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Welcome to the Summer Fruits Throw. I have named it ‘The Summer Fruits Throw’ as the colours that I used are Stylecraft Special DK in Plum, Raspberry, Vintage Peach, and Lemon. However, you could use any four colours that you choose. I love the richness and warmth of the colours in this blanket, but I have found these colours impossible to photograph and they appear to change with each second that the light changes. It is a simple design which involves traditional granny squares in four colours, and the finished throw/blanket is reversible.
The materials that you will need are:
Stylecraft Special DK (100%) acrylic (or yarn of choice) in colours: Plum 4 x 100g, Lemon 1 x 100g, Vintage Peach 1x 100g and Raspberry 1 x 100g. You can buy the yarn here.
Hook: I use 3.5mm but that is personal choice. Use what you find is best or according to the yarn.
Needle for weaving in ends
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.
TC – 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.
tr2tog: treble crochet 2 together (yarn over, into stitch, yarn over pull up loop through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over, into next stitch,yarn over, pull through stitch (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
CH – chain
Sl St – slip stitch
I made 24 granny squares and the finished blanket measured approximately 84cm x 120cm (33in x 47in). You can make this as big or as small as you like. If you are making a bigger blanket then you will need more yarn.
My squares each measured 17cm x 17cm when the 8th round was completed (using size 3.5mm hook).
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. I usually chain 2 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, but this is up to you too.
There are 24 squares to make. There are 6 different designs (so you need to make 4 of each). Each square has 8 rounds.
|SQUARE||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8|
To make Square ‘C’
Round 1. Using Raspberry yarn chain 4. Slip stitch 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). Chain 3 (counts as one treble), 2 trebles into the ring, chain 2, *3 trebles into the ring, chain 2*, repeat ** twice more. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3 to close. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Round 2. Turn the square over. Join Plum yarn with a slip stitch in any chain 2 corner space (I always like to start in a different corner space). Chain 3 (counts as one treble) and then 2 trebles into the space, *3 trebles into next corner space, chain 2, 3 trebles*, repeat ** twice more, then 3 trebles into the corner you started with, chain 2 and the join with a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3 to close. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Round 3. Turn the square over. Using Lemon yarn join with a slip stitch in any chain 2 corner space. Chain 3 (counts as one treble) and then 2 trebles into the corner space, *work 3 trebles into the next space between two treble clusters from the round below, then work 3 trebles into next corner space, chain 2, 3 trebles*, repeat ** twice more, 3 trebles into next treble cluster space, 3 trebles into the corner that you started, chain 2 and then join with a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3 to close. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Rounds 4-8. Continue with pattern as outlined for round 3. Each subsequent round will have an additional treble cluster along each side of the square
You should have 24 squares in all, 4 of each design.
My squares each measured 17cm x 17cm when the 8th round was completed.
Arrange your squares as follows:
I used the ‘join-as-you-go’ joining method to join these squares. This meant that I joined whilst doing the 9th round (all in Plum) for each square. If you prefer to sew the squares together or slip stitch the squares together then you will need to complete the 9th round in Plum for all squares before you join. On the internet you will be able to find many good videos and tutorials which demonstrate the join as you go method.
Join-as-you-go joining method
Take the first square and complete Round 9 using Plum yarn as follows: join joining yarn with a slip stitch in any corner, chain 3 (counts as one treble) and 2 trebles into the same space, *(3 trebles in the next space between trebles from Round 8) and repeat until you reach the next corner space, (3 trebles, chain 2, 3 trebles) in corner space*, repeat **until you reach the starting corner space, 3 trebles into the corner space, chain 2 and slip stitch to top of starting chain 3. Fasten off.
For the subsequent squares, complete Round 9 using Plum yarn as follows: repeat the instructions for the first square. However, when you reach a side that should be joined to another square after each group of 3 trebles slip stitch to the adjacent square in between the corresponding group of trebles. At the corners replace chain 2 with a slip stitch in the adjacent square, chain 1.
The border is simply 5 rows of granny clusters and a row of double crochet for the final row. I turned the blanket over after each round, but this is up to you. As this blanket is reversible and has no right or wrong side it does not really matter, so you can choose.
Border Row 1: Join with Plum yarn in any corner space, chain 3 (counts as one treble), 2 trebles into same space, continue along the side of the blanket with groups of trebles. When you come to the join between 2 granny squares I insert the group of 3 trebles into the slip stitch that joins the two squares. (Note: If you find that this ‘pulls’ the blanket so that it does not lie flat, you may which to try working a group of trebles into both corner spaces either side of the join or alternatively you may want to try doing a tr2tog in the first and second corner). Continue around the blanket with groups of trebles with (3 trebles, 2 chain, 3 trebles) in each corner space. When you reach the starting corner work 3 trebles, 2 chain and join with a slip stitch into the top of the starting chain.
Border Rounds 2-4: Continue with Plum yarn, turn blanket over. Chain 3, 2 trebles in corner space, 3 trebles in each treble space along until next corner, *(3 trebles, 2 chain, 3 trebles) in corner space*, repeat ** until you reach the starting corner, 3 trebles in corner space and slip stitch into top of starting chain 3.
Border Round 5: Continue with Plum yarn, turn blanket over, chain 2, 2 double crochet into the same corner space, continue double crochet into the top of each stitch along until you reach a corner, 3 double crochet in the corner space, continue along with double crochets in the top of each stitch until back at the starting corner, 2 double crochet in the corner and slip stitch to the first stitch. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.