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Black Friday is one of my favorite holidays, and yes I can be found pushing through mad lines for a few special deals, but that is just my morning. This is the day I get to start decorating for Christmas! We crank the Christmas tunes, go and hunt down a tree, and we pull out the nine boxes of decorations. This year was extra special to me, because as I spent the day making a winter wonderland, my girls were dancing right along side me, “yaay!!! Christmas!!!” I can’t imagine where they get all the excitement from.
Decorating for Christmas may be a highlight for me, but I also love gift giving. I pride myself in my “nailing the perfect present” ability. This year I have a special crochet gift in the works for my grandmother, a fidget blanket, but Christmas style. The Granny Square Christmas Wreath Blanket is make up of nine squares. Four solid evergreen squares, four evergreen and white half square triangles and one octagon granny square. Then sew them all together, and what do you got . .. bippity bobbity BOO a Christmas Wreath for you. Yes, I just broke into song, it happens. Lets grab our hooks and start this year’s holiday hooking!
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SIZE: The finished blanket measures a little larger than 5ft x 5ft
- Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
- Evergreen, Red Heart Yarn (4 skeins)
- White, Red Heart Yarn (2 skeins)
- Burgundy, Red Heart Yarn (1 skein)
- Any accessories/decorations you wish to add to your fidget blanket.
- CH – chain
- SL ST – slip stitch
- SK – skip stitch
- SC – single crochet
- DC – double crochet
SIMPLE GRANNY SQUARE
ROUND 1: magic ring and CH3, counts as first DC. 2DC into the magic ring and CH2. *3DC into the magic ring and CH2. Repeat from * two more times and SL ST to the beginning.
ROUND 2: SL ST twice to get into the corner space (the CH2 space from the previous round). CH3, counts as first DC and make 2DC into the same space. CH2 and 3DC into the same corner space. Do not CH but make *3DC, CH2, 3DC into the next corner space. Repeat from * two more times. SL ST closed.
ROUND 3-15: SL ST twice to get into the corner space. CH3, counts as first DC and make 2DC into the same space. Do not CH and make 3DC into the space between clusters. *3DC, CH2, 3DC into the corner space and 3DC into the gap between clusters. Repeat from * two more times and SL ST closed.
HALF SQUARE TRAINGLE
ROUND 1: With your base color (evergreen) make a magic ring. CH3, counts as first DC. 2DC into the magic ring. CH2, 3DC into the magic ring. CH1. Drop your main color and CH1 with your secondary color (white). 3DC into the magic ring. CH2 and 3 DC into the magic ring. CH2 and SL ST to the top of your first CH3.
ROUND 2: Turn your work and SL ST to start in the corner space (CH2 space). CH3, counts as first DC, 2DC into the same space (only making half of our first corner). Do not CH and 3DC into the next corner space. CH2 and 3DC into the same corner space. 3DC into the third corner space only CH1 and drop the white yarn. The green yarn tail should be in this corner, simply pick it up and CH1. 3DC into the same corner space. 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the fourth corner. Now we are back to the beginning of this square. 3DC with the green yarn into the first corner space. CH2 and SL ST closed.
ROUND 3-15: Turn your work. SL ST to start in the corner space. You will continue in the same pattern as in round 2, but with each additional round you will place 3DC into the gaps between clusters (just like a simple granny square), making sure to change colors as described in round 2.
OCTAGON GRANNY SQUARE
I’ll admit, this square was a little tough with all the color changes. BUT you have mastered this idea with completing four HALF SQUARE TRAINGLES and you only need to make one to finish off this project. TIP: one of my pattern testers completed this block with just a simple white granny square (not the octagon). Her wreath was not as rounded, but it still looks awesome. So if this square scares you- adapt it like she did and you will still have a beautiful wreath when pieced all together.
I chose to use a new bobbin for each color change, make sure to keep them straight or you will have a tangled mess quickly. TIP: I use clothes pins to secure bobbins to my work as a cheaper option.
ROUND 1-10: With the white yarn follow the pattern for a simple granny square.
ROUND 11: with the white yarn SL ST to the next gap between clusters (you do not want to start in a corner space, but the gap to the left of a corner). CH3, counts as first DC and 2DC into the same gap. 3DC into the next 8 gaps. Drop the white yarn. With a green bobbin 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the corner space. Drop the green yarn. *With another white bobbin place 3 DC into the next 9 gaps between clusters. Drop the white yarn. With the green yarn place 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the corner space. Repeat from * two more times. SL ST to close.
ROUND 12: Turn your work. SL ST backward to the next gap between clusters (you want to start in the gap to the right of the corner space). Still with the green yarn, CH3, counts as first DC. 2DC into the same gap. 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the corner space and make 3DC into the following gap. *Drop the green yarn and pick up the white bobbin. 3DC into the next 8 gaps. Drop the white yarn and with the green yarn 3DC into the last gap between clusters. 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the corner space. 3DC into the next gap between clusters. Repeat from * two more times. SL ST closed.
Continue in the pattern, growing one green cluster on each side of your corner. On the last round (15) you should end with 5 white clusters along each side and all four corners will be made of 10 green clusters.
WHEW! Those are some big granny squares. The fun thing about big granny squares is now we get to sew them together and they make up a large blanket quickly and it didn’t seem so daunting, like some afghans can. I used a simple whip stitch, using the evergreen yarn to sew my pieces together. Please reference the above image to place your squares in the right position. Make three strips of three squares together and then sew your long strips together.
Now with all nine squares together, take the white yarn and attach to your square. Continue with a simple granny square pattern all around the blanket. I made 5 rounds in the white. I feel like this really emphasizes the wreath form. Just the white border wasn’t enough for me, so I decided to finish it off with a quick burgundy block stitch to tie in my embellishments. To do this, attach the burgundy yarn and CH1, counts as first SC. CH3 and 1SC into the gap between clusters. Repeat around the entire blanket, make sure in the corner spaces to make 1SC, CH2, 1SC. SL ST to the beginning to close.
I am making this blanket for my grandmother in a nursing home, so the goal for me was to make it a fidget blanket. I want different embellishment to touch and feel, the possibilities are really endless. If you are doing the same, just make sure any items that you sew onto the blanket are really secure, at this age many adults become childlike again and we don’t want any small pieces in their mouth.
LARGE RED BOW really makes this Christmas Wreath special. I made my bow with a granny stripe. Start with CH47. ROW1: In the second CH from the hook 1SC. 1SC in every stitch down. CH4, SK2, 3DC into the next stitch. *SK2, 3DC in the third stitch. Repeat from * to the end EXCEPT in the last stitch place 1DC. ROW2: CH3, counts as first DC. 2DC into the first gap. Do not CH. 3DC into the next gap and repeat to the end of the row. Alternate between ROW1 and ROW2 until you have completed 45 rows. Finish with one row of SC.
SMALL BERRIES (3): are little circle made by forming a magic ring. CH3, counts as first DC. 11DC into the magic ring SL ST closed (12). CH3, counts as first DC and 1DC into the same stitch. 2DC into every stitch around and SL ST closed (24). Leave a long tail to sew onto the blanket.
LARGE BERRIES (5): are little circles made by forming a magic ring. CH3, counts as first DC. 11DC into the magic ring and SL ST closed (12). CH3, counts as first DC and 1DC into the same stitch. 2DC into every stitch around and SL ST closed (24). CH3, counts as first DC. 2DC into the following stitch. *1DC into the next stitch, 2DC into the following stitch. Repeat from * around and SL ST closed (36). Leave a long tail to sew onto the blanket.
I gave you a lot of details on how to complete the Granny Square Christmas Wreath Blanket and it felt like a really long post, but this is a simple project for any level of crocheter. I can’t wait to see what you embellish your wreaths with. Are you going to make your blanket as a gift or keep it for your own couch? Tell me in the commets below. Happy holiday hooking!