Rethinking Grannies: Modern Takes On the Traditional Square

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These cute grannies from Lakeside Crafts use basic color changes to emulate quilt blocks.
Solid grannies lend a modern, color-block look to the traditional afghan.
This subtle, two-tone afghan made by Flickr user JackJoann123 would be a calm presence in any room.
These cute grannies from Lakeside Crafts use basic color changes to emulate quilt blocks.

These cute grannies from Lakeside Crafts use basic color changes to emulate quilt blocks.

Photo: Ohkimma (Flickr.com)

Granny squares are popular again, and whether you love them or hate them, you have to admit: the options for personalization are inspiring. If don't know where to start in terms of color choices, check out Flickr groups Granny-Along and Granny Squares for inspiration. Simple tweaks to the same pattern produce unique results that can be wildly colorful or calm and understated.

Check out these grannies posted by Kimma. They’re made by Etsy seller Lakeside Crafts, and you can see how just changing the colors of the rounds can give your blanket an almost quilted look.

To make grannies really modern, try working each square with just one color. That’s what Flickr user MFCorwin did to make this lovely color-block blanket.

I also love this calm, subtle, two-tone afghan made by Joann—she even posted a link to the free pattern she used to create it.

Be sure to browse through the groups for more inspiration. And if you end up making your own granny-square blanket, post your photos to the group, and you might inspire someone, too!

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