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Published on September 20th, 2016 | by Emma Friedlander-Collins


Pick your palette

This week, Emma of Steel & Stitch explores the colours in our newly launched Paintbox yarns and brings you a quick and easy tutorial to crochet a Granny Heart square in your favourite shade of Paintbox!

For someone with a colour obsession as bad as mine, the release of the new Paintbox yarns has been awesome! Do I care that I can’t move around my house because of the 60 different coloured balls of yarn that now cover every possible surface? No. Does it distress me when a little voice from a dark bedroom calls out “Mummy, why is there a ball of wool in my bed?” (true story). No. Because I love it.


“But how did it get so bad?!” I hear you ask. Well, while I was designing the collection for my last book (35 Crocheted Bags by Emma Friedlander-Collins 😉 ) I realised that at least a third of all my designs were neon pink and sparkly. As someone that considers them self a proper, grown-up crochet designer I actually found this mortifying! I wanted to be all Skandi and washed out pastels.

This is where the collecting colour palettes story begins. The more I looked for them, the more I started to notice all sorts of beautiful combinations, right outside my front door, in a huge variety of colours. It made me realise is that I can embrace both the neon and the washed out, and anything else that takes my fancy. It’s all there, in nature, and nature doesn’t have to decide to be one or the other. And as soon as the Paintbox range turned up, I knew we were made for each other. It’s super soft, really forgiving, (I don’t know about you, but I have to rip back stitches all the time) and comes in such a lovely collection of shades, the combinations are almost infinite.

Inspired by the hawthorn in some of the pretty hedgerows where I live, I thought I’d share a little granny heart pattern with you.

5mm Hook
PaintBox in Shades A – 252, and B – 224

Using Yarn A, ch4, ss ends to make loop
1.) ch3, 2tr, *ch3, 3tr* rpt 3 times, ss into 3rd ch


2.) ch4, 3tr in next ch sp, 3ch, 3tr, ch1, *(3tr, ch3, 3tr)* rpt 3 times, 2tr for last cluster and ss into 3rd ch


3.) Yarn B, ss to ch sp, ch3, 2tr. Yarn A, ch1 (3tr, ch3, 3tr), ch1, 3tr. Yarn B, (3tr, ch3, 3tr). Yarn A, ch1, 3tr. Yarn B, (3tr, 3ch, 3tr). Yarn A, ch1, 3tr, ch1, (3tr, ch3, 3tr), ch1, ss into 3rd ch


4.) Yarn B, work a 3tr cluster in each ch sp and (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corners.


You can add as many rounds as you like.


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Emma Friedlander-Collins started designing and selling crochet patterns in 2011. With her unique approach and unusual designs, she has established herself as an innovative crochet designer and online success. Emma's also the co-founder and partner in crime at #crochetgirlgang - a space for crochet girls the world over to share their makes, find some support and generally get crochet happy.

7 Responses to Pick your palette

  1. Hannah says:

    I will definately be trying this! Thank you x

  2. Juany says:

    I am not familiar with this abbreviation: “ss” and “tr” sorry but I am new in Granny Squares!!…

    • sian says:

      Hello there 🙂

      I hope you’re enjoying making your granny squares! ‘ss’ stands for ‘slip stitch’ and ‘tr’ stands for ‘treble stitch’ – you can find handy videos and step by step guides on our blog here

    • Dell says:

      ss means slip stitch. tr means treble.

    • Carol Jensen says:

      I’m not very crochet terms wise but I’m thinking that ss stands for slip stitch and tr probably means treble (3) stitch. I hope this helps. Maybe someone wiser than us will help you out.

  3. barbara says:

    Love Love Love!! Granddaughter gets a Blankie for Christmas

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