Vintage Rose Granny Square – beginner-friendly

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This is a beautifully simple but stunning blanket, which has a vintage vibe to it.

The pattern is based on the traditional Granny Square and involves working in the round, starting in the middle and adding each round in turn.  The pattern requires 1000g/2950m of double knit yarn in nine different colours and the finished item is approximately 100cm by 100cm.  The pattern can be easily adapted to be bigger or smaller, if desired, by adding more or less rounds.  The blanket is finished off with a simple two-round border.

Materials

Crochet Hook:  4mm or size needed to achieve gauge 
Yarn:DK weight yarn in nine colours, 100g/295m for each of eight colours and 200g/590m in the ninth colour. 
The sample uses 1 ball of Stylecraft Special DK in:
Grape (A) – (200g/590m), 
Buttermilk (B) – (100g/295m)  
Pale Rose (C) – (100g/295m), 
Lincoln (D) – (100g/295m), 
Toy (E) – (100g/295m), 
Raspberry (F) – (100g/295m),
Duck Egg (G) – (100g/295m),
Wisteria (H) – (100g/295m),
Mushroom (I) – (100g/295m), 
You can purchase this yarn here.
Notions:Scissors
Needle to weave in ends 
Finished size:Approximately 100cm x 100cm, the actual size of your blanket will depend on your tension (how tightly you crochet) 
 Skill Level: Suitable for beginners 
Gauge:5 rounds in pattern = 11cm x 11cm, adjust hook size as necessary  Gauge is not critical for this project, but may affect yarn quantities  
This stylescraft special dk yarn can be purchased here.

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology:

UK terms are used throughout. 

ss         slip stitch

tr         treble crochet

htr       half treble crochet

ch        chain

beg-ch beginning chain

*to*     instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified

Stitch Guide/Conversion Guide

UK termUK abbreviationUS termUS AbbreviationDescription
Treble CrochettrDouble CrochetdcYarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over pull through remaining two loops to leave 1 loop on the hook
Half Treble CrochethtrHalf Double CrochethdcYarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through remaining three loops to leave 1 loop on the hook
Slip StitchssSlip StitchssInsert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch and through loop 
ChainchChainchYarn over hook, pull through loop

Notes on the Granny Square:

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

Instructions:

Foundation: Using colour A, make a slip knot, 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, [ch2, 3tr] 3 times, ch2, join with ss in 3rd ch of beg-ch.  Fasten off.

[4 treble clusters]

Round 2 

Turn work over.  Using colour B. Pull up a loop in any chain 2 corner space.  Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *[3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next chain 2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[8 treble clusters]

Round 3

Turn work over.  Continue to work the treble clusters of round 3 in the spaces formed between the treble clusters from the round below. Using colour C.  Pull up a loop in any chain 2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from round 2, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next chain 2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from round 2, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off

 [12 treble clusters]

Round 4 

Turn work over.  Using colour D.  Pull up a loop in any chain 2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from round 3, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next chain 2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in the next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from round 3, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[16 treble clusters]

Round 5 

Turn work over.  Using colour E.  Pull up a loop in any chain 2 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next chain 2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch2, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[20 treble clusters]

Round 5.

Rounds 6-52 

Repeat as for round 5 in the following colour order.  Do not fasten off after round 52.


Round
ColourRoundColourRoundColourRoundColourRoundColour
6F17F28C39E50G
7G18I29A40D51H
8H19D30E41A52A
9I20C31H42G  
10A21E32D43B  
11E22G33I44F  
12C23A34F45I  
13G24I35B46D  
14D25H36G47C  
15B26F37C48E  
16H27B38H49F  
Colour order for each round of the Granny Square

Border

The border is simply 2 rows of half treble crochet. You will need to continue with yarn A, which was used for the final round of the granny square. If you are planning on more or less rounds of the granny square, make sure that you finish with a round using yarn A as this continues into the border.

Complete final round of granny square (round 52) with yarn A, do not fasten off. Turn the work over and ss into the chain 2 space just formed. Ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in same space. Work 1htr into each stitch along the side of the blanket, work [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in the corner, continue working around the blanket working 1htr in each stitch and [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in each corner until you are back at the start of the round. Work [2htr, ch2] in the corner space and ss into the top of the beg-ch. Do not fasten off.

Continue with yarn A. Turn the work over and ss into he chain 2 corner space just formed. Ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr into same space. Work around the blanket with 1htr in between the stitches worked in the first round of the border, work [2htr, ch2, 2htr] in each corner. Work [2htr, ch2] in the corner you started and ss into the top of the beg-ch. Fasten off.

Now enjoy your blanket!