Free Pattern Friday – Basic Granny Square Blanket

It’s back to basics with this weeks Free Pattern Friday – today I will be showing you how to make your own Basic Granny Square Blanket!

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I reckon everyone that’s ever crocheted has encountered the loyal Granny Square at some point. It’s such a versatile and widely made piece of crocheting that it’s really hard to avoid, especially when learning to crochet as it is a great beginners pattern. These blankets can be made in absolutely any size you require – from a tiny 10 x 10 inch piece to use as a lovely, to a 108 x 108 inch massive square for a king size blanket, or even larger!

I have personally made many Granny Square blankets over the years, from one massive square to lots of mini squares joined together. There are countless tutorials online on how to make granny squares and granny square blankets, but in this basic tutorial I will show you my way of making a blanket with one single massive square, including a fancy wavey boarder.

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There are virtually hundreds of colour pattern choices for these blankets – you can make them all one colour, 2 colour stripes, multiple thickness stripes with dozens of colours – it’s totally up to you! For the purposes of this tutorial I have changed colours every round, but I will give directions on what to do if you would like to continue in the same colour for the round.

So here it is – the Basic Granny Square Blanket!


You Will Need

  • Crochet Hook – 4mm [G]
  • DK/Light Worsted Weight Yarn in 3 colours (C01, C02, C03)
  • Yarn/Embroidery Needle

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain Stitch
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • SlSt – Slip Stitch
  • St/Sts – Stitch/Stitches
  • Sp/Sps – Space/Spaces
  • ** – Marks a group of stitches to be repeated

Gauge

  • No specific gauge, just keep your stitches nice and tight to avoid big, baggy gaps in your work

Finished Size

  • Make your blanket as big or small as you like! The sky’s the limit!

Notes

  • This pattern is written in US terms
  • Pattern is worked in the round, unless otherwise stated
  • The number at the end of each round is the number of stitches you should now have

Blanket Body

Ch 4, Join with a SlSt to beginning Ch

 

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Round 1

Round 1

Ch 3 (counts as 1st Dc now and throughout pattern), Dc 2, Ch 2 *Dc 3, Ch 2* x 3 (all within the starting ring) Join with a SlSt to beginning Ch 3 (12 Dc, 4 x Ch2 Sps)

To begin the next round either:

  • Bind off and cut the first rounds yarn. Attach a new colour yarn with a SlSt to any of the Ch 2 corner Sps

or

  • SlSt into each Dc over to the next Ch2 corner Sp, and finally into the corner Sp itself. This will bring your working yarn into the centre of the corner for the start of the next round
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Round 2

Round 2

Ch 3, Dc 2, Ch 2, Dc 3 into starting corner Sp. Ch 1. *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into next corner Ch 2 Sp, Ch 1* x 3. Join with a SlSt to beginning Ch 3 (24 Dc, 4 x Ch2 Sps, 4 x Ch1 Sps)

To begin the next round either:

  • Bind off and cut the first rounds yarn. Attach a new colour yarn with a SlSt to any of the Ch 2 corner Sps

or

  • SlSt into each Dc over to the next Ch2 corner Sp, and finally into the corner Sp itself. This will bring your working yarn into the centre of the corner for the start of the next round
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Round 3

Round 3

Ch 3, Dc 2, Ch 2, Dc 3 into starting corner Sp. Ch 1. Dc 3, into Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1. *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 into corner Sp, Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1* x 3. Join with a SlSt to beginning Ch 3 (36 Dc, 4 x Ch2 Sps, 8 x Ch1 Sps

To begin the next round either:

  • Bind off and cut the first rounds yarn. Attach a new colour yarn with a SlSt to any of the Ch 2 corner Sps

or

  • SlSt into each Dc over to the next Ch2 corner Sp, and finally into the corner Sp itself. This will bring your working yarn into the centre of the corner for the start of the next round
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Round 4

Round 4

Ch 3, Dc 2, Ch 2, Dc 3 into starting corner Sp, Ch 1. Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1 *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 in corner Sp.  Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1* x 3. Join with a SlSt to beginning Ch 3 (48 Dc, 4 x Ch2 Sps, 12 x Ch1 Sps

To begin the next round either:

  • Bind off and cut the first rounds yarn. Attach a new colour yarn with a SlSt to any of the Ch 2 corner Sps

or

  • SlSt into each Dc over to the next Ch2 corner Sp, and finally into the corner Sp itself. This will bring your working yarn into the centre of the corner for the start of the next round
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Round 5

Round 5

SlSt over to the next corner Sp. Ch 3, Dc 2, Ch 2, Dc 3 into starting corner Sp, Ch 1. Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, Dc 3into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1 *Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3 in corner Sp.  Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, Dc 3 into next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1* x 3. Join with a SlSt to beginning Ch 3 (60 Dc, 4 x Ch2 Sps, 16 x Ch1 Sps

To begin the next round either:

  • Bind off and cut the first rounds yarn. Attach a new colour yarn with a SlSt to any of the Ch 2 corner Sps

or

  • SlSt into each Dc over to the next Ch2 corner Sp, and finally into the corner Sp itself. This will bring your working yarn into the centre of the corner for the start of the next round

Continue in this pattern until you have the size blanket you require. As a rough guide; using Dk yarn and a 4mm hook I usually make a baby blanket of 40” x 40” in 47 rounds, plus one round for the boarder 🙂


 

Boarder

There are countless ways to finish your blanket, from simple stitches to something a little more fancy. This boarder is a simple Dc wavy pattern I like to use on my baby blanket

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Wavy Boarder

(Again, make sure you are in one of the 4 corner Sps to start)

  1. Ch 3, Dc. Ch 3, Dc 2 all into starting corner Sp. *[Dc 2, Ch 2, Dc 2] all in next Ch 1 Sp* repeat across the whole length of the blanket to the next corner Sp. *[Dc 2, Ch 3, Dc 2] into corner Sp, *[Dc 2, Ch 2, Dc 2] into next Ch 1 Sp* * Repeat around blanket. Join with a SlSt to the beginning Ch 3.

*Bind Off, Weave In Tails*

You’re Done!


 

Although this is a very simple, beginners guide to making a granny square blanket, I hope some people found it useful! And again, if you have any questions, tips, corrections on the pattern or requests please feel free to comment below or on my Contact page, above, and I will be happy to help you <3

Thanks again, and Happy Crocheting!

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