Sea and Sand Granny Blanket

What do you when you want to make a granny blanket but you’re trying to whittle down your yarn stash?… Go stash diving and discover a fabulous color combination you probably would not have chosen if you were standing in the yarn aisle with the entire color lineup to choose from, of course!

I recently needed a granny blanket in “cool tones, nothing too bright” for my brother and after trying VERY hard to resist the urge to hop in the car and bask in the glow of yarn shopping, I dug deep in my stash and ended up finding the perfect colors. I went a little crazy a while back when there was a good sale on Caron Simply Soft yarn at my local craft store so I had an embarrassingly large quantity of it tucked away. I’m pretty impressed with myself on this one… I only had to buy 3 skeins to complete the blanket. That means I used 7 full skeins from my stash. Using 7 skeins from stash feels good, y’all.

I used approximately 3,200 yards of Caron Simply Soft to make this blanket. I did not track the amounts of each color that I used since not all of my stash skeins were full skeins but you don’t really have to worry about dye lots with Caron Simply Soft so having to get more later isn’t a huge deal. I can say that I used approximately two skeins each of the Robin’s Egg Blue, Sage, Pagoda, and Bone colors and at least 3 skeins of Off White (I did have some of each left over at the end).

How I made my blanket…

Materials:

  • Approximately 3,200 yards of Caron Simply Soft yarn in the colors Robin’s Egg Blue, Sage, Pagoda, Bone, and Off White (see above for notes on how much of each)
  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Written in US terms

ch – chain stitch
sc – single crochet stitch
hdc – half double crochet stitch
dc – double crochet stitch
ch space – chain space

This blanket is a basic rectangular granny blanket with a stripe repeat. The stripe repeat is as follows:

  • 2 rounds of Robin’s Egg Blue
  • 1 round of Off White
  • 4 rounds of Pagoda
  • 1 round of Off White
  • 2 rounds of Sage
  • 2 rounds of Off White
  • 1 round of Bone
  • 2 rounds of Off White

To make the granny rectangle:

There is a very good written pattern and diagram for a rectangle granny in the book The Granny Square Book by Margaret Hubert. If you happen to have it or can find it at your local library, I highly recommend it. There are also several good tutorials available online for how to make a granny rectangle. The technique used in the tutorials vs the book may be slightly different but the end result will be the same. For online tutorials, I prefer this one by Bella Coco (keep in mind that she uses UK and US terminology).

Follow the directions for your preferred tutorial starting with a chain 9 + 3 (for the first stitch). Change colors in the order set out above for the stripe repeat. I completed 4 full repeats before moving on to the border and my final measurements were approximately 74″ x 70″. 3 repeats would be a good size for a small throw blanket.

To make the border:

After your final round in the stripe repeat (continue with Off White so do not cut the yarn) –

Round 1: (with Off White) ch1, 1sc in each dc from the last round, 2sc in the ch spaces between clusters to the corner ch space. 3 sc in the chain space between corner clusters. Repeat around, slip stitch into the top of the first sc to join the round.

Round 2: (with Sage) ch1, hdc in each sc from the last round to the corner, 3 hdc in the middle corner sc stitch. Repeat around, slip stitch into the top of the first hdc to join the round.

Round 3: (with Pagoda) ch1, sc in each hdc from the last round to the corner, 3 sc in the middle corner hdc stitch. Repeat around, slip stitch into the top of the first sc to join the round.

Round 4: (with Robin’s Egg Blue) ch1, hdc in each sc from the last round to the corner, 3 hdc in the middle corner sc stitch. Repeat around, slip stitch into the top of the first hdc to join the round.

Round 5: (with Off White) ch1, crab stitch in every hdc around (do not increase in the corners). Slip stitch into the top of the first crab stitch to join the round. A tutorial for the crab stitch can be found here.

Cut your yarn and weave in all the ends (if you are smarter than I am you did this along the way and don’t have a ton to do all at one time 😬).

Happy crocheting!!

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