Easy Crochet Blankets for Beginners

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Crocheted blankets are easy to make.
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The granny square is a timeless and very popular crochet pattern that is simple to make. Once you have a stack of them, you can combine them into almost anything–scarves, dishcloths and blankets. Granny square blankets are light and lacy, but still warm and cozy, a perfect project for beginners. You make them in small increments and repeat the same simple pattern over and over. There are also dozens of possibilities for adaptation or embellishment.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted weight yarn, at least 3 skeins
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Granny Squares

Round one: Chain four. Slip stitch in the first chain to make a ring. Chain three. Double crochet twice into the ring. Chain three. {Double crochet three times into the ring.} Repeat { } twice more. Chain three. Slip stitch into the first stitch of your first chain and into the next three stitches to reach the corner.

Round two: Chain three. Working the next stitches into the gap created by the corner chain, double crochet twice, chain three, double crochet three times, chain one. {Double crochet three times, chain three, then double crochet three times into the next corner gap, chain one.} Repeat { } twice more. Slip stitch into the first stitch of your first chain, chain three, slip stitch into the next three stitches to reach the corner.

Round three: Chain three. Working the next stitches into the gap created by the corner chain, double crochet twice, chain three, double crochet three times, chain one, double crochet three time, chain one. {Double crochet three times, chain three, then double crochet three times into the next corner gap, chain one, double crochet three times into the single-chain gap along the side, chain one.} Repeat { } twice more. Slip stitch into the first stitch of your first chain, chain three, slip stitch into the next three stitches to reach the corner.

Repeat step three until your square reaches your desired size, double crocheting three times into every single-chain gap, with a single chain in between each. (Round three will have one single-chain gap. Round four will have two, etc.) Five rounds will make a square measuring roughly six inches. Tie off and cut the thread, leaving a long tail. Make as many squares as needed to create a blanket of your desired dimensions–60 6-inch squares for a 3 x 5-foot blanket, 64 squares for a 4 x 4, etc.

Assembly

Lay out your squares on the floor, arranging them until you find a pattern you like. If necessary, block the squares by lightly misting them and pinning them flat in their proper shape until they dry. This is necessary if your squares are curling up at the edges or otherwise warped or stretched out of shape.

Sew all the squares in each row together, where possible using the long tails left on one corner of each square. If a tail is not available, cut a piece of leftover yarn to use as thread.

Sew the rows together, matching seams. Weave in and clip any remaining yarn tails.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change yarns every round in your granny square to make a colorful pattern. Simply tie off and cut the old yarn and join the new yarn with a slip stitch.

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