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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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  • Charlene

    I really like both. Both are very beautiful. It sure is time consuming to put all those squares together though!

  • Gena Whitaker

    I just learned to crochet, however, I learned so that I could make grannie square throws for my friends and family. I love them and have loved them since my great aunt made one for my grandma years ago. They are beautifully traditional, but can be made funky with different colors. I can’t wait to make my first one this year!

  • T2

    To reply to Sunshine “Not to get off topic,has anyone tried knitting a ripple afghan?” the answer is yes! I’ve knit one and found it wonderfully easy since after a few repeats I could just read my fabric rather than refering to the pattern.

    In crochet I’m all about the squares. I love the geomtric nature of them and their seemingly infinite variety.

  • Abby

    I prefer to crochet in the round and I hate working a long foundation chain, so I like granny squares — especially an afghan made from one giant square. I do love the feel and look of the ripple afghan. I recently discovered a way to work ripples in the round, though — the afghan comes out looking like a spider web, or a multi-pointed star (the one I’m making has 12 points) — so I think that is my new favorite. It combines the best of both worlds!

  • Kellie

    The very first homemade afgan I recieved was from my older sister. It sits in my closet because it is falling apart. It is a ripple pattern. I am partial.

  • Lorene VanBuren

    I’m a ripple person all the way! Maybe because the grandmother I bonded with as a young child crocheted quite a few of the ripple afghans. But also because I hate sewing seams and just cannot imagine creating a large stack of square which must be sewn together. I do make granny squares, but primarily to get the feel of a yarn or fill up some time when I don’t have a larger project going. One of my current projects is a lap robe made from a single square, it just keeps getting larger and changing colors.

  • butterflyshirls

    I prefer any afghan worked in pieces, because I need my projects to be portable. I take my projects just about EVERYWHERE–I’ve even worked on an afghan while fishing, and during a rock concert!

  • granjudy

    I’d like to do a granny to get some help in joining the motifs. My seams are never neat, whether sewn or crocheted. I agree with your comments about the rich color & texture possibilities available depending on the yarns used.

  • Erin

    I have never made a granny square afghan, but I think I would like to try. I have made a big granny square throw, but I’m just not sure about putting the squares together. I just love the crocheting part of the project that having to whip stitch it together would slow me down and stop my rhythm. I also don’t like how the whip stitch looks and I’m afraid it’ll come out. I guess I haven’t done it right. Anyway, because of my experience, I would have to say the RIPPLE is my favorite.

  • Christie

    GRANNIES!!!! Of every shape and size. I love them square, round, triangular… traditional and funky. They’re portable, don’t require those darn Foundation Chains of Eternity and can be made into anything with any color scheme.
    And I love the analogy of Jamie #24- about being “centered” in granny or “back-roads” in ripple. Too funny! Actually, I’d say I go around in circles for as much as I drive my kids around… and always end up home. 😉

  • Geo

    Grannies all the way.

  • Julie B

    Definitely ripples!!! Grannies are pretty, yes, but to me they take WAY too much time to make and put together (I’ve yet to finish one!!).

  • mrs putty

    I have never done a ripple and don’t really like the look. I prefer making strips (them sewing together) or another solid. I always have 2 projects on the go, one a granny because they are so portable and forgiving over time, if you run out of a colour or if your own tightness/looseness change you can accomodate with a granny better.

  • Lynn Wolfe

    I have made both and think they are both lovely but prefer grannies! So much can be done with a granny square to make each afghan different and personal. I don’t mind sewing all those squares together so grannies are for me!

  • Patty

    I began crocheting with Granny Squares when I was around 8 or 9. I still do them occasionally and really like the look and style, but much prefer the look of a ripple afagahn these days. Although Grannies are great for working on at work during lunch, in the summer when it’s too hot for a full afaghan on your lap or when traveling.

  • Darlene Thole

    Hello to Everyone, I have taken that Plain Old Ripple Afghan Pattern and gave it Color, Texture, Personality and Depth. It’s so NEW it has Never Been Sold In Stores and I had it Copyrighted in May 2007. Make any size, form a Baby to a Calif King, use any kind of yarn from baby yarn, 4 ply acrylic or try Home Spun by Lions Brand it’s Absolutely Gorgeous. My Pattern is titled;
    “Darlene’s Southwest Ripple Afghan”

  • Darlene Thole

    If your interested in viewing my Pattern;

    Darlene’s Southwest Ripple Afghan Pattern.

    E-mail me at


  • Sheila

    I like ripples better. Grannies are a little to open for my taste, stitch wise. I just finished a bright yellow, orange and off white ripple for a church member who has cancer. I made it lapghan size.

  • Samanta

    I love both!!!! And it is in my next projects.

  • Darlene H.

    I made my first ripple several years ago and gave it away to may daughter. I made it large enough to be a bedspread on a king size bed.

    I have never attempted a granny square because there are so many variations on color and schemes that I have never been able to decide. I think I have a pattern somewhere that instructs you how to attach a square as you are finishing the last row which either cuts down or eliminates the sewing problem altogether.

    My favorite is the granny. I would like to try a two color granny, alternating a natural with a blue color just using two blocks for simplicity. The first block would have the first row in natural & the remaining last 5 rows of the sq. block would be in blue. The second block would be reversed. When sewed together the blocks are alternated. I have a picture of this afghan and I find the simplicity very beautiful.

    My most favorite granny pattern I saw on television while watching TV. It had only four rows in the block. The first two rows were made of contrasting bright colors and the last two rows were black. There would be a lot of sewing involved in this project because the block are smaller than the traditional, that is why I have not started it but one day I will.

    I would like to use Vanna’s Espresso instead of Black.

  • Jess

    I love the ripple! I’m not fond of the way the granny squares look. I do like the look of the newer grannies where it’s one continuous square. Plus then you don’t have to sew anything together. So…ripple is definitely my favorite.

  • Kathy G.

    I’ve made at least 3 ripples – 0 granny squares. I think I’m intimidated by all the strings the grannies would have to sew in and also sewing them together.

  • Sharon455

    I have also been intimidated by the grannies, but someday I hope to overcome my anxiety. I’ve made several ripples in various colors. I like the short, soft ripple styles. I’ve also never had much luck with the Mile-a-Minute patterns.

    I’m currently working on a “block” afghan I found on this website. The blocks are crocheted in strips and then joined. I’m so nervous about making a mistake with the join that it’s been sitting in the office for 2 months! I’m going to try another block pattern soon, but I’m playing with the idea of actually changing colors as I go so I never have to join. Wish me luck and not too many strands of color across my living room floor:)

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  • Julie Phillips

    I sure wish that I could make one. I LOVE the granny squares.


  • Rita

    I taught myself to knit and crochet over 40 years ago. I prefer to crochet, for me it is faster, than knitting. I love both the granny and ripple, but if I had to choose, the ripple would win. I like the versatility of the granny square, but hate sewing or crocheting together, once the ripple is finished, it done.

  • JoAnn Pennington

    The first thing I ever crocheted was a baby afghan in ripple. I still do the same pattern and I love it. I wish I could do granny squares, but I can never get them the same size.

  • Jennifer

    Wow, that’s a toughie! I LOVE the look of the ripple afghans and own a few, but find myself making Grannies quite often, I like them both!

  • Dawn

    I love the ripple because I love making baby blankets and its great to have the colors blend in a ripple- the granny square is still nice though I still remember my granny square vest we learned to make in home economics

  • Brenda Bronstein

    I do the Granny squares. I love figuring out color schemes and patterns. They are also a good take-along project and make great wedding presents.

  • Rhonda

    Since my grandmother taught me how to do granny squares and I have several of her granny square afghans, I would have to say I’m a granny square gal.

  • Jean

    Hello Friends;

    I love to crochet and love to make both kinds and the ripples one has the colours I like to work with. However, I do make the ripple ones for families who have suffered a loss of their home to fire.Now that this topic suffered I remember having a pattern for a ripplt using squares in the pattern as well. That would be great for those of us who like to make both……hmmmmmmmmm.Thanks for asking.

    Hugs Jean

  • Judy

    I am an old-fashioned girl so I prefer the granny square to the ripple. I will agree that it is wonderful to have nothing to assemble when you make a ripple afghan but I am never as pleasesd with the result as I am with one composed of granny squares. I admit that I am a yarn addict and I want to try EVERY pattern at least once.

  • Sara Roberts

    I much perfer the ripple, however some advanced granny squares are fun.

  • Pita Girl

    I like the ripple better, but the granny squares are great when you just want to do something small. My grany squares usually end up in something other than an afghan.

  • Anne

    Has to be Ripple for me because I don’t mind weaving in a few ends but to sew squares together is so tedious for me that I have never finished a granny square ANYTHING.
    My favorite hat is a felted earflap with dreds that I made as a joke 4 yrs ago and I LOVE IT. But for working in the barn I like a beret because it doesn’t slide over my face when I have to bend over for long periods like for working on horse feet. Also can pull it over my ears if it is bitter cold outside.

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  • Rebecca

    I love the ripple the best, the no-increase pattern. Have to make another one shortly to get rid of lots of left over yarn. Yippee. The ripple is very warm too.

  • Joan Henn

    I like both. It all depends on my color choices
    and amount of yarn required.

  • Evanda

    I like either, I’ll take both.

  • Marcia

    I absolutely love the granny square, I guess because I grew up with it. Also for the possibilities of color being endless when you work with a granny square. It is also a great way to use up small amounts of yarn left over from other projects. I am working on a granny motif for a baby blanket at the moment. I just wish there were a neater way to crochet the squares together rather then sew them together.

  • Mary Lee

    I have one of each made by my grandmother in the 1930s/40s. Stylistically I prefer the ripple, but I wouldn’t part with either of them.

  • Robin

    I like both. But I prefer the ripple.

  • Inga

    from a style point of view, I love a granny. I especially love the colors in the one pictured. But I know from experience that I will make squares that will sit in a bag in the closet until my mom gets bored enough to join them all. The only thing I enjoy less than joining motifs is weaving in yarn ends. LOL

  • Kelleen

    I love the look of ripple, but I can’t stand granny squares. I don’t know why, I just have never liked them.

  • Idelle

    Ripple-type altho it may not always be in a rigid ripple design (ex. waves, lacy-type

  • SharonAK

    I love them both. With granny’s, however, I think you can be more creative with color, and with all the different join-as-you-go techniques putting them together at the end isn’t an issue. I also love all the different granny type motif’s that are out there now. I’m trying them all! I especially like the triangle and hexagon motifs. So many variations…!!
    (Clusters, popcorn & puff stitches make them fun, too!) I’ve made several ripple afghans. I like that there are more variations in the ripple pattern now, too…double crochet patterns do go more quickly than single crochet designs.
    I’ve crocheted for 50 years and love that crocheting is “coming back” and with it lots of new variations!

  • Donna

    Definately a granny. Maybe because it is what I learned first and then because I really do not like to count.

  • J. Westlund

    I prefer the “granny”. Guess I like geometric over wavy. Love grannies that are worked with tonal colors but the multi-colored one are fun too.

  • Angel

    Ripples for me. :-) I’ve never made one (crochet is difficult for me) but my Grandma made them all the time. Plus they remind me of the ocean — the movement of the waves. I guess the knit equivalent would be the feather and fan pattern? :-)