Manderly Crochet Blanket "taster" pattern
As a life- long crocheter - the one thing I always avoided, for no particular reason, was Granny Squares. But recently, I decided to take up a new challenge and from there, it was off to the races. You might say that I've become obsessed! In my quest for more granny square patterns, I came across Shelley and started with a few of her free pattern squares - among them the Manderly. I loved it so much that I decided to purchase the entire pattern and am in the process of working up a blanket right now. I consider myself a fairly accomplished crocheter but I also purchased Shelley's Granny Square Academy to double-check my technique and I highly recommend this for any newer crocheters out there. I now have just about all of Shelley's books in my library - and anxiously await the release of her latest - Granny Square Patchwork. I've learned so much from Shelley already and because I had worked up many other squares from other designers, the difference in her pattern build becomes immediately obvious once you can spot the difference. Where she begins her squares (which, in my opinion, is key to a seamless looking square), the false stitch method, invisible joins, and other nice tips and tricks, even for an old-timer crocheter like me - have done wonders to perfect the final product. Thank you Shelley for your stunning creations and for sharing them with all of us! Just knowing I have all these beautiful squares to work on makes me happy!