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Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket – Part 2: Joining the Squares & Finishing

Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket by The DIY Mommy

After crocheting what seems like a bazillion little granny squares, this is the fun part – putting them all together and finishing off the blanket!

(If you missed part one of this tutorial on how to plan your granny square blanket and make the squares, go here to Part 1 first.)

Joining the granny squares:

Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket by The DIY Mommy

With your white/cream yarn, starting with your first square in the first row, attach the yarn to one corner ch 1 hole and then chain 3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1). [ Dbl crochet 3 times into the same hole (this forms a corner of the square), chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1 ] Repeat 3 times until you’re at the hole you started on and then slip stitch into the 3rd chain from the beginning. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

Now, you will move on to the second square in the first row and join it this way:

Attach the white/cream yarn to one corner ch 1 hole and then chain 3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1).  [Dbl crochet 3 times into the same hole (this forms a corner of the square), chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1.] Repeat once and then stop! Poke your crochet hook through one corner chain of the first square. Slip stich through.

Ch 1, dbl crochet 3 times in same hole (of second square), chain 1, [dbl crochet 1 time in the next hole, then find the middle dbl crochet of the adjacent “dbl crochet 3” on your first square and slip stich through. Dbl crochet 2 times, ch 1] Repeat from [ to ]. Dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1. Slip stitch into the 3rd chain from the beginning. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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You’ll repeat this pattern for the entire first row of 12 squares.

On the next rows, when you need to join one square to others, only crochet up one side, and then start attaching it to the other squares.

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Here’s a picture showing a slip stitch through the corner chains to attach the square corners together.

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The blanket is 16 rows long, so this part takes a while. I would suggest to take a “break” every few rows and weave in the ends on the back of the blanket so that you’re not weaving them ALL in at the end (which is really annoying)!

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Once the entire 16 rows of 12 are joined, you’re ready to edge the blanket.

Finishing the blanket:

I chose a very simple bobble edge so that the colourful granny squares were the stars of this piece!

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I single crocheted for two rows around the entire perimeter of the blanket, and then I used this lovely pattern to make bobble edging. Isn’t it cute and quirky?

Weave in all of those pesky ends and your done!

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I think we’ll cuddle up with this blankie on our living room couch, and then when our new house is built and Baby A has her own nursery, it will reside there. I like that it’s soft and made of natural fibers.

I’m totally in love with this crocheted granny square blanket – it’s retro-cuteness at it’s finest. And I’m really proud of it!

Have you ever crocheted a blanket? Please share your finished projects in the comments below.

DIY Home Decor, Knitting & Crochet

Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket – Part 1: The Squares

Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket by The DIY Mommy

 

I fell in love with vintage-looking granny square blankets last spring when I saw them all over Pinterest. I especially liked the ones with vibrantly coloured squares surrounded by white or cream stitches. So pretty!

I made it my mission starting last May to crochet a granny square blankie that I could use for my baby girl (or just as a throw in our living room). This project took me a long time (8 months!) but it was well worth the effort. And, honestly – it was a relaxing little project that was easy to pick up any time.

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The pattern was concocted by staring at a million pictures of blankets I loved, and with the help of my mom who is wonderful at eyeballing crocheted works and duplicating them. I used a really soft and lovely organic cotton sport-weight yarn from Knit Picks. It was nice to work with and also budget-friendly. The yarn has since been discontinued, but check out Knit Picks for other inexpensive yarns in natural fibers.

Here’s how I made this blanket (I’ll divide this tutorial into two parts because it’s quite long)!

Finished blanket measures approximately 48″ by 64″. Gauge isn’t really important unless you want the blanket to be exactly this size (if so, the squares should measure about 4″ wide).

Materials:

  • 2 skeins each of 8 different colours of yarn (164 yard skeins)
  • 8 skeins of white/cream coloured yarn (164 yard skeins)
  • size J crochet hook
  • yarn needle

Directions:

Need help with basic crochet stitches and techniques? I recommend taking a Crafsty class on basic crochet.

Making the Squares

I made 12 different combinations of granny squares and I mixed up the colours in a way that was visually appealing to me. If you look at this photo, you can see the basic pattern I used. Feel free to copy it, or it’s a lot of fun to come up with your own colour combos with the different colours of yarn.

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Plan the colours that will go into each of the 12 different granny squares, and then make them like this:

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Chain 4, slip stich into the first chain to form a loop. Chain 3 (this will count as your first double crochet cluster and chain) and then dbl crochet into the loop, but don’t do the last step of the dbl crochet (leaving 2 loops on your hook). Dbl crochet into the loop again, and then on the final step pull your yarn through all the loops on your hook. This forms a double crochet cluster. Chain 1.

Repeat a dbl chrochet cluster + chain 1 6 more times so that you have 8 dbl crochet clusters on your loop. Slip stitch into the 3rd chain of your first faux dbl crochet cluster. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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With your second chosen colour of yarn, attach it in a chain one hole. Chain3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1).  [Dbl crochet into the next chain 1 hole 3 times. Chain 1. ] Repeat until you’re at the hole you began with, dbl crochet 2 times and slip stitch into the third chain you started with. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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With a third colour, attach yarn to one of the chain 1 holes of the previous round. Chain 3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1). [ Dbl crochet 3 times into the same hole (this forms a corner of the square), chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1 ] Repeat 3 times until you’re at the hole you started on and then slip stitch into the 3rd chain from the beginning. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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You will need to make 16 of each of the 12 squares. I used a tin to store them in. This is a great project to do a bit at the time – do a couple of squares each night as you relax!

Click here to move to Part 2 – Joining the Squares and Finishing the Blanket

 

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Sew a Boutique Blanket – For Baby!

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Boutique Blanket for Baby by The DIY Mommy - Tips & tricks for choosing baby-friendly fabrics and sewing with minky

This post on how to sew a generously fluffy boutique blanket has been quite popular for the last few months, and I’ve also received a few questions via comments and emails on how this blanket would work for babies (as a great shower gift, perhaps).

When it comes to baby & toddler blankies, I think it’s important that they not only be soft but washable and sturdy as well. While the fabric I used in this tutorial is wonderful for a living room throw or a master bedroom accent blanket, I like to use quilting cotton instead of decor cotton for the primary side of a blanket like this. Here is my suggested method on how to slightly tweak the boutique blanket to make it a boutique blanket perfect for a baby!

Materials:

  • 1 yard 100% cotton quilting  fabric (pre-wash it so that it doesn’t shrink later!)
  • 1 yard polyester minkee (minky) fabric
  • thread
  • a rotary cutter, mat and large ruler are helpful but not necessary

I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:

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I make all of my baby blankets to measure about 35 inches wide by 29 inches long (which uses up almost a yard of cotton quilting fabric nicely and then you can use one yard of minkee for two blankets because it’s 60″ wide).

Directions:

Follow all of the directions for the Boutique Blanket. Optional: Sew an extra line of stitching 2″ inside the topstitched line, as shown in the picture below.

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These cuddly blankets make a beautiful gift for a new little baby bundle and they’re fun and easy to sew! If you’ve sewn a cotton + minkee blanket like the one in the original Boutique Blanket post or like one shown here, please comment and let me know how you found working with the fabrics together. I love to see all of your projects!

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Sew a Ribbon Loop Blanket for Baby

by Christina Dennis

DIY RIbbon Loop Blanket by The DIY Mommy

There’s something about little folded tags and bits of ribbon that capture a baby’s attention. There little hands like to grasp the silky tags and their little mouths like to chew them! My babies were no different, so when they were little I made them these sweet ribbon loop blankies to cuddle and play with. These blankets are very simple to sew and small enough to bring in the car or stroller. You can attach plastic links to them and attach those to a stroller or carseat so that the blankie doesn’t get lost! I like to use super-soft minkee fabric for these little blankies to add to the tactile fun!

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard of main minkee fabric
  • 1/2 yard of coordinating minkee fabric (for reverse)
  • a variety of coordinating ribbon in various textures and widths

Directions:

  1. Cut a 15″ x 15″ square out of both minkee fabrics. Most minkee is 60″ wide, so I love this dimension of blanket since you can make 4 with only 1/2 yard of each fabric!
  2. Cut 20 pieces of various ribbon, varying their lengths from 3″ to 6″.
  3. Lay the main minkee piece right-side-up on a flat surface. Fold a piece of ribbon in half to form a loop, and pin it approximately 2 1/2″ from one corner of the minkee piece with it’s raw edge lined up with the raw edge of the fabric. The loop should face in.
  4. Repeat with the remainder of the ribbon loops using 5 loops per side of the square. Space them evenly apart and vary textures, colours and lengths. I like to use as many different ribbons as possible and I don’t use any type of pattern when I place them!
  5. Stay-stitch the loops in place by machine. Remove pins.
  6. Lay the coordinating minkee back piece over the front piece, right-sides-together. Pin in place (always pin minkee fabric well)! Sew together using a 1/2″ seam. Leave a 4″ hole and then turn the blanket right-side-out. Top-stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the blanket to keep it nice and flat and to sew the opening closed.

 

DIY RIbbon Loop Blanket by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing

Sew a Boutique Blanket

by Christina Dennis

I love soft, cuddly blankets! My favourite combination for a blanket is to sew it using cotton on the outside and buttery soft minkee fabric on the inside. The result is a substantial, high-quality blanket that is wonderful for a baby, for a living room throw, or for a bed!

Sew a Boutique Blanket by The DIY Mommy

Minkee (or “minky”) fabric can be very thick and slippery. It also is a pain to cut because it can be so furry – fuzz can fly everywhere! In this tutorial on how to sew a “boutique” blanket, I’ll share how I work with this fabric. It’s a little tricky, but the results are beautiful.Continue reading

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