Cath Kidston-Inspired Giant Granny Squares

Cath Kidston, a British designer known for her vintage-inspired floral patterns and prints, often incorporates a range of colors into her designs. Her colour palette tends to be bright, cheerful, and nostalgic, reminiscent of English countryside gardens and whimsical motifs.

This blanket was inspired by the colours of Cath Kidston. It is easy to make and works up quite quickly. It is based on the traditional Granny Square.

Granny Square

Yarn

The yarn used for this blanket is Stylecraft Special DK in: lemon, fondant, cloud blue, pistachio, cream, meadow, pomegranate, lipstick.

You will need a total of 1000 – 1100g of the 8 colours – lemon, fondant, pistachio, cream, meadow, pomegranate, lipstick. The colour placement is random, you will want 2 balls of the chosen border colour (in the example – this was cloud blue).

The finished blanket measured 127cm x 94cm.

I used a size 3.5mm hook.

Gauge

5 rounds in pattern = 10cm x 10cm, adjust hook size as necessary  

Gauge is not critical for this project, but may affect yarn quantities 

Terminology/Abbreviations

  • UK terms are used throughout. 
  • Ss    slip stitch
  • Tr    treble crochet
  • Dc    double crochet
  • Ch    chain
  • Beg-ch   beginning chain
  • * *   instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified in   the instructions

Notes on the Granny Square:

The pattern is based on the traditional Granny Square.  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.

Below outlines how I like to make my Granny Squares. The instructions listed below describe using 2 chains in each corner space – which is how I prefer to do it. Some patterns have 3 chains in each corner and some have 1 chain. For a couple of the projects on my website I have used 1 chain, but on the whole I like to use 2 chains. This is personal preference and I decide which I will use depending on each new Granny Square project.

This pattern also suggests you turn the work over after each round – I find this helps to keep the square even and it also makes the work reversible. 

A video tutorial is available for making the Granny Squares. The written pattern is below.

You will need to make 12 Granny Squares – each with 15 rounds. Make each one up to round 14. On round 15 join the square to the adjacent square using the join-as-you-go joining method.

The colour order for the squares is random and follows not set pattern, so have some fun by mixing the colours up.

Granny Square

Granny Square Pattern (UK terms)

Foundation ch4, join with ss in first ch to form a ring (alternatively you can use a magic ring).

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr in ring, (ch2, 3tr) 3 times, ch2, join with ss in 3rd ch of beg-ch.  Fasten off.  

[4 groups of 3tr]

Round 2 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch2 corner space.  Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *(3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[8 groups of 3tr]

Round 3 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from the round 1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from the round 2, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. 

[16 groups of 3tr]

Round 4 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from the round 1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in the next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from the round 3, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. 

[20 groups of 3tr]

Round 5 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the round 1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the round 4, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. 

[24 groups of 3tr]

Rounds 6-14 Repeat as for round 5.

Work 14 rounds of each square, being careful to balance out the colours, and to make sure that you do not use up too much of certain yarns.

You will need to make 12 squares in total. But you can adjust this to how big or small you want the blanket to be.

On the 15th round, each square was joined to the adjacent squares using the ‘join-as-you-go’ method (which means slip stitching to the adjacent square). A tutorial on how to join-as-you-go joining method is available. Alternatively you can complete round 15 and then sew the squares together.

Granny Square

Border

The border is worked as follows:

  • Border round 1: Granny stitch in cream
  • Border round 2: Granny stitch in cloud blue
  • Border round 3: Granny stitch in cloud blue
  • Border round 4: Double Crochet (UK terms) in cloud blue.

Border round 1 Using cream yarn pull up a loop in any ch2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, work along the side of the blanket inserting *3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the squares below, when you come to the join between the two squares insert the treble cluster in the slip stitch that was formed when joining. Work (3tr, ch2, 3tr)* in the corner and then repeat from *to* until you reach the start of the round, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. 

Border round 2-3 repeat as above using cloud blue. Do not fasten off.

Border round 4 continue with cloud blue, ch2(counts as 1dc), insert 1dc in each stitch all the way round the blanket, working 3dc in each ch2 corner space. Ss into the 2nd ch of beg-ch to close the round.

Weave in all ends.

Granny Square