The Summer Garden blanket has been gracing the window for a couple of weeks now: but you might not have noticed it while your were running into the shop to escape the snow/hail/rain! It’s taken me a while to put together the necessary photos and instructions for this blog: there are a lot of photos and lots of words!
My plan is to release these instructions in two parts – starting with the squares themselves and then moving on to the completion of the blanket in a few months or so. Should you want to jump ahead, contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to test crocheter Denise for working out the yarn requirements. I confess that because I have unlimited access to lots of delicious yarn, I simply roamed the shop and picked up all the yummy things I needed without giving much thought to how much I used. Denise went that extra mile and worked out measurements and requirements and wrote them up for me. So a big shout out for Denise!!!
If you want to make your own blanket you’ll need six 50g balls of double knitting for your flower yarn, eighteen 50g balls for the main shade (cream in my blanket), joining and edging, and four 50g balls of a contrast (in my case it’s the spring green inside the squares). This will make a blanket bigger than the original, which is a wee bit too narrow and a smidgen too short to use as a single bed blanket. Denise suggests that the amounts specified will make a 126 square blanket (final proportions estimated to be about 40 x 60 inches or about 1 x 1.5 metres.
Please note that these amounts and measurements are approximate. Different yarns have different yardages and different crocheters have differing tensions when they crochet.
To make the project affordable, a good quality acrylic/wool mix in 100g balls is ideal for your main shade, the flowers are great for using up oddments in your stash (if you don’t have strict ideas regarding your colour palette!), the contrast yarn is designed to ‘pull it all together’ so it’s probably the most vital colour decision.
For double knitting yarn you’ll need a 4mm hook, darning needle and scissors.
(An aran weight yarn would be an equally good choice – it would make a quicker-to-complete project too. If you fancy changing your yarn: make a test square in the yarn of your choice and measure it, then out how many squares you’ll need for the blanket. If you then weigh the square on digital scales and multiply that by the number or squares required you should get some sort of idea of total yarn requirements).
I completed the blanket in about 3 months, I think it took about 2 months to crochet the squares and a month to sew in the ends – joking! To reduce the pain of sewing in a million ends, I suggest you weave ends in as you go along.
Each block needs your main shade, your contrast and your two of your flower colours.
Some people like to batch these projects: completing all the flower centres first then going on to complete the petals then the granny squares. I did each flower in one go, but that meant that I risked ending up with more of one colour combination than the others. In the end its down to you and your way of working.
1. Make a circle by a. using a magic loop, or 4 chains slipped together. I sometimes make 4 chains then work subsequent stitches into the furthest chain away from the hook, you can’t tighten up the loop however.
2. Make 8 double crochet (dc) into your circle. And then slip stitch into the first dc made to complete the circle.
3. Change your yarn* colour and make 3 chains into one of dc. (this counts as your first treble), into the same dc, work 5 more trebles (tr).
4. Then take your hook out of the last treble you made and insert it into the 3 chain you made at the beginning, then pick up the last loop, yarn over the hook and pull it through both the loop and the chain stitch. This is your first petal. Make 2 chains.
5. Make 7 more petals using the seven dc. Instead of using the chain space you’ll use the top of the first treble and the last loop to close the petal.
6. When all your petals are completed, make the last 2 chains and then slip these to the back of the first petal (bad photograph alert, but you should get the idea).
7. In one of the 2 chain spaces, join in your main shade, and make 3 chains – this counts as your first treble. Then make 2 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr into the same chain space. This creates the corner of your first granny square round.
8. In the next chain space make 3 trebles only.
9. Then make 3 tr, 3ch, 3 tr into the next chain space – you now have two corners and one completed side. Repeat 1 side (3 trebles only) and then 1 corner (3 tr,3 ch, 3tr), and then a side until you are back where you started. Slip stitch into the top of the 3 chains you made to finish the round.
10. Make 3 chains to start your next round: into space directly underneath, make two trebles – this completes a side cluster. Then make 3 tr, 3 ch, 3tr into the next corner as shown.
11. Complete the next round of the granny square as set – each side space has a 3 treble cluster, each corner has a 3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr cluster. Slip stitch to complete the square.
12. Join in your contrast yarn and work 1 chain. Work a row of double crochet around the square – 1 dc into each treble and the top of each space and 3 into each corner.
13. Re-join your main yarn – chain 2 and then work a row of half-treble (htr) around the square – one htr in each double crochet and 4 in the corner – that is 1 htr into the first dc, 2 htr into the second dc, and one htr into the last dc of the corner. Slip stitch to close the round. This completes the square.
Notes: As this is already a LONG blog post, I have assumed a level of knowledge (e.g.. that you know the basic stitches, and simple methods used in this blanket. If you’re stuck, there are plenty of videos on YouTube to check out various techniques – just go to YouTube – find the search box (it has a magnifying glass symbol in it) and type in your requirements – for example *changing yarn colours in crochet.
Any comments or questions? Email me at village email@example.com.