If you love granny squares, maybe you’ve thought about crocheting giant granny squares rather than following a crochet blanket pattern. For some reason, it’s just easier to wrap your mind around crochet granny squares when you’re planning projects. They’re not that intimidating, and usually very pretty! Three cheers for granny squares.
Fans of the Great G.S. will flip out when you see when this wonderful crocheter has done. Stephen Duneier, aka Yarn Bomber, has set the Guinness World Record for the largest granny square ever! The granny square measures 1,311 square feet, weighs over 60 pounds, and has over a half million stitches. It uses 30 miles of Red Heart Super Saver yarn and it took nine hours to lay out to measure and over two years to make.
Stephen made a name for himself by logging well over 1,000 miles a year in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California. With the permission of the US Forest Service, Stephen uses large scale fiber art installations – involving nearly 700 contributing fiber artists from 41 countries and all 50 US states- to draw people of all ages back to nature.
While on a business trip in New York, Stephen had the idea of making larger squares for a yarnbombing project he was working on. He was on the hunt for Red Heart Super Saver and found a store in Harlem that was open until 10pm. He walked 50 blocks after a business dinner to stock up on as much yarn as he could carry. He didn’t know at the time, but that was the beginning of the largest granny square.
“I crocheted just one square the rest of the trip, adding skein after skein. When I arrived home, I submitted an application to the Guinness World Records to create a new category, but it was rejected. I didn’t give up though and appealed its decision and it decided to allow the new category of Largest Crocheted Square, but set a minimum size of 32’ 9” square, that gave me a target.” – Stephen Duneier, Yarn Bomber
Realizing the amount of yarn that was needed, Stephen reached out to Red Heart to ask if they would sponsor his efforts – and they said yes. He used Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo, an acrylic yarn that is durable, comes in lots of colors, and has 744 yards in one skein. .
Thanks for the inspiration, Stephen! Let’s all get together and snuggle in this thing.
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