A granny square was the first thing I learned to crochet. This was about three years ago. I won’t lie – I did find it a little tricky to get my head around them initially, but now I can do them in my sleep. Well, perhaps not in my sleep but I can make them while watching telly, on the train and while my family are all arguing about the relative merits of George Orwell and Charles Dickens (I kid you not – getting into some crochet was a good way to duck out of the ‘action’).
The thing I love about granny squares is that their easy pattern means that once you get into the rhythm of making one you can make a collection of little ones, joining them up to make a patch-style throw or crocheting one large square to create a blanket. Plus, their classic, regular design allows you to be really creative with your colour combinations and yarn textures.
I made this baby blanket for a very special little person and two lovely big people. My dear friend Ruth Crilly aka A Model Recommends has just had the most adorable little baby girl and I am delighted for Ruth and Mr AMR.
For this blanket I used Debbie Bliss cotton DK in Ecru (cream) and Butter (yellow) for main parts of the cover. I like to play with texture so I also added a grey and orange accent by crocheting a strip of Debbie Bliss Eco Baby in Silver and Burnt Orange. You can get these yarns at Love Crochet.
To make a big blanket I simply crochet a basic granny square and keep on going, working my trebles and chains into the spaces and around the corners.
If you’re new to crochet and unsure about the stitches and the classic granny square design, I suggest you follow a video step by step (I find them a big help when trying something new), visit Top Crochet Patterns – not only is there a granny how-to but it also talks you through basic stitches. The site has lots of additional free crochet patterns –ready for when your talent and crochet confidence grows.