As I mentioned in a previous post, this is the season of baby showers for me. Not that I mind, it has given me a reason to branch out and crochet several new or semi-new-to-me styles. I have been wanting to figure out how to make a solid granny square that works into a square blanket. I already knew how to do the regular granny square into a blanket but I wanted a solid one.
It turns out, this pattern is super easy. I think the one that I did previously is faster but this solid one produces a warmer version without so many “holes”. I like both patterns and will definitely add them both to my repertoire!
Here is the regular granny blanket on top and the solid granny blanket on the bottom.
They both produce a unique baby blanket that I think the owner will cherish!
I decided to do this blanket in neutral colors as I didn’t know if she was going to have a boy or a girl.
I used an I crochet hook for this project.
You will also need scissors, and a yarn needle for this project.
Dc- Double Crochet
Tr- Treble Crochet
Row 1: For this solid granny blanket, you will start with a regular granny square. So, chain 4 to start, and crochet 2 dc in the 4th ch from the hook. The chain counts as the first dc. Ch 2, dc 3 into the same hole. Ch 2, dc 3 into the same hole. Ch 2, 3 dc into the same hole one last time ch 2. Slip stitch into the first chain to make the square complete.
Ch 2 and turn your work.
Row 2: Do 2 dc in the first corner hole. Chain 2. Do 2 more dc in the same corner. Dc in each dc across. Be careful to dc in every single dc. When you get to the corner again you will do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc and dc in every hole across again. For the next corner do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc and in every hole across again. In the last corner do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc and then dc in the last un- worked dcs. When you get done with row 2 you will have four sides of 7 dcs, and 4 ch 2 spaces. Join with a slip stitch to the chain to make the square complete. Ch 2 and turn your work.
Row 3: Dc in each of the next dcs, when you get to the corner, do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Dc across in each dc, when you get to the corner, do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Dc in each dc across, when you get to the corner, do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Dc across in each dc, do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Dc in the remaining dcs. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the chain. Ch 2 and turn your work. At the end of this row, you will have 4 sets of 11 dcs and 4 ch 2 spaces.
You will continue this pattern for the entire blanket. You can change colors, or leave it a solid color. You can also put a border on it at the end which I will explain below. After each row, just count to make sure you have added 4 stitches to each side so that it stays even.
At any corner, slip stitch your border color in. For the border I did, I repeated the pattern sc, sc, dc, dc, tr, tr, dc, dc, sc, sc and repeated this around. It adds a nice shell stitch to the border.
And that is it! What do you think? Would you like to try this blanket? There are other variations that you could do as well that maybe I’ll explore in the future like making smaller blocks and joining them together!
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