Crochet Granny Squares Blanket
When my sister moved into her new house I wanted to make a house warming gift that was both personal and suited to her new abode; a lovely 1920’s property. So I got crafty and with crochet hook in hand designed a blanket in a period style with the help of a great book ‘200 Crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afgans’ by Jan Eaton.
Now, I’m a fan of a period home so this was right up my street!
First Things First, Think Squares
This book really is very inspiring and provides plenty of choice! I decided to choose three granny square patterns:
Granny In The Middle
A simple granny square which you can choose to design your own colour-way!
For the yarn I used Drops Karisma wool in the shades:
The easiest way I found to plan my blanket was to draw out a design on paper first. By doing this I was able to get an idea of how many of each square’s design I needed.
Pinning the squares to a block and steaming gently with an iron, allowing to dry overnight, made a huge difference to the shape and was well worth the effort. The yarn that I used is 100% wool, so the room did smell like a wet sheep was staying over while the yarn was damp 😉
Joining The Squares
I love the ridge a double crochet stitch gives when you use it to join squares together. Therefore I decided to join all of the squares together with a double crochet using the green wool. It’s a quick stitch and gives a lovely tactile effect.
Scallop All The Way
To finish off the blanket I did two rounds of a double crochet stitch all the way around the outside of the blanket in the green wool and two in silver pink.
Next, using the light oak, I crocheted a scalloped edge following pattern #139 from the book ‘Around The Corner – Crochet Borders ‘ By Edie Eckman.
If you don’t have this book, Hopeful Honey has a great, simple tutorial for a scallop border here.
And so, with a final few ends to tuck in the blanket was complete! I really loved it and my sister loves it too. It was a labour of love and one that I really enjoyed doing. I thoroughly recommend the granny squares book, it is ideal for inspiration! What’s great about granny squares is that you can pick them up at any time and create and design a very unique and personal blanket.
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This blanket is gorgeous! I use to crochet, but it’s been years. I would love to take it up again maybe once the kids start school this fall. My oldest is in pre-k 3 days a week now, but in the fall, she will be in kindergarten full time and my youngest will start pre-k a couple days a week. Should have some time freed up then. I will definitely save this for future reference!
oh what wonderful ages! But yes, I can imagine they keep you very busy! Crocheting is very relaxing isn’t it, a lovely way to switch off the mind I find. I’m glad you like the blanket!