The squares I made for Yarn-Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA) were mostly basic grannies--just whipping 'em out quickly and getting 'em out the door, using up yarn stash. They wanted five inch squares, they got thousands of five inch squares (though I only sent a dozen or so.) Their installation is supposed to go up in May, btw, and it looks like it will be fantastic. Check out their website here.
After making a few basic squares, of course I wanted to do something more than basic. Typical me.
As mentioned in an earlier post, one of my squares was not quite five inches. Another double crochet or even half-double crochet round would have made it too big, a single crochet round would have been too small, so I did a little chain, not quite a picot.
It ended up looking a little like a frill, and like the porridge in the story, it was just right.
So I did another, and added a frill in the middle as well.
Once I was done with the YBLA squares, I raided my stash of Plymouth Encore and made a charity blanket.
Since I now had no color or size limitations, I went a little loony. I put frills on the edge, frills in the middle, frills willy-nilly all over the place, with whatever leftover bits of yarn I had.
I added them as I went, I added them after.
Of course I ran out of the pink yarn, so I grabbed some lavender Mom gave me (thanks, Mom!)
This wasn't really my first choice as a color combination. I think the final effect is a bit garish. But I was determined not to buy more yarn to finish a stash buster project. I do that often enough as it is!
I turned it in to charity, so, off it goes into the wild blue yonder. I hope some child somewhere will love it. And the free pattern is here.
The YBLA project was a catalyst for another cool granny-esque pattern, which I will be offering soon, so stay tuned. And if you think these colors are bright, just wait 'til you see what I have in store. (And yes, I had to buy more yarn for it last night. Had to. Because I needed more yellow. Trust me.)
If you like this crochet pattern, you might also like this one: River's Edge Ripple.