Who doesn’t love a granny square blanket? There can’t be many people surely.
I was so pleased when a friend asked me to make a crochet blanket for her living room. I was especially pleased because she already has one of my baby blankets, which was gifted to her by our colleagues at work when she went on maternity leave last year, and it means a lot to me that she liked that one enough to ask me to make another.
Through a little virtual chatting over Facebook we settled on some kind of granny square blanket and the colours blue and grey. Then she sent me this picture of a cushion with a beautifully simple, yet effective pattern…
… and the result was a granny square blanket – with a twist, well more of a 45 degree turn really.
I would usually join granny squares as I go but I don’t think the desired effect would have been achieved with that method, so I stitched the squares together once I’d made them all.
The edges were squared off with isosceles triangles and the corners with smaller isosceles triangles. All of the triangles were right angled triangles too. Can you tell we were learning about triangles at school today? (If you’re new to my blog you might not know that I work as a teaching assistant – you can read more about me here.)
Once all the bits and bobs were stitched together I had to tackle weaving in the ends. Obviously, a sensible person would have stitched in the ends as they went along. I am not that person. Did I mention that there were 61 squares and 24 triangles in this granny square blanket? That’s quite a lot don’t you think? Do you think I’ve learnt my lesson? I’d like to think I have, but if I’m being honest the answer is probably not!
It was worth the effort though. The finished blanket, particularly when viewed from above, is mesmerising and I don’t think it could’ve really turned out much better.
My friend’s boys seem to be happy with it…
…and their mum is too!
The finished blanket measures approximately 125cm square.
Let me know if you’d be interested in a chart of how the blanket was put together.