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Calling all Granny Squares! Yarn Bombing Project

  • Echoview Fiber Mill 111 Jupiter Rd Weaverville, NC, 28787 United States (map)
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Yarn Bombing for a cause!

Friends, we need your help on this project to raise awareness for the ArtSpace survey here in Asheville! We've made this event page on this day, the 15th of February, because that is the day we are needing all your fab granny squares by and we will be having a little craft party at the CCCD, but you're welcome to drop them off any time between now and then. This page is to feed you a bunch of great details!

Who?

We're putting out a call to knitters and crocheters near and far who are willing to use up some of their least favorite stash yarn to help out with this yarn bomb project! We don't have a lot of time so this is going to be pretty quick and dirty. It is ok if you're a complete beginner, this is a great chance to practice some simple stitches!  If you're really advanced - great! We need all the help we can get! We're teaming up on this project with Show & Tell Asheville, a wonderful community of crafters and makers led by the delightful Stephanie Mergelsberg, and have the support of the folks at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville (who's building we will be adorning). 

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What?

This project is going to be a large afghan style installation made up of individually knit or crocheted 8 x 8 " squares. They can be any stitch, any color, and any design. We do need a fair amount of blue for squares for this project so if you've got that, awesome! If not, we need all the other colors as well - seriously, anything you've got. This is a great opportunity to use of some old yarn you've had lying around (acrylic, polyester, and cotton work best since it will be outside), but we also have yarn that you can use. If you need yarn, come grab it from Echoview Fiber Mill or pick some up at the CCCD in Asheville!  We need 662 squares in just 2 weeks - so DON'T be shy if you feel like making a lot, but really if you feel like only making 1 or 2 squares that still helps! 

Where and When?

The finished project will be on display for a month on the outside of the CCCD's building - while telling you this may ruin the surprise a bit, it may also inspire you to make a few squares so that your crafting voice is heard! We'll be hosting craft nights around Asheville where you can come and hang out and make squares with us! 

  • Thursday, February 1st from 6-9PM at the Bhramari Brewing Co. (101 South Lexington Ave. Asheville, NC 28801)

  • Wednesday, February 7th from 6-9PM here at Echoview Fiber Mill 

  • Monday, February 12th from 6-9PM at Trade & Lore Coffee (37 Wall St. Asheville, NC 28801)

  • Wednesday February 14th from 6-9PM here at Echoview Fiber Mill

  • Thursday February 15th from 6-9PM at the CCCD (67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC 28801)

The final craft night at the CCCD will be the last chance to hand in your squares, and we will start stitching up the squares that night for the installment the following week! We will be celebrating with snacks and laughs, so we hope you'll join us.  If you can't make it to any of these events or you live far away, your 8 x 8" squares can be dropped off or mailed to the Echoview FIber Mill or the CCCD any time before February 15th.

Why?

This project is happening to raise awareness for a survey being conducted by Art Space, a non-profit that is evaluating Asheville for the opportunity for affordable housing developments for artists and creatives in Asheville. If you identify as an artist or a creative here in the Asheville area, you need to take the survey! It is already up and surveying on the internet now, but the aim of this project is to bring a visual reminder to take the survey, and for folks to show that this is a matter that is important to them. Asheville is such a wonderful and diverse community, we really want this project to be a chance for many voices to come together to make a complete picture - and nothing says "cozy home" like an afghan blanket, right?!

How?

You'll be able to find yarn for your squares at Echoview or at the CCCD, hit up your local Goodwill or thrift store (a hot spot for unwanted acrylic yarn), or use yarn from your own stash that you've been wanting to ditch and are ready to do so for a good cause. You can make your squares any stitch you like, either knit or crochet, but we need them to be 8 inches by 8 inches. Stephanie has put together some awesome and easy crochet patterns you can use for the project, so take a look if you're ready to get making! 

Patterns:

All pattern use a worsted weight yarn and size 6.5mm M/N-10.5 crochet hook. No special color change techniques and ends do not have to be woven in.

 

Double Crochet Square

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Cast on 25 stitches

Row 1 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of remaning ch to end, turn

Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first dc in rwo below, *1 dc in next dc; rep from * to end work last dc in top of 3-ch at end., turn.

Rep 2nd row until you have completed 15 total rows. Fasten off.

 

Double Crochet Square - In the Round

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Base Ring Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to first ch to form a ring

Round 1 Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 2 [3 dc in ring, ch 2] 2 more times, join with a slip stitch to 3rd ch at beginning of round

Round 2 Slip stitch to ch2 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in ring, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, *1 dc in each dc to next sp, work [2dc, ch2, 2 dc] all in sp; rep from * twice more, 1 dc in each dc to first 3-ch/dc, join with a slip stitch to 3rd ch. 7 dc along each side of square

Round 3 Rep round 2. 11 dc along each side of square

Round 4 Rep round 2. 15 dc along each side of square

Round 5 Rep round 2. 19 dc along each side of square

Round 6 Rep round 2. 23 dc along each side of square. Fasten off.

 

 

Granny Square

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Base Ring Ch 6 and join with a slip stitch to first chain to forma ring.

Round 1 Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in ring, [ch3, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 3, join with a slip titch to top of 3-ch at beginning of round. 

Round 2 Slip stitch to 3-ch sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), [2dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in same 3-ch sp, *ch 1, [3dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next 3-ch sp; rep from * twice more, ch 1, join with a slip stitch to top of 3-ch at beginning of round.

Round 3 Slip stitch to 3-ch sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), [2dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in same 3-ch sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next 1-ch sp, ch 1,  [3dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next 3-ch sp; rep from * twice more, ch 1, join with a slip stitch to top of 3-ch at beginning of round.

Round 4 Slip stitch to 3-ch sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), [2dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in same 3-ch sp, *[ch 1, 3 dc in next 1-ch sp] twice, ch 1,  [3dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next 3-ch sp; rep from * twice more, ch 1, join with a slip stitch to top of 3-ch at beginning of round.

Round 5 Slip stitch to 3-ch sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), [2dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in same 3-ch sp, *[ch 1, 3 dc in next 1-ch sp] three times, ch 1,  [3dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next 3-ch sp; rep from * twice more, ch 1, join with a slip stitch to top of 3-ch at beginning of round.

Round 6 Slip stitch to 3-ch sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), [2dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in same 3-ch sp, *[ch 1, 3 dc in next 1-ch sp] four times, ch 1,  [3dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next 3-ch sp; rep from * twice more, ch 1, join with a slip stitch to top of 3-ch at beginning of round.

 

Thanks everyone, and please reach out with any questions! If you fill out this form you will send an email to me, Grace, and I'll get right back to you!

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