I just finished the large granny square blanket that I’ve been working on for awhile and I’m loving how it turned out. I was inspired to do it after watching a bunch of crocheters online participate in The Great Granny Challenge over on Le Monde Sucrette’s blog. I didn’t actually participate in the challenge but I guess the idea got into my head because when I went to sit down and make a blanket I’d been wanting to make for awhile, the granny idea seemed natural.

The Large Granny Square

I love the way that granny squares look and I love how easily they work up. However I rarely use them because I’m not a huge fan of frequent color changes or joining motifs. The large granny form solves the motif problem. And I decided not to do a lot of color changes but to work in a few rows of different yarns here and there to create a more interesting pattern than just a single yarn would provide. It was easy to do and terrifically meditative.

Crossed Double Crochet

Eek, I spy a yarn end that needs to be weaved in at the bottom there!

Once I had a square as wide as the width of the blanket that I wanted, I needed to add some rows to either end to turn the square into a rectangle. I decided to use a stitch I love – the crossed double crochet. I added twenty rows of this stitch to the top and bottom of the crochet blanket, creating a more intriguing all-over design and a rectangular shape.

Yarn Used in this Crochet Blanket

I used the following yarns to complete this blanket, some of which I’ve already reviewed on this blog as I was working with them:

  • Caron Simply Soft Paints. This is what the bulk of the blanket is. I needed an affordable yarn but one that was still soft and lovely. Caron Simply Soft is one of the few “cheap” yarns that I truly like so I naturally went with that. I wanted to choose a multi-color yarn to make the granny pattern more interesting to the eye so I chose the Paints line of the yarn and went with the Driftwood color.
  • Puro by Novita. I wanted the colored rounds to be made from fancier yarns to make the blanket more luxurious to the touch. And I wanted blues and greens to go with the colors in the Driftwood yarn. The first yarn that I worked into the piece was the green yarn. It’s Puro by Novita which is a 100% wool Icelandic yarn.
  • Paton’s Silk Bamboo. The next colored round that I worked in is the beautiful sapphire blue round. That’s Paton’s Silk Bamboo, which is my ultimate favorite yarn. It’s a silk bamboo blend with no other fibers in it so it’s soft and smooth and has a great sheen. In fact, I love it so much that I’m making an entire blanket out of it for myself!
  • Six Skeins Mediterranean Mood. The last blue round that I did was in this hand-dyed Aran weight British Bluefaced Leicester Yarn, which I purchased online from Six Skeins. I love the brightness that it adds to the square.
  • Patons Bohemian. This great yarn is what I used to make the border of the blanket and I absolutely love the effect. It’s a super bulky yarn that adds a nicely defined border all the way around the edge of the piece and ties it all together. Adore it.
Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I’ve enjoyed making it!

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


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    How do I go back through your posts, like I used to do when I was catching up after being away for so long?

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Kat – The intros to the past 10 or so posts are on the front page if you scroll down. So you can go to the ones that interest you. Or you can go to the archives button in the sidebar and select this month and they’re all in one place. Or you can subscribe to my feed in a reader and see the entire posts there. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  3. Naidascrochet Reply

    That is lovely! it really turned out nice. Great colors too.

  4. Marie/Underground Crafter Reply

    I love the way it turned out. Nice neutral colors!

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @Marie. It’s actually a gift and I think the recipient will enjoy the colors too!

  5. ElisabethAndrée Reply

    Your blanket makes me think of a forest, green and brown for the trees and plants and then the fresh looking blue for a little water. The colors of nature, a good choice!
    Thank you for your kind comments, I am happy with it:)

    • Kathryn Reply

      @ElisabethAndree … I love reference to the forest and the ocean! Thanks!

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