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Quick & Lacy Blanket-Yarn Granny Blanket (Free Crochet Photo Tutorial)

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The soft, fluffy gorgeousness of blanket yarn is hard to ignore. Who wouldn’t want to crochet something snuggly and comfy with it – be it as a lap-blanket for chilly evenings or as a baby blanket for that special new arrival?

Well, when I was asked to crochet a blanket from this yarn by my friend as “payment” for her teaching me reiki (and as a blanket to cover her reiki clients during treatments), I was over the moon!

Until she told me that she wanted a very lacy stitch…

Erm… in my mind chunky yarn and lacy stitches didn’t really go together! But with the help of Pinterest for some inspiration to find out what she was looking for (large granny squares kept catching her eye) and some experimentation with stitch patterns I managed to come up with a very simple stitch pattern that not only made for a lacy design, it also worked up really fast! Oh, and she liked it too :P

I’ll admit that this is the very first blanket I’ve ever completed. It’s also only the second one I’ve ever attempted. Because they just take so loooooooooooong! And I’m an instant-gratification-type person with a butterfly-brain. I generally work on small projects.

But because this is worked in squares that actually only have 4 rounds each, and because the pattern is so easy to follow you can do it while watching TV, it came together really quickly (for me anyway lol). It also helped that I had a lot of motivation to do it – after all, it was a commission and a payment for something I really wanted to do, and the person I was making it for is one of my favourite people in the whole world!

So don’t let the size of the blanket fool you – it won’t take you long. I easily crocheted 4-5 squares in an evening and it only took 28 squares to make a blanket big enough to cover a person laying down!

Please remember that this pattern is for your personal use only. You may of course sell creations you make from it, but include the pattern link (or otherwise credit my work somewhere) and only ever share a LINK to this blog post and NOT the pattern itself, for copyright reasons. I know you know what it takes to make up a new pattern (even one as simple as this) so please respect my work and share the love appropriately. Thanks gorgeous 😉

P.S: This pattern is available as a low-cost PDF download for your convenience if you would like to print it out.

(The basic pattern is very simple if you know your basic stitches, so I recommend it as an EASY PATTERN.)

For this pattern you’ll need: (for a blanket of 28 squares totaling 32 x 56” or 81 x 142cm)

  • 800g super bulky blanket yarn (polyester) – the yarn my friend gave me was from Aldi’s So Crafty range, 100g = approx. 95m. Unfortunately, you can’t order Aldi’s yarn online – you just have to snap it up when you see it because once it’s gone, it’s gone by the looks of it. However James C Brett Butterfly yarn looks like the same thing for a very good price.

  • 6.5mm hook and yarn needle

Terms are in US crochet terminology. Terms used in this pattern:

  • CH: chain

  • MR: magic ring / circle

  • DC: double crochet

  • SL: slip stitch

  • S.st: same stitch

  • Sp: space

Special stitches used:

  • V: the v-stitch is worked by crocheting a DC, CH2, DC into the same stitch/space.

Tips For Working With Blanket Yarn:

Although the recommended size hook for this yarn is around 8mm, when I tried to crochet with my wooden 9mm hook, I found that not only were my stitches too loose and baggy, but also that the yarn really struggled to move fluidly around a wooden hook. It was very sticky and created far too much friction.

As luck would have it, the biggest aluminum hook I had was a 6.5mm, and not only was it much easier to crochet with, it tightened up the stitches nicely which really helped to enhance the lacy-appearance of the finished square.

So while it may seem very counter-intuitive to work with a smaller-than-recommended hook with such a fluffy and chunky yarn, give it a try before you decide to move up in hook size and see what you think. If you prefer a bigger hook, you’ll have bigger squares and a blanket that gets completed a little faster (Yay!) but you may not quite get the same lacy-look.

Tip: Leave a generous tail at the end of each square to eliminate so much tying-on when you come to sew them up together!

Alternative sizing:

This pattern makes up a single sized bed-covering or generous lap blanket. The squares measure approx. 10.5” or 27cm sq following this pattern. Check your guage as you go, you may want to go up or down a hook size depending on your natural tension habits.

If you wanted to make a baby blanket, I’d recommend crocheting smaller squares rather than fewer, as such big squares may look a bit OTT on a baby! 3 rounds would give you nice-sized squares and you’d probably only need about 20 for a 4x5 squares blanket.

If you wanted to make a blanket that would cover a double bed or larger, I’d recommend at least double the amount of yarn (or more depending on what size bed you are covering) and either crocheting bigger squares or sewing up the blanket in two sections to avoid it becoming unwieldy. In the picture right at the end of this tutorial you can see that this blanket is just enough to cover end-to-end half of my standard double bed; hopefully that helps you with working out your dimensions.

If you have any questions or issues about this pattern, please don’t hesitate to give me a shout at tam@coloursofyourtruth.com!

Let’s crochet!

Granny Sqaures:

R1) Into a MR, crochet: CH 1 and tighten well (we’ll be tightening the first CH of each starting chain so that it holds in place and creates the right height on each starting chain/stitch)

CH 4 more, then DC into MR. This is your fist V-stitch made. CH 3. This is your first corner.

Continue with: V (DC, CH 2, DC) into MR, CH 3, V into MR, CH 3, V into MR, CH 3. The SL to 3rd CH on starting chain. Pull the end to close the MR.

R2) Pull up the loop on your hook very slightly so that when you SL into the centre of CH 2 sp you will not distort the V-shape. SL, CH 1 and tighten well.

CH 2 (1st DC). Into the corner space work: V, CH3, V.

Continue around: DC into the CH 2 space of each V-stitch, and (V, CH 3, V) into each corner.

SL to top of CH3 (1st DC), CH 1 and tighten well.

R3) CH 4, DC into s.st. (1st V stitch created)

*DC into centre of next V. Into corner work V, CH 3, V.* Repeat around. Final DC in last V then SL to 3rd CH in starting CH5 (V stitch).

R4) Pull up the loop on your hook very slightly so that when you SL into the centre of CH 2 sp you will not distort the V-shape. SL, CH 1 and tighten well. CH 2 more.

Continue with the pattern around the whole square – V into each DC, DC into each V, and (V, CH 3, V) into each corner. SL to top of starting CH (DC st) and you’ve done your first square!

Just another 27 to go 😉

Once you have completed all your squares you can simply lay them out on a big table, arrange them so they fit best (you will naturally have some that look a bit bigger and some that look a bit smaller) and sew them up with a simple stitch through the back loops of the squares.

Lay them out (s’cuse my notes… and the fact that I’d already started before thinking I should probably photograph the sewing process).

Tie off the yarn in the centre of each square before you sew it into place. With the backs of the squares to be joined facing each other, use the end-tail of yarn to begin sewing them together (use bull-dog clips to keep your squares in place as you sew if this new to you).

Sew through the back loops only, and not too tightly as you want the squares to lay nice and flat and not bunch when you fold them out. When you run out of workable yarn, tie it off and weave in the ends as you go (otherwise it’ll be a nightmare job at the end!)

When you need to join yarn to the starting point (where your end-tail came out of) simply thread your yarn through a secure loop and tie a good strong overhand knot. Push the needle back up through from the back to the front and continue sewing.

Continue in this way sewing all your squares together as methodically as possible.

It WILL be a bit haphazard doing it this way, but if you were to take the time to weave in all the tails first and then use long pieces of yarn to sew them together, not only would it take you a lot longer, but the yarn tends to twist as it is and shorter pieces are MUCH easier to sew with. Trust me on this!

In the corners between the squares, ensure you catch all the squares when sewing to avoid gaps.

And that’s it – well done, you did it!

Tip: I would recommend that you crochet a single crochet border all around if you have enough yarn left, but unfortunately I didn’t. Either way, it’s a sturdy, yet light and airy blanket that you’ll love for years to come.

Enjoy your fantastic new blanket (and if you created it as a gift, know that it will be so joyfully received!). If you want to, please share your pics on the Pinterest page for this pattern so we can all admire your hard work!

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