Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Make Your Own Blocking Board for Crochet or Knit Granny Squares

Have you heard about the Crochet Mood Blanket 2014? Stacey (a.k.a. FroFunky) wanted to crochet a blanket this year and had the idea to make a granny square every day. She put this idea on Instagram and it went viral! There is now a Facebook group and you can follow along with the hashtag on Instagram.

There are so many great granny squares and blankets being made across the world this year. Along with all the inspiration comes great tips. I had no idea what a blocking board was until two weeks ago. I started reading about it and I think Alicia describes the benefits of blocking perfectly:

...blocking absolutely transforms these babies from slightly fraught, tweaked-out, anxious little trapezoids to drapey, blissed-out grown-ups — they're all mature and perfectly square and presentable after spa-treatment. 

After some Google searches I knew now was not the time to purchase a pricey blocking board, but I still wanted to block my cutie pies. I started brainstorming and remembered we had some insulation foam board left over from our dining room makeover. It is the perfect solution for me!

make your own blocking board for crochet or knitting granny squares

This foam board can be picked up from the home improvement big box stores for under $15. The sheet is 4 feet x 8 feet and easy enough to cut with a razor blade. Imagine all the blocking boards you can create for yourself and your own sweet little granny squares!

Over 20 years ago my grandma taught me how to crochet and I have been creating small projects since. I didn't have a single granny square to my name, until now! There are two ways people are joining the project: one granny square a day or one per week. I knew I wanted to do a little more than one a week but not one a day.

After some plotting and calculating I have a game plan. I will be making nine granny squares per month January-November and in December I will join them all together to make my first granny square blanket. Each month I am planning to have a few theme squares and the rest will be solid colors based on my mood.

snowflake granny square crochet pattern
January will show three different snowflake patterns. (via Scotty's Place)

Are you joining the mood blanket project? If you would like to leave a link to your work in the comments I would love to come visit and see your amazing granny squares.

Check out my link up page to see some adorable blogs I'm joining with this week.

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this on Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party! I can't wait to try this craft. I added it to our Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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