My Cosy Blanket has generated a lot of interest. The pattern for the Giant Granny Square is a free pattern I found on Ravelry. The pattern page directs you a Russian blog, where you can pick up the pattern chart. A lot of people are quite daunted by a chart (I admit my heart sank when I saw it, I’d never worked a pattern from a chart before) and have asked me for some instructions.
I have messaged the pattern designer, Daria Nassiboulina, via Ravelry, but have had no response. I will go ahead and put my instructions up here, but want to make it quite clear that this is not my pattern. The designer, Daria Nassiboulina, is happy for me to share my notes on her pattern. I did not design this square, Daria did and any credit should go to her.
I edited Daria’s original chart to reflect how I was going to use my colours and added in the round numbers to make it a little easier to keep track of where I was up to (click the thumnail to see a full size version that you can save). You’ll notice that there are actually 16 colour bands on the chart. I worked my squares using 15 colours in Lucy’s published colour sequences, omitting the final round. At the end, I joined my squares using a continuous join-as-you-go. This was mainly because when I started, Lucy has only published 3 or 4 of her colour sequences so I had no idea what colours the outer rounds of later squares were going to be. If you know at the start, eg, if you use this pattern with a Cottage or Coastal pack, you could decide on a colour for that last round and join your squares as you make them.
I chose Copper for my joining colour. Firstly, it went very well against all the colours on the outer rounds, although there were several other colours that would have worked well, too. I felt that for an autumnal blanket Copper was a particularly good colour to use. Also, by the time I’d done my 9 squares, I had more Copper left than any other colour. Be warned – joining my squares used 99g of yarn. If you are using a Lucy Pack, you might want to buy an additional ball of yarn in the colour you use for your joining round. An alternative might be to change round 22 and 23 to granny stitch and JAYG on round 23. These are the quantities I used for my 9 squares:
Rose Pink 78g
I have used US terms, so sc (single crochet) is a UK double crochet, and dc (double crochet) is a UK treble crochet. Where I can, I tend to start in a corner with a standing dc as my first corner stitch, and continue my corner as required, but you can use a chain 3. On rounds where I have to continue the next round in the same colour, I slip stitch to the corner then do a chain 3 in place of the dc, then continue the corner. I also start in different corners for each colour change. For the sc rounds, you could start anywhere. I tended to start in the last chain space before a corner. I started these rounds by pulling up a loop and doing a chain 1, then doing 1 single crochet in the same space. When I get back to where I started, I slip stitch to join, then chain 3 to count as my first double crochet, then continue around.
A final point to bear in mind if you’re new to working squares, which is relevant to this particular pattern, is hidden stitches in the corner. Dedri at Look At What I Made has done a fantastic tutorial that explains them very well. You will need to know this for the dc rounds that follow the sc rounds.
Chain 6, slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: 3dc, ch2 4 times
Round 2: 3dc, ch1 In the corners, 3dc, ch2, 3dc (Granny Stitch)
Round 3-5: Granny Stitch
Round 6: sc in every stitch and every ch1 space. In the corners, sc, ch2, sc
Round 7: dc in every stitch. In the corners, dc, ch2, dc
Round 8: In any corner 2chain space, 3dc, ch2, 3dc *ch1, skip 3, 3dc * to the next corner: ch1, skip 3, (in the corner 2 chain space, 3dc, ch2, 3dc). Continue the round, where you should end with a ch1, skip 3, slip stitch to starting dc.
Round 9-11: Granny Stitch
Round 12: sc in every stitch and every ch1 space. In the corners, sc, ch2, sc
Round 13: dc in every stitch. In the corners, dc, ch2, dc
Round 14: As round 8
Round 15: Granny Stitch
Round 16: sc in every stitch and every ch1 space. In the corners, sc, ch2, sc
Round 17: dc in every stitch. In the corners, dc, ch2, dc
Round 18: In any corner 2chain space, dc, ch2, dc *ch1, skip 1, dc* to the next corner: ch1, skip 1, (in the corner 2 chain space, dc, ch2, dc). Continue the round, where you should end with a ch1, skip 1, slip stitch to starting dc.
Round 19: dc in every stitch and every ch1 space. In the corners, dc, ch2, dc
Round 20: As round 8
Round 21: Granny Stitch
Round 22: dc in every stitch and every ch1 space. In the corners, dc, ch2, dc
Round 23: dc in every stitch. In the corners, dc, ch2, dc
Round 24: As round 8
These are the stitch counts for the rounds:
|1||1 x 3dc/side|
|2||2 x 3dc/side|
|3||3 x 3dc/side|
|4||4 x 3dc/side|
|5||5 x 3dc/side|
|8||7 x 3dc/side|
|9||8 x 3dc/side|
|10||9 x 3dc/side|
|11||10 x 3dc/side|
|14||12 x 3dc/side|
|15||13 x 3dc/side|
|18||29 (27+corner dcx2) dc/side|
|20||16 x 3dc/side|
|21||17 x 3dc/side|
|24||19 x 3dc/side|
The 3xdc clusters include 1 cluster at each end in the corner space.
My squares ended up at 20″ across (not including round 24), using a 4mm. I crochet quite loosely so your squares may be smaller if you have a tighter tension.
As I wanted a particularly big blanket, I decided to do a very deep border. I followed the granny square pattern and used Lucy’s 6th colour sequence. I can’t find the link now, but when I was researching JAYG, I found a page that mentioned dealing with the little dips that can form where your corners join. Instead of doing my first border round in granny stitch, I did it in dc. When I got to the 2 spaces where 2 corners joined, I did 2dc together, like you do in a ripple. Yarn over, put your hook through the 1st space and pull up a loop; yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, put your hook through the 2nd space and pull up a loop; yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.
To get your stitch count right to continue in granny stitch, your 2nd border row will need to be all dc, too. I also changed how I used the colours for this, as well. I did the first 2 rounds of dc in the same colour, then used my second colour for the granny stitch rounds, 3 and 4. I thought this would look better than switching the colours after round 1. I also used the final 2 rows of Lucy’s edging, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use all 4. I think if I was doing a blanket without the big border, meaning that my last rounds were granny stitch, I would use all 4 rounds of Lucy’s edge.
Lucy published 6 colour sequences for her Cosy Blanket. I had originally planned to do 12 squares, using a colour sequence for one square, then reversing the sequence for the next. The permuations are endless. If you wanted to make a single size blanket, you could make 6 squares, 1 for each sequence, or you could pick one sequence that you particularly like and make all your squares the same.
I hope someone will find these notes useful. Please feel free to ask questions or point out if something is unclear or confusing. There is a link below to a PDF file containing (very!) basic instructions on how to work the Giant Granny Square.