This blushing ruffle granny square blanket is so feminine and pretty. The basic granny square is front and center with this lovely crochet pattern.
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Crochet Granny Square
The crochet granny square is popular in many parts of the world. In its simplest form, it is one of the easiest crochet patterns. This makes them a great choice for a beginner. However, folks that have crocheted for many years, often enjoy making a wide variety of items using this basic pattern too.
You can add color and style to your home and wearables when you learn to crochet a granny square. Using the easy granny square pattern is a wonderful way to tap into your creativity.
Change up the colors, the yarn, how they are joined together, and the border. Use one or more to complete your project. They are just so versatile, that is one of the reasons I love them.
Once you get the hang of making them, it is easy to work without much counting. Perfect for watching your favorite television show with your family.
Classic Granny Square Baby Blanket
Pair three yarn colors with twenty granny squares, add a frilly crochet border and you have a winner in my book.
This crochet pattern is one of the patterns in a six-part granny square baby blanket series I have been working on.
Each throw consists of the twenty crochet squares. The colors have been varied along with the crochet borders to achieve a different look for each one.
Square Colors in This Crochet Baby Blanket
There are ten of each granny square for a total of 20 squares.
Square one consists of four rounds of petal pink and two rounds of dusty grey.
Square two consists of four founds of Dusty Grey and two rounds of Charcoal Grey.
Designing the Layout of the Crochet Squares
I had spent a winter crocheting lots of granny squares. when I thought I had enough complete, I enlisted my daughter and son-in-law. We spent a few hours arranging and re-arranging granny squares to find, what we thought were perfect combinations.
At this point, I still had no idea what crochet border would happen with each blanket. However, little-by-little, each one came to life.
Directions: Blushing Ruffle Granny Square Blanket
Note, there are video tutorial links near the bottom to help with the crochet pattern.
Size is approximately 32 inches wide by 40 inches long.
Each square is approximately 6 3/4 inches around.
A total of 20 squares.
- 10 squares with four rounds of petal pink and two rounds of dusty grey.
- 10 squares with four rounds of dusty grey and two rounds of charcoal grey.
The blanket is four squares wide and five squares long.
12 Double Crochet per 4 inches. However, gauge is not critical in this crochet pattern.
Charcoal Grey Red Heart. 1 Skein or 364 yards. If you are not able to find the yarn locally, you can find it here.
Dusty Grey Red Heart. 3 Skeins or 910 yards. If you are not able to find the yarn locally, you can find it here.
Petal Pink Red Heart. 2 Skeins or 545 yards. If you are not able to find the yarn locally, you can find it here.
Size H crochet hook
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SP = Space
ST = Stitch
STs = Stitches
YO = Yarn Over
[ ] repeat between
If you are newer to crochet, here is a step-by-step tutorial on completing the classic granny square.
How to complete the Picot Stitch. Most picot stitches call for a CH 3, I wanted this one a bit taller, so I did a CH 4 and inserted my hook into the first CH, YO, Pull through the loops on the hook.
How to complete the V-Stitch. In this pattern the V-Stitch is used for the crochet border. The V-Stitch is worked (DC, CH 1, DC).
Granny Cluster, or shell: A granny cluster is a term for a special crochet stitch that consists of a set of 3 double crochets, all worked into one stitch or space. The clusters are then separated from one another with chain stitches.
Beginning the Granny Square
Begin by making a Magic Circle. Directions for the magic circle can be found here. This is a detailed step-by-step tutorial on making the magic circle.
An alternative way to begin this pattern is to CH 4 and SL ST into the first CH to form a circle.
For this round, you will be working inside the magic circle. Chain 3 (Counts as DC of this round and throughout the entire pattern). Continuing working in the ring, work 2 DC. Then chain 3. 3 DC, CH 3, 3DC, CH3, 3DC, CH3 and join into the top CH of the beginning CH 3. This join completes the first round. (note, you should have 4 clusters of 3 DC with 4 areas of CH 3 between)
CH 4 (This will count as your first DC plus a 1 CH). Then in the first CH 3 SP, [3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1]. Continue the stitch pattern between the [ ] until the last CH 3 SP. In the last CH 3 SP, work the 3 DC, 3 CH, then work only 2 DC and join with a SL into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH STs. This join will complete the round. (You should have 8 shells, 4 chain 3 spaces, and 4 CH 1 spaces).
CH 3 (Counts as a DC), Insert the hook into the CH 1 SP from the previous row, (Should be right where the previous row ended). YO and work a DC, Insert hook again, YO and DC. (This completes your first 3 DC in the round). CH 1. [In the corner CH 3 SP work (3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC. and CH 1)]. In the next CH 1 SP work 3 DC and 1 CH]. Repeat between [ ] 3 more times until all 4 sides are complete. After the last DC in the CH 3 space CH 1 and SL ST into the top ST of the first DC of this round. (You should have 12 shells and 12 spaces after the completion of this round).
Repeat rounds 2 and 3.
Finishing Each Square:
Pull the yarn through the last ST. Using the yarn needle, weave the yarn back and forth through the crochet stitches until a bit snug. Cut off excess.
Join the Squares
Joining the Granny Squares Using the Invisible Join Method
Here is a quick video showing how I did the invisible join. Step-by-step instructions on how to join granny squares using the invisible joining method. Learn how to easily achieve that look of evenly joined granny squares in your next project.
How to complete the Invisible Join for Granny Squares
Watch this video on YouTube.
Subscribe to the channel Invisible Join Written Directions
However, if you would rather read the written directions, I will do my best to write out clear directions below if you learn better that way.
I used one of the colors that I was currently joining. Use a piece of yarn that is about 10 inches longer than two sides of the square. In order words approximately 20 inches long. Thread a yarn needle.
Begin by holding the wrong sides together. Start in a corner of one of the squares.
Look for the first horizontal thread inside the chain in the corner stitch. Insert the yarn needle and pull the yarn through leaving approximately a 5-inch tail. (you will need to weave this in later. Make sure to weave it into the color you used so it will not be noticeable).
Step-by-Step Joining Directions
- Starting in the horizontal thread inside the chain in the corner stitch, insert the yarn needle and pull the yarn through. (don’t snug up the yarn just yet).
- In the opposite square and insert the yarn needle into the next horizontal yarn piece in the next stitch.
- Come back to the first square and insert the yarn needle into the next horizontal yarn piece in the next stitch.
- Continue for 2 or 3 more horizontal yarn stitches.
- Then holding the starting yarn stitch in the corner, pull the yarn snug.
- Your granny squares will be snug and invisibly joined for the stitches that you have worked.
- Continue moving back and forth between the two squares and weaving the yarn through the horizontal stitches.
- Every 3 or 4 stitches, pull the yarn snug.
Align the Corners
Insert the yarn needle in all the corner stitches of the squares being joined together, and pull through the yarn. Then continue weaving back and forth through the horizontal stitches. Every 3 or 4 stitches, pulling the yarn snug.
Weave in the Yarn Ends
Before working on the border, I took the time to weave in all the yarn pieces using the yarn needle.
Using the Petal Pink yarn
CH 1 (Counts as SC) SC in each ST all the way around. End with SL ST into 1st CH 1 ST. Note: make sure when completing the SC in the CH Spaces you go through the top loops or at least the back loop so some of the grey from the previous row shows through.
Change to the Dusty Grey yarn
CH 3 (Counts as DC). DC in each ST all the way around. End with SL ST into the top CH of the initial CH 3.
Continue with the Dusty Grey yarn
CH 4 (Counts as DC, CH 1), DC in the same ST. [SK 2 STs, (DC, CH 1, DC) in the next ST]. Repeat between [ ] around. In the corners work (DC, CH 1, DC, SK 1) 3 times. Join with a SL ST into the 3rd CH of the initial CH 4.
Continue with the Dusty Grey yarn
SL ST into the CH 1 SP. CH 4 (Counts as DC, CH 1). DC in the same SP. [Move to the next CH SP, work (DC, CH 1, DC)] Repeat around between the [ ]. Join with a SL ST into the top CH of the initial CH 3. Note, this might seem like it will not lay very flat at this point. The next round seems to straighten things out nicely.
Continue with the Dusty Grey yarn
SL St into the CH 1 SP of the previous row. CH 3 (Counts as DC) and 2 DC in the Same SP, CH 1. [Move to the next CH SP, work 3 DC, CH 1]. Repeat around between [ ]. End the round with a CH 1 and join with a SL ST into the top CH of the initial CH 3.
In this round, you will complete a Picot Stitch in the middle ST of the 3 DC in the previous row with SC in the other stitches. Picot Stitch. CH 4 and insert hook into the first CH, YO, Pull through the loops on the hook
Change to Petal Pink yarn
Join the yarn in a CH 1 SP.
CH 1 (Counts as SC). In the next ST SC, work a Picot ST, then [SC in each ST until you reach the middle DC of the next set of 3 DC’s. Complete a Picot ST]. Repeat between [ ] around. End with a SL ST into the first CH SP.
Weave in the yarn ends and remove the excess.
Crochet Video Tutorials
Right hand crochet tutorial for border.
Left hand crochet tutorial for border.
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You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has worked in restaurants for many years. Her many crochet patterns and quilt patterns are enjoyed by many. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.