The Rusty Cottage granny Square blanket crochet pattern is here. It’s my first one, I’m so excited. I’ve always wanted one, but I’ve never felt like I had found the right yarn for it. Until I found this Hue + Me yarn. But before giving the details about the yarn, let me tell you. There are tons of patterns and tutorials for granny square blankets online. They are pretty straightforward to make. But before you go somewhere else, keep reading and check out this complete guide I’ve put together on how to make your own blanket.
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This is a very beginner friendly pattern. It’s super quick to make, you will be using bulky yarn. Unless you want to make it with a lighter yarn (your choice). Not to mention, you will use only three shades of yarn, so not too many ends to weave in. And the best of all… you will love how fast it is to make it and how beautiful the final result is. Before you get to the pattern, you may have a few questions. So, let’s dive into some information to answer those questions.
How big should a granny square blanket be?
- Security/Cuddle: 16″ x 16″, that’s 2 by 2 = 4 8″ x 8″ square blocks.
- Baby: 24″ x 32″, that’s 3 by 4 = 12 8″ x 8″ square blocks
- Crib: 40″ x 48″, that’s 5 by 6 = 30 8″ x 8″ square blocks
- Throw: 48″ x 56″, that’s 6 by 7 = 42 8″ x 8″ square blocks
The sizes above are some of the most popular sizes and how many squares you need for them. However, edging is not included as it varies depending on personal preference.
A granny square blanket can be made at any size. But before you start a blanket, there is some information you may want to take into consideration. A classic granny square size varies between 8” x 8” (20 x 20 cm) to 12” x 12” (30 x 30 cm). Of course, you can make the squares as small or as large as you want, but the classic one tends to be in the larger side.
How long does it take to crochet a granny square blanket?
It will take you approximately 7-8 hours to make a throw blanket.
Of course, that is the total time, it may take you weeks depending on how many hours a day you work on it. It really is that quick! That was how long it took me to crochet the blanket shown here, including joining the squares and making the border. Certainly, everyone has their own speed and it will depend on other factors as well. But the blanket pictured here is super quick to make.
How many skeins of yarn do you need for a granny square blanket?
For a throw blanket, you will need approximately 49 oz of bulky yarn. That is a total of 13 skeins of 4.4 oz yarn. Obviously, that will be possible if you are following all the recommendations in this pattern.
The amount of yarn you will need for a granny square blanket depends on a number of factors. One of them, and probably the most important one, is the weight of yarn you will use. Also, there is the factor edging size. If you are making a larger edging, you will obviously need more yarn.
For the blanket shown in this pattern, you will need this amount and colors:
- Ozone (C1): 13.8 oz | 391 g, 430 yds | 393 m, or 4 skeins (you will use some of the 4th skein).
- Peacoat (C2): 14.52 oz | 412 g, 452 yds | 413 m, or 4 skeins (you will use some of the 4th skein)
- Arrowwood (C3): 20.40 oz | 578 g, 635 yds | 580 m, 5 skeins (you will use some of the 5th skein)
I used Hue + Me, a yarn by LionBrand created in partnership with Alexi Tavel, designer at Two of Wands. The color palette of this yarn is so dreamy. Not to mention it comes in 18 shades and you can mix any of them together that the combo will be simply gorgeous. At the time I wrote this blog post, the Hue + Me yarn has been for sale online, at Joann, if you are in the US.
The fiber content of Hue + Me is 80% Acrylic | 20% Wool. Its weight is bulky (5). This yarn is so squishy and cuddly. I am excited to have a new blanket to cuddle with when I am sitting in my couch now. Or to simply use it as decor piece.
Materials and tools you will need:
- 6.50 mm (US K) hook
- Tapestry needle, to weave in the ends
- ch(s): Chain(s)
- C1: Color 1
- C2: Color 2
- C3: Color 3
- dc: double crochet
- mc: magic circle
- sl st: slip stitch
- st(s): stitch(es)
- *: repeat instructions after asterisks as directed
- (…): work instructions within parentheses as directed
- Cluster: 3 dc sts in the same ch space
Gauge / Square size information:
Gauge is not crucial for this project. A granny square measures approximately: 8”x 8” (20 x 20 cm), if you use the same yarn weight and hook size. You may add rounds to each square, as needed, to achieve the desired size.
Size information for this granny square blanket crochet pattern:
This is a throw blanket. The finished size is approximately 55” x 64” (140 cm x 162.5 cm), including the edging.
Yarn color instructions for this pattern:
- Make 21 squares with C1 (round 1-3)
- Make 21 squares with C2 (round 1-3)
- Then use C3 to finish all the squares (round 4)
- Join the squares with C3
How to arrange the layout of this granny square blanket
The blanket width will have 6 squares and the length will use 7 squares. Sewing instructions are in the “join the squares” section below. Join the squares alternating the colors. When it’s time to join them, follow this chart to set up the layout and for the sewing guide.
Additional notes for the pattern:
- Ch 3 in the beginning of rounds counts as a dc.
- This granny square blanket was made using the classic technique. The classic granny square is built with chain 1 spaces, clusters and ch 2 spaces in the corners.
- A cluster consists of a group of three double crochet stitches. So, the math concept in a classic granny square round is very simple: a cluster for every ch 1 space, a ch 1 space for every cluster, corners with (1 cluster + chain 2 + 1 cluster). In fact, making two double crochets in the corners is what creates the increases. Having said that, every round will have 4 extra clusters each.
Let’s make the blanket
Time needed: 7 hours.
This is the approximate time will take to complete this blanket. You will first make the squares, then join them. Lastly you will make the edging and weave in all the ends.
- Make the granny squares
Check the information above on how to work with the yarn colors.
Start with a magic circle. Alternatively, you can chain 3, join to third chain from the hook with a slip knot and form a ring.
Crochet 4 clusters in round 1 inside the magic circle
Rnd1: ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 more times, join with a slip st to initial ch 3. Pull the tail tight to close the magic circle.
Crochet the second round starting with 4 chs
Three chains for a dc and another chain for the first ch space
Rnd2: ch 4, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch sp, join with a sl st to initial ch 3.
Crochet the third round starting with 3 chs
Rnd3: ch 3, 2 dc in next ch sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch sp, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1, join with a sl st to initial ch 3.
FO. Cut the yarn.
Attach C3 and crochet the last round
Rnd4: ch 4, 3 dc in next ch sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch sp, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch sp) 2 times, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch sp, join with a sl st to initial ch 3.
- Join the granny squares with a tapestry needle
There are several ways to join granny squares. You can even join them as you go. In fact, if you look up online, you will find many tutorials. Feel free to use the one you feel most comfortable with. I used this hand sewing method with the whip stitch.
I am using a contrasting color of yarn to join for the purpose of this tutorial. But I chose to use the same color I used to crochet the last rounds of the granny squares to join my finished blanket. Here are the instructions:
To start, grab the first 2 squares and align them against each other, wrong sides facing each other.
Follow the color layout in the chart above, in the “how to arrange the layout” section, to assemble the blanket.
Thread the tapestry needle with a strand of yarn C3, or a contrasting color, about 24” longer than the width of the blanket. The yarn color you will use to join the squares is your choice. Use the one you think will fit your blanket better.
Start whip stitching, from right to left. Or left to right, if you are left-handed.
With this sewing method, you will work through the back loop only of the stitches in last round of the granny squares. I chose this method because I am using bulky yarn, it makes the seam less heavy, not so bulky.
Start with the corners. Each corner has two chains, start with the one immediately before the row you will sew.
First, insert the needle and draw the yarn through the loops, pulling the strand all the way through.
Leave a tail to make a knot and secure it later. This and all the other tails can be weaved in later after you complete the joining process.
Continue this process of inserting the needle in both loops at once, one stitch at a time. Make sure you pull the strand all the way through.
When you get to the next corner of the two granny squares, grab two more granny squares and continue stitching.
Join as many squares as needed to achieve the width of this crochet granny square blanket. For this specific pattern, you will have 6 squares.
Fasten off and cut the yarn at the end of each row. You can weave in the end now or do it later.
At this point, you have two rows of squares. Once you stitch the two last squares, go back to the right side (or left, if you are left-handed) and start a new row. Follow the same steps over and over until you complete all rows.
Once you’re done with the horizontal sewing, start sewing it vertically. See the chart above on how to set up the layout.
- Crochet the edging using sc st
I wanted a simple edging, so I only made two rounds of sc. For the first round I used C2 and, for the other round, I used C3. But you can use one color only or even make a different edging if you prefer.
Rnd1: Attach yarn C2 to any stitch in the border, sc around the entire blanket, work (1 sc, 1 ch, 1c) into each of the four corners of the blanket. FO. Cut the yarn
Rnd2: Attach yarn C3, repeat the same you did in round 1. FO. Cut the yarn.
Finish off by weaving in any left ends. Your blanket is all done. Yay!
I hope you enjoy making this classic granny square blanket crochet pattern. If you share it on Instagram, I would love to see it, please tag @zamiguz or use the hashtag #zamiguzmakers.