This cozy shawl accompanied me around Juneau and on trips this spring, and because the yarn was sent to me without a label, I didn’t even know what I was working with. Except that is was silk. And wool. And lovely. I was thrilled to find out that it was Carpet Bag. One of the new yarns from Mrs. Crosby.


The shawl had its debut at the recent TNNA (needle arts trade show) in Indianapolis, but I wasn’t able to tell you about it until now, because it’s just been published in the most recent issue of Knitty. (Yes. Crochet in Knitty. I know. I’m still giddy about the concept, and so grateful to editor Amy Singer for allowing Miriam Felton and I to show how knitting and crochet play well together.)


Our current column is a step-by-step guide to creating your first granny square. And then, to get lots of practice while creating something pretty and wearable, there’s Grantangle, which isn’t a square, it’s a rectangle using the granny stitch.

Miriam and I will be talking more about granny squares in our blogs, including stories of our grandmother’s granny squares, so stay tuned.

Meet Grantangle
  • Mary

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know how much I love your article and tutorial in Knitty. I am a knitter who has been eyeing those crochet patterns that are becoming more and more prevalent on Ravelry. Last week I tweeted you and Mim my first 2 granny squares I ever did! I loved making the squares and your tutorial was excellent (great descriptions with the color diagrams made the concept click for me). Thanks, Mary (@unalunagirl on twitter)

  • So glad to hear it, Mary. Thanks for the comment! I look forward to seeing your crochet projects!

  • I just bought your book, Crochet for Bears to Wear, and came over to get acquainted.

  • Hi, and welcome!

  • I just wanted to thank you for the book and your designs, though I haven’t tried them yet. The pictures are so cute! I’m a grandmother to a six-year-old. I had been sewing for her American Girl dolls, but she is currently more interested in her “build-a-bear” teddy bear. I’m always on the look-out for patterns and inspiration. Thank you so much.

  • You’re welcome! Feel free to share pictures when you do make some bear things. I’d be happy to post them on the blog.