Free Pattern Friday: Lots Of Love Lapghan

When I first joined WordPress one of the first blogs I found was Granny Squares Of Love. I loved their message of crocheting for people in need, and really wanted to get involved. So this week I have written a pattern for a simple lapghan/baby blanket – the finished product of which I will be sending to GSOL.

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Lots Of Love Lapghan

The guidelines for donation granny squares on the GSOL webpage states an 8” square, which includes a 1” white boarder, in preferably Worsted Weight yarn. WW is very difficult to get over here in England, but I was super lucky to have received a swap package from my fab friend Jill of OnePinkHippo. Jill had kindly sent me 4 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Soft Green, Soft Pink, Persimmon and Blackberry, so the only colour I needed to find was white to do the boarders, which I found for a reasonable price over on Wool Warehouse (my favourite site EVER!).

Armed with my newly acquired yarns, I set about making the blanket. I wanted to write a pattern that included the instructions to make the actual 8” blocks, so that if others wanted to just do them instead of making the whole blanket, they could. I ended up making my blanket 4 blocks tall by 4 blocks wide, and had just enough of all the yarns Jill had sent me – phew! I made 4 blocks of each of the 4 colours, and scattered them on the diagonal for a jaunty finish 😛

All in all I think it only took me about 2-3 days to make, on and off. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and am excited to be able to share the pattern with you here!

So without further-a-do, here is the pattern for my Lots Of Love Lapghan <3


Lots Of Love Lapghan

You Will Need

  • Crochet Hook (5mm – US H)
  • 5 different colours of yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft WW in White [approx. 200g], Soft Pink [approx. 140g], Soft Green [approx. 140g), Blackberry [approx. 140g] and Persimmon [approx. 140g]
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Stitches Used 

All my patterns are written in US terms

  • Ch – Chain Stitch
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • SlSt – Slip Stitch
  • * * & [ ]- Indicates a set of stitches to be repeated

Gauge

No gauge really – just use the hook size that corresponds with your weight of yarn 🙂

Finished Size

My blanket turned out to be 37” x 37”, using medium WW and a 5mm hook. Each individual square block measures 8” x 8”, including the white boarder.


Individual Blocks

Make 16 blocks – 4 x Main Colour 1, 4 x Main Colour 2, 4 x Main Colour 3, 4 x Main Colour 4. Keep the white yarn for the boarders.

In a Main Colour

Ch 5, Slst into 1st Ch to form a ring

1. Ch 3 (counts as 1st Dc now and throughout pattern), Dc 2 into loop, Ch 2. *Dc 3, Ch 2* into loop x 3. SlSt into top of beginning Ch 3 to join (12 Dc, 4 x Ch 2 Sps)

2.

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A

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B

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C

Ch 5 (counts as 1st Dc and Ch 2 now and though out pattern) {Pic A above}, *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 in corner Sp. Ch 2 * x 3. Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 2 into final corner Sp, SlSt into the loop created by the beginning Ch 5 to join {Pic B above} (24 Dc, 8 x Ch 2 Sps) {Pic C above}

3.

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D

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E

Ch 3, Dc 2 into first Ch 2 Sp. {Pic D above} Ch 2. Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into corner Sp, Ch 2. *Dc 3 into Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2. Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into corner Sp. Ch 2* x 3. Ch 2, SlSt to top of beginning Ch 3 to join {Pic E above} (36 Dc, 12 x Ch 2 Sps)

4.

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F

Ch 5, Dc 3 in next Ch 2 Sp. {Pic F above} Ch 2 *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into corner Sp, [Ch 2. Dc 3, Ch 2] x 2*  x 3. Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into final corner Sp, Ch 2. Dc 2, SlSt into loop made from beginning Ch 5 (48 Dc, 16 x Ch 2 Sps)

5. Ch 3, Dc 2, Ch 2 into cost Ch 2 Sp. Dc 3, Ch 2 into next Ch 2 Sp. *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into corner Sp, Ch 2. [Dc 3, Ch 2] x 3* x 3. Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into final corner Sp, Ch 2. Dc 3 in last Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2 and SlSt to the top of the beginning Ch 3 to join (60 Dc, 20 Ch 2 Sps)

6. Ch 5, Dc 3, Ch 2 in next Ch 2 Sp. *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into corner Sp, [Ch 2. Dc 3, Ch 2] x 4*  x 3. Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into final corner Sp, Ch 2. Dc 3 into Ch 2 Sp. Ch 2, Dc 2, SlSt into loop made from beginning Ch 5 (48 Dc, 16 x Ch 2 Sps)

*Bind Off, Weave In Tails*

Finish all but the very first block here, you will be adding the white boarder when you join the squares together. For the very first square, continue…

Boarder (In White) *DO THIS ON THE 1ST BLOCK ONLY!*

Attach White yarn to any corner Ch 2 Sp with a SlSt.

  1. Ch 3. Dc, Ch 2, Dc 2 into corner Sp. Dc in each Dc and twice into each Ch 2 Sp across to the opposite corner. In the corner *Dc 2, Ch 2, Dc 2*. Repeat this all the way round the square until you reach your beginning Ch 3, and join with a SlSt (128 Dc, 4 x Ch 2 Sps)

*Bind Off, Weave In Ends*

Joining Your Squares

There are lots of different methods to joining granny squares, but I like to use  Oana’s Join As You Go Method – it is really simple and gives a really nice, professional finish. When you watch the video you will see why you make the white boarder on the 1st block only 🙂

Blanket Chunky Boarder

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Attach Main Colour 1 to any Ch 2 corner Sp with a SlSt.

1. Ch 2, HDC 1, Ch 2, HDC 2 into same corner Sp. *HDC in the top of each Dc and twice in each Ch 2 Sp across to the next corner. In the next corner, [HDC 2, Ch 2, HDC 2].* Repeate around until you reach your beginning Ch 2, and join with a SlSt. Bind Off, Weave In Ends.

Attach White to any Ch 2 corner Sp with a SlSt.

2. Ch 2, HDC 1, Ch 2, HDC 2 into same corner Sp. *HDC in the top of each Dc and twice in each Ch 2 Sp across to the next corner. In the next corner, [HDC 2, Ch 2, HDC 2].* Repeat around until you reach your beginning Ch 2, and join with a SlSt. Bind Off, Weave In Ends.

3-7. Repeat Round 2 in this order: Main Colour 2, White, Main Colour 3, White, Main Colour 4.

Attach White to and Ch 2 corner Sp with a SlSt.

8. Ch 1, Sc 2 in corner Sp. *Sc in each HDC across to next corner. In next corner, Sc 3.* Repeat until you have Sc’ed around the whole blanket.

*Bind Off, Weave In Ends*

And you’re done!

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I really hope you enjoyed making your own Lots Of Love Lapghan, whether it be for personal use or for GSOL!

If you find any mistakes or faults in the pattern, or have any tips or questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a message below and I will answer your query as soon as possible 🙂

Have a lovely weekend! And Happy Crocheting!


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4 Comments

  1. Thank you so very much for the shout out to my website and for reaching out to help us. God bless you!

  2. Wow, that was quick! And it looks great! Glad you like the yarn, and that the colors worked together perfectly!

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