I am making a second larger blanket for Connor. The crib blanket I gave him was actually a sale blanket made in 2017 long before he was on his way. I wanted to make him one that was actually made for him.
His brother Marty’s second blanket was made with 6 inch squares to form a jack o’ lantern. I decided I would make Connor’s with large 12 inch Granny Squares(not in a jack o’ lantern pattern though as he was born in May not October). I think I will make nine squares total so it will be a 36 x 36 square. It will be a nice toddler size for cuddling on the couch.
I have completed two squares so far. “Square One” was done using a Solid Granny Square by Tamara Kelly from Moogly
I continued the pattern to 10 rounds, it gave me an even amount of rounds and was close to being 12 inch square. It actually measures 11 1/2 inches.
I wanted “Square Two” to be a bit different in the center, but still have the outer rounds be a solid granny square to make joining them easier.
I found this pattern “Baby Doily Décor” in my Kindle eBook “Intermediate Crocheting: Complete Guide to Learning Techniques to Create Crochet Patterns, Hats, and Gloves” By Carling Michaels Copyright 2014 PRICED at $ 2.99 US Dollars on Amazon at the time of this post.
I crocheted the 7 rounds of the doily as instructed then I did the solid granny square pattern around until the whole square was the same size as the first solid square. This square was 11 rounds in total.
I had to do some fixing on both of the squares. When I lined them up I noticed the “Square Two” had a couple of noticeably wonky sides. I counted the stitches between the corners starting with the yarn tail in the upper right corner. This is how that stitch count went 39,37,36,39. I ripped the last round back to the first side that was 39 stitches then adjusted the 2nd side by putting “2dc in same stitch” in the last stitch before the corner stitches. The third side I placed “2dc in the same stitch” in the last 3 stitches before the next corner. Now all sides are 39 stitches.
I then decide to take a closer look at “Square One”, its count was a bit off also, but not as bad as “Square Two”. Its stitch count was as follows 39, 40, 39, 38. I ripped the last round back and skipped a stitch on the second side to fix it and added one “2 dc in same stitch” in the last stitch before the corner on the 3rd side. Now all its sides are 39 stitches too.
I have started “Square Three” again using the solid granny square pattern. Except this one I am doing the color pattern opposite of “Square One”, lighter color first, instead of dark first in the center.
I want to do different patterns to practice all types of granny squares. I will put the different patterns as the center of the square with solid square pattern around it like I did in “Square Two” or use patterns for squares that are 12 inches to start with.
I have been looking through my Kindle eBook “How to Crochet Granny Squares: 16 Quick and Easy Granny Square Patterns “Copyright 2013 by Prime Publishing LLC for more ideas for the different kinds of patterns I could use. Oh, by the way the “Solid Granny Square Pattern” by Tamara Kelly from Moogly is also in this Kindle eBook. This a free Kindle eBook on Amazon at the time of this post.
I am leaning towards using the following patterns from the book.
The “Moss Stitch Afghan Square” By: Kristine Mullen from Ambassador Crochet because it would be another solid square that I could use at the corner. It would not need to be surrounded with the solid granny square pattern as it is a 12 inch square pattern to begin with.
The “Dream Catcher Square” By Corina for Stitch11 which would be similar to the “Doily” pattern in that it is circular and more airy. This one would have solid granny pattern around to make it 12 inches.
The “Double Rainbow Granny Square” By Melinda Miller from MoCrochet this pattern is circular but a bit more solid than the Dream Catcher pattern. It also would have the solid granny square pattern around it. Note: I could not find this particular pattern on her website, but she has lots and lots of other very cool squares.
Finally I am pretty sure I am going to use the “Basic Basket Weave Square” also By Kristine Mullen from Ambassador Crochet for the center square of the blanket. I have been wanting to make something using basket weave. This would cross that off my list of stitches to try also it would not be an extremely large project. It would not require solid granny around it as the finished size is 12 inches.
I am using Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight yarn mainly in greens and browns for the colors in the blanket. I think I might use actual rainbow colors for the Double Rainbow Granny Square pattern though.
There are so many combinations I could do with the colors and the patterns. It will take some planning that is for sure. 😀