Granny Square Flair
In her book Granny Square Flair, Shelley Husband showcases 50 varied and beautiful square designs. Shelley is all about jazzing up the humble granny square to create modern and unique designs. From fun flowers to geometric puzzles, her granny square designs prove that Shelley thinks outside the square.
Published in both UK and US versions, Granny Square Flair, embraces both of the languages of crochet, so no one is left out of the crochet loop.
What’s Inside Granny Square Flair
Crochet books these days are so much more than a collection of patterns. Designers often add additional chapters where they share little secret tips and tricks to improve our projects. It was great to see Shelley follow this new trend and share her thoughts on yarn and hooks, seamless joining methods and notes on how to read the patterns. She really is a wealth of knowledge.
Following these helpful notes are the patterns! Each double page spread features one of the 50 granny squares. Accompanied by written instructions, a chart and images of the square in one solid colour and at least 2 colourful variations.
Shelley approached her crochet friends from all over the world (including me!) to create different colour combos for her designs. A clever way of including a broad range of colour styles and taste into her book.
To test the quality of the patterns, i selected three stunning textural squares to play with (see above). Aren’t they gorgeous! In keeping with Shelley’s crochet precision, the patterns are written perfectly. My grannies were made in Paintbox Yarn Cotton DK, using a 3.5mm hook.
The charts for each design are a work of art themselves and add additional support to the written pattern. Some of the charts for the more complicated designs are a little tricky to follow, but as the patterns are written so clearly, this is neither here nor there. In fact, the more complicated charts demonstrate the skill of the chart maker and Shelley’s committment to include a chart for each granny square.
Finally, the last chapter of Granny Square Flair book showcases 11 designs that feature squares from the book. There is a range of different projects including shawls, cushions, blankets, potholders and more, all beautifully captured by Jo O’Keefe. This chapter that proves the versatility and practicality of the humble square. All hail the granny square!
Where to find Granny Square Flair?
If you love crochet books and granny squares, then you need to add this book to your collection. For those in Australia, head to Shelley’s Shop to grab a copy. For everyone else, you can find Granny Square Flair at Book Depository and Amazon.
And don’t forget to pop over to Shelley’s instagram page for a look!