Granny Square Blanket - Free crochet pattern

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Date: August 1981

I've been looking through old photo albums this week - and found this August 1981 photo (on the left) of my favorite granny square blanket. I made it for my new double bed - which the blanket covers in the photo.

In 1990-1991, I wanted to make a king-size version of this blanket using a different set of colors for our bed, but I didn't have the pattern anymore (Mom may have it in her collection of pattern books). I ended up re-creating the pattern by studying the old blanket. I'm not a pro at writing out crochet patterns so I don't know all the do's and don'ts, but here is the pattern described as I know how to describe it.

Granny Square Blanket

The blue square pictured above is one of the squares I made for the king-size blanket. It has 3 coordinated colors (light blue, cream, medium blue). The border color is navy blue.

Colors

Each square has 3 coordinated colors of your choosing. You can have as many combinations of colors as you desire.

By choosing 3 colors for each square, you can have 6 color combinations for each set of 3 colors, as follows:

123
132
213
231
312
321

You don't have to mix the colors around like that, however. Do whatever your heart desires.

In addition, there is a single "border"color different from all the other colors used as the last row of each square - this row visually ties all the squares together. You can choose to make the outer row a 4th coordinated color for each square, if desired.

Size

The size of each square is determined by the size of the crochet hook, how tightly or loosely you hold the yarn, and type of yarn you're using (heavy, thick yarn or light-weight yarn, etc.). In other words, as long as you use the same crochet hook, hold the yarn in the same way as you make each square, and use the same type of yarn for each color, the squares should be about the same size.

Make one square, measure it, then determine how many squares you need to make to get the blanket the size you want it.

Planning the Types and Number of Squares

The really fun (and sometimes frustrating) part should be done before you do anything else: Planning the layout of the blanket.

You'll need to know how many squares in width and length you need. Multiply those numbers and you'll get the total number of squares needed. Make a chart on paper with that many squares. Create a legend (aka key) of each color combination you plan to use (example: BRG = blue/red/green, BGR = blue/green/red, RGB = red/green/blue, etc.)

Now, decide whether you want rows of similar colors. Or whether you want a traditional mixed-color pattern in which no 2 squares of the same color are next to each other, either adjacent or diagonally. Or whatever pattern you want to make.

Lay it all out in the chart. Where will each color combination be in the blanket? How many do you need of each color combination?

Type of Yarn

I bought all the yarn 10 years ago, so I'm not up-to-date on the types of yarn available now. I used 3-ounce (85-gram) skeins of 4-ply knitting worsted type yarn, 100% super spun acrylic fiber. Not light-weight, not heavy-weight.

Use whatever type of yarn you want to, but each color should be the same type of yarn.

Hook Size

I used a G crochet hook. It's perfect for the type of yarn I used. If your yarn is heavy, you'll want a larger hook. If your yarn is thin, you'll want a smaller hook.

The Pattern

Color 1

Row 1 - 8 ch; join (16 sc in chain ring)

Cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in sc, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook in same sc, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 3 loops

Row 2 - 3 ch; cluster in same sc; 3 ch; skip 1 sc; * cluster in sc; 3 ch; skip 1 sc; *; repeat between * 6 times; 3 ch; join in top of first cluster (8 clusters)

Row 3 - 3 ch; 4 dc in chain loop; 3 ch; * 5 dc in next chain loop; 3 ch; repeat from *; join in top of 3-ch stitch; tie off

Color 2

Row 4 - join in chain loop; 2 ch; 3 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; 4 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3 dc; 3 ch; * in next chain loop, 4 dc, 3 ch, 4 dc; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3 dc; repeat from *; 3 ch; join in top of 2-ch stitch (results in 4 corners and 4 sides)

Row 5 - 2 ch; 3 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; 4 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3dc; 1 dc in top of next 3 stitches; 3 dc in chain loop; 3 ch; * in corner chain loop, 4 dc, 3 ch, 4 dc; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3 dc; 1 dc in top of next 3 stitches; 3 dc in chain loop; 3 ch; repeat from *; join in top of 2-ch stitch; tie off

Color 3

Row 6 - 2 ch; 3 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; 4 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3dc; 1 dc in top of next 9 stitches; 3 dc in chain loop; 3 ch; * in corner chain loop, 4 dc, 3 ch, 4 dc; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3 dc; 1 dc in top of next 9 stitches; 3 dc in chain loop; 3 ch; repeat from *; join in top of 2-ch stitch; tie off

Color 4 - Border Row

Row 7 - 2 ch; 3 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; 4 dc in same chain loop; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3dc; 1 dc in top of next 15 stitches; 3 dc in chain loop; 3 ch; * in corner chain loop, 4 dc, 3 ch, 4 dc; 3 ch; in next chain loop, 3 dc; 1 dc in top of next 15 stitches; 3 dc in chain loop; 3 ch; repeat from *; join in top of 2-ch stitch; tie off

Hide all ends after you finish each square (you don't really want to hide the ends after all squares are done!).

Putting the Blanket Together

Using the chart you created before you made all the squares, connect squares into the longest rows first, then connect the rows together. There are a variety of ways to connect squares together. You can use a yarn needle and whip-stitch the squares together. Or, you can crochet them together using a slip stitch (this is what I did). Some more time-consuming and fun methods of crocheting the squares together can create a braided pattern (I don't have directions for these).

Happy crocheting!

16 Comments

YOU do wonderful work, I am just beginning, looking to make an all in one granny square blanket that is easy, can not seem to find one. I have mastered the ripple baby blanket, that is as far as my crochet lessons have taken me. Enjoyed your web site, will visit again. Cher

Thank you, Sharon! I crocheted for many years before taking a 10-year break and am so very glad I picked it up again 2 years ago! It's a very relaxing pasttime. There are only a few crochet stitches to learn - after that, it's all about combining those basic stitches in different ways by following patterns. The main thing I've come to realize is that it's supposed to be FUN and to relax and enjoy the process rather than rushing through a project.

I would like to know what size of a granny square for a baby blanket for a stroller blanket
Could a 32 inch square be okay

Thank you Gladys

Hi, Gladys - Hmmm, I haven't touched a stroller in almost 25 years! A search via Google indicates that stroller-size blankets can be anywhere from 24x36 to 30x40. So, it looks like the size of a square (vs. rectangular) blanket could be 30x30.
-Cheryl

i been crochet about a year now and i,m leaner how to do diffent one and its a little hard for me but when i get a the hang on it i can do it . i love to crochet. it a relaxeing for me . i,m in my bedroom do crocheting all the time so you can i love it . my family love the blankets that make and my childens and my grandsons. thank-you so much for helping me . candy

Hi, Candy - I glad you enjoy crocheting and find it relaxing! It is fun to crochet for friends and family - and yourself too!
-Cheryl

Hi, your pattern looks very nice on the granny squaress. However, my printer is not doing so well so is there anyway you can email your granny square pattern. I hope to exchange many patterns and I hope to start a craft newsletter is that something you might be interested in.
Thanks
Taresa Minton
taresaminton@yahoo.com

My mother is looking for a pattern. A ripple pattern with granny square inserted. Like 6 rows of ripple and then row of granny squares making about 6 more rows. Have you ever heard of or seen this? Thanks Laresa

Hi, Laresa - I have searched Google and haven't found a pattern combining granny squares and ripples. However, I know it can be done!

If you've crocheted a ripple afghan, you know it goes up and down (hills and valleys). Picture granny squares laid out point to point (instead of side to side). The edges of the granny squares form hills and valleys - just like a ripple. The hills and valley of a ripple can be filled with granny squares (whipped stitched to the ripple hills and valleys) and then the ripple continued on the other side of the granny squares.

I am looking for a granny square ripple pattern. Do you happen to have one?

Hi, Vicki - No, I don't have one. Here's a free pattern, but there's no picture:
http://www.angelfire.com/oh/crochethook/patts/granny.html

If you've crocheted a ripple afghan, you know it goes up and down (hills and valleys). Picture granny squares laid out point to point (instead of side to side). The edges of the granny squares form hills and valleys - just like a ripple. The hills and valley of a ripple can be filled with granny squares (whipped stitched to the ripple hills and valleys) and then the ripple continued on the other side of the granny squares.

I am looking for a pattern to make an all-in-one granny square blanket, do you know where I could get one?

Hi, Cheryl - Do you mean a blanket that is just one big granny square? If so, you can add rows to any granny square pattern to make it.

Cheryl,
I have a pattern for an all in one granny square blanket. It is one of those "free instruction sheets" from Lion Brand Yarn. If you go to their website... www.lionbrand.com and look for the free pattern section, it is the Granny Treasures Afghan" pattern. You will have to sign up to print the pattern, but it is free.

Linda

Hi , I am new to crocheting granny squares, my question is how do I make the back of my square look as good as my front? I am using two different colors and the back looks messy. I do weave ends in but still doesn't look right. Thanks Geri,,,,,

Hi, Geri - I haven't checked email in a while so this is a very late response. The back won't look as good as the front. It can look close, but not the same. It looks better when the yarn ends are weaved into the same color as the yarn. That's difficult to do with variegated yarn and small sections of color, but you do what you can to make the front look great. The back is less important.

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

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