Granny Square (mini) Blanket

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Since there were a lot of requests for the instructions to make a mini-blanket picture I shared I Facebook I thought I would share my pattern here.

This pattern can really be used to make ANY size granny square blanket, I just happened to make very small ones. Mine took a little over 2 hours and are made of 9 granny squares, each approx. 6″. With the border they topped out at about 20″. Like I said though, make as many as you want and make your blanket as big as you want!

Disclaimer: This pattern has not been tested by anyone but myself and I cannot guarantee that the edging and everything will come out perfectly if you change the size from what I did. Feel free to play around with it, but please don’t make a King-Size blanket and get mad at me if the stitch count is off!

Basic Granny Square

Each Granny Square followed the same pattern. You can use any size hook you like, I used an H. You can also use any color(s) you like. For my mini-blankets I used 3 different colors, changing colors at the end of each round. For the pink/gray/ivory blanket the exact colors are: Vanna’s Choice in Dustry Rose (Color A), Vann’s Choice in Beige (Color B) and Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Gray Mist (Color C). As you can see from the photo’s above, I didn’t do my colors all the same, I did 2 different color patterns.

For one I did: Round 1 in Color A, Round 2 in Color C, Round 3 in Color B and Round 4 in Color A again.

For the other I did:  Round 1 in Color B, Round 2 in Color C, Round 3 in Color A and Round 4 in Color B again.

So, once you’ve chosen your colors You are ready to begin to make your Granny squares! First, some abbreviations:

ST – Stitch     CH – Chain     DC – Double Crochet     Sl St – Slip Stitch     HDC – Half Double Crochet

Round 1: CH 4 (or use the Magic Loop) and DC 2 times in the 4th ST from hook, CH 3 (The CH 4 counts as your first DC). *DC 3 times in loop, CH 3*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a Sl St at the top of your first DC. Sl St in next 2 ST. (See picture below)

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Round 2: CH 3 (Counts as first DC) and DC 2 times in CH 3 space from previous Round. CH 3, DC 3 more times in CH 3 space. *DC 3 times, CH 3, DC 3 more times* in each CH 3 space around. Join with a Sl St at top of your first DC. Sl St in next 2 ST. (See picture below)

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Round 3: CH 3 (Counts as first DC) and DC 2 times in CH 3 space from previous Round. CH 3, DC 3 more times in CH 3 space. DC 3 times in space between groups of 3 DC (see photo below).

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*[DC 3 times, CH 3, DC 3 more times] in next CH 3 space, DC 3 times in space between groups of 3 DC*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with a Sl St at top of first DC. Sl St in next 2 ST. (See picture below)

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Round 4: CH 3 (Counts as first DC) and DC 2 times in CH 3 space from previous round. CH 3, DC 3 more times in CH 3 space. DC 3 times in space between groups of 3 DC. DC 3 times in next space between groups of 3. (See picture below)

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*[DC 3 times, CH 3, DC 3 more times] in next CH 3 space, DC 3 times in space between next group of 3 DC, DC 3 times in space between next group of 3*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with a Sl St at top of first DC. (See picture below) At this point I fastened off and used a tapestry needle to work in the ends. However, you can keep going and make your blocks bigger if you like, just be sure they are all the same size.

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As I stated earlier, my mini-blankets were made up of just 9 squares. 2013-03-09 12.14.22

I laid them out to make sure I had the colors correct and then got to joining them!

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Now, you really can join them anyway you want to, but for the blanket as pictured I used this awesome tutorial from Carina’s Craftblog. It is a bit complicated when you first try it out, but she’s got great pictures, and I was able to get some more of Color B into the blanket like I wanted to! The only difference between between her blanket and mine is that I used a HDC stitch to join them rather than a DC/Treble and she does.2013-03-09 14.10.18

For the 2 blankets I have pictured I followed Carina’s instructions until the very end, when she says to go around the edge makign another “granny” row. I decided not to do this step, as I made my own border, but that was a mistake! It made the border much more difficult, so I would recommend following her directions completely! I’m going to give the bordeer directions as if I had follow her completely, so while mine will look a little bit different, yours will be much easier! I did do 1 more blanket following her directions and it was much easier, but I was dumb and forgot to take pictures of it!

Border

For the border, join Color B into the top of any 3 DC group and Ch 1. HDC in each ST across side of blanket. When you come to the corner HDC 3 times in the space and then continue to HDC down the next side.

When you’ve gone around once, join Color A or C and HDC around again. This time, when you come to a corner, HDC 3 times in the 2nd of the 3 HDC from the previous round.

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When you’ve completed the second round join in your last unused color (A or C) and Ch 1 (counts as SC). Skip next 2 ST, DC 5 times in next ST, skip next 2 ST. *SC in next ST, Skip next 2 st, DC 5 times in next ST, skip next 2 ST*. Repeat from * t0 * around. Now, you SHOULD have the exact number of stitches needed to finish out this round completely, and I appologize if you don’t! If you don’t, you may need to add another SC or 2 in in order to make it work. As I said, I’ve done 3 of these blankets and it’s always worked for me perfectly, so hopefully it will work for you too!

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So there you have it. That’s how I made my mini-blankets! I don’t plan on making many more anytime soon, but if you have questions please feel free to email me. I can’t promise anything, but I will do my best to help! Such a great lazy afternoon project!

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