Granny Square Blue Agate Crochet Blanket

This blue agate crochet blanket was a joy to make. The process of crocheting each square, joining them, and adding a beautiful crochet border is so relaxing.

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Granny Square Blue Agate Crochet Blanket
Granny Square Blue Agate Crochet Blanket

Part 2 of 6 Part Series on Granny Square Blanket Crochet Borders

This is the second granny square blanket of a 6 part series on a few easy, yet pretty crochet edges that can be added to the throws. I will have both written directions and video tutorials for each one. Enjoy creating your own beautiful blankets using this series.

I spent most of last winter crocheting the squares. it was a pleasure choosing colors that I thought worked well together. Even though I had no idea what the end result would be, I just kept making squares. My son-in-law, daughter, and I had so much fun laying out the squares and figuring out the layout for each blanket.

Arranging the Granny Squares and Choosing the Colors

The photo below shows the initial stages of figuring out what squares to put together and how we should arrange the squares in the blankets. As you can see, near the top and the left side, we were thinking about adding some grey squares to this. However, when you look at the end result. We decided to save those for other arrangements.

Arranging Blue Agate Granny Square Blanket Squares
Arranging Blue Agate Granny Square Blanket Squares

Adding a Crochet Border onto a Granny Square Blanket

Then after joining them, it was fun to be creative the have a completely different overall look to each blanket as the edge was finished. Here is the first one that I made. It was a pink granny square blanket.

Square One Consists of four rounds of Deft Blue and two rounds of Charcoal.

Deft Blue and Charcoal Granny Square
Deft Blue and Charcoal Granny Square

Square Two consists of four rounds of Light Blue and two rounds of Dusty Grey.

Light Blue and Dusty Grey Granny Square
Light Blue and Dusty Grey Granny Square

Why Blue Agate Crochet Blanket?

My dear mother-in-law grew up in Upper Michigan near the shores of Lake Superior. You can walk the beaches and find beautiful gem stones in the cold, clear water. The town she lived in used to be a booming mining town. We would go there and go Agate searching each summer. The crochet borders on this throw remind me of those beautiful gems. What to know more about Agates? This is a great site to learn more. If you have never visited the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, I urge you to go see the beauty.

So many uses for this granny square blanket. This could be a throw, blanket, lap afghan, baby blanket.

Joining the Squares with the Invisible Join

The squares are joined using the invisible join. If you are not familiar with that method, I have done a video for you on how to do this. A bit further down in the pattern, you will find this video.

Perfect Blanket Size

Size is approximately 31.5 inches wide by 39 inches long.

Each square is approximately 6 3/4 inches around.

A total of 20 squares. 10 squares with four rounds of light blue and two rounds of dusty grey. 10 squares with four rounds of deft blue and two rounds of charcoal.

The blanket is four squares wide and five squares long.

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Directions: Granny Square Blue Agate Crochet Blanket

Materials

Charcoal Red Heart. 3 Skeins or 1092 yards. If you are not able to find this yarn locally, you can find it here

Dusty Grey Red Heart. 2 Skeins or 728 yards. If you are not able to find this yarn locally, you can find it here

Deft Blue Red Heart 2 Skeins or 728 yards. If you are not able to find this yarn locally, you can find it here.

Light Blue Red Heart 2 Skeins or 728 yards. If you are not able to find this yarn locally, you can find it here.

Size H crochet hook

Scissors

Yarn needle

Abbreviations

CH = Chain

DC = Double Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

SL ST = Slip Stitch

SP = Space

ST = Stitch

Directions:

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.

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Round 1:

For this round, you will be working inside the magic circle. chain 3 and count this chain 3 as your first 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 of the beginning chain. This join completes the first shell of the first round. (note, you should have 4 clusters of 3 DC with 4 areas of CH 3 between)

Round 2:

Make 4 CH, this will count as your first DC plus a 1 CH. Then in the first CH 3 space, work *3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1*.  Continue the stitch pattern between the * until the last 3-ch space. In the last CH 3 SP, work the 3 DC, 3 CH, then work only 2 DC and join with a SL ST into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH. This join will complete the last shell of the round. You should have 8 shells and 8 chain 3 spaces.

Round 3:

Make 3 CH, then 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 1 ch. In the next 1-ch space work 3 DC and 1 CH. Repeat from * 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.

Round 4-6:

Repeat rounds 2 and 3.

Granny Square Color

Remember, in this granny square, the deft blue is done for the first 4 rounds, then rounds 5 and 6 it is the charcoal. For the other square, it is 4 rounds of the light blue and 2 rounds of the dusty grey.

I made 10 of each square.

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 of the Blue Agate Crochet Blanket
Joining the Granny Squares of the Blue Agate Crochet Blanket

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
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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.

Invisible Join Written Directions

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.

Crochet Blue and Grey Blanket
Crochet Blue and Grey Blanket

Crochet Border Directions

Round 1:

Join light blue yarn in a CH 1 SP. [CH 3 (this counts as your first DC), 2 DC, CH 1] Repeat between [ ] until you reach the corner. Then in the CH 3 space, work 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1.  Continue the stitch pattern between the [ ] for the sides and in each corner work the ( 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1). End with a SL ST into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH.

Round 2:

Join Dusty Grey yarn in a CH 1 SP. [CH 3 (this counts as your first DC), 2 DC, CH 1] Repeat between [ ] until you reach the corner. Then in the CH 3 space, work 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1.  Continue the stitch pattern between the [ ] for the sides and in each corner work the ( 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1). End with a SL ST into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH.

Round 3:

Join Deft Blue yarn in a CH 1 SP. [CH 3 (this counts as your first DC), 2 DC, CH 1] Repeat between [ ] until you reach the corner. Then in the CH 3 space, work 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1.  Continue the stitch pattern between the [ ] for the sides and in each corner work the ( 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1). End with a SL ST into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH.

Round 4:

Join Charcoal yarn in a CH 1 SP. [CH 3 (this counts as your first DC), 2 DC, CH 1] Repeat between [ ] until you reach the corner. Then in the CH 3 space, work 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1.  Continue the stitch pattern between the [ ] for the sides and in each corner work the ( 3 DC, 3 CH, 3 DC and CH 1). End with a SL ST into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH.

Finishing:

Weave in all the ends and cut off excess yarn.

Video Tutorial on Crocheting the Border on this Granny Square Blanket

Granny Square Blue Agate Crochet Blanket
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Enjoy gifting or using your beautiful blanket.

Granny Square Crochet Tutorials

If you prefer a video on how to crochet a granny square, that is here for you too.

How to Crochet a Granny Square
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Changing Color While Crocheting a Granny Square

Here is a video tutorial on how to easily change color while crocheting a basic granny square.

How to Change Color on a Granny Square
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