Graphite Granny Square

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This is another giant granny square. It is based on a traditional granny square. Instructions below are for a blanket approximately 106cm x 106cm. This depends on your tension and on how big you want to grow it. I completed 50 rounds of the granny square before starting the border, but you can do as many or as few as you like.

Materials

To make this blanket, which measures approx (106cm x 106 cm) you will need:

  • Stylecraft Special DK yarn in the following colours: Graphite (3-4 balls), White (2 balls), Lincoln (1 ball), Pale Rose (1 ball), Duck Egg (1 ball) and Lavender (1 ball). You can purchase this yarn here.
  • Hook: I used a 3.5mm hook (use what hook suits you best)
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle to weave in the ends.

Instructions (UK terms)

  • Start with graphite yarn and chain 4, then slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring. Alternatively make a magic ring.
  • ROUND 1: Chain 3 (counts as first treble), 2 trebles into the ring, chain 2, *3 trebles into the ring, chain 2*, repeat from *to* twice more. Slip stitch into the top of the starting chain 3 to close the round. DO NO CUT YARN.
  • ROUND 2: Turn work over, slip stitch into the chain 2 space you have just completed. Chain 3 (counts as first treble), 2 trebles into the this chain 2 (corner space), 3 trebles into the next chain 2 (corner) space from the round below, chain 2 and another 3 trebles into the same corner space (to form a corner), repeat twice more and the this takes you back to the corner space that you started at the beginning of this round. Work 3 trebles into this corner, chain 2 and then slip stitch into the top of the starting chain 3. Cut yarn.
  • ROUND 3: Switch to white yarn. Flip over work and start in a new corner. Chain 3 (counts as first treble), 2 trebles into the corner space, 3 trebles into the space formed between two groups of trebles in round below, in corner space work [3 trebles, 2 chain, 3 trebles], continue around the square working [3 trebles, 2 chain, 3 trebles] in each corner and 3 trebles in between each group of trebles from the round below. When you complete the square slip stitch into the stop of the chain 3 you made at the start of the round.
  • ROUNDS 4-50: Each subsequent round is the same, but increasing the number of trebles you work along the sides. Remember to turn your work over after each round and when starting a new colour always start in a new corner.
  • ROUND 4: use lincoln yarn
  • ROUND 5 + 6: graphite
  • ROUND 7: white
  • ROUND 8: pale rose
  • ROUND 9 + 10: graphite
  • ROUND 11: white
  • ROUND 12: duck egg
  • ROUND 13 + 14: graphite
  • ROUND 15: white
  • ROUND 16: lavender
  • Continue with this colour order graphite (2), white, lincoln, graphite (2) white, pale rose, graphite (2), white, duck egg, graphite (2), white, lavender. Complete 50 rows in total. Finish with 2 rows of graphite.
  • Weave in ends.

Border

  • BORDER ROUND 1: Using graphite yarn, double crochet around the whole blanket, working 3 double crochet in each corner
  • BORDER ROUND 2: Using white yarn, work a row of trebles, working 5 trebles in each corner.
  • BORDER ROUND 3: Using lincoln yarn, work a row of double crochet, working 3 double crochet in each corner.
  • BORDER ROUND 4: Using graphite yarn, work a row of double crochet, working double crochet in each corner.
  • BORDER ROUND 5. Using graphite yarn, work [double crochet, chain 3, double crochet] in every other stitch.
  • Weave in ends.
  • Block if necessary.