Coral and Gray Granny Squares

I think I mentioned a while back that I've gotten into crochet again, and I've been wanting to do some granny squares for a while now. I tried a couple of times with different yarn combos, but I didn't love any of them. Then, a couple of weeks ago, we were at Goodwill (I know I say this all the time, but treasure hunting at secondhand stores is one of my favorite activities...you can find such great stuff for so cheap) and I scored a couple skeins of a mystery coral colored yarn that I knew would go perfectly with some gray Cascade yarn I already had. Two coral colored skeins of yarn

I found a couple more skeins (after hunting around for a while) that still had a label, and it told me that this is Fleisher's Win-Sport. I can't find any information on it, but I'm guessing it's from the 1970s, and I kind of love that the label advertises that it's both "easy care" and "mothproof" - I've never actually seen that on yarn label but no moths seems like a good thing, right?

It was thinner than the gray yarn I wanted to use, so I doubled up and cast on for a sunburst granny square pattern. I was totally in love with how it looked from the very beginning, and I'm only loving it more as I make more squares:

Coral and gray granny squares

My pretty little stack is growing at a pretty nice rate, and I'm almost tempted to keep them that way...

Coral and gray granny squares in a stack

Coral and gray granny squares in a pile

...but I already have about 14 made, so I figured I should probably start make something out of them. Right now I'm thinking I'll aim for 36 or so to make a nice little baby blankie.

The question of how to join them has been giving me a bit of trouble, but I think I've nearly settled on the flat braid join.

Four oral and gray granny squares

I tried a few other ones, and this is the only one that I really liked, but I do think I'll size down one needle size when I join them permanently (I read something a while ago that recommended trying that for a cleaner finish). If anyone has any other joining suggestions or techniques they like, though, please send them my way!

Close up of coral and gray granny squares