A New Generation of Crocheters Are Resuscitating an Iconic Blast from The Past — The Granny Square!

If Red Heart has come out with a granny square yarn, you know something’s up.

Patrice Walker
The DIY Diaries

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A cannabis leaf crocheted into a square.
This ain’t your granny’s square. On second thought, maybe it is, given the rise in medical cannabis use among seniors. Photo by author.

Everywhere I look these days, crocheters of all ages are inventing a plethora of ways to take the traditional granny square to a whole new level. This “Mary Jane” square gives you can idea of what I’m talking about.

I’ll show you some more examples of what I’ve come up with in a bit. But first, let’s take a stroll back in time to discover when the crochet granny square came into being and how its popularity grew over time — at least here in the U.S.

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Thank You, Mrs. Phelps!

Black and white drawing of a granny square.
Prairie Farmer Magazine, April 4, 1885 issue via Wikimedia Commons. This is public domain in the USA.

This versatile crochet gem first appeared in print over 100 years ago, in an 1895 edition of The Prairie Farmer, an Illinois weekly newsletter that focused on rural and agriculture happenings.

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Patrice Walker
The DIY Diaries

I'm a Boomer who loves to write, crochet, explore metaphysics, & walk the beaches of O'ahu. Paywall-free links to my stories at https://ko-fi.com/patricewalker