This is the english version of the rainbow granny square blanket. If you’re looking for the dutch (NL) version, click here.
Weight: approx. 1 kg
Yardage: 3000m or 10 skeins (3 used for bordering)
Gauge: not very important but 1 granny square measures 9 cm square without the cream row (3,5″).
Measurements: approx. 1.00 x 1.70 m
Hook: 5.0 mm (H in US sizes)
I sorted the skeins I used like this:
- Spring green
- Cloud blue
For the joining and the border I used a brandless cream white yarn, but the Stylecraft Cream is an excellent substitute.
Pick your colours
So first things first. In order to get the rainbow squares, you want to order your skeins in the mentioned rainbow fashion. Then you randomly pick a starting colour. This will be the colour of your innermost row in the granny square. Next you pick the 3 adjacent colours on one side, those will be the 2nd, 3th and 4th row of your granny square. In order to make different squares, you choose another starting colour every time!
You don’t always have to work from 1 to 19. Counting backwards works as well, and then you get other colours on the outer rim. I also chose some squares because they were creating a nice gradient (for example 8,9,10 and 11 but others because they were simply adjacent in the rainbow (for example 2,3,4 and 5).
Stitches and Abbreviations (US terms)
- ss: slip stitch
- ch: chain
- dc: double crochet
- ch-sp: chain space
Basic rainbow granny square
After you have chosen your colours you are going to start on the individual granny squares.
R1: With the first colour, ch5, join with ss in the 5th ch from hook, ch3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 2dc in circle (first granny cluster made), ch3, *3dc in circle, ch3*, Repeat between ** 2 times more, join with ss in first dc, fasten off.
R2: Take the next colour. Start in a corner ch sp. [Ch3, 2dc, ch3, 3dc] in same corner ch sp, ch1, *3dc in next corner ch space, ch3, 3dc in same sp, ch1*, repeat between ** 2 times more, join with ss in first dc, fasten off.
R3: Take the next colour. Starting in a corner ch sp, [ch3, 2dc, ch3, 3dc] in same corner ch sp, ch1, *3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, [3dc, ch3, 3dc] in corner ch sp, ch1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch1*, repeat between ** 2 times more, join with ss in first dc, fasten off.
R4: Take the next colour. Starting in a corner ch sp, [ch3, 2dc, ch3, 3dc] in same corner ch sp, ch1, *3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch1, [3dc, ch3, 3dc] in corner ch sp, ch1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch1*, repeat between ** 2 times more, join with ss in first dc, fasten off.
So now you have made your basic granny square! If you want pictures to go with each step, check out this link! Don’t worry if your granny square seems a bit wonky. The weight of the blanket will pull everything into a nice square shape when you’re done!
This blanket contains 135 squares. Normally I would make them all in advance, lay them out on my bed and arrange them properly. Not this one! It’s a blanket made on-the-go. So I joined the squares one row at a time. I made about 15 to 20 randomly picked squares. Then I chose the arrangement for 1 row and joined it. Over and over again until I felt like the blanket was large enough. This way, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t thought about dimensions in advance. You can just add rows (heightwise and lengthwise) as you go.
I joined the squares using this method. I only changed the outer row to be the same colour every time. So when you want to join your first row of squares, you just make a 5th row of granny clusters in cream white around your first square. You also make a cream row around the 2nd square, but you join the last side of the square to the previously bordered one as mentioned in the link. This way you keep on joining the squares until you have made joined 10 squares horizontally. That will make your first blanket row.
For the next row, you just simply border your first square and join it with one side to the previous row. The 2nd square of the 2nd row will have two rows adjacent to the blanket, so you will have to make a corner join with 2 rows, but that is also clearly explained in the link. You don’t have to worry if you don’t do it exactly right. Because you use cream white as a border colour everywhere you won’t see minor mistakes!
I used a very, very simple border. I made a giant row of granny clusters around the blanket. For a great tutorial, see this link. This prevents your border from ruffling up because you made too many clusters in your edge. In total I made 4 rows of granny clusters in cream white around the border. I had to stop because I ran out of cream yarn, but otherwise I would probably add a small picot edge.
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