This blanket has been a work in progress for a month or so. The progress was halted when I realized my blanket was smaller than expected. I had to go back and add squares on either side of the blanket to add to the size, which was no big deal, but then I ran out of the Fantasy colorway with one and a half squares left! To make matters worse, my local Hobby Lobby was out of the color and back ordered. Yikes! Finally got my hand on some though at a different Hobby Lobby a little further from me, and finished the blanket! And I LOVE IT!
This gorgeous little blanket is a great gift to give at a baby shower or for a new baby, or made bigger, it would be great for anyone! I plan on working on instructions for making the bigger sizes so I can to my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop too, but for now, I only have the baby size.
– 969 yards of a light weight worsted weight (4) yarn – I used Hobby Lobby‘s I Love This Cotton Yarn – about 2.25 skeins of Fantasy, about 2 skeins of Bright Teal, and about 1.33 skeins of Hot Orchid.
– I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends – I like to use a #18, or #20.
You will get 8 squares out of the variegated yarn (Fantasy), and 9.5 squares out of the solid colored yarn (Teal).
This pattern will really work with any size yarn, the size will just vary. The I Love This Cotton 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 Soft Secret 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.
This blanket took a lot more time than I thought it did! Because all of the squares are done individually, I didn’t even notice! This blanket was completed in approximately 12.75 hours – each square taking about 13 minutes each, the joining at just over ten minutes each way, and the border at about 30 minutes per round.
I’ve included my suggestion for construction down in the Pattern Notes section!
This baby blanket measures 30.5″ x 30.5″.
You can always add to this by simply adding in more squares!
With I Love This Cotton Yarn and a I9/5.5mm Hook – 3.75″ x 3.75″
Chain 16, DC in the 4th chain from the hook and in each stitch across. (14)
R2 – 7: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.
R? – Indicates the Row/Round
… ( … ) … Indicates Repeat
DC – Double Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
SC – Single Crochet
I do have a more detailed, photo tutorial for both pieces of this blanket – How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square ; How to Join Granny Squares using the Single Crochet Method.
I will refer to my colors as what they are. Feel free to replace them with the colors of your choosing. You will need 36 squares in total – I made 18 in Fantasy, and 18 in Bright Teal.
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 Blanket:
Day 1 – Crochet 6 Granny Squares and Weave in Ends (76.5 mins)
Day 2 – Crochet 5 Granny Squares and Weave in Ends (63.75 mins)
Day 3 – Crochet 5 Granny Squares and Weave in Ends
Day 4 – Crochet 5 Granny Squares and Weave in Ends
Day 5 – Crochet 5 Granny Squares and Weave in Ends
Day 6 – Crochet 5 Granny Squares and Weave in Ends
Day 7 – Crochet 5 Granny Squares and Weave in Ends
Day 8 – Join Squares in one direction (75 mins)
Day 9 – Join Squares in other direction
Day 10 – Crochet the Border (90 mins)
Since I like to crochet non-stop, though I did not limit myself on this blanket, I will on my next of the same. Not only to give myself a break but also so I don’t get bored (not that I did, but I may). 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 have this blanket finished in about 10 days if following the same plan. Sounds crazy long, but blankets take lots of time, especially granny’s.
lay them out exactly how you would like them to look once assembled.
I already knew how I wanted my baby blanket to look like, that’s how I knew how many squares of each color to work up. If you aren’t sure how you want yours to look, you can use a program such as PicMonkey to create a collage.
Tamara of Moogly has a great tutorial on how to use PicMonkey: Planning Your Crochet-a-Long Layout with PicMonkey
I do love the ability to create collage’s with photos, but I still use my paint program to add my text.
I joined at the end with an invisible join. Not sure how? Visit my Solid Granny Square tutorial to view a photo tutorial.
Solid Granny Square Pattern:
R4: Slip stitch over one, into the chain space. Chain 2, DC into the same chain space, chain 3, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into each of the next 11 DC’s, (2 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into each of the next 11 DC’s) three times. Invisible Join to 1st DC. (60 DC)
Fasten Off. Work an Invisible Join.
Join Your Squares Together using the Single Crochet Method – I joined mine with the Hot Orchid colorway.
Border – also worked in Hot Orchid:
Fasten Off. Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny Square Baby Blanket, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.
What a beautiful blanket that you’ve just been made!
With so many size, yarn type and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page!
Joanita Theron says
It's so pretty 🙂 Awesome!! Lovely pattern.
Thank you Joanita!
Rachel @ The Philosophers Wife says
Such a lovely pattern! I featured this blanket this week at The Yarn Fanatic Party! 🙂
Thanks! x2 🙂
Kimberly Curtis says
I love the way it turned out! You put a lot of time into this post for your Fantasy Granny Square blanket. I am pinning this, thank you so much for the Free pattern!
Thanks for sharing! Your feedback on the pattern would be greatly appreciated. It has a lot of information, and I caught a few minor thing after it first went up.
Will there be a significant amount of shrinkage being that this is 100% cotton yarn?
I haven't experienced shrinkage with the I Love This Cotton Yarn used here or Lily's Sugar n Cream 100% cotton yarn. The I Love This Cotton was definitely designed for use in garments and such. It is very soft and has a lot of stretch to it more than your standard yarn.