The crochet Woodland Granny Square Blanket is comprised of – you guessed it – granny squares and (10 different) woodland themed appliques.
This makes a perfect blanket for a nursery or throw blanket for your sofa.
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I originally (4 years ago when I started my blog) made a throw sized Woodland Blanket to put on my sofa. Fast forward to today, I have updated it with video tutorials as well as a baby sized version because I have seen a lot of crocheters use this pattern as a baby gift.
I’ve since updated the written pattern as well and in the baby version, I used my favorite yarn – Paint Box Yarns. Below or in the PDF pattern, you will find the yarns I used as well as instructions for both versions.
I have also since updated my granny square pattern. You can find the 2.0 granny square pattern (video tutorial included) here. I use it for all of my themed blankets.
Crochet Woodland Blanket Materials List
Materials for Granny Squares
Worsted weight yarn:
Throw Size: 49″ x 63″
2 skeins (277 yards each)Loops & Threads Impeccable in:
Rouge, Soft Taupe, Deep Forest, and Chocolate Brown
8 skeins (277 yards each) Loops&Threads Impeccable in Aran
3 skeins (201 yards each) Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in Champagne White
1 skein (201 yards each) Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the following colors: Racing Green, Mustard Yellow, Coffee Bean, Light Caramel, and Red Wine
Materials for Woodland Animal appliques (throw size and baby size)
You will need to following worsted weight in small amounts (much less than a skein, I mostly used my scrap yarn in different brands so I will give you colors vs. specific color/brand):
Other yarns (optional): Bernat Pipsqueak in white and Lion Brand Fun Fur in chocolate
(27) 6mm safety eyes – or you can use black to sew on eyes
Granny Square Crochet Pattern
You can find the granny square pattern here (video tutorial included).
Throw Sized Blanket Instructions
Make the following amount of granny squares:
31 squares of the aran and 8 squares of each other colors (rouge, soft taupe, deep forest, and chocolate brown).
Make 3 of each applique using the patterns below. Make 1 extra on applique of your choice, I chose to make 4 trees. Sew the appliques onto the aran/cream squares. Tutorial here.
Use the layout below to map out how to join your granny squares. Tutorial on how to join here.
Border: Single crochet around with aran/cream yarn, making 5 single crochets in each corner. Single crochet around 3 more times, making 3 single crochets in each corner. Change to brown. Half double crochet around, making 3 half double crochets in each corner.
Baby Sized Blanket Instructions
Make the following amount of granny squares:
10 squares in white champagne and 2 squares in each of the other colors.
Make 1 of each applique using the patterns below. Sew the appliques onto the cream squares. Tutorial here.
Use the layout below to map out how to join your granny squares. Tutorial on joining here.
Border: Single crochet around using cream yarn, making 5 single crochets in each corner. Change to green. Half double crochet around, making 3 half double crochets in each corner.
Woodland Themed Appliques
Moose Granny Square Pattern
Tree Granny Square Pattern
Hedgehog Granny Square Pattern
Owl Granny Square Pattern
Squirrel Granny Square Pattern
My daughters kindergarten teacher is doing a woodland nursery then so I would love to crochet along with you. Are you making multiples of squares or all different?
Wonderful! I plan on having around 10 or so different woodland critters/themed squares. I want to make it fairly large so I may make two or even three of each animals then fill in the other space with solid colored granny squares 🙂
Could you elaborate on your granny square pattern by adding each row's stitch counts. I'm new to squares, but have been doing amigurumi for awhile. I'm guessing row 1 is 12, row 2 is 24, row 3 is 36, but then I get lost. Especially rows 5&6 with Dc across.
I'm excited to make this with you, I live in a log cabin and need a great blanket for the living room!
Absolutely! I added the numbers, I hope that helps!
In case you need more clarification for the last two rows:
When you start row 5, you will DC across 12 (not counting chain 3) and once row 5 is complete, each side will be 14 DC across. For row 6 you will start with 13 DC across (not counting chain 3), and will be 16 across on each side once completed.
I was working on the squares..very confused about row 6 that says row6:row5
Thanks that was helpful. I finished two squares and posted pics on Facebook.
How much yarn should I buy to complete the whole project?
Hi! I used the Loops & Threads Impeccable from Michael's. You will need two skeins of each of the colors: rouge, chocolate brown, taupe, and forest green. These skeins are 277 yards each. For the aran (the light cream color) I used two skeins of the larger balls which are 858 yards each.
As for the animals appliques, you will need small amounts in colors that each pattern states. I am using Lion Brand Vanna Choice simply because I had some left overs in the colors I chose for the animals. I have not designed/released all patterns of the animals yet, so unfortunately I don't have the answer right now as to how much yarn and what colors for all the animals.
Penny Jeanne H
How do I find the beginning of this pattern and how do I stay updated as new motifs are released?
I absolutely adore this project!
Penny from Michigan
Hi Penny! I'm so happy you like the project 🙂
You will find right here on this post all of the information you need to complete this afghan! I am updating as I go and adding the links to the animal patterns once they are finished.
Here in this post you will find the colors you will need as well as how to make the granny squares. Links to the animal patterns are above each picture. I plan on adding how I will be joining these squares together when I get that far!
As for updates, you can follow me on facebook as I will post when I finish a new granny square. http://www.facebook.com/mariasbluecrayon
You can also subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/cDJKxf
I send emails when I have new patterns up!
I love this! My son loves animals, so he would love this blanket! I plan to start it as soon as I have a chance to go to michaels 🙂
My son loves animals too! Part of my inspiration to create this blanket 🙂 I hope your son enjoys it once finished!
This is beautiful! I first saw the moose and thought how great this would be for my future daughter in law because she loves moose. THEN I saw the rest and was so elated! I can't wait to see what else you come up with. Is there a way to keep up when new ones are made? I will certainly "Like" you on facebook and sign up for your newsletter. Great Job!
I'm so happy you are enjoying this series! Signing up for the newsletter will keep you up to date with the new releases! I have three more to go and typically release over the weekend
I know this might be a crazy question but how are you attaching the animals? Without the yarn showing on the back? Or is there going to be a backing
I have done both a running stitch and a whip stitch for sewing on the squares. For the running stitch, you will see the yarn on the back but not much if you make your stitches frequent and tight. The whip stitch you can use to stitch just onto the front of the square and you will not see it on the back. I have used both methods and was pleased with both 🙂
My daughter and her husband are expecting their first baby in April. Both of them work for the Park Service. These squares will be PERFECT for a baby blanket for their little one! Thank you SO much for the patterns.
I wanted to say thank you so much for this pattern. I am crocheting it for our second child due mid April. I was put off work early so this is the perfect project and will match the nursery perfectly. Thank you 🙂
I am very new to crocheting but am going to try and follow along. I love love love this design! It is a must have in my home!! Thank u so much fir sharing
Hi Maria! What technique are you planning on using to join the squares?
Just wanted to thank you again for making this! I absolutely love it! Can you possibly make me a fish pattern? So excited to see what the next animal will be!
Thank you! I am working on two exclusive patterns: a bass and a trout. They will be available on my Etsy in the coming weeks. I will announce on my social medias 🙂
I love this pattern, but I'm new to crocheting and having some issues. I made one square and am very happy with it. All squares I have tried to make since I just can not get right. Do you have any YouTube videos or could you possibly consider making one? Thank you again.
Hi Rebecca! I do plan on making a YouTube video, but at this moment I don't have the time or the means to do so. Is there a particular part I can help explain in the mean time?
I think I finally got the moose to a point that I am happy with it. My biggest obstacle is being left handed. I found that if I turned the moose to the backside and attached the antlers as if it were the front it worked out! It is a beautiful design!! Thank you for sharing.
How are you going to layout the animal squares for putting together?
I placed them randomly as long as there weren't two of the same next to each other. I plan on getting photos of the finished afghan by the weekend so you can see 🙂
I absolutely love your pattern for the granny squares and woodland animals! Is there anyway you can make a series of fishing type animals! Or ocean animals! Would love it!! Thanks!!
The finished blanket is amazing! I'm making a smaller version of this blanket for my nephew (who will be born this May!) I'm new to crocheting and I'm just working on the squares. I'm having trouble where the corner that I start at is really round unlike the other three corners. Is there any advice you could give me? I know it won't be perfect but I don't want his blanket to be lopsided! Thanks!
HI! you can try blocking the squares before you join them. Usually with granny squares this is done by taking 4 skinny rods (think skewers or skinny dowels) and place them on a base. If using skewers you could get away with just poking them on a piece of foam (something like the foam alphabet floor mats for kids). Place them in a square shape and slide your squares on so it stretches to the shape you want. I hope that helps! If that doesn't make sense let me know so I can clarify!
Thanks! I will try this 🙂
Maria, this is so stinkin' cute. Thank you for sharing it. I will definitely be making it.
I just finished making this for my niece and I'm amazed by the result! All of the patterns were very well written and easy to understand. Thank you so much!
Could you tell me approx how much yarn is used for the Woodland granny squares. I'm trying to figure how much more Vanna's yarn would cost the Red Heart. Like Red Hart but Vanna's yard would be nicer for this project. Thank you.
Did you crochet the squares together or did you just sew them together with the yarn?
Kendra's Crocheted Creations
This blanket is beautiful even without the woodland creatures, but they are adorable! I love how you did the hedgehog!
Lori Anne Orton
Is anyone else having problems with the granny square pattern? No matter how I do it I do not come up with 36 stitches for the 3rd row. I've tried both starting in the same space & the next alternating dc then 2 dc & I do not come up with 36 stitches?? Also all your ad stuff (Pinterest & drop "up" menu that you can't get rid of makes it very difficult to post something because it covers up the area you type in. You should rethink that & move it because it's very frustrating. And yes I have 24 stitches in my 2nd row and if you follow the pattern I and up 1 to 2 stitches short.
Lori Anne Orton
Should say "end up 1 to 2 stitches short
Lori Anne Orton
There is also a problem with row 4, you are supposed to have a total of 36 stitches in row 3 and if you follow the pattern as written for row 4 when you reach the end you are short a space for the last dc before finishing in the 1st corner you started which should be 2 dc & ch 2 -connecting with a sl st into ch 2
Hi Lori! If you are still having trouble with row 3, there is an accompanying video link for you to click on under the pattern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnWYeBlM15k
For row 4, it may seem like you aren't able to squeeze in the last stitches, but it says to make those stitches into the beginning ch 3 space.
May I ask what device you are using to comment? I don't have the issues of commenting on either my desktop or iphone. Would love to make the experience better for other devices, thanks!
Lori Anne Orton
Thanks for getting back to me I've found that on row three that it works out by starting with putting 2 dcs in the same space as the beginning ch 2 otherwise if I start with a dc & continue around with *dc then 2dc* I don't come up with 36 stitches?? Also the device I'm using is my smart phone and if you have an email address I could send you a screen shot showing how the menu & the animated ads cover up the area where you're trying to type in the comment
What other brand of yarn compares to loops and thread brand of yarn? I would like to make the Woodland afghan for baby gift, but unsure if the person will like it so don't want to but a ton of money into it.. thanks
Love our Woodland square collection! I see many of your woodland photos are with pinecones around them. I was thinking a pinecone square would be a beautiful addition to your collection maybe? So sweet and woodsy, I just love it!
VIcki J Moore
YOUR woodland square collection. I don't know where the "Y" went in the word "Your". Sorry about that. Wish I could edit it.
I saw your Woodland Afghan for the first time today,(on dailycrocheter.com) and really like it. I am not a fan of having to sew squares together, but I just may want to try this one. Do you have any tips on sewing/crocheting the squares together?
I had bought this pattern a while back, but I am making it my fall/winter project. I would LOVE to see a dinosaur version of this kind of blanket though!
I have a granddaughter that has animals (rabbit, goat, dog) so I am doing the Farm blanket and adding some different apliques such as the owl, a dog and other “critters”. My bear does not look like your bear so will try again.
You are really talented.