Granny Squares. If Cath Kidston can do it…

There’s quite a buzz on the knitting forums about this blanket from Cath Kidston.

It’s in nasty acrylic and costs £160! I figured I could buy a lot of yarn for £160 and make one.

So, off I went to my yarn shop and bought 6 balls of Paton’s 100% Mercerised Cotton DK. I thought this would work because it machine washable, shiny, in pretty colours and at £3.25 for 100grams cheap enough to buy lots and lots to make a blanket 😀

These are the balls….

And this is the result of my playing so far…

I’ve decided to keep the colour progression the same but make 6 different types of square, each starting with a different colour. I used a 3mm hook (Just in case you want a try)

I haven’t made Granny Squares since I was a little girl – I was doing these before I ever took up knitting needles. Ahh…Nostalgia 🙂 I’m not a great crocheter, but I can get by with edgings and toys ok. No lace doilies for me!

All I need do now is decide how to join them and how big to make the blanket. I’m quite interested to see how far 6 balls will go!

8 Responses

  1. Judie
    Judie March 10, 2007 at 6:24 pm | | Reply

    Those colours look great Susan!

  2. Isobel
    Isobel March 14, 2007 at 11:50 pm | | Reply

    Have you seen the “granny blogspot”, it’s great to see what others are doing and in what colours. I like your choice and also being in cotton much nicer than “ugh acrylic” and at such a price.

  3. susan crowe
    susan crowe March 15, 2007 at 4:46 pm | | Reply

    Thanks Isobel!
    I’ve signed up and done a bit of a shameless paste of these pictures too!

  4. Amanda
    Amanda June 30, 2008 at 10:23 pm | | Reply

    I will be interested to know how far you get with 600g cotton. Somewhere I read that you need 60oz double knit yarn (1700g) to make an “adult size” blanket. Single or double? I don’t know.

    By the way, your colours are lovely.

  5. susan crowe
    susan crowe July 2, 2008 at 12:14 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amanda

    Unfortunately I had to abandon this project! I hadn’t crocheted for years then went mad on these squares and aggravated a tendon in my arm. I had “Golfer’s Elbow” 🙁

    The cure was to stop crocheting. Even 10 mins of crochet now triggers off a reaction so I’m afraid both of us will never know how far it would have gone…

    Thank you so much for dropping by and reading my blog though.


  6. sarah
    sarah August 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm | | Reply

    interested to know if you finished your “Cath Kidston” blanket as would like to make a kingsize one myself. How much wool do you think it would need ?


  7. Pattie
    Pattie October 23, 2008 at 9:02 pm | | Reply

    I love “your version” of the Cath Kidston crocheted blanket. Very pretty! I made my own version too! I love seeing everyones version of the blanket. 🙂 Here is mine.


  8. Sandra
    Sandra September 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm | | Reply

    It’s acrylic because wool is expensive and not all of it is nasty either! Plus if you make one out of wool, or cotton it will cost you more than that. Plus factor in how many hours of work there are in that blanket and you will see someone got exploited – and it’s not the purchaser! That blanket is cheap at the price. I don’t think you would appreciate your work being valued for so little if you tried to sell your blanket – you will be lucky if you get the price of the yarn back as no one is willing to pay for the hours and hours of work and that includes fellow crocheters sadly.

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