Berries in the Frost Throw – a Granny Square design

This project was inspired by a patchwork quilt design, and I wanted to try and replicate the quilt feel with the crochet Granny Square.

This project is made using double knit yarn (I used Stylecraft Special DK) in 10 different colours. There are two different size of Granny Squares to make, two different size of half Granny Squares and some quarter Granny Squares too.

I joined the pieces whilst working the final round on each motif using the join-as-you method.

Materials

Crochet Hook:  4mm or size needed to achieve gauge 

Yarn: DK weight yarn in ten colours, 295m for each of eight colours (C-J), 590m in a nineth colour (B) and 1180m of a joining colour (A).   

The sample uses Stylecraft Special DK (100% Acrylic) in:
Cream (A) – (400g/1180m), 
Raspberry (B)  – (200g/590m)  
Grey (C) – (100g/295m), 
Duck Egg (D) – (100g/295m), 
Toy (E) – (100g/295m) 
Grape (F) – (100g/295m) 
Parma Violet (G) – (100g/295m)
Mushroom (H) – (100g/295m)
Blush (I) – (100g/295m)
Wisteria (J) – (100g/295m)

Notions: scissors, needle for sewing in ends

Finished Size: Approximately 130cm x 130cm 

Skill Level: intermediate/beginners

Gauge: 4 rounds in pattern = 8.5cm x 8.5cm, adjust hook size as necessary  Gauge is not critical for this project, but may affect yarn quantities 

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology:

UK terms are used throughout. 

  • ss – slip stitch
  • tr – treble crochet
  • htc – half treble crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • ch – chain
  • beg-ch – beginning chain
  • *to* – instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified

Stitch Guide/Conversion Guide

Instructions

The pattern is based on the traditional Granny Square. There are two different sizes of Granny Squares to make (small and large).

The Granny Squares are rotated in the blanket so that the corners are pointing in the north, south, east and west positions. This means that there are also some Half Granny Squares (small and large) and Quarter Granny Squares to make.

The diagram below show you how this works.

Notes on the Granny Squares

The Granny Square uses groups of treble crochet to form ‘treble clusters’. It is a really simple technique and suitable for a beginner. There are many different ways to make a Granny Square – this pattern has one chain stitch in each corner.

The pattern also suggests you turn the work over after each round, and to start a new colour in a different corner each time – I find this helps to keep the square even and it also makes the work reversible. The half and quarter granny squares are also worked using these same principles.

In this project all of the pieces are joined together using the join-as-you-go method, whilst working the final round on each piece.

Small Granny Squares and the Small Half Granny Squares have a total of 5 rounds, including the join-as-you-go round, so in the first instance these need to made up to the 4th round and the 5th round will be added later when you join.

Large Granny Squares, Large Half Granny Squares, and the Quarter Granny Squares have a total of 10 rounds, including the join-as-you-go round, so in the first instance these need to made up to the 9th round and the 10th round will be added later when you join.

Small Granny Squares

You will need to make 84. Work 4 rounds of the Granny Square pattern below (you will join on the 5th round using the join-as-you method of joining – explained later). Make 72 of these so that cream (A) is not on the 4th round (as these are going to be joined using cream (A)), and make 12 of these ensuring that raspberry (B) is not on the 4th round (as these are joined using Raspberry).

Large Granny Squares

You will need to make 13 of the Large Granny Squares. Work 9 rounds of the Granny Square pattern (you will join on the 10th round using the join-as-you method of joining – explained later). Make all of these so that cream (A) is not on the 9th round, as these are going to be joined using cream (A).

Granny Square Pattern (UK terms)

The main Granny Square is based on the traditional Granny Square. For this project I made Granny Squares with one chain in each corner.

Half Small Granny Squares

You will need to make 12 small Half Granny Squares. Work up to the 4th round, ensuring that the final round is not yarn B (raspberry) as this will be the joining colour on round 5.

Half Large Granny Squares

You will need to make 8 large Half Granny Squares. Work up to the 9th round, ensuring that the final round is not yarn A (cream) as this will be the joining colour on round 10.

Half Granny Square Pattern

The Half Granny Square pattern can be found here.

Quarter Granny Squares

You will need to make 4 Quarter Granny Squares. You will need to make these with 9 rounds. Make sure that these do not have cream (yarn A) as the 9th round, as this will be used when joining on the 10th round.

Quarter Large Granny Square

The Quarter Granny Square pattern can be found here.

Arrangement of Pieces

Arrange your pieces as follows. You can ensure that there is a good balance of colours across your work.

Joining the Pieces

To join the squares I used the join-as-you-go joining method. This meant that each of the shapes will be joined to the adjacent shapes whilst working the final round of each. I saved the Small Granny Squares and the Half Small Granny Squares which have the final round worked in Raspberry (yarn B) (the red squares and triangles in the diagram above) so that these were the last pieces I joined. This meant that all of the pieces that had the final round worked in Cream (yarn A) were all joined first.

If you do not want to use the join-as-you-go joining method, you can work the final round of each of the shapes and then sew or crochet the pieces together using your chosen method.

Border

The border is a very simple, 3 round border worked all in Raspberry (yarn B).

Border Round 1:

Pull up a loop in any corner using Yarn B (Raspberry), ch1 and work a dc around the whole blanket, ensuring that each dc is evenly spaced. When you reach a corner work 3dc. On reaching back at the start, work 3dc in the corner and then ss in the ch1 you worked at the start. DO NOT fasten off.

Border Round 2:

Ch2 (counts as 1HTC), work one HTC in each stitch around the blanket, working 3HTC in each corner. One reaching the corner where you started work 3HTC and ss in the ch2 worked at the start of the round. DO NOT fasten off.

Border Round 3:

Ch3 (counts as 1tr), work 1tr in between each of the HTC stitches you worked in the previous round, working [3tr, ch1, 3tr] in each corner. When you reach the corner at the start of the round, work [3tr, ch1, 3tr] in the final corner and ss into the ch3 worked at the start. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Enjoy your new throw!