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.

44 Comments to “Hi, my name is Undecided.”

  1. I do like the shape and I love the neck line…but I think MAYBE if it was done in one color it MIGHT be ok, but the way the picture is ….it’s horrible.

  2. 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?

  3. I think it could work in one colour or possibly even in a unified colour scheme.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. That wouldn’t be bad if it was all in one color, maybe.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. The Stepford Wife stare is a bit scary too.

  10. Its the model. She looks like a Stepford wife.

  11. Crawl? Just looking at it is making me itch!

  12. 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?


  13. 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.

  14. 8yo son walks up, conversation ensues:
    son: “Ug-a-ly!”
    me: “You don’t like that sweater?”
    son: “THAT’S a sweater? Yuck!”

  15. 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?

  16. I love this also (although different colors). Where did you find it?

  17. maybe if it were two colors in a subtle shade it would be alright…. but it looks like someone threw up on her.

  18. 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!

  19. 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. 🙂

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!!)

  23. uh… great grammar above that would be “you’re” (not your or you)

  24. This lady in this shirt would have been a perfect addition to the movie 1408. Just scary.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. O.M.G. I think I remember this from back in the day.
    I’m old, k?

  33. 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.

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

    Print the pattern now!

  35. 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.

  36. Update:

    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.)

    • 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.

  37. 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.

  38. I actually love it. (Minus the colors….)

    Care to share the pattern shource?

  39. 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!!!

  40. 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.

  41. 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,

  42. 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)

  43. It looks as though there is a target over the heart. Not good…

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