Monday, December 12, 2011

Offset Granny Square Baby Blankets

My sister-in-law just had twins, a boy and a girl. I wanted to give them something that will last a long time and keep them nice and toasty. But I had to make 2; so I needed to work a pattern that was quick and easy. I decided to make them granny square blankets.

The granny square is classic and quick and easy. You can make this any size you like. I worked 35 rounds and ended up with a good size blanket for babies. I like my blanket to be a little different, following my pattern will give you exactly what you see in the picture below.  A crooked center; I like mine this way but you can follow the instructions (located at the bottom of this post; dated 2/25/12 - How to straightened...), someone wrote to me for a perfect squared center.

The blankets are 34" x 34".

I used 8.5 oz. (about 761 yards) of baby yarn (size 3) balls, 3 oz. scrap yarn of the same weight to contrast the colors, a G (4.25mm) crochet hook, and a yarn needle to weave in tails.

Here's the pattern:

Begin with Chain (ch) 5, slip stich (sl st) into the 1st chain to make ring


Rnd 1
Round 1 - ch 3, 2 double crochet (dc) in ring, *ch 2, 3 dc in ring*, repeat ** twice, sl st into the 1st dc, the 2nd dc, and the 1st chain 2 space;  this is how we end the round.



Rnd 2
Rnd 2 - ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the same space (this makes the first corner); ch 1; 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the next chain 2 space; repeat **,twice; ch 1; end round as in round (Rnd) 1. You should have a box now.


Rnd 3
Rnd 3 - ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the same space; *ch 1; 3 dc in the next chain 1 space; ch 1; 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the next chain 2 space (corner)*; repeat **, twice; ch 1; 3 dc in the next space; ch 1; end row as in rnd 1.




Rnd 4
Rnd 4 - ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the same space; ch 1; *3 dc in the next chain 1 space; ch 1; 3 dc in the next chain 1 space; ch 1; 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the next chain 2 space (corner)*; repeat **, twice; ch 1; 3 dc in the next space; ch 1;  3 dc in the next space; ch 1; end row as in rnd 1.


Rnd 5
Rnd 5 - Rnd 35 - Repeat rnd 4 with the increases of the pattern**(as explained below). Changing colors in the rounds that you wish***(also explained below). 

In my project I started with the contrast color for 5 rounds, then changed yarn for 9 rounds; I then added 2 rounds of the contrasting color followed by 9 more rounds of the baby yarn and continued in this manner until I got my desired sized blanket. But you can do whatever looks good for you.

**From here on you will notice that in each round your chain 1 spaces will increase; there will be more "3 dc in the next space; ch 1" before you get to your corners. With each round increasing your square will grow.

***To change the color, you must fasten off after ending a round, leaving a tail of 3"; at the beggining of the next round (with your new color), in any corner you want; attach the new yarn with a slip knot, and begin the round following the pattern.


2/25/12 - How to straighten out your center for a perfect squared blanket.

---JUST GOT A NOTE ON MY PATTERN FROM JOANNE, WHO LIKED THIS PATTERN BUT NOTICED THAT THE CENTER IS CROOKED.

I LIKE MY WORK TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT BUT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT THE CENTER OF YOUR BLANKET TO BE STRAIGHT AND PERFECTLY SQUARED.

HERE'S WHAT SHE SUGGEST:

"I have three friends who come to my home and we crochet and talk on Tuesdays.
Gleda saw my crooked middle and said that she read somewhere that the only way to avoid that crookedness is to turn your work for every row rather that go round and round with a right side and wrong side. By turning by work for every row it came out perfect. I have no clue why this happens and I hope I am explaining this so you understand but it has really worked for me."

So I want to thank Joanne for sharing the instructions with us.  It might be helpful for those who want a perfectly squared blanket.

4 comments:

  1. Wow, what a wonderful and creative way to make baby blankets. Before my daughter was born, I tried to learn how to knit. I could make a square with the basic stitch, but it got confusing for me after that. And you're right it is much better quality and will last a long time. Your niece and nephew are very lucky.

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  2. Thank U Sophie. I'm glad u liked it and I happy to share it with you.

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  3. I got a perfectly square blanket and I never turned my work. However, I must say I like it crooked...

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    1. Thanks for commenting DivaDeeMe. I'm glad yours turned out great. I like classic items with a little twist...too.

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