Autumn

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Materials

For this blanket I used 10 balls of Stylecraft Special DK in colours: Spice (1x100g), Tomato (1x100g), Lime (1x100g), Duck Egg (1x100g), Grey (1x100g), Silver (1x100g), Saffron (1x100g), Storm Blue (1x100g) and Claret (2x100g). You can purchase this yarn here.

You will need a crochet hook (I used a 3.5mm, but use what hook suits you), scissors and a darning needle.

Stitch Guide (UK terms)

DC – double crochet: insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the both loops.

TR – treble crochet: yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through loop (three loops on hook), yarn over pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over pull through two remaining loops.

CH – chain

Sl St – slip stitch

Picot Stitch – Double crochet into top of 4 stitches, Chain 3, slip stitch into first chain, double crochet into next 4 stitches, repeat.

Gauge

I chose to make this blanket quite big and it measures 112cm x 112cm. You can add more or less rounds according to your preference. I used hook size 3.5mm so if you use a bigger or smaller hook you will find that your blanket will be a slightly different size. The gauging is not important for this blanket. Approximately by the end of 5 rounds my granny square measured 10cm (4 inches).

Pattern

This pattern uses a traditional granny square.  It involves sets of granny clusters/granny stitch.  A granny cluster is a set of 3 trebles (UK terms) (or ch 3 and 2 trebles if it is the start of a new round).  Each granny cluster is worked in the spaces formed between the clusters of the previous round.

I do not include a chain between granny clusters – but some patterns and tutorials do include this.  For this pattern I have chained 1 to form each corner (some patterns will have 3 chains).  There are no rights or wrongs with this – it is personal preference, so you can choose.

I also turn the square over after each round – I think this helps to keep to the square nice and even.

Round 1. Using Claret yarn chain (CH) 4.  Slip stitch (SS) into the 4th chain from the hook to form a ring.  Instead of this you can form a magic ring if you prefer (there are several videos on the internet demonstrating how to do this).  CH 3 (counts as one treble), 2 trebles (TR) into the ring, CH 1, *3 TR into the ring, CH 1*, repeat ** two more times.  Join with a Sl St into the top of the first chain 3 to close.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Round 2. Turn the square over.  Join Saffron yarn with a SS in any CH 1 corner space (I always like to start in a different corner space).  CH 3 (counts as one TR) and then 2 TR into the space, *3 TR into next corner space, CH 1, 3 TR*, repeat ** twice more, then 3 TR into the corner you started with, CH 1 and the join with a Sl St into the top of the first CH 3 to close.  Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Round 3. Turn the square over. Using Grey yarn join with a SS in any CH 1 corner space. CH 3 (counts as one TR) and then 2 TR into the corner space, *work 3 TR into the next space between two treble clusters from the round below, then work 3 TR into next corner space, CH 1, 3 TR*, repeat *to* twice more, 3 TR into next treble cluster space, 3 TR into the corner that you started, CH 1 and then join with a Sl St into the top of the first chain 3 to close.  Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Round 4. Turn the square over, using Spice yarn join with a SS in any CH 1 corner space. CH 3 (counts as one TC) and then 2 TC into the corner space, *work 3 TR in each of the spaces between the treble clusters from the row below, at the corner work [3 TR, CH 1, 3 TR]*, continue from ** until you get back to the corner you started, work 3 TR, CH 1 and Sl St into the top of the first CH to close. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Subsequent rounds – repeat instructions for Round 4. You can do whichever colour order that you prefer, but below is the order that I chose.

1Claret21Claret41Duck Egg
2Saffron22Grey42Claret
3Grey23Saffron43Spice
4Spice24Spice44Lime
5Duck Egg25Storm Blue45Silver
6Lime26Lime46Storm Blue
7Tomato27Duck Egg47Tomato
8Storm Blue28Grey48Duck Egg
9Silver29Tomato49Grey
10Spice30Silver50Saffron
11Claret31Saffron51Spice
12Lime32Claret52Lime
13Saffron33Duck Egg53Silver
14Storm Blue34Spice54Tomato
15Duck Egg35Storm Blue55Claret
16Tomato36Lime  
17Grey37Grey  
18Spice38Silver  
19Lime39Tomato  
20Silver40Saffron  
Colour order of 55 rounds of granny stitch

f you choose to do more or less rounds, ensure that you finish on a Claret round as this works with the border. Do not fasten off on your final round.

Border: The border is worked all in Claret. I did not turn the square over between rounds of the border. In simple terms the border is a round of DC, a round of TC and a round of picot stitch.

Border Round 1: CH 2 and work a Double Crochet (DC) in the top of each stitch all the way around the blanket. At the corner work 3 DC into the corner space. At the end of the round sl st into the CH 2 you formed at the start of the round.

Border Round 1: CH 2 and work a Double Crochet (DC) in the top of each stitch all the way around the blanket. At the corner work 3 DC into the corner space. At the end of the round sl st into the CH 2 you formed at the start of the round.

Border Round 2: CH 3 and then work a TC in each stitch around the blanket, working 5 TC in the corner space. At the end of the round sl st into the CH3 you formed at the start of the round.

Border Round 3. This final row of the border is a picot stitch. CH 2(counts as 1 DC), work a DC into the top of the next 3 stitches, *CH 3, sl st into 1st ch, DC into next 4 stitches*, repeat from *to* until you have reached the start of the corner. I found that it worked best if I had a picot at the corner space (which is the middle the 5 trebles in the corner of the round below). I worked a DC in this middle stitch, chain 3, sl st into the first chain and then DC into the same stitch before 3 DC into the next 3 stitches. (Alternatively if you do not want the picot at the corner you can work 3 DC into the corner stitch.) Continue with the picot stitch until you have reached the starting chain 2. Sl st into first CH 2. Fasten off and weave in ends.