Granny squares are a great starting point for any new crocheter, and this beautiful granny square baby blanket pattern is a fantastic project for making use of your colourful dk yarn! This free crochet baby blanket pattern also uses crochet stitches to join all of the squares together, so all you need to do is weave your ends in once you’ve finished! If this is your first ever granny square blanket project, then check out our how to crochet a granny square tutorial for a video tutorial and step-by-step pictures!
You will need
- Any DK yarn, approx 100m/50g of 10 different colours in shades of red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, lilac, purple, pink, magenta
- Any DK yarn, approx 650m/200g of cream
- A 4mm (US G/6) hook
If you’re in need on some DK yarn for this project, why not try the bargain 50g balls of Deramores Studio DK acrylic yarn. Or if you fancy hooking up your blanket in cool cotton for summer sleeping, you could also try their Deramores Studio Organic Cotton DK yarn.
- Each coloured square measures 7.5 x 7.5cm (3 x 3in) before border. each square measures 9 x 9cm (3½ x 3½in) with border.
- Finished crochet baby blanket measures approx 100x100cm (39½ x 39½in)
If you’re not familiar with any of the abbreviations used check out our full abbreviations and conversions guide. This granny square baby blanket pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Granny Square Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
Make 10 squares in each yarn colour except cream. Squares are joined when working a border in cream around each one.
Make a crochet magic loop
Round 1 (RS) Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into the ring, *ch3, 3tr into the ring; repeat from * twice more, ch3, ss to the top of the beginning ch-3 to join.
[4 3-tr groups, 4 ch-3 sps]
Round 2 Ss to the next ch-3 sp, ch3 (counts as tr), (2tr, ch3, 3tr) into the same ch-3 sp, *ch1, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into the next ch-3 sp; repeat from * twice more, ch1, ss to the top of the beginning ch-3 to join.
[8 3-tr groups, 4 ch-3 sps, 4 ch-1 sps]
Round 3 Ss to the next ch-3 sp, ch3 (counts as tr), (2tr, ch3, 3tr) into the same ch-3 sp, *ch1, 3tr into the next ch-1 sp, ch1, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into the next ch-3 sp; repeat from * twice more, ch1, 3tr into the next ch-1 sp, ch1, ss to the top of the beginning ch-3 to join.
[12 3-tr groups, 4 ch-3 sps, 8 ch-1 sps] Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you fancy getting really creative with this crochet granny square baby blanket pattern, then why not try mixing up your squares! We’ve got loads of free granny square patterns that you can try – just make sure your squares meet the same measurements as the ones in this pattern!
Square Borders and Joins
Join cream to any ch-3 sp of the first square, using a ss.
Round 1 (RS) Ch2 (counts as htr), (2htr, ch3, 3htr) into the same ch-3 sp, *ch1, (3htr into the next ch-1 sp, ch1) twice, (3htr, ch3, 3htr) into the next ch-3 sp; repeat from * twice more, (ch1, 3htr into next ch-1 sp) twice, ch1, ss to the top of the beginning ch-3 to join. [16 3-htr groups, 4 ch-3 sps, 12 ch-1 sps]
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Now join together the remaining squares in a 10×10 grid (see diagram below) as you work the border around each square.
Work the Border round as above, but on the sides where you have an adjacent square, replace each ‘ch1’ with ‘ss to matching ch-1 sp on adjacent square’, and replace each ‘ch3’ with ‘ch1, ss to matching ch-3 sp on adjacent square, ch1’.
This step may seem a bit confusing at first, but once you get start joining a few squares together it’ll soon make sense. Remember that if you don’t like joining as you go with crochet, you can always just complete round 1 of the border on each square and then join them together with a whip stitch. You can also find more ways of joining in our how to join crochet shapes together tutorial.
Once you’ve joined the last square, do not fasten off the yarn.
Rotate work to crochet around the outside of the finished blanket.
Round 1 (RS) Ch2 (counts as htr), work 1htr into each stitch and ch-sp around, working 3htr into each of the blanket’s 4 corner spaces. Ss to the top of the beginning ch-3 to join. [178 htr]
Round 2 Ch2 (counts as htr), work 1htr into each stitch, working 3htr into each corner stitch. Ss to the top of the beginning ch-3 to join. [186 htr]
Rounds 3-4 Repeat Round 2. [202 htr]
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this free granny square crochet baby blanket pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.