September 22 marks the first day of fall, which also means that summer is officially over. It is time to put away the bright rainbow colored yarn and save them for next spring’s projects. I’m pulling out the muted colors of fall and already wearing my cozy sweaters. But before we say a final goodbye to summer I wanted to share this Summer Sunset Granny Square Blanket with all of you. I hope it captures the fleeting beauty of a colorful sunset and reminds you of all the fun had this summer.
I think the bold colors and thick stripes of this project really stand out, but even more exciting is the offset square. Most granny blankets are worked in continuous and even rounds, but I decided to take a slightly different approach with this one. This pattern is easy, all you need to know is the double crochet stitch, but it packs a very unique look.
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Finished blanket measures 40in x 40in, perfect for a toddler sized blanket.
- Size (5.00mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle
- magic ring
- Granny Stitch; or cluster of 3DC – placing 3DC into the same space creates this stitch
- DC – double crochet
- CH – chain
- SL – SL ST
A SIMPLE GRANNY SQUARE BEGINING
With yellow yarn form a magic ring and CH3, counts as your first double crochet. *2DC into the magic ring and CH2. Repeat from * two more times making 4 granny stitches, or clusters of 3DC. SL ST to the beginning CH to close the square. This is the first round and base of your granny square.
ROUND 2: SL ST twice to move into the corner CH2 space. CH3, counts as your first DC. 2DC into the same corner space, CH2 and 3DC into the same corner space. *Do not CH and place 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the next corner space. Repeat two more times from * and SL ST to the beginning CH.
ROUNDS 3-15: SL ST twice to move into the corner CH2 space. CH3, counts as your first DC. 2DC into the same corner space, CH2 and 3DC into the same corner space. *Do not CH and place 3DC into the gap between granny stitches, or clusters of 3DC. Repeat from * three more times until you have completed round 3 and SL ST to the beginning CH.
Continue in this pattern until you have 15 rounds, making sure to place 1 granny stitch into each gap and 3DC, CH2, 3DC into each corner. After the 15 rounds you will tie off the yellow yarn.
ROUNDS 16-20: Attach the orange yarn into any corner and Repeat rows 3-15. Make sure to place 3DC, CH2, 3DC into each corner space and 1 granny stitch into each gap along the sides.
ROWS 20-25: THIS ROUND WILL ONLY BE WORKED ON TWO SIDES ON THE SQUARE, and this will create our offset square that makes this granny blanket so special. Still using the orange yarn: CH3, counts as first DC and place 2DC in the same corner space. Do not make a corner, instead place 3DC into the next gap and continue along the side of the blanket. In the next corner space, place 3DC, CH2, and 3DC. 3DC into the following gap and continue along the second side of the blanket. At the end of this second side place only 3DC into the corner space and CH4. TURN YOUR WORK and work back along the side you just came from, placing 3DC into the next gap and 3DC into each gap across.
Do not forget to place 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the ONE corner we are building up. Continue on the second side of the blanket and at the end of this row you will put 1DC into the top of the first DC in your last granny stitch to keep your side even. Continue working in this pattern, similar to a granny striped blanket, for three more rounds. Tie off orange yarn.
ROUNDS 25-30: Attach the pink yarn into the corner to the right, of the corner we have built up. We wont need to move the yarn in our following rounds, and that means less tails to weave in. These five rounds will be completed in a full square again, so repeat rounds 3-15 (a normal granny square).
ROWS 31-35: With the pink yarn repeat rows 20-25, which will continue to grow the one corner, (make sure it is the same corner we did before – if you placed your yarn in the correct corner you should not have to move your yarn). Tie off pink yarn.
ROUNDS 36-40: Attach the blue yarn into the corner to the right, of the corner we have built up. Complete these five rounds in a full square again, by repeating rounds 3-15 (a normal granny square).
ROWS 41-45: With the blue yarn repeat rows 20-25, which will continue to grow the one corner, (making sure you are still building up the correct corner). Tie off blue yarn.
ROUND 46: This round is completed in a normal granny square once again. 1 granny stitch in each gap along the side and 3DC, CH2, 3DC in all four corners, but with the dark navy color. This adds a simple, yet perfect border to the Summer Sunset Granny Square Blanket.
When I finished this project I noticed that it would benefit from a good blocking, which happens to the best of us. Blocking used to scare me, but it doesn’t have to be all intense to make a big difference in your finished project. I simply get my project wet (I rinsed this one in the bathtub and gently wrung it out). I put a few towels down on the floor and used my hands to smooth out the blanket into a square.
If you measured the final result you would find that it isn’t a perfect square, with pins and a blocking board you can make this blanket look flawless, but I usually save that for blankets that are going to clients. My kids have already claimed this one so this simple blocking technique did just the trick for me.
What a fun summer it has been for my family, and hopefully yours too. I hope you are able to use this Summer Sunset blanket to say goodbye to the season and remember some beautiful moments. This particular pattern worked up so quick and easy, I may try it in another color combo and can’t wait to see what colors you choose. Remember to share your projects by using the #coffeeandcrochetgoals. It’s time to fill my mug and get at another crochet goal!