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Tri Color Granny Squares Blanket

This is definitely not your granny's granny square afghan pattern. The pairing of small and large squares in a lovely three-tone color palette makes this Tri-Color Granny Squares Blanket sleek and impressive looking.

Intermediate

Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • One size US G-6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook or size to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle
  • Caron International One Pound (100% acrylic; 16 oz/454 g, 812 yds/742 m skein): 8 oz (A), 16 oz (B), 24 oz (C), 40 oz (D). Shown in: #585 Lace (A); #562 Claret (B); #581 Espresso (C); #503 Black (D)
  • Pattern


Instructions:


GAUGE:
One large block measures about 11 x 11"/28 x 28cm. Gauge is not critical for this project.


STITCHES USED:
Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (slip st)

Note:To change color while joining a round, work the joining slip stitch as follows: insert hook in joining stitch, yarn over with new color and draw through both loops on hook. Fasten off old color.

 

LARGE BLOCK (make 17)
With A, chain 4; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times, 2 dc in ring; join with slip st in 3rd ch of beg ch—12 dc, and 4 ch-2 sps.
Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch, ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 4), 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, *dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 4, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp (corner made); rep from * 2 more times, dc in next 3 dc, dc in first ch-2 sp; join with slip st in 3rd ch of beg ch; change to B in join—28 dc, and 4 ch-4 sps.
Rnd 3: With B, sl st in next ch, ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 4), 2 dc in first ch-sp, *dc in each dc to next corner ch-sp, (2 dc, ch 4, 2 dc) in corner ch-sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in each dc to first ch-4 sp, dc in first ch-sp; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch—44 dc, and 4 ch-4 sps.
Rnd 4: With B, rep Rnd 3; change to C in join—60 dc, and 4 ch-4 sps.
Rnds 5 and 6: With C, rep Rnd 3 twice; change to D in join of Rnd 6—92 dc, and 4 ch-4 sps.
Rnds 7 and 8: With D, rep Rnd 3 twice­—124 dc, and 4 ch-4 sps. Fasten off.

 

SMALL BLOCK (make 72)

With A, chain 4; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: With A, work Rnd 1 of large block; change to B in join.
Rnd 2: With B, work Rnd 2 of large block; change to C in join.
Rnd 3: With C, work Rnd 3 of large block; change to D in join.
Rnd 4: With D, work Rnd 4 of large block. Fasten off. Make large blocks from the small blocks by sewing 4 small blocks together to make one large block (makes 18 large blocks total).

FINISHING—Arrange blocks into a rectangle of 5 blocks by 7 blocks; alternate small and large blocks throughout. Sew or slip st edges of blocks together.

Edging:
Rnd 1
: With RS facing, join D with sc in edge of throw, work sc evenly spaced around entire throw, working 3 sc in each corner; join with slip st in first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, working 2 hdc in each sc of each 3-sc corner; join with slip st in first hdc. Fasten off. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Blocking (very important): Lay throw flat, spray with water, and let dry.

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