Saturday Review: Granny Squares Weekend by Emma Varnam

8e339f181b7b00dcf4eaba02b3811d68Today sees the publication of Emma Varnam‘s latest book “Granny Squares Weekend” – congratulations Emma – another beautiful book! Like her previous volume Granny Squares Home, Emma has curated a collection of her favourite granny square makes and updated them with her own blend of contemporary colour palettes and GMC’s modern styling. I just love her vibrant granny tote which is featured on the cover.

GMC sent me an early review copy and I’ve been itching to share this with you all. The joy of granny squares is that no matter what your skill level you can make a granny. Once you’ve mastered the basic motif, you can easily modify the design to create infinite possibilities and by choosing your own colour palette, every project will be unique. The projects in this book truly are quick and easy to follow. You really could manage many of them in a weekend, or over a couple of lazy Sundays! Alongside traditional favourites such as a granny square blankets, bags and cushions, you will find a few originals designed by Emma to show off her  eye for detail and love of bright colours. I also love her vibrant interpretation of the granny cowl and there is a gorgeous beret complete with pom pom that I’m sure will leap to the top of many crocheters “to make” lists.

With clear written instructions, helpful sketches and charts you will soon be hooking up your chosen project, even if you’ve never made a granny square before (although you will find it helpful to have some basic crochet skills or to spend some time mastering a basic square before you start as  this isn’t a comprehensive learn to crochet book). I tested the book out on some of my Learn to Crochet students and they loved the projects and were motivated to master the basics in order to make the projects in the book. They all agreed that this is one they’ll be asking for at Christmas or for birthdays, as they thought the price a little high. I know the book is on order at my local library, so perhaps the best option might be to borrow it first to see if it’s one you’ll return to before investing. With so many gorgeous crochet books constantly coming on to the market, your local library is a great place to explore and draw up a short list that you can pull out when friends and family ask what you would like as a gift.

Emma seems to have an innate talent for writing crochet books filled with projects crocheters want to make and she’s always high on my recommended reading lists for students. Granny Squares Weekend doesn’t disappoint and I am already planning which project I will make first when work crochet slows down and I finally have time to hook up  a few treats for friends and family – or even myself – Emma’s fingerless wrist warmers are a definite possibility!


Granny Squares Weekend is published today by GMC at £14.99 (ISBN 9781789436369) and can be ordered direct from the publishers.

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