Quadrant Blanket

by Craig on February 13, 2010

There’s a lot to like about granny squares. The ever-increasing rounds of double crochet groupings have a beautiful order and symmetry. They’re incredibly versatile – use them for pillows, blankets, bags, vests, skirts. Dozens of small granny squares of one or varying size can be joined; one gigantic granny square can make a bed-sized afghan. And granny squares are the perfect canvas for color play whether carefully planned or completely spontaneous.

A few weeks ago I had the urge to crochet. I went to the Blue Sky Dyed Cotton yarn and starting laying different colors on the table. I didn’t really have anything in mind but as I put colors in and took colors out, the palette and the project came together. The result is a blanket called Quadrant.

Quadrant is a great pattern for new crocheters. You’ll practice making double crochets, changing colors, and making and joining granny squares. And because it’s worsted weight yarn and a size H hook, you can see what you’re doing and the project moves along swiftly.

Blue Sky Dyed Cotton comes in so many beautiful colors, you can create countless combinations. Use brights or pastels for a baby gift; choose muted neutrals or naturals for a house warming gift. Or just pick your favorite colors and keep it on the sofa to throw on your lap when you’re reading, crocheting, or knitting. Quadrant can easily be made bigger, too, just by adding more squares.

Since I hope new crocheters will try this pattern, I wrote out every step. This makes a long pattern that may seem intimidating, but it’s all just one stitch at a time. I hope you’ll give it a go!

QUADRANT

SIZE
approx 31 by 31 inches

MATERIALS
Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton yarn; 1 hank each of: Shell – #606 (A), Raspberry – #637 (B), Honeydew – #602 (C), Pickle – #633 (D), Lemonade – #608 (E), Cumin – #605 (F), Sky – #616 (G), Jasper – #636 (H) and Thistle – #603 (J).

Size H (5.00 mm) hook

GAUGE
19 dc = 4 inches

PATTERN

Square 1
Base chain
With Color A, Ch 4, join with a sl st.

Round 1
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc into ring, *ch 2, 3 dc into ring; repeat from * twice more, ch 2, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 3
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 4
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 2x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 2x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 5
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 3x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 3x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 6
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 4x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 4x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 7
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 5x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 5x, sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Join Color B by bringing a loop through any corner ch sp.

Round 8
Ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 6x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 6x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 9
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 7x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 7x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 10
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 8x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 8x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 11
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 9x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 9x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 12
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 10x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 10x, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 13
Sl st into next 2 dc and next 2 ch sp, ch 3, 2 dc into ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into ch sp, * ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 11x, 3 dc into next ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch sp; repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 11x, sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Square 2
same as Square 1, beg with color C and end with color D

Square 3
same as Square 1, beg with color E and end with color F

Square 4
same as Square 1, beg with color G and end with color H

Join Squares
Hold Squares 1 and 2 together with right sides facing. Join Color J to corner and attach with slip stitches going through back loops only.

Attach Squares 3 and 4 together in the same manner. Attach Squares 1 and 2 to Squares 3 and 4.

Border
Join Color J to a corner.

Round 1
Ch 3, 2 dc in ch sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch sp, ( *ch 1, 3 dc in next chain space; repeat from * to next corner, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch sp) 3 times; *ch 1, 3 dc in next chain space; repeat from * to last corner, ch1 and join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2
Repeat round 1. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

I like to machine wash Blue Sky Dyed Cotton on gentle cycle in cold water. Then I machine dry it on low setting for about 5 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes on the no-heat setting. I remove it from the dryer and lay it flat until completely dry.

If you make Quadrant, send a picture. I’d love to see it!

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