Well here it is in all its glory, the nannny granny is finished at last. I have to say I've really enjoyed this project, not sure why this has been more fun to do than other granny squares, but it has.
I think maybe joining the squares as you go is a big part, all that sewing up at the end of a usual blanket is a real faff, especially deciding on the positions of everything. Because all I had to do is weave in the ends with this one it seemed to be tidied up much more quickly.
As I mentioned previously, the inspiration was the bedspread in the first Nanny McPhee film, a more muted affair than the usual garish colours associated with grannies.
Believe me, my colours are also muted, but the sunshine on the day I took the photos bleached out a lot of the paler ones, making them look a lot lighter than they actually are.
There are 208 squares in this one, and I used over forty different shades of DK yarn and a 4.5mm hook. It's a great stash buster, but I did buy a couple of colours in as I didn't have them in stock.
I was going to do a stripey, fancy border, but when I'd done just the first round we all thought it looked good. So I left it at that.
I did mention giving some links to other sites where people had been making similar things. These are all ones where they quote Nanny McPhee as inspiration, as there are countless granny blankets/throws/afghans out there (and on Flickr).
So, you could always take a look here , here, here , here or maybe here. A couple of these I'd seen before I started and most I've found since. They're all different in the colours that have been chosen, but share the same inspiration.
This last picture was taken inside in a little more shade, and gives a slightly better impression of the colours.
Anyway, I love it, but it's destined to leave home with the eldest as she (hopefully, fingers crossed for results) goes off to university later this year. So, I think I'll just make another for use as a cover up in the living room. MrH is a bit miffed it's not staying as he really likes it as well!
Oh, and if you're not sure of how to do the round middles, I've found a good tutorial here. It's not quite the same as mine but the instructions are very clear and there are lots of pictures. Same goes here, which has a tutorial for the bog standard granny square. (Which I suspect may take a little less time and yarn.)