How to Crochet a Granny Square Blanket
A long time ago, I sold finished items in my Etsy shop rather than crochet patterns. Back then, I received so many messages asking me what pattern I used for this granny square blanket.
I believe what drew their attention was the color combo. The teal and gray are calming and perfect for any baby.
There are several variations to granny square projects. Many years ago, I developed my own granny square blanket pattern to minimize the “holes.”
Sometimes the holes in granny square blankets can be annoying and take away from the beauty of the blanket.
You’ll enjoy these other easy blanket crochet patterns, too!
This particular blanket is a “lovey” and measures approximately 18 inches square. Thankfully, this blanket is easily expanded to make it full-sized.
Want to make your own? Keep reading to find out how.
Prefer ad-free, print-friendly crochet patterns? You can purchase a PDF download of this pattern in my Etsy shop.
If you like this pattern, you’ll also want to check out this beautiful striped blanket that incorporates rows of double crochet and granny stripes. Find the pattern here.
Granny Square Baby Blanket Pattern
- Paintbox Simply Aran Yarn in Washed Teal (232), Slate Gray (205), and Paper White (200)
- I/9 crochet hook
- Scissors & Tapestry needle
- Please see the FAQ section after the pattern for answers to commonly asked questions.
- dc cluster = 3 dc into the same stitch
- Buy the ad-free, print friendly granny square baby blanket pattern here in my Etsy Shop.
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Round 1: Using your first color, ch 3. 2 dc into the first ch, ch 1. *dc cluster into the same stitch, ch 1* 3 times. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch. You will have four dc clusters and 4 ch 1 spaces at the end of this round.
Round 2: Sl st in the next two stitches and into ch 1 space. Ch 2, 2 dc into the same ch 1 space. Ch 1, dc cluster into the same ch 1 space. *dc cluster, ch 1, dc cluster in the next ch 1 space* around. Sl st to the top of the first ch 2. At the end of this round you should have 8 dc clusters and 4 ch 1 spaces.
Round 3: Sl st in the next two stitches and into the ch 1 space. Ch 2, 2 dc into the same ch 1 space. Ch 1, dc cluster into the same ch 1 space. Dc cluster into the space between the clusters on the previous round. *dc cluster, ch 1, dc cluster in the next ch 1 space. dc cluster into the space between the clusters on the previous row* around. Sl st to the top of the first ch 2. At the end of this round you should shave 12 dc clusters and 4 ch 1 spaces.
For all of the remaining rounds of this granny square pattern, you will be continuing in the same manner.
You will work two double crochet clusters into each corner, with a ch 1 in between them.
You will work 1 dc cluster into each space between the clusters in the previous round.
When it’s time to change colors, cut your first color and weave ends. Join your second color in any of the ch 1 spaces. You will then continue the same pattern with the next color.
For the blanket is shown above, you will do:
- 6 rounds of Washed Teal
- 2 rounds of Paper White
- 2 rounds of Slate Gray
- 2 rounds of Washed Teal
- 2 rounds of Paper White
- 2 rounds of Slate Gray
- 2 rounds of Washed Teal
Granny Square Border Pattern
Round 1: hdc around the entire blanket working 3 hdc into each corner stitch. Cut yarn and weave ends.
Round 2: You’ll now be working a picot edging. Join white yarn using a slip stitch *sc in the next five stitches, ch 3, hdc in the first chain* around. I like to have a picot in each corner so I fiddle with the stitches between picots to make that happen. I used to have a cow if the spaces weren’t exact, but I’ve come to realize that once the blanket is finished, you won’t even notice!
If you enjoyed this project, try making this daisy granny square!
How Do I Make a Granny Square Blanket?
Granny square blankets are made two different ways.
First, you work one large square in rounds until you’ve reached the size you like. At that point, you add a border and you have a beautiful blanket. (See the pattern above)
Or, you make a collection of individual squares and seam them together into a beautiful mosaic. At that point, you’d finish your blanket with some sort of edging.
Both options create gorgeous blankets, but the first is a little more time-efficient.
How Do I Make A Granny Square Blanket Larger?
If you continue working one double crochet cluster between the clusters from the previous row and *a double crochet cluster, a chain 1* into each corner space, your blanket could go on forever.
Chances are you don’t want to do that. ?
Baby blankets range from 18″ square to 36″ square. The choice is up to you!
What Is the Best Yarn for a Granny Blanket?
The good news is that any yarn will work! You’ll get better stitch definition with a DK or worsted weight yarn, but you’ll get a plush, squishy blanket if you use a bulky or chunky yarn.
For the summer months, I highly recommend a cotton or cotton blend yarn. When it’s cold outside, you might want to use something a little warmer. A soft acrylic works well, as does a yarn with a touch of wool.
What Size Hook Should I Use for a Granny Square Blanket?
Because I crochet a little bit on the tight side, I like to go up one hook size from whatever is recommended on the yarn label. This produces a soft blanket with great drape.
If you know you crochet loosely, you might want to stick to the size that is listed on the packaging.
How Much Yarn Will I Need for a Granny Square Blanket?
In order to make a granny square baby blanket, you’ll need somewhere between 800 and 1500 yards of worsted weight yarn, depending on the size of your blanket. Obviously, the larger the blanket, the more yarn you’ll need.
For the blanket shown, I used 2 skeins of washed teal and one skein of the other shades.
Granny Square Variations
There are many beautiful granny square variations. Some have a heart in the middle, while others sport flowers. Here are a few of my favorite variations.
How Long Does It Take to Make a Granny Square?
The short answer is it totally depends.
A 4-6 round granny square can be made in 10 minutes or less.
Large granny square blankets might take 6-8 hours to make.
How Many Granny Squares Does it Take to Make a Blanket
If you’re making a blanket like the pattern above, just one.
Other complex afghans have hundreds of tiny granny squares sewn together.
This is another “it just depends answer.” ?
What Should I Crochet Next?
If you enjoyed making this blanket, here are a few other patterns you should try next!
- This timeless crochet throw blanket pattern is one you’re not going to want to miss. It’s easy, but has an heirloom look about it.
- After making a blanket, you might be ready for a quicker crochet project. Try one of these crocheted dishcloths.
- Want more granny? A granny stripe blanket would be a fun next project.
Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern!!! Im loving how quick and easy it works up! Perfect for a summer rainy day project!
Heather Lohnes says
Hi what size crochet hook should I use
I love the pattern can’t wait to get started
I usually use H or I… but you can experiment with which you like the best!
Misty Lawson says
Can you do a tutorial of this please … I’m trying to follow but am a bit confused would like to see how this is made ,so I can make it for my new grand baby please!!! Thank You
Do you turn after each round?
Thank you so very much for these patterns and color combinations. I’ve lost count of how many girls and boys granny square baby blankets I’ve made. They’ve all been well received!
Betty Mccrone says
Have made the teal,white and gray numerous time and you are right, it is the colours .
Love your designs, stick to easy stitches, although simple sometimes so more effective, love your colour choices, have both of your books, if you publish any more any chance you could somehow put english stitches against the other stitches please, brackets maybe ? I’m from Essex, England.
Love your channel.
Carol Leathem says
I love the way you explain things which makes it so easy for me to follow as I am only learning and enjoying crochet. Thank you
Pamela Wilson says
I have made this several times, it is so easy to crochet. And it works up so pretty.
Betty Bernat says
I like colors of the rainbow but have made all kindsl over the years/
MY HUBBY (deceased now) gave me a very that I used to store all my finiished projects in after I pred than and stored in a plasket bag nad I always had a nice gift If I needed one for a gift – Birthday, ,wedding, graduation, going off to college for the dorm roon bed, etc.. I keep all m patterns in a 5 drawer file cabinet in two + drawers. used mosrly red heart yarns
Linda Harris says
Hi, do you have a pattern for a rectangular granny afghan. One of the charities I crochet for is requesting rectangular lapghans for their nursing home residents.