About a month ago, I posted a free crochet pattern on How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square. It has been my most popular post yet, gaining over 500 views in the first month! WOW!
Today, I am back to share with you the rest of the lapghan I made for my boyfriend, Chad’s, mom, Tammy for Christmas.
I really wanted to make her a bigger throw blanket, but it took longer than I predicted to work up, and I was short on time. I made sure this lapghan was big enough to cover her lap while sitting, or to wrap across her shoulders.
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– How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square, Free Crochet Pattern
This pattern will really work with any size yarn, the size will just vary. The Soft Secret yarn is a light weight worsted weight yarn.
Alternate yarns: Caron’s Simply Soft, Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice Yarn, Deborah Norville’s Everyday Soft, Lion Brand’s Wool Ease, Lion Brand’s Cotton Ease, Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton Yarn.
Using a heavier worsted weight yarn, such as Lily Sugar n Cream, Red Heart’s With Love, Red Heart’s Super Saver, Caron’s One Pound, Bernat’s Super Value Yarn or Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn will result in a slightly larger blanket.
Each square works up in about 15 minutes for a total of 14.5 hours spent working up the granny squares, plus an 1.5 hours for the joining of the squares, plus 2.75 hours working the border. Total time spent was just about 18.5 hours.
Suggested Daily Crochet Plan found in Pattern Notes section below.
40″ Wide by 45.5″ in Length with Border – this is a good size for a toddler/child size afghan, and a little smaller than the standard throw blanket size; (38.5″ x 44″ before the border)
HDC – Half Double Crochet
SC – Single Crochet
You will need to make 28 squares in Mushroom, and 28 in Smoke.
When working the border, don’t begin in the corner as there is a lot of pressure and weight from the first stitches. The corners aren’t as strong as the rest of the stitches.
Suggested Maximum Daily Crochet Plan for this Afghan:
Day 1 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 2 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 3 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 4 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 5 – Crochet 4 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends (40 mins)
Day 6 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 7 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 8 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 9 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 10 – Crochet 4 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends (40 mins)
Day 11 – Crochet Row 5 on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 12 – Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 13 – Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 14 – Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 15 – Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 16 – Join Squares in one direction (75 mins)
Day 17 – Join Squares in other direction
Day 18 – Crochet One Round of the Border (45 mins)
Day 19 – Crochet Second Round of the Border (60 mins)
Day 20 – Crochet Third Round of the Border (60 mins)
Since I like to crochet non-stop, I had to limit myself to give myself a break and so I wouldn’t get bored so I came up with this Maximum Daily Crochet Plan.
If you don’t have as much time as I do (4 hours-ish a day), but do have about an hour and a half-ish a day, then you will be finished in about 20 days if following the same plan. Sounds crazy long, but blankets take lots of time, especially granny’s.
Joining Granny Squares – Using the Single Crochet Method:
|The single crochet join will create a ridge.|
|You will have a small gap in the center, but that is okay because when we work the join going in the other direction, the gap will disappear.
Continue working the single crochet join across.
For this particular blanket, I worked 7 squares across.
|Here is a closer look at the intersection of four squares.|
Border – also worked in Bitter Sweet:
Fasten Off. Weave in Ends.
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