Granny Square Baby Blanket

Monday, January 19, 2015

I recently made this baby blanket for a friend's new bundle of joy. Her new baby boy's nursery was decorated in green and gray, so I thought a traditional granny square pattern featuring those colors along with some white would make a lovely blanket for the dapper young fellow. Turns out I was right. :-)


This could not have been simpler to make and it's easy to adjust for any size and colors that you want.



This particular blanket is 33 1/2 inches square, which can be used as a baby blanket, but then also as a toddler size blanket as the baby grows bigger (and that happens very quickly - I speak from experience). To recreate this blanket, you'll need the following:

Materials
Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in Kelly Green, True Grey, and White (about 2 skeins of each color)
I crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Note
dc cluster = 3 dc into the same stitch

Instructions
Round 1: Using your first color, ch 3. 2 dc into the first ch, ch 1. *dc cluster into the same stitch, ch 1* 3 times. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch. (4 dc clusters and 4 ch 1 spaces)

Round 2: Sl st in the next two stitches and into ch 1 space. Ch 2, 2 dc into the same ch 1 space. Ch 1, dc cluster into the same ch 1 space. *dc cluster, ch 1, dc cluster in the next ch 1 space* around. Sl st to the top of the first ch 2. (8 dc clusters and 4 ch 1 spaces)

Round 3: Sl st in the next two stitches and into the ch 1 space. Ch 2, 2 dc into the same ch 1 space. Ch 1, dc cluster into the same ch 1 space. Dc cluster into the space between the clusters on the previous round. *dc cluster, ch 1, dc cluster in the next ch 1 space. dc cluster into the space between the clusters on the previous row* around. Sl st to the top of the first ch 2. (12 dc clusters and 4 ch 1 spaces)

Continue with this pattern for all remaining rounds. Work two double crochet clusters into each corner, with a ch 1 in between them. Work 1 dc cluster into each space between the clusters in the previous round. 

When it’s time to change colors, cut your first color and weave ends. Join your second color in any of the ch 1 spaces. Continue the same pattern with the next color.

Border
Round 1: Using the same color as the final round of clusters from previous round, hdc around the entire blanket working 3 hdc into each corner stitch. Cut yarn and weave ends. 
Round 2: To create picot edging, join white yarn using a slip stitch  *sc in the next five stitches, ch 3, hdc in the first chain* around. (Note: If you would like to have a picot in each corner, you may need to sc more or fewer stitches between picots as you approach the corners.)

For the blanket shown, the color pattern I used was:
6 rounds of Kelly Green
2 rounds of White
2 rounds of True Grey
2 rounds of Kelley Green
2 rounds of White
2 rounds of True Grey
2 rounds of Kelley Green
2 rounds of White
2 rounds of True Grey
2 rounds of Kelley Green
2 rounds of White
2 rounds of True Grey
2 rounds of Kelley Green
1 round of Kelley Green (hdc border round)
1 round of White (picot edging round)





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