Here is something I have been working on lately: my first ever granny square blanket! This is a long-term project I am working on in my spare time, and it is a personal project for myself. I've been working on this blanket off and on since March, trying to use up some of my MASSIVE stash of acrylic yarns. It's so much fun working on! I work on a couple of squares here and there, and just finally started stitching some of them together today, so I can get a view on how many more I need to make. I might just keep adding more and more squares until my stash is gone, which will make an ENORMOUS blanket. Not sure if my attention span can handle that long-term of a project though, haha.
Here's a photo of how I'm stitching them together. It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to connect them, either with adding a border to each square in either ivory or black, or just stitching them straight together and adding a border to the outside after it's all done. I decided to choose the latter, and am now stitching them together with black yarn. Not the neatest look, but I like stuff that's imperfect and quirky so it fits my style.
I'll keep you all updated as it's coming along, and hopefully I'll take some better quality photos of it soon.
I'll be posting a free pattern for the motif I'm using below. It's a very basic, simple, beginner-friendly motif and great for using up all those lovely scraps you have as it uses such a small amount of yarn. Enjoy!
- Yarn in Many Colors
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle for Ends and Stitching Together
Color Pattern- You can alternate colors each row, or have them the same color or in a pattern. A cool idea if you have the right scraps would be to do an ombre effect with yarns of the same shade, either with the lightest in the middle to the darkest on the outside, or the other way around. Different combinations of colors give a different look. I kept mine crazy and random with all different colors and no pattern to them except that I tried to keep the darkest color on the outside row, and lighter colors inside.
Starting from the center with first color (Row 1)-
Ch-6, join round with sl st
Ch-3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc in center of circle
*Ch-3, 3dc in center of circle*
Rep from * to * two more times so there are 4 clusters of 3-dc [shown in green in the photo above]
Fasten off, Start new color in one of the ch-3 spaces with a sl st. (If you are sticking with the same color, you can sl st over to the next ch-3 space and start there instead, so there are less ends to weave in)
(Row 2) Shown in silver in the photo above-
After joining yarn to the corner space,
*Ch-3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc in the same corner space, Ch-3, 3dc in same corner space, Ch-1*
Repeat in the next corner space and each around (4 corners)
After last corner is done, sl st to connect the 4th corner and 1st corner and finish the row.
Fasten off and start new color in one of the corner spaces with a sl st. Or if you're using the same color, just sl st over to the next available corner.
(Row 3) Shown in red in photo above-
After joining yarn to the corner space,
*Ch-3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc in the corner space, Ch-3, 3dc in same corner space, Ch-1, 3dc in the space between the two corners (the ch-1 space from prev row), Ch-1*
Repeat around and sl st to start of row to finish off. Weave in ends.
Now, make as many as you want, in whatever colors you like, and stitch them together to make a wonderful blanket, scarf, or other granny square creation!
To stitch them together, I work on the back sides (wrong side) of the squares, and connect them together in the back loop of the edges only, this gives a 3D effect on the front of the blanket so the squares sit up a bit from the piece, and it also hides the sewing better. Take a look at my picture above showing them stitched together to see more detail.
Amanda J. French
Fiber artist from Louisville, KY. Professionally, I spend my days spinning one of a kind yarns from wool and recycled fibers, and weaving with them. Other hobbies include; yoga, fitness, painting, studying languages, and knitting.