Don’t you love when you can take something simple and make something amazing? I love to do that with cooking sometimes..you know…open up the cupboards, take a can of this, some leftover goodness, some fresh veggies..and voila! Amazing! It makes me feel like I made something from absolutely nothing! And I love that feeling! I get the same feeling when I use leftover yarn to make something beautiful! Not only did I make a dent in my yarn stash, but I made something from nothing and didn’t spend any extra to do it! I had some yarn leftover from crocheting this cutie pie Zebra, so I decided to make a Granny Square Baby Blanket to go along with it. If you would like the zebra pattern, head over to Etsy or Ravelry for the paid pattern.
And I literally played yarn chicken with this project, guys. If you decide to make both patterns, I used a skein each of Red Heart with Love and used the leftover pink and white for this project. We all crochet just a bit different so you may get more or less mileage out of your yarn. Because I was using leftovers, I decided to crochet the blanket until I ran out of yarn. I forgot to measure this one before I gifted it, but I’m guessing it turned out to be less than 30 inches square. That’s a pretty small baby blanket. Just right for covering a little one in a stroller or for a little one to drag around the house when she gets a bit bigger.
I wanted to show you how to make do with what you have. And how the simple granny square can get a modern look by color placement. The granny square is so versatile. You can make a square blanket as big as you’d like. Or make many granny squares and join them up together. Here is how you crochet a granny square if you need a refresher.
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Granny Square Baby Blanket Pattern
Here is what you will need:
- Red Heart With Love worsted weight yarn in Hot Pink and White (approx 5 oz of each)
- US H8/5.00 mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle and scissors
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Instead of a normal row-by-row pattern, I’m just going to give you basic directions. Feel free to change colors as you’d like.
For how to make a granny square, head over to this post. Follow those directions for crocheting the granny square with this ONE exception:
When you start a new color, join it with a slip stitch to any space and chain 3. The chain 3 counts as the first double crochet. Then continue as normal for the square.
Here is the color sequence I used for the Granny Square Baby Blanket. Feel free to adjust and change to use up your own yarn stash:
Rows 1-2: Pink
Row 3: White
Row 4-5: Pink
Row 6: White
Row 7-9: Pink
Row 10: White
Row 11: Pink
Row 12: White
Row 13-15: Pink
Row 16-17: White
Rows 18-19: Pin
Rows 20-21: White
Row 22: Pink
Row 23: White
Row 24 (or whatever row is your last row): With pink, single crochet around blanket as follows: work 1 sc in each dc from the prior row, work 1 sc in the chain of the ch-1 spaces, work 3 sc in the corner spaces. Fasten off and weave in ends.
And there you go! You made a granny square baby blanket!
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