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Are You a Granny Person or a Ripple Person?

August 2nd, 2008

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Two of the most popular types of crochet afghans are granny square and ripple afghans. Does the preference for one over the other say something about you? Tell us which you prefer!

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  • http://LionBrandNotebook Mrs. L. E. Hoffmann

    You asked which afghan I prefer. That is hard to give an answer. I first learned the granny square and that satisfied me for a while. I was also able to use up my yarn scraps, which are always immense. I also enjoy doing ripples. I remember my mother making a ripple afghan back in the forties and was always in admiration of this afghan. I once had her pattern, but, somehow it has gone by the wayside. Some of today’s ripple afghans have changed stich-wise, but the look is the same. I believe it takes me longer to do a ripple afghan, due to all the counting, than a granny square afghan. Which do I prefer? Either. It just depends on the colors available.

  • http://donthaveone Sandy Duffy

    I taught myself to crochet and knit about 30 years ago. I like crocheting better and have made many different things. A lot of them were used for wedding or baby showers. I like the ripple afghan better. I think it is easier and I like the mix of colors. I also like the granny squares because I can use up my yarn ends but I do have a little trouble putting the squares together. Maybe working together will help. So either one is good for me.

  • KarenAK

    I much prefer the Ripple Afghan, and that is the one I always crochet for my family members. I enjoy using colors shading from dark to light and seeing them flow together in the Ripple pattern. Plus they are quick to make!

  • Judith Lasker

    I first learned granny squares and still like them the best.

    My sister does ripple afghans for family and friends and got me started (it’s as easy as pie!!).

    Well, it took me ten years to finish one afghan for my daughter. I kept putting it down and then getting lost in the pattern.

    Nope – it’s granny for me – preferably one big square for an afghan -I hate sewing them together!

    Judith Lasker

  • Ellen Snyder

    I like the granny squares, I think it’s really fun to play with colors and highlighting using two or three colors or shadings and a couple of neutrals (usually black and while but could also be brown and off-white). It’s really interesting to see the characteristics of your finished work POP!

  • Sunshine

    The first thing I learned to crochet was a granny square.I’m still doing them today,I like grannies because they are “portable” projects.

    Not to get off topic,has anyone tried knitting a ripple afghan?I wanted to try one and even have a pattern,but I don’t have the time or concentration to be able to knit or crochet a ripple.

  • Susan

    I learned the granny when I was 13 and that was waaaaay too many years ago. My wonderful grandmother taught me and she could not follow a pattern that was written, but give her a piece of crochet and she could reproduce it in no time. What an amazing woman. I love the granny and have taught it in the past at the Markham Guild of Village Crafts (just a bit north and east of Toronto, ON Canada) and called the class – Not your Grannie’s Granny.
    I love the amazing things you can do with just one pattern – monotone, tone on tone, 2,3,4, etc colours, outline all in black, or change it completely with outline all in white or cream. Granny ghans or scarves or skirts or vests in worsted weights or sport; change to baby yarn and it all becomes more delicate; change to thread weight and you have table cloths or room dividers or skirts or vests with real substance and antique inspiration. How about adding some novelty yarn into some of the rounds. WOW ! There is absolutely no end to what you can do with the Granny. I just cannot drive and crochet at the same time. I can hardly wait for the Jetson’s travel to become a reality.

  • Kathy

    I would rather knit the ripple, but own the granny…especially the colorful one you posted!

  • Tonka

    I haven’t yet done the typical granny square, but I do love squares in general because they are easier to work on on the go, plus every time I finish a square I feel like I’ve finished something, so that keeps me going, but I do love ripples. So I think that answer is I don’t really know.

  • alce

    Grannies, grannies, grannies!

    I <3 grannies!

  • Sara McDonald

    I love ripples! I love grannies! My favorite pattern is actually called a granny ripple. So I like it when I can combine the both of two worlds. But I constanatly find myself back to crocheting granny squares and hexagons, I’d probably crochet them in my sleep.

  • Sandi

    I love both the Granny Square (which I learned to make as a child) and the Ripple pattern (but ONLY made in double crochet – too slow otherwise) – but my new favorite pattern is a combination of the granny with the ripple!! It works up so fast and it’s just lovely. I also found a pattern a year or so ago that makes a rectangular granny instead of just square – so it’s perfect for making a continuous afghan rather than the smaller squares which need to be joined! I LOVE CROCHET!!!!

  • Harriett

    I perfer the ripple afghan. I like it because I like the ocean, and the ripple reminds me of the ocean, no matter what color you use. I also find it less work than the granny. Even though I love the granny as well. The granny is more like a tradition in crocheting history. Both the ripple and the granny square afghan make nice gifts in any given day.

  • Rilana

    I like both ripples and grannies. I admit to learning afghans with the granny squares first, as a teenager. I have no preference, though. It all depends on my mood at the time. :-)

  • grammi24


    I like the ripple afghan, but I sometimes get confused when I have to keep counting the correct stitches. I prefer to make a afghan that you don’t have to keep counting. I like making an afghan that doesn’t have to have different stitches, that way I can do a row without really concentrating on it.

    Thanks for letting me vent!

  • Janet

    I love grannies so I guess that makes me a granny person. I am putting the border on a black and gray granny afghan now.

  • Nichole R

    I absolutely love grannies because they are portable. However, i love the outcome of a ripple, but if i am not paying attention, i sometimes miss the peaks and valleys and have to rip out 1-2 rows to correct. Grannies are easier to notice a mistake while you are making it. I recently made the “chocolate covered cherries” grannie square afghan with jiffy and it turned out beautifully. The “circle in a square afghan” made with homespun is still my favorite grannie-square variation!

  • juliet tan

    both designs are lovely. but granny is convenient when i bring my children to piano lessons, soccer practice and games as well as swimming lessons. one piece afghans was too much bother for me. that’s why i am also favoring mile a minute designs due to portability.

  • Cre8tively_me

    I do enjoy both. I like the way the colors flow in both designs. Like others have said, I do like the portability of the granny. I read someone does a rectangle shaped granny, I would really be interested to know where to get that pattern!

    So I guess my vote is…..either one!

  • Shirley

    I prefer the Grannie Afghan; I, too, learn to make this kind of afghan when I began crocheting. I also knit and am working n a dog sweater at the present time, using Fun Fur yarn for the body and regular yarn for the upper body, legs and turtle neck.

  • Jan

    I like the ripple best. I am a person that I just hate putting the squares to gether. I don’t mind doing one big grannie.


  • Jamie

    Ripple, definitely. If I make granny squares they just pile up – never get sewn together, though I have crocheted them together before.
    If preference for one or the other says something about us… Ripplers apparently like peaks and valleys. Maybe they enjoy exploring country roads. Granniers like – going around in circles. ;^) They like coming back home, or maybe are very centered people.

  • Sandra

    I love the granny square. What can I say, I make them big and small, plain or coloful, simple or complicative. I can make them with my eyes closed. For me its the granny square.

  • Susan

    I love them both, but like the ripple more. Funny thing about that is I’ve never made a ripple but have made several granny’s. The ripple has been on my list of things to make for so long I don’t even remember when I put it there. Now I have to find the time to do it. My bedroom is going to be done in a ocean scheme and a ripple afghan would go perfectly. Maybe I will finally get one made. ;0)

  • Kathie

    Must be a “Kathy” thing–see above–I prefer making the ripple, but would rather own a granny! 😉 My preference is making the ripple, only because I like to have things complete as I go, and can never get myself psyched to sew the granny squares together.

  • Karyn

    I am a fan of both types. I have made granny squares as gifts and marvel over my late grandmothers ripple afghans. I would consider making both.

  • Kim

    No question about it – I’ve always and likely always will, love the Granny Square afghan.

  • Zoe

    I prefer granny afghans but only know how to do ripple afghans (knitted). Someday soon I’d like to learn granny squares. My grandmother left a beautiful granny afghan that was meant to come to me. I’m saddened that it didn’t but always love my Nonna for imbuing me with the love of color and craft that now sustains me in my later years — largely because of the beauty of that granny afghan.

  • rita in alaska

    have been making granny ‘ghans and ripples in all their variations for sixty years — but gotta love the mile-a-minute for crocheting a quickie!

  • Mary Anne S.

    Ripple afghan is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’ve only made one but it was beauuutiful!

  • http://LionBrandNotebook Nanette

    I perfer the Granny. I have never had luck with the ripple but I will keep trying. I am a teach myself crochet, and would love to have more time and money to do it more often.

  • Wendylf

    I love granny squares and have used the traditional style small square or make large ones that keep going out from the center. I think I prefer granny square projects instead of ripple.

    Recently I made my first ripple stitch project…it was fun and I’ll try it again.

  • Heather

    Granny Square, definetely!!

  • Peggy in Utah

    I’ve done both a Granny Square afghan and a couple of knit Ripple afghans. I have received compliments on both and think they are both great afghans.
    My Granny Square afghan is more of a keepsake item, because I used up all my deceased Mother’s yarn that she left to me, and the square that she crocheted is the corner stone block. I am fortunate that I came from several generations of knitters and crocheters.

  • Marie S.

    I like to crochet them equally as well, but of these two afghans I prefer the granny. It is more rich and colorful. I think if the ripple were in the same colors as the granny, I would like it equally.

  • Janet

    I love the ripple, the high’s and the lows. the way you can weave another color thru the loops to give it another layer.

    I just love it.

  • Melissa

    Although I do love granny squares. By far, my favorite is the ripple. Both of the afghans you have posted here are beautiful. :)

  • Kathy Hebert

    Ripple person!

  • Katharina Mills

    I am definitely a granny square person. I love colours and selecting the ones for an afghan is a fun process. I find my inspiration for colour combinations in magazines and it has led me to name my afghans, like “The Thanksgiving Table” or “Hyacinth” or “Be My Valentine”. In addition, my son has had a blast playing with the multitude of squares.

  • Sue

    I am motif person because I take most of my projects with me and it is easier to take yarn for a square and the finished ones are not bulky and easily managed in an office . So I guess it would be granny square person.

  • Cathy

    A Ripple person…Knit or crocheted….Grannies require that I SEW or crochet all the squares together and I guess I just too lazy for that…but I do love the result of others who do make them.

  • Chris Little

    I prefer Granny Squares. My grandmother and I use to crochet them together. She taught me crochet making the Granny Square. To this day, it is my favorite, and I just found an easy way to tuck in your tails when you change colors. You begin your first stitch with a LONG tail and cut off to change color with a LONG tail. Then take a plastic large eye canvas needle and just weave in the long piece until it is pretty well tucked under and cut off the extra and it will stay PERFECT!!!! I just adore the Granny Square and I look forward to teaching my daughter when she is old enough to learn. The ripple afghan stitch is more challenging for me because you have to count in order to get the ripple to take shape. My ripple always seems to get warped somewhere in the middle and turns into a mess, but, as with crochet, the challenges are what keep our interest and continue to grow the love of the art. Happy crocheting everyone!!!

  • Helen Ann

    I love the Ripple – always use one variegated yarn and match the other colors to it. I also like to vary the width of the stripes and make the afghans double width so you can really wrap yourself in it. Grannies are nice, but I also have a problem getting them put together after construction. With the ripple, it is altogether when you are done. I have taught my granddaughter to knit and crochet and have taught several other friends to do the ripple. They have all created many beautiful hand made items.

  • DeAnn

    I’m a knit person…I used to love to crochet, but it hurts my hands…so I would go for a Knit feather/fan pattern in lieu of the ripple…and a granny knit lace pattern in for the traditional granny square. Personally I do not like the granny square as a blanket…too many ends to secure. Makes a great trivet though.
    I also prefer to knit with cotton or animal fiber as opposed to acrylic.

  • Nadine

    I am currently making one big very colorful granny square as a blanket. I like how it will cover, but not too much (we live in Arizona and it gets warm around here at times. Its nice, I like it – it was also my first try at granny stitch – however not my favorite.

    Because I don’t like assembling and enjoy something that covers a little more I say ripple.

  • gardienne

    BOTH! Does that make me weird? 😉

  • Mary Grace McNamara

    My grandmother used to make both and my mother made a few granny square afghans. I have done both myself. For the process of making, I prefer granny square because it provides lots of opportunity for creativity. For using, I prefer ripple because it doesn’t have holes and makes a cozier blanket. I have made a more solid granny type blanket that has worked out well which you can see here:
    I like it for a baby blanket because tiny fingers and toes won’t get stuck in it as in a traditional granny square afghan.

  • Donna

    I’m a Granny Square gal, always have been, always will be ever since I made my first pair of hot pants way back in 1971!!!

  • Cathy

    Most decidedly a ripple person, they look amazing, and they don’t look as traditional as a granny square.

  • Patty

    I love them both, but I find ripple easier than granny–I still can’t manage a granny square! Maybe I need remedial lessons in granny squares. I love the colors and patterns one can incorporate into a granny square afghan, but the ripple is pleasing, too, so I enjoy them both. When do those remedial classes start?