I have a crush on granny squares... I love that they inspire infinite possibilities of colour play, and shape and size combinations, to create something unique every time. It's the staple pattern that so many of us always come back to when the enthusiasm of a new pattern has been satisfied; and it is the basis of the pattern that I share with you today.
Now something that I am not quite so keen on are variegated yarns; they look so appealing in the shop with some lovely combinations of colours, and I've succumbed to the colourful lure of them more times then I care to remember. But I have almost always been disappointed with them once I work something up - it must be the control freak in me that just can't give control to the wool! I saw a blanket made by someone on the internet this week that was absolutely stunning; it had been worked up in lots of different shades of blue and the creator described how she put all of her various blue shades into a bag and randomly took one for each round. And it looked really, really great. I must do that, I thought to myself; and then I thought hang on, that is just impossible for me - there is no way that I can just pull a ball out of a bag and not have a heated debate with myself deciding if I like how this is going to look. This will inevitably be followed by me having another delve until I find something that I like better... hmm, it is no wonder I have a problem with variegated yarn! Give me gorgeous, solid colours any day.
What I do like about variegated yarns is the blending of one colour into another, and so I decided to play around with using multiple strands of different solid colours together to produce different effects - and it is quite addictive! And exciting as you never know what new, blended yarn you are going to create on each round - endless possibilities... And you can decide where a colour change will occur on your work... AND as you are using multiple strands, as well as a big chunky hook, your work grows incredibly fast - as well as using up a wool stash quicker than you can say "honey........ my wool basket is empty...... I need to buy some more..." Everyone's a winner!
So, I give you, the Graduated Granny Blanket -
This is made up using 4 strands of dk wool and a 10mm hook. American crochet terms.
This uses a classic granny square pattern - obviously I am not re-inventing the wheel here; I have not invented the granny pattern, I just give the instructions as to how I make up my granny squares. Also, I have not done an in-depth photo tutorial on how to make a granny square - there are endless photo tutorials out there as well as lots of video tutorials on you tube that are really easy to follow.
The rainbow blend has been created by using 4 similar colour strands together; at every new row, one of the coloured strands is fastened off, and one new coloured strand is joined, so that every row still uses 4 strands but is different, and every individual coloured strand is used on 4 rows and then fastened off. This works very well in rainbow colours and produces a nice, grandual blend of one colour into another.
- With 4 strands of yarn, chain 4 sts and join into a circle.
- Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc into circle; *ch 2, 3dc, rep from * 2 times more; ch 2 and join with slip stitch into top of ch 3. Slip Stitch over the next 2 stitches, and then slip stitch into the ch space; Fasten off 1 strand of colour, and join 1 new strand of new colour.
- [Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc, 2ch, 3dc] into the ch space, *ch 1, [3dc, 2 ch, 3 dc] into next ch space; rep from * 2 times more. Ch 1, join with a slip stitch into top of ch 3. Slip Stitch over the next 2 stitches, and then slip stitch into the ch space; Fasten off 1 strand of colour, and join 1 new strand of new colour.
- [Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc, 2ch, 3dc] into the ch space, *ch 1, 3 dc into ch space, ch 1, [3dc, 2 ch, 3dc] into corner ch space, rep from * 2 times more. Ch 1, join with a slip stitch into top of ch 3. Slip Stitch over the next 2 stitches, and then slip stitch into the ch space; Fasten off 1 strand of colour, and join 1 new strand of new colour.
Carry on rounds as set, working 3 dc into each side ch space and 3dc, 2 ch, 3dc into each corner chain space for as long as you like. (each side 3dc is separated by 1 chain).
When your blanket is big enough work a scalloped edge as follows -
When you finish your last round, instead of slip stitching into the corner, just work 1 slip stitch. You should now be in the middle dc of a 3 dc cluster. Miss 1 stitch *work 5 dc into the next chain space, miss 1 stitch, 1 slip stitch into next stitch, miss 1 stitch; rep from * around finishing with a slip stitch into the same stitch as the 1st one. (the corner chain spaces are worked with 1 shell, just like the side chain spaces). Fasten off and weave in all ends.
One rainbow graduated granny. I do hope I have inspired you to try some yarn blending and maybe a graduated granny of your own.
The colours blend so beautifully together...
I hope you have a wonderful, colourful week.