Denim Pastels

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It is no secret that I love granny squares. This is a simple blanket based on the granny square. It is suitable for a beginner. I receive many requests on social medium for a written pattern – there are hundreds of tutorials, patterns and videos explaining how to make a granny square, but this pattern below is how I like to do it.

Materials

For this blanket I used 6 balls of Stylecraft Special DK in colours: Cream (1x100g), Lincoln (1x100g), Lemon (1x100g), Pale Rose(1x100g) and Denim (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

Gauge

I chose to make this blanket in a small/baby size and measures 78cm square. 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.

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 Pale Rose yarn chain (CH) 4.  Slip stitch (Sl St) 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 ** twice more.  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 Lemon yarn with a Sl St 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 Lemon yarn join with a Sl St 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 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 Lincoln yarn join with a Sl St 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 of 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.

1Pale Rose13Pale Rose25Pale Rose
2Lemon14Lemon26Lemon
3Lincoln15Lincoln27Lincoln
4Denim16Denim28Denim
5Cream17Cream29Cream
6Pale Rose18Pale Rose30Pale Rose
7Denim19Denim31Denim
8Lemon20Lemon32Lemon
9Pale Rose21Pale Rose33Pale Rose
10Lincoln22Lincoln34Lincoln
11Cream23Cream35Cream
12Denim24Denim36Denim
Colour order for 36 rounds

If you choose to do more or less rounds, ensure that you finish on a Denim round as this works with the border.

Border: The border is worked all in Denim. I did not turn the square over between rounds of the border.

Border Round 1: Start in a corner space, 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. CH 2, *work [DC,CH 1, DC] into the top of the next treble, Skip 1 Stitch, DC in the next stitch, skip 1 stitch, DC into the next* and repeat from *to* until you have reached the start of the round. Sl St into first CH2. Fasten off and weave in ends.