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Tips and Ideas on How to Crochet a Baby or Granny Blanket

By Edited Jan 5, 2016 0 2

Start with a crochet square

Create small squares or one large square

Crochet Granny blankets have been around for hundreds of years and making one of these is an easy way to learn this great craft of crochet.  If you are thinking of learning how to crochet, then starting with squares is a great way to go, especially for children.  In the beginning, children will lose interest if the project is too tedious or large. So start them off with small squares.

Granny blankets started as a way to use up all the odd pieces of wool left over from other knitting and crochet garments.  By making small squares, it was ideal to prevent wastage of wool.

We call them squares, although you can crochet in oblongs, zigzags and round circles in the same way. Some make oblong ones, and then make a heap of smaller squares and stitch these around the edges to create a different effect. Whichever way you make yours, when buying wools choose a variety of beautiful bright colours. 

Yes, I know I said you can make these from left over wools but when doing a large square, you will find one ball of wool will only do two or three rows. My main worry was making sure that I had enough wool to finish each row especially the last row, as I dreaded having to undo it on the home run.

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How to crochet a square blanket

 

Crochet Crafts:How to use left over wool
Things you need

  • Crochet Hook No 4
  • Lots of wool, I used 8 ply if you use 4 ply then adjust size of hook
  • Sewing Needle to sew in the wool ends
  • Scissors

Instructions

Form a loop

Chain 6 stitches, Slip st to form a circle.

Row 2 Ch. 3, (the chain stitches act as first dc). 2 dc, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch from foundation loop

Row 3, Work 3 sl sts (2 sl sts with the old color, and join the new color in the third) so that your crochet hook is adjacent to the space formed by the next set of chain sts. Ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 2, (3 dc in next space ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 2) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round.

Row 4, Work 3 sl sts (2 sl sts with the old color, and join the new color in the third) so that your crochet hook is adjacent to the space formed by the closest set of chain sts. Ch 3, 2 dc in space ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 2, (3 dc in next space, ch 2, 3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 2) 3 times, 3 dc in next space, ch 2, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round.

Continue as before except now you have to do more 3dc and 2 ch in between the corners of your square, until you reach the required size of your Granny blanket.  Have fun and enjoy making these.

Spare wool for repairs

When making these blankets for gifts, enclose extra pieces of each colored wool for repairing in years to come.

Crochet Crafts:Supply Extra wool for Repairs to Granny Blanket

Crochet or Knit squares for charity

If you enjoy crochet and knitting, then why not make many of these squares and give them to the Red Cross or donate them to any charity.  This will keep you active and help people in need to keep warm next winter.

How to crochet a triangle

Start by forming a loop

Chain 4, join with slipstitch to form a ring

Row 1 (Work into centre ring)

Chain 6 (these count as 1 tr and 3 ch for corner space)

Form 3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr, join with sl st to 3rd chain of initial ch-6. Fasten off

Crochet crafts:First row of a triangle

Row 2 (Work in chain spaces)

Pull new colour loop through the first chain space corner from previous round.

Chain 6 (same as row 1)

In 1st corner space  3 tr,1 ch

In 2nd corner space 3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr,1 ch

In 3rd corner space 3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr,1 ch

In 1st corner space 2 tr, join with sl st to 3rd chain of beginning 6 ch  Fasten off 

Crochet crafts:Second Row of Crochet Triangle

Row 3 (Work in chain spaces)

Pull new colour loop through the first corner chain space from previous round.

Chain 6 (counts as 1 tr + 3 ch corner space)

In 1st corner space  3 tr,1 ch

In next chain space 3tr, ch-1 (this is a side cluster)

In next corner space 3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr,1 ch

In next chain space 3tr, ch-1

In next corner space 3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr,1 ch

In next chain space 3tr, 1 ch

In 1st corner space 2 tr , join with sl st to 3rd chain of initial ch-6. Fasten off

Crochet Crafts:Third row of crochet triangle

Continue in this manner until you reach required size.  You can make them in a variety of colours or one of each colour and then stitch all together in whichever pattern you wish to create. You can also make triangles with embroidered letters in the centre then join these together to form a banner, to say Happy Birthday or even Merry Christmas.  You can create anything by using your imagination.

Remember to stitch all the loose ends into your triangle so they are no longer visible.

Joining wools - In my opinion the quality of wools have dropped. Some of the skeins I have bought have as many of 4 joins (with a knot) in them.  I do not believe this is fair.  Sometimes I split the ends and roll them together other times I break the knot, then work them in and sew into square. 

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Comments

Dec 29, 2013 9:41pm
Magdaleine
Beautiful pattern of blanket, thanks for the tips and idea.
Dec 29, 2013 9:59pm
shar-On
Thanks Magdaleine, you should give these a try. They will keep you warm on a winter night.
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