March 25, 2016

Make it // Granny Square Blanket

Pick your colour combo and make this easy, fun and colourful Granny Square blanket. This is the perfect project for beginners as you can pace yourself at one square at a time, then join them together to make the blanket in any size you like.
How To Make A Granny Square Blanket

 

Some time ago I had a hankering to make some granny squares after seeing some great ideas out in the wonderful world of the internet. I found some great colours in my local store, all in 4ply merino and started planning.

I wanted all the squares to be variations on the colour theme, all similar but the idea was that it wouldn’t look too regimented in the end – my initial ideas page (right) had already shown me that following an orderly pattern wasn’t going to work for me. If you need help finding colours for your blanket, you can get started with some ideas here.

I started experimenting with the colour combinations that I had planned and soon found a few that really appealed. The main colours I wanted to focus on where the reds and pinks, but that I would join all of the squares together with ivory.

Start crocheting!

I’ve used a very straight forward, traditional granny square, with 4 rounds and then finished off by slip stitching around the edges with Ivory, which I later used to join up the squares. 

If you haven’t planned ahead, once you have a few squares, you can work out how many you’ll need for your desired blanked size. Each of my squares were about 8.5cm square and I made a baby blanket, 8 squares across and 12 long. 

I find it helpful to bundle my like squares to keep them organised, and help keep track of how many I’ve made already – otherwise I’m capable of creating quite a mess!

A tutorial for easy, modern and colourful granny squares that can be joined together to create an heirloom blanket. From Sarita Creative.
Play around with the layout of your squares to create a fairly even colour distribution – for me this was lots of red and pink with blue and green dotted throughout.
Again, once you’re happy with the layout, I find it helps to tie your squares into bundles to keep everything organised. I’ve bundled mine into rows, that can then be joined together.

Once each of the rows have been joined, you can go ahead and join your rows together to complete your blanket.

I use slip stitch to do this – it creates a little ridge of ivory betweeneach square, which I really like – it somehow manages to unify, yet break up the various colours used – perfect!

Once I’d joined everything together, I also slip stitched around the edge of the entire blanket, to keep this consistent with the joined pieces.

I’m really pleased with how this came out! Let me know how you get on with yours – I’d love to see what colour combo you choose!

 

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