Granny squares are the first crochet motif that many of us learn to make. They’re made entirely of double crochets, so you can focus on the construction and not worry about what stitch is next.
And because you begin in the center with just a few chains, it’s more manageable than a long row of them. Once you understand how and when the corners are made, it’s fun and easy to start playing with color and layout.
For the Colorblock Stripes Blanket, we chose 6 colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater: 5 contrast colors and 1 main color. There are five squares of each contrast color. Every square is finished with a round of the main color, which is also used for the final border.
We arranged the colors in rows instead of staggering them for a more modern look. Even in rows you can play with their order. We went formal – blues on one side, greens on the other, and yellow in the middle.
The result is fresh and playful. Perfect for a baby – of any age!
SQUARES AND STRIPES BLANKET
One size, 29 inches square.
Spud & Chloe Sweater, 2 skeins of ice cream (main color), 1 skein each of turtle, grass, firefly, splash and waterslide (contrast colors).
Size G hook
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch
ch 1 sp chain 1 space
ch 2 sp chain 2 space
Work over ends whenever possible to make finishing easier.
Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch3, 2 dc in ring. Ch2, *3dc in ring, ch3. Repeat from * 2 times more. Ch2, sl st in top of ch3.
Round 2: Sl st in the first 2 dc’s and in the first ch 2 lp. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Work the following 3 times (Ch1, work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp.) Ch1, join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Round 3: Sl st in the first 2 dc’s and in the first ch2 sp. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Ch1, work 3 dc in next ch1 sp. Ch1. Work the following 3 times (Work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch1-sp. Ch1.) Join with sl st to top of ch3.
Round 4: rep round 3.
Make 5 motifs with each color. Rounds 1-3 are made with the contrast color, round 4 is made in the main color.
Using the main color, attach motifs of the same color into strips by holding right sides together and slip stitching through outermost loop on each piece. Then attach strips in the same manner.
With the main color, join yarn in a corner and work 3 rounds of single crochet.
Fasten off and weave in ends.