hubert

There are three different parts to this crochet book. First is the intro and the basics of crochet (like you find in many crochet pattern and tutorial books) with special emphasis on tips for making squares. Next up is a section showing the patterns for seventy five different crochet squares. And then the third part is called “designing with granny squares” and this shows you how to take squares and make them into shawls, jewelry, blankets and clothing.

Each pattern for the seventy five squares includes:

  • Descriptive name (like picots or diamond square)
  • Skill level
  • Photo of finished square
  • Symbol chart for creating square
  • Quick tip instructions at the beginning (like “work stitches into chains, not into spaces”)
  • Clear round by round instructions
The projects in the third part of the book are made up of some with basic ideas and others that are full patterns. For example, there’s a “collar band” that’s an idea to put squares together on a jacket collar. It does tell you the recommended hook, yarn and joining tips. And for another example, there’s a backpack pattern with full round by round and joining instructions.

Some Things I Love

  • The photos and text in the “crochet basics” sections are clear, clearer than in many other books, which is great for any beginners.
  • I seriously love the bright springtime colors used for the swatches and stitch detail pictures throughout the book. It’s just fun.
  • The combination of instructions for squares as well as project to make squares. This makes the book good not only as just a collection of motifs but also as a pattern book and a source of creative inspiration.
  • The print edition is spiral bound. I love that because it lays flat which makes it so much easier to work from than traditionally bound crochet books. Smart!

Get The Book

Order The Granny Square Book from Amazon. Or get The Kindle Version Crochet Book Review: The Granny Square Book.

I always think of “granny squares” as only referring to the traditional granny square. Margaret Hubert says all of these motifs are granny squares. I prefer to call them all crochet squares instead of grannies. Would you call them granny squares?

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4 comments
danidoesdoilies
danidoesdoilies

I don't always like granny squares (hence my last comment about those pajama pants) Imagine my surprise when I found this very book on my amazon wish list today! I guess there is room in my heart for the ubiquitous granny square after all!

carolmckayau
carolmckayau

There are granny squares of the 1dc, 2dc, and 3dc groups variety, and then there are squares that are crocheted. Even that is controversial though as many would only count the 3dc groups variety as a granny squares.

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@danidoesdoilies The granny square isn't for everyone but there are several cute contemporary books (this one, Sarah London's, a new one coming in 2013) that show the granny in a new light. With the right styling and color choices I think it can look cute!

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