Hi, my name is Undecided.

Ok.. I’m feeling my age today. I’m of the early 70’s  vintage and so I thought I would find something thats in keeping.

I am not the world’s biggest fan of the Granny Square.  I know they are great for using up scraps of yarn. I know they are great for comfortghans, scrapghans and “justhadtomakesomethinghans”.

But I believe there are some places Granny Squares just shouldnt go.

and generally – Granny Squares dont survive an “On the Body Experience”. They also should not be made up by a polarised committee of Colour-blind Chameleons.

Call me conservative, but I like toning colours with the occaisional contrast: Think Ferrero Rocher rather than Quality Street.

 So when I consider

Granny Square shirt

I’m actually in two minds.

First of all – I really like the concept, the top is fitted to give a bit of shape, and I like the heart-shaped neckline.

The problem I am having is… there’s something really not right about it. And it’s making my skin crawl.


  1. Jeanne B. says:

    I dunno… it’s kind of cool in a really strange way. Maybe if the colors weren’t so… uh… clown barf—more subtle, perhaps? It could be cool. Only because the granny “squares” aren’t all square. Hmm.

    Got the pattern?

  2. grayangi says:

    First – I agree… my skin is crawling a bit. And yes, the fitted isn’t so bad or the neckline. I think it might possibly have a small chance of hope if it was done in less colors – you know, maybe 3-5 that coordinate nicer than the too many to count currently on there. And… as a sidenote while I was viewing this. My 3yo walked up and siad, “Mommy, I like that.” nuff said! lol

  3. casey says:

    I think maybe it’s the spaced out look in the models’ eyes that are the creepiest,,,, this is a great concept and MIGHT work in more monochromatic colors. maybe. but it’s that “holy lord I just did some acid and my shirt is trippy, innit?’ look that puts the icing on the proverbial “what the hell” cake

  4. Leisel says:

    I do love the neckline and overall shape of the sweater. Kudos to the designer for that, because that would be really difficult given the limited shapes he/she had to work with.

    I can’t imagine wearing all those colors at once like that, though. Many colors might work in a print pattern, but I think it falls flat in such an application. If I ever did get a notion to make this sweater, I’d do it with more subtle colors (shades of one color, or just a couple of colors that are wonderfully complimentary, like pink and brown, perhaps. I think I’d also replace the mini grannies with regular granny squares, to keep it from being quite so busy.

  5. noni says:

    Was this actually considered fasionable at one time? I too was born in the early seventies and I can’t remeber grannies ing a faion statement. I’m stumped.

  6. Barb says:

    I’m not a fan of granny sqares myself but you have to admire the use of sqares, triangles and even a 5 sided granny square.

    Might look good in all one color and out of light weight yarn so it has the funky crochet look.

    Where did you find this?


  7. Michelle says:

    Oh my goodness I know this will make me unpopular but I love this. I want to make this, in Rowan yarns! Please help me find the schematics.

  8. AJ says:

    8yo son walks up, conversation ensues:
    son: “Ug-a-ly!”
    me: “You don’t like that sweater?”
    son: “THAT’S a sweater? Yuck!”

  9. thekidneybean says:

    The design is really interesting but there’s no way I would wear this in public, even in solid colors. I do admire the designer though. Interesting.

    BTW – Where are her boobs?

  10. Nikki says:

    Honestly, I think I like it too. I think it needs to be with the right outfit. Now, I would admit that some different colors might be nice…but the overall consensus? Thumbs up!

  11. cherrypicker says:

    pehaps in matching tones of the same hue it might work, I like the shape and the neck line is pretty, but it is just to busy for my taste. :)

  12. devil says:

    I agree that the model’s thousand-yard-stare is as disconcerting as the vomit-colored sweater.

    I love granny squares! They belong on afghans – not sweaters.

  13. MK says:

    Oh no! Where are her breasts? I sort of like the concept, but the model looks like she’s being pressed down against a pane of glass.

  14. teajoygreye says:

    ok people, this is 7 years of retail experience with fashion brands speaking: uh … do. one. thing. per. item. if your going to do a wacky print make it with simple clean lines… if you going to do Granny squares in a hundred shapes, make the colors tonal… if you can’t live without a hundred colors, make the shape consistent. (and please oh please never ever put glitter on a print again!!!)

  15. Maven says:

    I think the unsettling thing is her expression; it’s as she has a raging problem with hemmorhoids and is biting the inside of her mouth to keep from screaming in agony.

    The shirt is cute and fitted, there’s a lot to like; I think if it were “intentional” with maybe 3 colors, perhaps it wouldn’t seem so… busy.

  16. LeAnna says:

    I’m undecided on this one too. I think what everyone else said re: doing it in one color, and maybe accenting it with another color at the seams? But, what skeebs me out is the Stepford Wife look, clown barf shirt and the alien looking arms……all in one picture. I think I’m going to have crochet nightmares now.

  17. Donna says:

    Hey, I know, put the granny square skirt with this ever so lovely granny square blouse!! Now there’s a fashion statement!!
    Actually, This top would be very cute done up in a solid or 2-3 colors

  18. Ken says:

    I like the idea. The shaping is really nice.

    I don’t like the colors. To me that’s the problem. If the color scheme were different, it might not be on this site.

  19. Amanda says:

    OMG, you guys are right! She doesn’t have boobs! I agree that the shaping of the shirt is great, but in reality wouldn’t work, simply because most of us do, in fact, have boobs. Hmmm…don’t think this one is going in the queue.

  20. lisalu says:

    Actually, the shaping is very nice, I agree I like the concept. But okay, the colors have gotta go. If this had been done with some kind of comprehensive color scheme (no more than three different colors, please!) and made with a finer gauge yarn, it would be quite nice.

  21. brillig says:

    While it is not something I would wear, I am quite impressed that someone made a nicely fitted crochet top out of granny geometric shapes (since not all are squares). Very clever.

  22. Evelyn says:

    People–if the blouse you are wearing looks like you went all Scarlett O’Hara and cut up granny’s old afghan to clothe yourself, it’s a Bad Idea.

  23. pamela says:

    This is a very nice shape with a very flattering neckline. Apart from the colours, I like this.

    Print the pattern now!

  24. ladyrose says:

    The shaping is brilliant, using all those different shaped motifs (sorry, I still think it has to have 4 sides to be a square…). But yeah, what about the boobs? Or is the picture distorted in some way? I kinda doubt it, given that hexagon in the middle… And yes, there are just too many colors. Solid or tones or not more than two contrasting colors, and even the last might be risky.

  25. ladyrose says:


    This sweater haunted me, so much so, I ended up tracking down the original publication and buying it on e-Bay. I could start making this thing tonight, if I wanted to! Mwwwa-ha-ha-ha!

    The shaping really is brilliant, but the directions specify acrylic yarn. Yuck! If I make this, it will include at least some natural fibers. The neckline really is beautiful. It’s a matter of choosing a good color scheme.

    The other designs in the magazine range from boring to fugly to not bad. I might even make one of the afghans or a shawl. If I do, maybe I’ll post it. Heh-heh.

    (The model really does not appear to have boobs, even in the original magazine illustration, so it’s not a result of camera phone abuse.)

    • Jen says:

      God help me, I want to make this. Or a subdued version of this. Could you give me the publication name and issue number? I would appreciate it! Thanks.

  26. Maryann says:

    I have to admit… for no particular reason, I kind of like it. I wouldn’t wear it. I wouldn’t make it. I would, in fact, classify it as a fug.

    It’s just so… artfully made. It’s the most well-made granny square sweater I’ve ever seen. I know it’s weird… but I just like it.

  27. Rose says:

    The shape and neck of this are gorgeous, I really love them.
    And actually, I love the colours to. It just seems… wrong on the model. Her perfectly sprayed hair and makeup just dont suit it. It would also be nice one colour but I really do love the colours.
    I want it!!!

  28. tied in knots says:

    Call me weird, but I actually like this, colors and all. Not that I would WEAR it colors and all, I just like it. I think it would be better on me in just a couple of colors. I think the different shapes make it look quite nice and fitted. I think a camisole underneath might solve the acrylic yarn problem.

  29. Mgain says:

    Hmm do this in a lighter weight yarn that has just a tiny sheen to it – Noro Silk maybe? and add some beading. Do it all in black. Pair it with a black chiffon skirt. I would wear that to the opera. My only real concern is that it’s shaped to fit a 12 year old girl and there isn’t a way to shape it to fit a 40 year old woman who wears a 42DD.

    God Bless,

  30. Anonymous says:

    I think it is the shape on the bottom – it looks like a teddy!
    (u know – the all in one item of underwear that buttons up between the legs)

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