Have you ever made a granny square blanket? I hadn’t. Not until three weeks ago. I hadn’t even thought of making one until two months ago, when I found out a friend was going to be a mom.
Here is what I learned from this experience that might also help you when working on granny square blankets.
What better gift to make a future mom who has to think of a gazillion things for her new life ahead than a cute baby blanket that could even become *the* blanket for her child?
I was so excited that I *had* to buy yarn for this new and exciting project. I had no idea how to make a crochet baby blanket other than make some squares and connect them to each other. Right… Not much information in that statement.
So I ordered some yarn from yarn-paradise.com (Baby Batik, perfect for baby blankets and clothing, with a beautiful combination of self-striping colors).
While I was waiting for my huge package to arrive (of course I had to order almost 7 kilos of yarns because I’m kind of crazy and the yarns are really cheap and only come in packs of four, eight or ten skeins), I did a bit of research. Not on concrete, mind you!, on the internet. It’s a skill that I have. Googling stuff.
Somehow I stumbled upon the sunburst granny square in several places and it was perfect. Just what I wanted. Not too airy and not boring either, it’s a playful pattern, with rows of varying heights and textures. How could I not fall in love with it?
When my yarns finally arrived (after being stuck in my own city with the delivery company for three days because someone in the UK was too lazy to copy a simple address and just typed numbers randomly, while also completely ignoring my phone number – yes, my yarns from Turkey did a 6000 km trip around Europe because it’s a lot of fun to not choose the shortest route for delivering packages), I got to work.
Twenty easy squares, right? Well, when you’ve been crocheting for six months, it’s not really that easy, but being enthusiastic about the project does help.
I steam blocked one square to take pictures and see how the yarn changes. It’s amazing to see this transformation. It’s also not fun to connect a blocked square to unblocked ones.
Reminder for myself: while making another blanket with squares that you plan to connect by sewing, do block them all before sewing them together. You’ll have a much easier time finishing up.
Or don’t block at all. After all, I didn’t use a small enough hook (I used a 4 mm for a sport/5 ply yarn) and the squares became a bit larger when I blocked them. Maybe I should not pull on them, just make sure they are square and then give them a touch of steam.
After finishing all the squares and sewing in all the ends, I connected the squares in four rows and then connected the rows to each other using the easiest joining method with a large needle (also called a whip stitch).
Then I crocheted a uniform border around all the connected squares (in single crochet) and added scallops to the edge, one 6 dc scallop every 5 stitches.
The blanket was ready, but not to go, I needed to shape it up a bit.
I spread it on the bed, inserted the wires (medium gauge wire from the hardware store, nothing fancy) next to the scallops and shaped the blanket into a rectangle. A bit of steam helped set the shape and prevent wrinkling.
Then I washed it, dried it on a flat surface, packed it up nicely with a white wedding pillow that I made for the same friend and awaited the big day.
I’m still curious if she likes it or not, but we’ll wait for the little one to give the verdict. I’ve learned so much from creating this blanket and I hope that my experience will help you create your own awesome blanket for a loved one.
Keep up the awesome work and I hope to see you around here again.