We’ve made it halfway through 2023 already, and I am so excited to share a lot more crochet patterns with you over the next few months. If you read my newsletter, and to some extend my blog, you might know about the changes we’ve had in our family this year and why I’ve been a bit delayed in releasing many patterns thus far. The basic gist is that we have a new puppy and she really thinks crochet is fun. And by “fun”, I mean she thinks chewing on my WIP, my skein, the yarn between said WIP and skein, and my crochet hook is the greatest thing ever! But she’s finally maturing a bit and learning that while crochet is fun, Momma does not think chewing on crochet is the way to enjoy it.
My friend Helen from Sunflower Cottage Crochet invited me to participate in the Preemie Crochet Challenge again this year, and of course I agreed! My niece was a micro-preemie born at 24 weeks gestation, so this event has a special place in my heart. (Plus I love designing baby things even though it really isn’t in my normal niche of pattern designs!)
This year, I decided to create a simple design that is beginner friendly and can be worked up quickly- especially since preemies always arrive before we’re ready and handmade gifts take time. I made my design sample in about 5 evenings- and this included taking breaks to write down what I was doing and even shoot a tutorial video- so you’ll be able to whip one up in short order as well!
Because I don’t know anyone currently who is getting ready for a new baby and I am one of those “crazy dog ladies” whose dog is like her child, one Miss Ruby Sue Shih Poo is now the proud owner of her very own Sweet Little Granny Square Baby Blanket. This is not her first crocheted blanket because she inherited a few from our departed Shih Tzus. She was so well-behaved while I was making my Sweet Little Granny Square Baby Blanket and didn’t attempt to chew on any part of it; however when I was weaving in my final ends, she jumped into my lap and curled up in the blanket, declaring this to be hers. Look how much she loves it!
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The Sweet Little Granny Squares Baby Blanket is one of the patterns featured in the 2023 Stitching With Granny blog hop! Each pattern featured in this event is available for free on the designer’s blog.
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Sweet Little Granny Square Blanket
5 mm crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors
dc- double crochet
dc2tog- double crochet 2 together
fpdc- front post double crochet
hdc- half double crochet
hdc3l- half double crochet in the 3rd loop
slst- slip stitch
shdc- standing half double crochet
sdc- standing double crochet
stsc- stacked single crochet
8 dc x 5 rows = 2” square
Rnds 1-3 = 2” square
22” wide x 28” long
This pattern is written in US terminology.
You will need to make 20 squares.
This pattern is worked in the round.
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Squares: (Make 20)
Rnd 1. (Color A) ch4, slst to first ch, stsc, 2dc, ch1, *3dc, ch1*, repeat from *to* 2 more times, slst to top of stsc. (16)
Rnd 2. stsc in ch1sp, 2dc in same ch1 sp, *sk 3 sts, (3dc, ch1,3dc in ch1 sp)*, repeat from *to* 2 more times, sk 3 sts, 3dc, ch1 in ch1 sp, slst to stsc (28)
Rnd 3. stsc in ch1 sp, 2dc in same ch1 sp, *sk 3 sts, 3dc in sp between sts, sk 3 sts, (3dc, ch1,3dc in ch1 sp)* repeat from *to* 2 more times, sk 3 sts, 3dc in sp between sts, sk 3 sts, 3dc, ch1 in ch1sp, slst to stsc while changing to Color B. (40)
Rnd 4. (Color B) stsc in ch1 sp, 2dc in same ch1 sp, *sk 3 sts, 3dc in sp between sts, sk 3 sts, 3dc in sp between sts, sk 3 sts, (3dc, ch1,3dc in ch1 sp)* repeat from *to* 2 more times, sk 3 sts, 3dc in sp between sts, sk 3 sts, 3dc in sp between sts, sk 3 sts, 3dc, ch1 in ch1sp, slst to stsc while changing to Color C (52)
Rnd 5. (Color C) stsc in ch1sp, dc in top of stsc below, dc 11, *(dc, ch2, dc in ch1sp), dc 12*, repeat from *to* 2 more times, (dc, ch2 in ch1sp), slst or invisible join to stsc, finish off and weave ends. (64)
Use Color A and join together using the dc2tog join method. For this method, you will begin the first half of your dc2tog in one square and complete the second half in the joining square. This creates and additional round of dc on each square as well as creates a secure join that won’t accidentally unravel with use. Once all 20 squares are joined, use Color A to dc around edge of blanket, adding 3dc in each interior square corner and (dc, ch2, dc) in each of the 4 exterior corners.
Rnd 1. (Color B) Attach yarn using shdc method at any stitch that is not a corner. hdc in each st on sides, fpdc around each corner dc, (hdc, ch2, hdc) in each corner. slst or invisible join to first st, finish off.
Rnd 2. (Color C) Attach yarn using shdc method in the 3rd loop of any stitch that is not a corner. hdc3l in each hdc, fpdc around each fpdc and (hdc, ch2, hdc) in each corner. slst or invisible join to first st, finish off.
Rnd 3. (Color A) Repeat Rnd 2. Weave in all ends.
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