The Beginners Blanket - Just learned to crochet and ready to make your first blanket? This is the pattern for you...

Everyone loves a granny square and if you know me, you know, they are my favourite things to crochet.   I just love granny square blankets.  Whether they are lots of squares joined together, or one giant granny square.   Crochet squares are also great for beginners too and if you have learned the basic stitches and would like to make your first blanket, then this is the one for you.  This granny square blanket was one of the first patterns that I wrote and was previously only available to buy in my Etsy store.  I hope you enjoy this free version.

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The Beginners Blanket


1 ball each Stylecraft Special DK in colours, Cream, Mocha, Duck Egg, Soft Peach, Pale Rose & Parchment



Approx 70 x 70 cm

Abbreviations / (UK conversion)

US terms used throughout 
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
st - stitch
sp - space

Other notes: US terminology is used throughout.  The beginners blanket is worked in rounds.  Finish every round by joining with a slip stitch to the top of chain 3 from beginning of round.  You will start each round with a new colour (unless otherwise stated), working in the following colour sequence Cream - Mocha - Duck Egg - Soft Peach - Pale Rose – Parchment.  Work is turned over after each round.  This ensures no twisting of the corners as the blanket gets larger, it also gives a lovely texture.   This pattern is designed for babies but the blanket can be easily adapted to make any size.

 Ch4 and join with sl st to form ring

Round 1 (right side) ch3, 2dc into ring, ch2, [ 3dc into ring, ch2] 3 times, join.  Turn.

Round 2 join new colour in any corner sp, ch3, 2dc into same sp, ch2, 3dc into same sp (corner formed), [ 3dc into next sp, ch2, 3dc into same sp] x3, join.  Turn.

Round 3 join new colour in any corner sp, chain 3, 2dc in same sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp, [3dc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp] x 3, 3dc in next sp, join.  Turn.

Rounds 4-30 continue working 3dc in each sp and [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in each corner.

Rounds 31-36 continue as before using cream only.

Shell Edging 

Round 1 sl st in corner sp, ch3, 8dc in same sp, *[sc in next sp, 7dc in next sp] repeat until next corner ending with sc**.  In corner 9 dc.* Repeat from *to* twice and from *to** once, join.  Weave in ends

Optional – divide ribbon into 4 equal pieces and thread in between the stitches along the side of blanket and tie with a bow in each corner.

If you would like to help support my work, you can purchase an ad free pdf version of this pattern in my Etsy Store.  

The pdf version also contains a second colourway and alternate border...

You can make this blanket bigger, just simply keep adding more rounds until you reach your desired size.  The Shell Edging must be made on an odd numbered round.  You can also easily substitute yarn too, just use the hook size recommended on the ball band.  Giant granny square blankets look fabulous crocheted in chunky yarn and make a great quick and easy project.

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  1. I love the soft colours and the shell edging just makes this beautiful blanket!

    1. Thanks Sandra. It has been a popular pattern in my store and it's nice to have it here on my blog now too...

  2. I love the colors you've done these in, Catherine. And both edgings are beautiful. I'm reminded - with all my reorganizing of yarns this past week I concluded that I have enough scraps of colorful yarns to finally make a granny square blanket with them. These blankets were beautiful when our grannies made them, and they're beautiful still (or again?) today!

    1. Thank you Becki. Yes I think that granny squares have a charm all of their own which I think will still hold strong for many years to come...

  3. This is beautiful - Thank youfor sharing!

  4. My first crochet was a giant Granny square. I've been crocheting 18 months and Granny stitch is still the only stich I know. Best, Jane x

    1. Granny squares are just so addictive, perfect TV crochet...

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    1. You're welcome Jennie, thank you for taking the time to comment.


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