Which craft: Crochet
Sea Urchin Granny Square Blanket
Ice Yarn Saver (100% Dralon Acrylic) in colours: Teal (59113) 2 x 200g, Light Orange (47183) 1 x 200g, Candy Pink (471931) 1 x 200g, Lilac (47196) 1 x 200g, and, Light Blue (47185) 1 x 200g.
Suggestion Needles / Hooks: 5 mm. US 8
Each 5-round granny square should measure approximately 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Traditional Granny Squares
134cm x 94cm (53in x 37in)
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
This is an easy blanket to make, suitable for a beginner. It is made up of granny squares joined together. The yarn that is used it the Ice Yarn Saver range, this is 100% Dralon Acrylic and comes in 200g balls. This pattern is for a blanket that measures approximately 134cm x 94cm (53in x 37in).
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 TC 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.
This pattern does not include a chain between granny clusters. This pattern includes 1 chain to form a corner.
I have found that granny squares work best if you turn the square over after each round – I think this helps to keep to the square nice and even. I also like to start a new round in a different corner. This pattern therefore includes these features.
There are 35 squares to make. There are 4 different designs (you will need to make 8 of square A, 9 of Squares B, C and D). Each square has 5 rounds.
Colour order is as follows:
SQUARE A (8 squares in total): Pink, Lilac, Blue, Orange, Pink
SQUARE B (9 squares): Lilac, Blue, Orange, Pink, Lilac
SQUARE C (9 squares): Blue, Orange Pink Lilac, Blue
SQUARE D (9 squares): Orange, Pink, Lilac, Blue, Orange
To make square A:
Round 1. Using Candy Pink yarn chain 4. Sl St into the 4th chain from the hook to form a ring. CH 3 (counts as one treble), 2 TC into the ring, CH 1, *3 TC into the ring, CH 1*, repeat ** twice more. Join with a Sl St into the top of the starting CH 3 to close. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Round 2. Turn the square over. Join Lilac yarn with a Sl St in any chain 1 corner space (start in a different corner space). CH 3 (counts as one treble) and then 2 TC into the space, *in the next corner space work [3 TC, CH 1, 3 TC]*, repeat ** twice more, then 3 TC into the corner you started with, CH 1 and the join with a Sl St into the top of the first chain 3 to close. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Round 3. Turn the square over. Using Light Blue yarn join with a Sl St in any chain 1 corner space. CH 3 (counts as one treble) and then 2 TC into the corner space, *work 3 TC into the next space between two treble clusters from the round below, then into next corner space, work [3 TC, CH 1, 3 TC]*, repeat ** twice more, 3 TC into next treble cluster space, 3 TC into the corner that you started, CH 1 and then join with a Sl St into the top of the first chain 3 to close. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Rounds 4 &5. Continue with pattern as outlined for round 3. Each subsequent round will have an additional treble cluster along each side of the square. For square A: Round 4 using Light Orange yarn and Round 5 using Candy Pink yarn
Repeat with all of the squares. You should have 35 squares in total.
Arrange your squares as follows:
B A C D B
D B A C D
C D B A C
A C D B A
B A C D B
D B A C D
C D B A C
This pattern uses the ‘join-as-you-go’ joining method to join these squares. This means that that the squares are joined whilst adding a 6th round to each square. This is done using the Teal yarn. If you prefer to sew the squares together or slip stitch the squares together then you will need to complete a 6th round of each square using Teal before you join.
Join-as-you-go joining method:
Take the first square and complete a 6th round using the Teal yarn as follows: join joining yarn with a Sl St in any corner, CH 3 (counts as one treble) and 2 TC into the same space, *(3 TC in the next space between trebles from Round 5) and repeat until you reach the next corner space, (3 TC, CH 1, 3 TC) in corner space*, repeat **until you reach the starting corner space, 3 TC into the corner space, CH 1 and Sl St to top of starting chain 3. Fasten off.
For the subsequent squares, complete a Round 6 using Teal 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 Sl St into the adjacent square in between the corresponding group of trebles. At the corners replace CH 1 with a Sl St in the adjacent square then CH 1.
The border is simply 3 rows of granny treble clusters (turning the blanket over after each round) and 4 rows of double crochet (worked from 1 side).
Border Row 1 (Teal Yarn): Join with Teal yarn in any corner space, CH 3 (counts as one treble), 2 TC into same space, continue along the side of the blanket with groups of trebles. When you come to the join between 2 granny squares work 1 TC into the first stitch of the first corner space, work 1 tr2tog, 1 TC in the second corner. (Note: If you find that this ‘pulls’ the blanket so that it does not lie flat, you may wish to try working a group of trebles into the slip stitch that joined the two squares instead). Continue around the blanket with groups of trebles with (3 TC, 1 CH, 3 TC) in each corner space. When you reach the starting corner work 3 TC, 1 CH and join with a Sl St into the top of the starting chain. Turn over, Sl St into the corner space, CH 3.
Border Rounds 2 & 3 (Teal): Continue with Teal yarn, 2 TC in corner space, 3 TC in each treble space along until next corner, *(3 TC, 1 CH, 3 TC) in corner space*, repeat ** until you reach the starting corner, 3 TC in corner space and Sl St into top of starting chain 3. Turn over, Sl St into the corner space, CH 3. Repeat a third round with Teal. Fasten off Teal, weave in ends.
Border Round 4 (Lilac). Join Lilac yarn in any corner space. CH 2 (counts as one DC), work one DC into the top of each stitch all the way round, working 3 DC in each corner space (the corner space is the chain 1 from the round below). When you arrive back at the starting corner, work 2 DC and then Sl St into the top of the starting chain 2. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.
Border Round 5 (Light Blue): Repeat Border round 4 using Light Blue yarn working a DC into the top of each stitch all the way round and working 3 DC in each corner space (which is the middle of the DC stitch in the corner space from the round below.
Border Round 6 (Orange): repeat Border Round 5 with orange yarn.
Border Round 7(Candy Pink): repeat Border Round 5 with Candy Pink yarn.
Block blanket if required.
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