Cath Kidston-Inspired Giant Granny Squares

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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.

I used Stylecraft Special DK in:

Lemon

Fondant

Cloud Blue

Pistachio

Cream

Meadow

Pomegranate

Lipstick

You can purchase this yarn here.

I started off with approximately 10-11 balls of 100g yarn. The finished blanket weighs 700g.

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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 Squares

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 – this pattern has one chain stitches in each corner. The pattern also suggests you turn the work over after each round – I find this helps to keep the rectangle even and it also makes the work reversible. 

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, (ch1, 3tr) 3 times, ch1, 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 ch1 corner space.  Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *(3tr, ch1, 3tr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[8 groups of 3tr]

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

[16 groups of 3tr]

Round 4 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch1 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, ch1, 3tr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in the next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from the round 1, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. 

[20 groups of 3tr]

Round 5 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch1 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, ch1, 3tr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the round 1, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, 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.

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). You can find many tutorials on how to do this on the internet. Alternatively you can complete round 15 and then sew the squares together.

I worked a border 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 ch1 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, ch1, 3tr)* in the corner and then repeat from *to* until you reach the start of the round, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, 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 ch1 corner space. Ss into the 2nd ch of beg-ch to close the round.

Weave in all ends.