Saturday, June 2, 2012

Color Combo Generator for granny squares

Have you notice a little star * up there on the right? Right, I'm talking about this program our dad has made for my granny square blanket.

So here is the story behind it: 

    I knew I wanted to make a colorful crocheted blanket, I knew granny squares were my style, I knew which colors to pick, but I had another type of problem. How should I combine the colors in order to have the same amount of each color across the blanket?

It could be solved in a practical way, by estimating approximately how many times I could start with the same color....but an accurate solution was needed for my case of perfectionism. I asked some friends (like my friend Vicky, who is good at maths) and everyone said that there should be a mathematical formula for that kind of problem. It had to be found! At the time I was thinking that there must be, other crocheters like me, around the globe, that had to deal with the same problem, that didn't wish to solve it in a practical "wait and see" method. But I couldn't find anything on the internet about it.

My dad had the solution, he would make a program for me!!!

    Sunburst granny square was the pattern I chose, it has 3 places for colors (and white yarn around it) and I bought 6 different shades of yarn colors. So he made it on my standards. I printed the results and carried the printed paper along with my yarns and hook around, crossing out every color combo that was done.

So far, I've made all the possible combinations and some more (the ones I liked most) but right now my project is in a hibernated mode. Weaving in ends and connecting the granny squares isn't as fun as crocheting them. But I've promised to my fiancé that I will finish it up before we move in together.
Wish me luck!

     You can use the program,

to generate the possible color combos, by choosing the number of  different colors you'll use (from 3 to +), for 3 places on your granny square. For now, there are only 6 colors available, the ones I've used: pink, yellow, green, blue, magenta and red, but in the future we promise to add several other color options (my job is to photograph some yarn texture). When the program is finished, we will put up a proper page name for it.
Till then it's just the star page.
     Feel free to use the Color Combo Generator if you'll need it in your project, and tell me what you think about it! Or if you have any cool stories, don't hesitate to share them! Thanks for reading

big kiss


  1. I would love an update on this program. I don't really understand how to use it currently but I'm in the same predicament that you were! Thanks!

    1. I have my dad working on it! He is planning to publish a new edition, with more colors and choices, and maybe a "print" button. Good luck with your blanket, how is it going?

      oh and happy new year!

  2. Thanks for creating this for making it available for free...



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