If you are looking for a fun granny square project to crochet, this crochet granny square blanket pattern is for you!
With this free crochet pattern, you can make a granny square blanket in any size you’d like by making as many or little granny squares as you’d like.
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Crochet Granny Squares
Crochet granny squares are such a classic and so easy to make! Because they are so easy to make, they can be one of the first things crocheters learn how to crochet.
For this classic granny square, you are working stitches into chain spaces versus stitches which can be much easier for a beginner. For us avid crocheters, this makes crocheting a breeze and we can crochet these granny squares quickly!
Crochet granny squares are worked from the inside out using just double crochets and chains. After the first few rows, each row it the same and very easy to repeat as many times as you want.
Yarn to Use for Blankets
Personally, worsted weight or aran yarn is the way to go for me. The thickness is perfect and the finished blanket has a great squish factor.
I typically gravitate towards acrylic yarns for blankets not only because it is readily available but because it is usually machine washable.
For this blanket, I used I Love This Yarn! from Hobby Lobby and Paintbox Simply Aran.
I 100% recommend Paintbox Simply Aran – it is accessible online and ships worldwide. It is my go to for blankets because it is amazing to work with, holds up well, and comes in a variety of colors.
How to Join Granny Squares
For this blanket, I used the join as you go method. It takes a bit of working out to learn, but once you get it I think you’ll really enjoy it!
With the join as you go method, you are creating an additional row to your granny squares while joining it to the other squares. As you can see, I used an ivory color to join my squares together.
Another method to joining squares is crocheting them together with single crochets. I usually do this for my solid granny squares. It gives a nice finishing seam that borders each square that you can either showcase in the front or have it as the back.
You can also sew them together with yarn and needle if that is your preferred method.
Crochet Granny Square Blanket Pattern
I Love This Yarn! In Sea Blue (1 skein), Pink (1 skein), Antique Teal (1 skein), and Ivory (2 skeins)
Paintbox Simply Aran in Mustard (2 skeins)
*Yarn amounts are for a lapghan sized blanket (36”x48”) shown in the photo.
Tapestry needle and scissors
-See Color Order page below pattern before crocheting squares.
-I used the join as you go method to join all the squares randomly. If you want to use a different method of joining, you will need to add a 5th row by repeating Row 4 in ivory to all of the squares.
-To make the blanket smaller or larger, simply make less or more squares and arrange them accordingly. Below, I have included an information sheet on typical blanket sizes and how many squares you will need to make for each size.
-Dimensions: Finished blanket with border measures 36” x 48”
-Gauge: Each square measures ~5” after 4 rows.
Abbreviations: (US terms)
Ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, sl st = slip stitch, st = stitch, sp = space, sk = skip
*Change color after each row following the color orders below.
Row 1: Magic ring, work the following into the magic ring: ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, *3dc, ch 2 repeat from * two more times, join to top of beginning ch 3, sl st into next 2 st, sl st into ch 2 sp
Row 2: (Ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in ch 2 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) into next ch 2 sp, repeat from * two more times, ch 1, join to top of beginning ch 3, sl st into next 2 st, sl st into ch 2 sp
Row 3: (Ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in ch 2 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) into next ch 2 sp, repeat from * two more times, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, join to top of beginning ch 3, sl st into next 2 st, sl st into ch 2 sp
Change to color.
Row 4: (Ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in ch 2 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp across, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) into next ch 2 sp, repeat from * two more times, ch 1, (3dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp across, join to top of beginning ch 3, sl st into next 2 st, sl st into ch 2 sp
Fasten off and weave in ends. Knot magic ring from the beginning and weave in ends.
Color Order for Squares
Assign each of your four colors a letter and follow the color orders below for a total of 24 different squares. If you are making more squares, duplicate each color order until you have the amount you need.
First letter will be the first row, second letter will be the second row, third letter will be the third row, and fourth letter will be the fourth row.
A = Color #1 C = Color #3
B = Color #2 D = Color #4
Example: For the color order C, D, B, A
The first row will be your Color #3, the second row will be your Color #4, the third row will be your Color #2, and the fourth row will be your Color #1
A, B, C, D
B, A, C, D
C, A, B, D
D, A, B, C
A, B, D, C
B, A, D, C
C, A, D, B
D, A, C, B
A, C, B, D
B, C, D, A
C, B, A, D
D, B, A, C
A, C, D, B
B, C, A, D
C, B, D, A
D, B, C, A
A, D, B, C
B, D, A, C
C, D, A, B
D, C, A, B
A, D, C, B
B, D, C, A
C, D, B, A
D, C, B, A
As mentioned in the notes, the join as you go method was used for this blanket.
*Lapghan sized blanket shown in photo is 6 squares in width and 8 squares in height.
If you prefer a different joining method, you will need to add a 5th row by repeating Row 4 with ivory to all of your squares.
Ivory and Mustard yarn colors
Attach ivory color yarn to corner of blanket. Ch 1, sc in each stitch around making 4sc in each corner. Join to first st, fasten off.
Attach mustard color yarn to corner of blanket. Ch 1, sc, sk 1, *5dc in next st, sk 1, sl st in next st, sk 1, repeat from * all the way around the border. End with 5dc two st before the beginning st, sl st to beginning stitch.
*When you get to the end of your border, it may not work out exactly just be sure there are 5dc somewhere near the beginning of the border and sl st into the first st.