Saturday, August 5, 2017

Granny Square Tank Top & Happily Hooked Magazine Issue #40

Photo Courtesy of Happily Hooked Magazine.
Yay! This is the eighth post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

This month, I am sharing with you my latest published design that can be found in Issue 40 of Happily Hooked Magazine - my Granny Square Tank! When I first saw the call for Lightweight designs, I knew I wanted to work up a top. I kind of still have an idea of a blouse based off this design, but when I was putting it together, it seemed to be a better fit for lightweight and lacy. Working with a yarn such as Modern Cotton DK, is an even better option for hot weather. I plan on ordering some to try out another tank more suitable for Florida.

Being that the tank top is made from a back and a front sewn together, it has more give than a top worked in the round. I designed this top one inch smaller in both pieces to finish with the 2" of negative ease noted, but there is more that can be given to make a more fitted top. By omitting one more round from each square, you can achieve this.
From Your Hosts: Big, Huge Afghan (Free Crochet Pattern) from Crochet is the Way, Owl Obsession Baby Blanket (Crochet Pattern Review) from Hakelfieber Austria, Granny Stitch Cowl (Crochet Inspiration) from RhelenaGranny Square Tank & Happily Hooked Magazine Issue #40 (Magazine Giveaway) from Me! EyeLoveKnots, Granny Square Piano Cover (Crochet Tutorial) from Mariam's Creations, and Granny Squares on Painted Canvas (Crochet Inspiration) from Atelier Marie-Lucienne.
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.

Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create
My Granny Square Tank can be found in July 2017, Issue 40 of Happily Hooked Magazine. This issue features "a variety of patterns that use lightweight yarns".

To complete your own Granny Square Tank, you will need 754 - 1131 Yards of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight (Hobby Lobby) - I used the Baby Sage colorway - or any lightweight yarn, and an H8/5mm crochet hook. 

Issue 40 Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Lacy Granny Shawl by Megan Hocking
     - Summer Cat by Shannen Chua
     - Rose Blossom Special by Rohn Strong
     - Lakeside Cardigan by Lee Sartori
     - Granny Square Tank by Alexandra Richards (that's me!)
     - Delicate Blossom Earrings by Natalia Johnson
     - Maribelle Newborn Bonnet & Wrap
     - Summer Daisy Barefoot Sandals
     - Gloria Shawl by Amber Millard
     - Apple Blossom Placemat by Red Heart

These Articles:
     - Stitch of the Month: Puff Stitch
     - Tip: How to Time Block Successfully by The Yarnpreneur Society
     - Inspiration: Friends in the Crochet Community by Lee Sartori
     - Crochet Heals: Pia Thadani
     - Artist Profile: Marty Jonas
     - Hooked on... Roundup
     - Red Heart Pattern Roundup

Photo is front cover of July 2017, Issue 40.
Hop on over to the Happily Hooked Magazine site to subscribe and get the current issue - July 2017, Issue 40!


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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by myself! One winner will be gifted through Ravelry the latest issue of the Happily Hooked Magazine - July 2017, Issue 40.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to all countries. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen. Myself, Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots, is responsible for prize fulfillment.
We only had one link up, other than our co-hosts. You'll see it above, and find it here: Scrap Granny Square Ottoman Cover - Crochet Inspiration from Ghemuletul Incalcit.

Now, Share Your Granny-Spiration Project With Us!

New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 12:00am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through midnight EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

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To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!

Features may be chosen at the discretion of each host. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.


  1. Nice work! The granny stitch makes it so perfect for the summer :)

    1. Thanks! It's my go to "lacy stitch pattern", hehe. But with yarn changes, it can be great all year long.

  2. Hello there! I love to share my link with granny-flag in this "party"!
    Greetings from the Netherlands,

    1. And I greatly appreciate you sharing with us! Love to see what you are working on. Such lovely, cheery projects!

  3. Love your pattern! You asked to leave a comment in the rafflecopter as to what I like to crochet with lightweight yarn or lace;believe it or not, I love to crochet lacey bookmarks. ☺

    1. Bookmarks sound like fun! I have a few ideas for trying my hand at some, but I avoid blocking at all costs, and I feel like with thread, I have no choice but to block a bookmark. What do you think about fabric stiffener?

  4. Lovely top! The green is a good colour to combine! Like you say, you can adjust it to fit more tight or not. Perfect!
    ps: Hope this month's challenge will be a great succes. I'm still sharing, liking, pinning and commenting the challenge <3

    1. That sage color is one of my favorites! That, and the bright blue I have shared off and on. I have another version of this tank top to share this Spring with a lacy panel in the pretty bright blue.

  5. thanks for the nice words you wrote on my blog
    Happy to link here

  6. Lovely top, great colour :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Monday

    1. One of my favorites. In season or not, I'll take sage any day, hehe.

  7. Oh, that's totally cute! I'll have to check the pattern, I would love to make something like this for my daughter. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty link Party this week. Pinned!

    1. If you haven't gotten the pattern from Happily Hooked Magazine yet, I plan on releasing this pattern on my blog soon!

  8. What a lovely top, I've seen granny square tops before but usually very loose ones, i like this slightly more fitted look. Thanks for sharing at #handmadeMonday

    1. One of the awesome things about crochet is that by simply changing the number of rows, or hook size, we can change the size to exactly what we want. I like the oversized tops, but I also like more fitted tops. All about how you style it, and I guess, what your preference is.

  9. I love this color and the tank is so pretty! I am always in awe of ladies that can sew and make their own clothes. lovely job!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    1. Thank you! I am in awe of ladies like you that do so well at pairing outfits. It's a vision I struggle with, but I love seeing what you come up with!

    2. PS Let me know if you'd like anything crocheted, either a garment or accessory. I'd be happy to contribute!

  10. Very pretty Granny Square top! I like how it is so easy to make in various sizes! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being published!

    1. Thank you so much! It is an honor, and so fun to come up with designs to fit the proposed themes. I wanted this top to be really easy to make, so even beginners could work it up, and wear it out. I am so happy with how it turned out!

  11. You're very talented and it's a cute tank. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

    1. Thanks, Erlene! I have fun attending the party when I can.