The Perfect Granny Square Blanket

I love a good granny square.

And a granny square blanket is about as perfect as it gets.

The Perfect Granny Square Blanket

The Perfect Granny Square Blanket

I think a bit of it has to do with my childhood. Traveling to my Great Grandmothers house and seeing the acrylic 1970s colors (that orange, yellow, green, and brown mix) hanging on the back of the couch.

I long for those lost afghans.

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Such Luscious Wool!

So this winter, while enjoying this cold snap, I thought we could work up one of those perfect granny square blankets. I used one of my favorite yarns, Lettlopi, a relatively inexpensive worsted weight Icelandic Wool. It comes in nearly 50 colors and is just scrumptious. Icelandic wool is lighter, warmer, and more water resistant that other wools and that makes sure it will last lots longer!

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Close up of Stitch Pattern

THE PERFECT GRANNY SQUARE BLANKET

THE MATERIALS

Size J (6.0mm) Crochet Hook

Lettlopi Worsted Weight Yarn in the following colors and quantities:

MC – 10 Skeins (1009 yds) White
CC1 – 5 Skeins (545 yds) Crimson Red
CC2 – 5 Skeins (545 yds) Navy Blue

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Approximately 72-inches x 72-inches

GAUGE

Gauge is not essential.

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING UP

With US J 6.0mm crochet hook and CC1, Ch 4; join into a ring with a sl st.

Rnd 1: Ch 5 (3dc, ch 2) 3 times into ring, 2 dc in ring, join with a sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch 5.

Slip stitch from the end of the round until you reach the ch1 space at a corner.  Continue with the next round.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, work corner (2 dc, ch1, 3 dc) into the same stitch, work remaining corners: *ch1, skip over the 3 dc from the previous round, (3 dc, ch1, 3 dc) into the same stitch; repeat from * two more times, ch1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Slip stitch from the end of the round until you reach the ch1 space at a corner.  Continue with the next round.

Rnd 3: Ch 3,  (2 dc, ch1, 3 dc) into the same stitch, work remaining sides as follows: * ch1, skip next 3dc group, 3 dc, ch1**; rep from * to ** until next corner, work corner (3 dc, ch1, 3 dc); repeat three more times, ch1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Rep Round 3 for pattern. Taking care to slip stitch from the end of the round until you each the ch 1 space at a corner.

Chase loves to model!

Chase loves to model!

When I say ‘Rep Round 3′ for pattern I am saying to just continue the last round until the afghan is the size that you want. As the afghan grows you will find that looking at the pattern is pretty irrelevant! It is super easy! The following is how I put my own spin on the afghans by choosing colors! The stripe pattern is totally up to you. Use my pattern as a guide or go crazy and choose your own!

STRIPE PATTERN

To get the stripe pattern that is similar to mine complete as follows:

24 rounds CC1
2 rounds MC2 rounds CC2
15 rounds MC
2 rounds CC2

So that’s it! That’s all you need to know! :-) What colors will you use? How many will you make? I think I might go ahead an start working on a four color southwestern inspired blanket! How cool would that be?!

Make sure you share this post with your friends!

Rohn

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4 thoughts on “The Perfect Granny Square Blanket

  1. I love a granny square. It has been around for over 100 years and is not going to disappear any time soon. People still love receiving a granny blanket as a gift and I have sold blankets to people in Paris and London. We are only limited by our imagination, or lack of. I love your work.

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