How To Make a Granny Square Blanket

One of my best childhood memory is cuddling under a knit blanket my mom had crocheted. I grew up being fascinated with yarn projects, and today I will show you How to Make a Granny Square Blanket that is a simple and easy. This is a great beginner project.

I love Knitting and Crocheting, and have enjoyed seeing my daughter love yarn as much as me. This Granny Square Blanket was a family project. Both my mother and daughter helped make blocks following my Basic Granny Square Pattern and then I joined them all to make this beautiful blanket. Let me show you how to make a blanket of your own today.

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Granny Square Blanket Pattern smitha katti

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What is the best yarn to use for a Granny Square Blanket?

I used a Size H ergonomic crochet hook– and 6 skeins of the Red Heart super saver yarn (7oz or 198gm each). The exact colors used have been listed and linked at the bottom of this post. You can choose to use any 4 medium yarns you have in your stash.

How many granny squares do I need for a blanket?

For my blanket, I made 180 basic granny squares in 6 different color combinations. Each granny square measures about 3 to 3.5 inches in size. When joined this makes quite a large blanket indeed!

Granny Square Blanket Pattern
basic granny square tutorial

Here is the Basic Granny Square Pattern Tutorial I used for my squares. It walks you step by step with photos.

how to make a granny square blanket

I joined my granny squares using a strand of contrasting white yarn that was slightly thinner than the yarn I used for my squares. I then used a Single Crochet seam to join the blocks together keeping my stitches quite loose. I love how the white pops against the colorful squares.

how to join granny squares

You want to first lay out your squares and then join them all row by row to build your blanket. Once joined, turn your blanket 90 degrees and then start joining the other way.

how to join granny squares

Using single crochet to join the granny blocks does create a slightly elevated edge or ridge where you join them. I don’t mind the ridge too much, and I quite like using the white yarn to highlight it.

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simple granny square blanket

5 Granny Square Blanket Design Tips

Granny Square Blanket Pattern
  1. Work at a table when you start joining. I found it easiest to join the squares while sitting at a table and seeing my pattern form.
  2. If you are not a big fan of joining small granny squares, you can always make larger squares and join them. Add a border around it if needed.
  3. To make your granny squares larger, all you need to keep in mind- only the corners have two clusters with a ch2 between them, everywhere else you just create clusters of 3 dcs.
  4. The biggest reason why I chose the smaller sized granny squares was that I wanted to create a nice patchwork look and feel for this Granny Square Blanket pattern. It also helped that the smaller size squares work up quickly which my daughter enjoyed!
  5. I also chose the smaller squares as I was not quite sure how much yarn I would need to make a border around the blanket and since I was making this in India during our summer vacations, I really didn’t have a way to get more of the same color yarn. So we just keep making squares till we ran out of yarn and then joined them all.

How many balls of yarn do I need for a granny square blanket?

The most asked question I get is, How much yarn did you need? To make my Granny Square Blanket I used a total of 6 Red Heart Supersaver yarn skeins. Not including the joining white yarn which was a random skein I had at home already.

Granny Square Blanket Pattern

Details of the yarns/colors used in this Granny square blanket pattern:

Granny Square Blanket Pattern

CONCLUSION:

As the weather starts to cool down, and the air gets crisper there is nothing more comforting than sitting down with a ball of yarn and a hook. A Granny Square Blanket has always been my favorite, it works up easily, the blocks are great to work on during warmer summer days and the color options are endless!

If you haven’t ever knit or crocheted before, it’s not as difficult as you think and I have a bunch of easy blankets on my blog already that you can make at home yourself.

I remember growing up with a crocheted blanket my mom had made for me, and those are the kind of memories I want to pass along to my kids too 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Oh wow, this was put together to nicely. I love the colors that you chose for this project. I’ve never did granny squares, but now I want to try it out!

  2. You inspired me to grab my single skein collection of Rowan kid silk haze and angora haze…very expensive and luxurious collection of yarn…at 63 I don’t want to leave this planet without using this beautiful collection of yarn, what better way than your simple granny square blanket… I am doing four rounds instead of three and I think I will join it all with black…thanks for the inspiration

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