Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rainbow Granny Blanket ... PATTERN

This pattern came out of my head and onto paper much easier then I anticipated.  =)  So let's get started:


YARN
Blocks:
 Patons Classic Wool
Bright Red (BR) -- Currant (CR) -- Water Chestnut (WC) -- Old Gold (OG)
Lemongrass (LM) -- Leaf Green (LG) -- Emerald (EM) -- Aquamarine (AQ)
Royal Blue (RB) -- Royal Purple (RP) -- Orchid (OR)
Checkerboard Border:
Patons Classic Wool - Dark Charcoal
Lions Brand Fisherman's Wool - Natural

It took a bit of searching to find all the colors but my tenacity paid off.  =)  I used up pretty much every bit of each skein of color and even had to dip into my leftover basket to finish off a few rounds.  But it all worked out in the end.  =)

HOOK
I used my good and faithful Susan Bates size H hook ... lovely as always, my dear!

SIZE
5 round Granny Square  - this is my favorite tutorial if you need a little refresher course.  =)
63 squares (7 across x 9 down)

 

COLOR SEQUENCES
Make 3 of each, following the abbreviations next to the colors:

  • Bright Red, Currant, Water Chestnut, Old Gold , Lemongrass
  • Leaf Green, Emerald, Aquamarine, Royal Blue, Royal Purple
  • Orchid, Bright Red, Currant, Water Chestnut, Old Gold
  • Lemongrass, Leaf Green, Emerald, Aquamarine, Royal Blue
  • Royal Purple, Orchid, Bright Red, Currant, Water Chestnut
  • Old Gold, Lemongrass, Leaf Green, Emerald, Aquamarine
  • Royal Blue, Royal Purple, Orchid, Bright Red, Currant
  • Water Chestnut, Old Gold, Lemongrass, Leaf Green, Emerald
  • Aquamarine, Royal Blue, Royal Purple, Orchid, Bright Red
  • Curant, Water Chestnut, Old Gold, Lemongrass, Leaf Green
  • Emerald, Aquamarine, Royal Blue, Royal Purple, Orchid
  • Lemongrass, Old Gold, Water Chestnut, Currant, Bright Red
  • Royal Purple, Royal Blue, Aquamarine, Emerald, Leaf Green
  • Old Gold, Water Chestnut, Currant, Bright Red, Orchid
  • Royal Blue, Aquamarine, Emerald, Leaf Green, Lemongrass
  • Water Chestnut, Currant, Bright Red, Orchid, Royal Purple
  • Aquamarine, Emerald, Leaf Green, Lemongrass, Old Gold
  • Currant, Bright Red, Orchid, Royal Purple, Royal Blue
  • Emerald, Leaf Green, Lemongrass, Old Gold, Water Chestnut
  • Bright Red, Orchid, Royal Purple, Royal Blue, Aquamarine
  • Leaf Green, Lemongrass, Old Gold, Water Chestnut, Currant
  • Orchid, Royal Purple, Royal Blue, Aquamarine, Emerald

ASSEMBLY
I decided not to block the granny squares before adding the final border and joining them together.  That was my choice ... you may feel free to block them if that's your thing.  =)  Lay them out on the floor in a please arrangement (remember 7 across and 9 down).

Each square has two rounds of border color and it was in the second round that I used the Join as You Go method of connecting it to it's neighboring square.  Worked out just ducky ... pleased as punch with the results!


BORDER
Very Simple ... 

First Row - granny clusters all around the blanket with no chain one between clusters
I followed this technique to combat any "ripple effect" that is so common in crocheted blankets.  It works like a charm!

Second row  - chain 4, slip stitch in space between 3 DC cluster.  Repeat this around blanket so you have little "loops."

Third row - 5 single crochet in each "loop" all around the blanket.  These makes a very simple but pretty scallop.  


I just re-read this post and it makes sense ... to me.  =)  Please, please, please post questions or email if you'd like to me explain something differently.  

Love always,

Erin

10 comments:

Nicole said...

Erin, this is BEAUTIFUL! The colors..love them! I would love to be able to use these bright colors together, I'm still a chicken and stick to my comfort zone. One of these days I'll get the nerve to go outside my same ole boring colors. I could look at this all day! Well done! take carexx

Conny's Cottage said...

Hello Erin,


mag ik ook nederlans schijven?

wat heb je het leuk gemaakt.

Een heel erg mooooi sprei.

beste groeten Conny

Erin said...

Conny,

I don't speak Dutch. =) But I put your message through Babel Fish ... yes you can sew the squares together if you'd like. I'm not very good at it, so I like the join as you go method.

Love,

Erin

Andrea... said...

Granny-tastic!!!!! Very inspiring xx

Crochet dude said...

beautiful what great colours

Heldasland said...

This is a thing of great beauty

Heather said...

Beautiful granny blanket! :-)

Patty :-) said...

This blanket is beautiful!
Do you know how many skeins of each color you used?
I L-O-V-E your color combinations - - thank you for sharing!!
Patty :-)

Erin said...

Patty,

I used one skein of each of the rainbow colors, 3 skeins of charcoal, and 1 large skein of natural. Approximately. =)

Erin

Cindy said...

I love this! I love bright colors!

How many skeins of each color did you buy/use for this blanket?

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