Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket

What better to accompany a diaper cake than with a handmade blanket! I had a couple of days before my friend’s daughter would receive her gift, so I thought to make a quick and easy stroller blanket. It takes just an evening or two to crochet and you can watch TV, too, while making it. I think I caught up on Breaking Bad while making it!

This little blanky gave the presentation just so much more delightfulness.

Baby gift montage

Baby gift montage

There are a million instructions out there on how to make a granny square. So, this is my rendition. I can’t claim it as my own pattern. I can only guess some lady named Granny came up with it!

lavender with fuschia trim granny blanket

Let’s crochet this stroller blanket!

Materials needed:

Size K hook

Main color worsted weight yarn –  I used those giant balls of yarn. I think it was Lionbrand’s Pound of Love. I just crocheted until I ran out of yarn.

Trim yarn – I used Patons Divine in Richest Rose. This is a discontinued yarn. So, a nice bulky weight contrasting color yarn would do.

To make a granny square blanket:

Holding 2 strands together, chain 6 and join the first chain with a slip stitch.

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Chain 6 and join to make a loop

R1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout) 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc ch2, 3 dc ch2. Sl st into top of first dc. Turn. You should have something that looks like this:

Round 1 of a granny square

R2: Ch 3, 2dc ch2 3 dc in same ch 2 sp. *Ch 1 3dc ch2 3 dc in next ch2 sp.* Repeat ** in next two ch2 spaces. Ch 1and slip stitch to top of 1st dc. Turn. You should have something that looks like this:

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Round 2

R3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch 1 space. Ch 1, 3 dc ch 2 3 dc in same corner ch 2 space.  *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space. Ch 1, 3 dc ch2 3 dc in same  corner ch 2 space. * Repeat ** 2 times.  Ch 1 and slip stitch to top of first dc. Turn . This is the result:

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Round 3

R4 and on: 3 dc ch1 in each ch 1 space (the sides of the squares) and 3 dc ch2 3 dc in each corner. Repeat this process until you get the size square you want. Cut off.

Trim round – Join contrasting yarn anywhere on the edge of the square but not on a corner.

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Join contrasting yarn

Ch 1. Sc on top of each dc and each ch 1 space. 2 sc in each ch 2 space until you’ve made it all the way around the blanket.

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Slip stitch to the top of the first sc. Cut off and weave in ends. Block as needed.

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Deep satisfaction to create a blanket in a couple of hours

Wash gently to make the fibers more fluffy and dry per the manufacturer’s instructions. There you have it!

 

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5 thoughts on “Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket

    • Thank you! I will say it is almost effortless because it is really easy. I initially started a different blanket, worked on it for 4 hours and realized I wouldn’t finish it in time then made this one!

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