Very Simple Flower Granny Square

This pretty flower square is so simple – it will let whatever colors you choose take center stage! I elected to do the squares in bright colors with a gray background…however I think pastels with a white background would be stunning as well. Here’s the free pattern:

Color A

Make a magic circle

Round 1: Ch2, (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, sl st to ch2

Color B

Round 2: Join in any hdc, ch2, dc, (counts as 1st dc2tog), ch1, * dc2tog in next st, ch1, rep from * 10more Xs, sl st to 1st dc2tog

Round 3: Sl st to ch sp, ch2, dc3tog in same ch sp, (counts as 1st dc4tog), ch3, *dc4tog in next ch sp, ch3, rep from *10 more Xs, sl st to 1st dc4tog

Color C

Round 4: Join in any ch sp, ch3, 2dc in same ch sp, *ch2, 3dc in next ch sp, ch1, 3hdc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3

Round 5: Sl st over to corner sp, ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc in corner, *ch1, 3hdc in each of next 2 ch sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in corner sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3.

Sea Spray Square

So this blanket came about because I had a lot of scrap yarn (as usual). I used all blues and neutrals, and alternated stripes of back loop half doubles with stripes of the Sea Spray Square.


Here’s the free pattern for the Sea Spray Square:

Start with a magic circle

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, tighten circle and sl st to ch2 to join

Round 2: Join in any stitch with a standing dc, ch1, *dc in next st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 3: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, 2sc in same sp, 3sc in each of next 11 ch sp, sl st to standing sc

Round 4: Join in any st with standing dc, dc in next 2 st, ch1, *dc in next 3 st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 5: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, sc in same sp, ch4, *2sc in next ch sp, ch 4, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing sc

Round 6: Join in 1st sc of any pair with sl st, ch1, *sc2tog over both sc, (hdc, dc, htrc, dc, hdc) in ch4 sp, rep from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st sc2tog

Round 7: *Fphdc around any sc2tog, ch2, sk 2 st, sc in htrc, sk 2 st, repeat from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st fphdc

Round 8: Join in any ch2 sp with standing dc, 2 more dc in same sp, ch 2, *3dc in next ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3sc in each of next 2 ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3dc in next ch sp, ch2, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 9: Join in any corner ch 2 sp with standing tr, (2tr, ch2, 3 tr) in same corner. Now you will be working in sp bet groups of 3 st. *3dc, 3hdc, 3sc, 3hdc, 3dc, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs omitting last corner, sl st to standing tr

Casual Granny Crochet Along

This bedspread is from a Crochet Along, or CAL. The idea behind a CAL is that the pattern is released incrementally over a period of time, such as every week or every month, and people all over the world can work on the same project at the same time. CALs are usually a little challenging and complex, however the results are reliably stunning. By joining a CAL, you can be part of a group of people that can inspire and support one another with the project.

This CAL, called the Casual Granny CAL, happened back in 2018 and, as that was two years ago, the patterns for all ten of the different squares are available for free on redagapeblog.com. So awesome! The blog’s creator, Mandy, has done a fantastic job of writing out all of the patterns in an easy to understand manner as well as including “tiny tutorials” for any tricky stitches. She says on her site that she wanted people doing her CAL to be able to go at their own pace, pick their own colors, and do any or all of the squares for their own project – hence the “casual” in the name. No pressure!

I chose to do the blanket in four colors – teal, mustard, coral, and light gray. I used the double crochet join-as-you-go (JAYG) technique – which I absolutely swear by. All of the joining and the entire border was done without breaking the yarn once!

My favorite of all ten squares was the trickiest to get the hang of – the heart granny square. The pattern calls for several mid-round color changes so you are instructed to carry the non-working yarn through the back of the square in order to pick it up when needed. I hadn’t done that technique before, but I picked it up readily enough thanks in no small part to the simplicity of the way in which the pattern is written. And it was worth it! Just look at those hearts – so super cute!

It’s a Girl! Blanket

This cute little baby blanket features the (slightly modified) Delilah square by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine, and is put together using a braided continuous join.

I recently discovered the continuous join, or join-as-you-go (JAYG), method for joining squares, and just like that *snap* my aversion to granny squares is gone!

My problem with granny square blankets wasn’t making lots of squares – it was joining them. I hated sewing them together. I hated crocheting them together. I really hated weaving in all those ends! Never again! With the JAYG method I joined all the squares for the It’s a Girl! Blanket and did the whole border without cutting the yarn once. All thanks to the crochet genius who came up with JAYG!!

The Squiggly Square Blanket

(another scrap buster)

Like most of you, I had a big bag full of partial skeins of yarn – my scraps – and I wanted to use them up. I have done scrap blankets before, but this time I wanted to try something new and different. And so I made the Squiggly Square Blanket!

I found the pattern for the square here: http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2011/10/wiggles-square-for-sibol.html and I used a join-as-you-go (JAYG) method to put the whole thing together. If you have never tried joining squares this way, I will tell you that it’s worth learning because there are only two ends to weave in. The cute squiggly squares are super easy to make and really fun. Happy crocheting!