If you are looking for an easy crochet blanket, then look no further than this 2 color granny square blanket pattern that is worked as one continuous square! This granny blanket is small enough to use as a lap blanket or baby blanket, which makes it the perfect size for gifting.
Below, I’ll show you how to make a granny square blanket by talking about the stitches used, and the matériels needed, so you’ll be ready to make a crochet square blanket whenever you are ready.
How to Crochet a Granny Square Blanket
Learning how to crochet a granny square blanket is easy! It is just a basic granny square that is continuously worked in rounds until you get to the blanket size you want. It’s that easy!
Scroll on down to learn how to make a continuous granny square blanket today with our free written pattern below, but first let’s go over the supplies and stitches you’ll need to know.
Tools & Supplies for a Granny Square Blanket
You’ll need just a few easy to find materials to be able to crochet a granny square blanket. Below, we’ll discuss the easiest yarn and crochet hook size for a beginner to start crocheting a granny square with.
- Yarn: The blanket shown below is made with a sport weight yarn #2 and is a cotton and acrylic blend, which is ideal for a lightweight summer blanket. But keep in mind, this can be crocheted with any size yarn you wish.
- The example granny square stitch blanket is using Scheepjes Stone Washed in Moonstone and Crystal Quartz.
- Crochet Hook: The most common hook size used for a sport weight yarn is a 3 mm to a 3.5 mm crochet hook. You can use whatever hook size you’d like. I suggest reading the yarn label of the yarn you pick for the crochet hook size that is recommended
- We recommend the Tulip Etimo Hook brand.
- Scissors: A nice pair of yarn scissors are great for cutting yarn ends when required.
- A pair of rainbow stork scissors are shown above.
- Tapestry Needle: You will need this to weave in the yarn ends once you are done crocheting this blanket granny square.
Stitches in a Granny Square Blanket
To be able to complete a basic granny square pattern, you’ll need to know a few basic crochet stitches. All of them are easy to crochet, so you’ll be ok once you look over the stitches below.
Double Crochet (dc):
- Yarn over (yo) the crochet hook, insert the crochet hook into the designated stitch.
- Yo the crochet hook again, draw the yarn through the stitch, so there are 3 loops on the crochet hook
- Yo the crochet hook again, draw through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the crochet hook.
- Y0 the crochet hook, draw through the final 2 loops.
Groups of double crochets are worked together in one stitch when crocheting a granny square, and those groups of double crochets are referred to as double crochet clusters.
Chain Stitch (ch):
A chain stitch is a simple crochet stitch that often serves as the foundation for other crochet stitches worked into a project.
- Make a slip knot.
- Yo (yarn over)
- Draw a loop of yarn back through the loop on the crochet hook. You have completed your first chain stitch.
- Yo and draw a loop through the loop on the crochet hook for each new chain stitch.
Slip Stitch (sl st):
- Insert the crochet hook into the designated stitch
- Yo (yarn over) and pull back through the stitch and through the loop on the crochet hook.
How Do I Make a Granny Square Blanket?
There are two different ways to make a granny square blanket, both of which I will explain below.
The first option involves crocheting just one large granny square in rounds and continuing those rounds until you have reached the size you wish, which is what the pattern above shows. You can then finish the blanket with a border or edging if you wish, or leave it as is.
The second option is that you make individual crochet squares that are then joined to create a blanket. Once you’ve finished making your blanket, you can then add some sort of edging to give it a nice finished look.
Both options make beautiful granny blankets, but the first one is a little faster since it is worked continually.
What Is the Best Yarn for a Granny Blanket?
The best type of yarn you use for a granny square blanket can vary depending on your personal preference, the season it will be used in and the look you’re going for. Some common options include acrylic, wool, and cotton yarns.
Acrylic yarn is a popular choice for granny square blankets because it is affordable, widely available, and comes in a wide range of colors. Acrylic yarn is also durable and easy to care for, making it a great choice for a cozy and practical blanket.
Wool yarn is another option for granny square blankets, and it is often chosen for its softness and warmth. However, wool yarn can cost more than other types of yarn, and some people may be allergic to wool or find it too scratchy for their taste.
Cotton yarn is a good choice for a lighter-weight and breathable granny square blanket, especially if you live in a warmer climate or if you want to use it in the Summer. Cotton is also hypoallergenic and easy to care for, although it can be pricier than acrylic yarn.
The Yarn for this Blanket
For this particular granny blanket pattern, I used a cotton blend yarn that is lightweight and perfect for summer called Scheepjes Stone Washed in Moonstone and Crystal Quartz. This yarn is considered a two weight yarn that is a 78% cotton, 22% acrylic yarn blend, which means it is easy to care for, drapey and perfect for warmer weather.
Take a look at this cotton blend yarn below.
Tip: You may also want to consider the weight and texture of the yarn, as well as any color variations or patterns that you would like to create with your granny blanket.
How do I add an edging to my granny square blanket?
While I didn’t add an edging to this blanket, you always can, so below are a few of my suggestions.
Adding an edging to your granny square blanket can be a fun and creative way to finish off your blanket project. There are many different edging options to choose from, depending on your skill level and the overall look you’re going for.
One of the easiest edging options is a simple single crochet stitch or double crochet stitch. To do this, you would simply work a row of single or double crochet stitches around the entire perimeter of the blanket. This can help to give the blanket a nice finished look, while also reinforcing the edges, hiding imperfections and preventing them from curling up.
If you want something a little more decorative, you could try a scalloped edge. This involves working a series of shell stitches or clusters of stitches around the edge of the blanket, creating a pretty scalloped border. A picot edge is another option that involves working small, pointed loops around the edge of the blanket.
Of course, these are just a few of the many edging options available to you. You could also experiment with different colors, textures, and stitch patterns to create a truly unique and beautiful edging for your granny square blanket. So have fun with it and let your creativity run wild!
What are some tips for washing and caring for a granny square blanket?
Follow along with these tips for washing and caring for a granny square blanket below.
- Always read the care instructions on the label of the yarn you used to make your blanket. This will give you specific guidelines for washing and caring for your blanket fibers.
- Handwashing your granny square blanket in cold water is a good idea, but not always needed, depending on the yarn used. Handwashing will help to prevent the yarn from shrinking or becoming misshapen, though.
- When washing your blanket, be gentle and avoid agitating the fibers too much. You can use a mild detergent or soap, but avoid using fabric softener, as this can damage the fibers.
- After washing, gently squeeze out any excess water and lay the blanket flat to dry. Avoid hanging it up, as this can cause the weight of the wet blanket to stretch out the stitches and distort the shape of the blanket.
- If you need to store your granny square blanket, make sure it is clean and dry first. You can fold it neatly and store it in a cool, dry place, such as a linen closet or drawer.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your granny square blanket stays looking beautiful and cozy for years to come!
Crochet Granny Square Blanket
Learn how to make a modern granny square blanket with this free and easy crochet pattern! You’ll love how quick this blanket works up, you’ll probably want to make more than one!
Skill Level: Basic
- Scheepjes Stone Washed Color A: Crystal Quartz (four skeins) & Color B: Moonstone (two skeins) or any sport weight #2 yarn.
- 3.5 mm Crochet Hook (or use the hook size recommended on the yarn you are using)
- Tapestry Needle
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Chain (ch)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- This blanket pattern is written in US standard terms.
- Finished Size: 27″ x 27″. This blanket size is a little smaller than a standard stroller blanket or laphgan, but still works great.
- Chain 5’s count as a dc and a chain 2 space.
- The stitches in () are all worked into the same space or stitch.
- Pull the yarn tail at the beginning to tighten the ring at the beginning of the granny square.
- Find the free printable granny square diagram here.
Round 1: With Color A: Start by making a slip knot on your crochet hook, and then chain four stitches. Next, join with a sl st to the fourth chain from the hook to form a ring. Chain 5, *3 dc into the ring, chain 2 (forms a corner), repeat from * for a total of 3 times. 2 dc in the ring, sl st in the 3rd chain of the chain 5.
Round 2: Sl st into the first chain 2 space, chain 5. 3 dc in the same chain 2 corner space, *Chain 1, (3 dc, chain 2, 3 dc) into the next chain 2 space, repeat from * 2 more times. Chain 1, 2 dc in the same corner space as the beginning chain 5, sl st into the 3 chain of the chain 5.
Round 3: Sl st into the first chain 2 space, chain 5. 3 dc into the same chain 2 corner space. *ch 1, 3 dc in the next chain 1 space, chain 1, (3 dc, chain 2, 3 dc) in the next chain 2 corner space, repeat from * 2 more times, chain 1, 3 dc in the next chain 1 space, chain 1, 2 dc in the same space as the beginning chain 5, join with a sl st to the third chain of the chain 5.
Rounds 4 to 27: Continue working each round in the same way with 3 dcs into each ch 1 space and 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet in each corner chain two space switching colors as indicated below.
- Rounds 1 to 3: Color A
- Round 4: Color B
- Rounds 5 to 7: Color A
- Round 8: Color B
- Rounds 9-11: Color A
- Round 12: Color B
- Rounds 13 to 16: Color A
- Round 17: Color B
- Rounds 18 to 22: Color A
- Round 23: Color B
- Round 24: Color A
- Rounds 25 to 27: Color B
Finishing: Fasten off yarn and weave in yarn ends with a yarn needle! You have now finished a classic crochet granny square.