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Unlock your creative potential with this one crochet blanket granny square design!
Granny squares may be blanket squares but they can be used in so many projects; bags, blankets, garments, table runners, hats, cowls and scarves, wall hangings and so much more.
Granny squares have been around almost as long as crocheting has. Until fairly recently granny squares were seen as old-fashioned and made in the iconic 70s style i.e. simple granny stitch in rounds.
You know what I mean? This famous afghan from the TV show ‘Roseanne’ is a great example of a traditional granny square blanket …
As beautiful as this afghan is (and it really is!) granny squares have come on so much in recent years. Anything goes as long as the project is square. You can work it in the round, side to side, corner to corner. You can use a variety of stitches to create some simply stunning textures.
In fact, today granny square and ‘blanket’ or ‘afghan square’ tend to be used interchangeably by crocheters. Rightly or wrongly ….
Because I have not used the granny stitch anywhere in my design, I will refer to my Melange Square as a crochet blanket square.
Inspiration behind this crochet blanket square
My Melange crochet blanket square was originally designed as part of the Melange Blanket CAL organised by Marie from Underground Crafter in 2023. Each Friday throughout the year a new 6″ square is released by a different designer. So of course, I signed up!
If you have followed me for a while you will know that I love my square blanket cals. I have hosted several over the last couple of years myself:
If you love blanket CALs and haven’t seen these yet I would highly recommend you check them out. The bundles are also still available for all of these CALs.
When I sat down to design this blanket square I had no notion of what I was going to do.
That is quite unusual for me. So I just let my crochet hook do the talking and decided that a que será será attitude would see me through.
And boy, do I think it did! I love this square so much that I have a big project I am planning for later in the year, or early next year, based off of it. My testers for this Melange Square are also poised ready to take on the bigger challenge too which is a real testament to this design. Check out their versions of this stunning blanket square….
Construction of the Melange Blanket Square
My Melange Blanket Square is worked flat and in the round from the centre out.
It is crocheted in one piece but you can easily add pops of colour to your squares. In fact this is what makes this project a great stash or scrap buster!
You can do so much with this square just by changing colours.
And at only 6″ in width, it works up quickly.
You can use any #4 weight yarn and 6mm hook for this crochet blanket square pattern.
I used Paintbox Simply Aran for several reasons:
- I had it in my stash – I did mention that this is a great stash busting project
- I love to use this yarn – it has great stitch definition but also has warmth and a ‘squidgy’ element to it
- Paintbox Simply Aran washes well and will last for years without any special care requirements (always a bonus!)
- It is fairly easy for me to get hold of here in the UK.
- It is 100% acrylic and has 201 yards per 100g skein. It can also be machine washed, tumble dryer and cool ironed!!
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The pattern specifics:
Materials you will need for your crochet blanket square:
|· #4 weight yarn of your choosing – you will need approx. 30 yards|
· 6mm hook
· Stitch markers (optional)
· Tapestry needle
|My gauge was 7 DC sts and 4 rows per 2” |
I give you measurements that your square should be at the end of each row.
My square is 6” wide and 6” tall.
· MR – Magic Ring
· HDC – half double crochet
· DC – Double crochet
· BS – bean stitch
· SS – slip stitch
· YO—yarn over
· FO—fasten off
|· Written in US terms.|
· Ch stitches at the beginning of each row counts as a st unless otherwise stated.
· Everything within the [ ] are worked into the SAME stitch.
Modified Bean Stitch:
Insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, *YO, insert hook into same st, YO and pull through. Rep from * 2 more times. YO and pull through all 8 loops on hook, CH1.
Note: The Ch1 does not count as a stitch!!
The Written Instructions for this crochet blanket square:
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Round 1 – In MR DC 6. SS to top of first DC to join. (6)
CH3, SS to first ch to join, in center of circle just made Ch3 (counts as a dc),
work 5dc into same space. SS to top of starting ch3 to join. (6)
Round 2 – CH3 (counts) DC in same st, 2DC in each st around.
SS to top of CH3 to join. (12 DC)
Your work will be 1.5” at this point.
Round 3 – Turn, CH3 (counts) *BS in each of the next 2 sts [DC, CH2, DC] in next st.
Rep from * twice more,
BS in next 2 sts, [DC, CH2] in last st (this will be the same st that you worked your starting CH3),
SS to top of CH3 to join. (8BS, 8DC, 4 CH2 spaces)
Your square will be 2.5” wide at this point.
Round 4 – For this row remember that the CH1 of the BS from the previous row DOES NOT count as a st)
Turn, SS the CH2 space. [CH3 (counts), DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH2 space. *Sk the next st, DC in the next st, working behind the DC just made, DC in skipped st, sk next st, DC in next st, working behind dc just made DC in skipped st, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH 2 space.
Rep from * twice more.
Sk the next st, DC in next st, working behind the DC just made DC in skipped st, Sk the next st, DC in next st, working behind the DC just made DC in skipped st.
SS to top of CH3 to join. (8 XDC, 16 DC, 4 CH2 spaces)
Your work will be 3.25” wide
Round 5 – SS into each st across until your reach the CH2 space [CH3, DC, CH2, 2DC] in Ch2 sp, DC in next 8 sts. *[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in Ch2 sp, DC in next 8 sts. Rep from * twice more. [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in Ch2 sp, DC in last 6 sts.
SS to top of Ch3 to join. (48DC, 4 CH2 spaces)
Your square will be 4” wide now
Round 6 – SS into each st across until your reach Ch2 space, [CH3, DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH2 space, *sk the next st, DC in the next st, working behind the DC just made, DC in skipped st Rep from * 5 more times.
**[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH2 space, *DC in the next st, working behind the DC just made, DC in skipped st Rep from * 5 more times.
Rep from ** twice more.
SS to top of Ch3 to join. (64 DC, 4 CH2 sps)
Round 7 – CH2 (counts as a HDC), HDC in next st, *[2HDC, CH2, 2HDC] in Ch2 space, HDC in next 16 sts, Rep from * twice more. [2HDC, CH2, 2HDC] in last CH2 sp, HDC in last 14 sts. SS to join. (80 HDC, 4 CH2 sps)
Your square will now be 6”
FO and weave in ends.
Don’t forget to tag me in your Melange crochet blanket square makes!