Sunday, 4 November 2018

Solid granny square Que Sera Sera snuggle blanket


In the last 8 years since taking up my current post at the hospital it has become a bit of a tradition when a colleague announces that they are expecting a baby that my yarn and hooks come out and a baby blanket is produced. Over the summer the total number of baby blankets made of one sort or another in the last 8 years has risen to in  excess of  30 and I've lost count as to how many I have made before that, in fact some of those babies are now over 30 and having babies themselves, that's a frightening thought. Most of the nurses I work with don't want to know the sex of the baby they are having, they want to wait and have a surprise.  These babies have become known as the whatever will be will be babies, hence the title Que Sera Sera (whatever will be will be).  Those of you of a certain age will know that  this was a song was recorded by many artists but was made most famous when sung by Doris Day, from the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film 'The man who knew too much' which starred Doris Day and James Stewart. For those who are not a Hitchcock fan or like me  not born until at least the 60's it may just be a song you've come to know through your parents, my mum was always singing it when I was a child she was a big Doris Day fan and the end of a conversation quite often ended with que sera sera Mitzi.




I must admit I love making these blankets they have become almost second nature to make and I have a little collection of thank you cards expressing the recipients gratitude which is always lovely and is usually accompanied by a photograph of the new addition to the family lying on or under said blanket. 

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The blanket is made up of 49 solid granny squares using Stylecraft Special DK in colours Parchment, Duck Egg and White.  I used 200g of each colour using crochet hook size 3.5 sewing all the little ends in with a darning needle (wool needle).



It is made up of  12 Duck Egg Squares, 13 Parchment squares and 24 white giving you a total of 49 solid granny squares making a 7 squares across and 7 squares down blanket measuring  92cm x92cm or 36" x 36".



For those already know how to make a solid granny square, you can scroll down to the graph below to see which squares go where to form the pattern, but for those of you who you are new to crocheting or could do with a little help then this is how I make mine.  In the early days I wasn't able to follow any crochet patterns so I worked on the visual, and still do a lot of the time, by  looking at a square and practising until I had worked it out, so this is my interpretation of a solid granny square and not from a pattern and is written in UK terms. A solid granny is essentially made up of lots of treble stitches and chain and is a relatively easy square to make once you've got the hang of it.

To get started 


1. Make a loop and insert your crochet hook

2. Chain 6

3. Join your chain by slipping your crochet hook through the last chain  (it will look like you have two loops on your hook) wrap your yarn around your book and  pull back through the two loops so that you have one remaining and you should now be at stage 3 in the photo above. 

4. Chain 5 (this will act as your last treble and two chain and you will use this to complete your round)


Round 1

5. wrap your yarn around your hook, put your hook through the circle wrap your yarn around your hook again and pull back through (you now have three loops on your hook), wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through the first two loops, wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through the remaining two loops ( you should now have one loop left on your hook and you have completed a treble stitch). Repeat your treble stitch until you have completed  four trebles in total.

6. Chain two (this will form your corner)  and continue repeating four treble & two chain twice more

7. To complete your first round make three more treble stitches.

8. To complete your round slip stitch into the 3rd of  the 5 chain  you made at the beginning of the round and now you should have a square which contains four trebles on each side with 2 chain at each corner.




Round 2

9.  Chain 5, now make 2 treble stitches into the corner, make your third treble as indicated in the photograph  (9)

10. Continue making a treble stitch in each of the treble tops as (indicated in photograph 10) until you get to the corner chains. Treble 2, chain 2, treble 2 in the corner space. Then as you did in round 1 treble in that first space as indicated in photograph  (9) and in each of the treble tops as indicated in photograph 10. until you get to the 5 chains at the end of the 4th side.

11. To complete your 2nd round make a treble in the first of  the 5 chains as indicated in Photograph           (11)

12. Now slip stitch in the 3rd of the 5 chain. You have now completed round two and should have 8 treble on each side with 2 chain at each corner.



Round 3

13. Continue as you did for round 2 at the end of which you should have 12 treble on each side with 2 chain at each corner. (photograph 13)

Round 4

14. Continue as before and at the end of this round you should have 16 treble on each side with 2 chain at each corner. (photograph 14)

Round 5

15. Continue as before and at the end of this round you should have 20 treble on each side with 2 chain at each corner. (photograph 15)

16. You have now completed your  square and can finish off by cutting your yarn and pulling through your last stitch.

Finishing off

1. Using your darning needle thread the yarn through the backs of the stitches on the reverse edge of your square and fasten off.

2. To finish off the centre,  thread your darning needle and thread through the back of each of the four sets of four treble stitches

3. Draw the your yarn so that it pulls together in the middle

4. This will give you a nice neat finish to the centre of your square on the right side.




Blocking 

Once you have your 49 squares and you have sewn in all the little ends you will need to block your squares. I do this by pinning to a set of playmats which are available here or you may find a set in your local DIY store, garden centre or toy shop. Slightly stretch each square keeping their shape and pin to the board  and then with a houseplant sprayer available here  or in your local garden centre, lightly spray with cold water so they are damp to the touch and leave to dry. In doing this all your squares should lie flat and be the same size. Once blocked  you will need to lay them out as the graph below shows you ready for joining.

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D = Duck Egg
P = Parchment
W = White 



I then gather them up a row at a time from right to left i.e. row one starts with Duck egg and ends in Parchment therefore once you have gathered them up you should have the parchment square on top for set 1. Continue you gathering up your squares in this way until you have seven sets of squares. I find it easier to number them so I know exactly which set of 7 comes next.

Joining





I like to use two different colour yarns when joining my squares together, in this instance I have used parchment and duck egg, so that you have one colour running in one direction and the second colour running in the opposite direction but you can of course use the same colour both ways. I also like to join from the right side so your finished blanket almost looks like patchwork but you can also join from the under side if you prefer.


To start joining the squares I take the top square from sets one & two and place back to back so that the right side of your work is facing outwards.




Joining at the corner and using double crochet go through the tops of the first treble of each square (it will look as though you have 4 loops on the hook) wrap your yarn around the hook and bring back through all 4 loops, wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through the 2 loops on your hook. Continue to make a double crochet through each of the tops of the treble stitches until you have reached the end of the row and have joined 7 squares fasten off and get ready to start joining row 2 and set 3 together. Once you have joined all 7 sets together turn your work around ready to join in the opposite direction using the same technique as before. Once your squares are joined in both directions,  I sew in all the little ends as there are quite a few, 28 in fact.

Border

You are now ready to add the border.  You can of course add any border you wish there are a number of good books out there that are specifically for borders, but for baby blankets where little fingers can go through I tend to keep it quite simple using a slip stitch border. I like to make the border using all three colours by doing two rounds of each, but again you can do which ever way you choose using one, two or all three colours.  Starting two to three stitches away from the corner join your yarn and chain one. Work into the tops of each  stitch in double crochet.  When you reach the corner double crochet x 2, chain 2 then double crochet x 2 to make your corner.. Now continue until you are back to where you started and slip stitch into the 2 foundation chain. 




Now you have completed the first round you will start and slip stitch into the top but through the back only,  which will prevent the border from curling up once completed. When you get to the corner slip stitch x 2 chain 2 and slip stitch x 2. Once you get back to your foundation chain slip stitch to finish your round. Now fasten off and join in your next colour and chain 1. Now continue with your slip stitch and corners as before until you have completed two further rounds and fasten off. Now join your third and last colour and complete a further round. You should now have completed one row of double crochet and four rounds of slip stitch. You are now ready to complete your last round. Working as before continue with your slip stitch border but this time working 3 x slip stitch into each of the corners to give you a nice neat edge to complete your border.

Your blanket should measure 92cm x 92cm or if you work in old money 36" x 36"  and is great for a cot or lying on the floor to have a play and equally as good for lying on grass outside in the sunshine. This one is already to go to it's recipient at the end of the month when they go off on their maternity leave and would you believe it I already have another one on the hook for yet another new arrival  It's all go here at the farm house it feels like a permanent production line at the moment with making blankets for my little grandson too.



Mx


The photograph below is of one of these lovely blankets that I finished in the summer and is now waiting patiently for the stork to deliver the new arrival.   



14 comments:

  1. Lovely blankets.I am sure they are really appreciated.I am into blanket making but not baby blankets.I discovered yesterday that where I sometimes buy yarn,about twenty minutes away,is now stocking all The colours in Stylecraft Special DK.How brilliant is that.

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    1. That's fabulous. My nearest shop is quite a drive from me so I tend to order on line. It is so nice to come home to a nice squiggy parcel.

      Mitzi

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  2. Beautiful blanket and great illustrated instructions. I can crochet but it never hurts to have a little refresher. GD just got married a month ago and there are plans for child/children down the road. I will be getting busy in the not too distant future to create, like you, a knitted/crocheted wardrobe. How is your Gs coming along?

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    1. Thank you Janice. Little grandson is doing well and we’re hoping he should be home in the next couple of weeks.

      Mitzi

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  3. Brilliant tutorial; I still have a basket of Stylecraft DK left over from when I learned to crochet, so maybe I'll give it a whirl. My Mum used to sing that song too! xx

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    1. Thank you Veggie Mummy hope you give it ago. Only trouble with that song is once you remember it you can't get it to stop whirling around your head :-)

      Mitzi

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  4. Beautiful blanket and great illustrated instructions.
    You've got me singing that song now! LOL!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan

      I'm afraid I have a lot of those songs that frequently dance around in my head so occasionally I like to share with others :-)

      Mitzi

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  5. I wonder how many of those blanket that you crocheted years ago are still in existence, I bet quite a few will have been kept and are treasured. They're wonderful gifts for a new baby and how nice that you have those thank you cards and photographs. I think it's nice not to find out what you're having, I didn't with either of mine, it's such a lovely surprise when you find out at the end of it all.

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    1. I certainly still have those that were made for me and I will be passing them on. I know that my friends daughter has the one I made for her and she has used it with her own children and still uses the ones I made for her children which is rather lovely.

      Mitzi

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  6. What a fantastically detailed tutorial! It must have taken you ages to write that up. I'm sure someone who is wanting to learn how to make a blanket is going to be hugely appreciative of your efforts. Added to those of the lucky recipients of course!
    Lisa x

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I just think it’s nice to be able to share your knowledge where you can.i’ve been Teaching a friend and colleague at work and she’s loving it.

      Mitzi

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