Hello Friends and Granny Square Seekers!
I am so excited to be releasing this pattern today and honestly am so blown away by all the support for this simple granny square.
To be honest, I never set out to design a granny square. I designed the hearts for our wedding back in May (check them out in action here). I made exactly 90 of them. 30 each of gray, lavender, & dark purple. I used Caron One Pound yarn for all of them. (Caron One Pound basically sponsored my wedding without paying any bills. If they feel like reimbursing me I won’t object lol)
They were so beautiful and our ceremony decor was a dream, so after the wedding, I couldn’t bear to just toss them. I set my mind to finding a way I could keep. The only thing I could come up with was a blanket, which meant turning my hearts into squares.
I know you’ve all seen the circle to square granny squares, which is what gave me the idea.
I ended up keeping my blanket baby or lapghan size and am super happy with how it turned out. I will say that for a baby blanket, it is a bit heavy. If you want this to be a baby blanket, I suggest using baby yarns and adjusting your hook size to what your yarn calls for.
I also added white hearts to break up the color and give it a bit more dimension. I tend to drift towards simple color palettes and don’t like anything too bold or bright.
This adorable heart has endless color possibilities though and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Wondering about the name? Well since the hearts are from our wedding and our reception was held at a cabin by the name Lakeside, it kinda just goes together, plus it sounds really cute 🙂
You can find the pattern in my Ravelry shop as a pdf download. It’s a paid pattern and I hope you love it enough to spend the few dollars to get it.
The pattern is for the granny square and does include a photo tutorial on how to make the hearts into squares. The rest of the blanket pattern can be found below for free.
LAKESIDE LOVE BLANKET
- Granny Heart Pattern
- 5mm hook
- medium weight yarn of choice
- crochet needle
Again, just a reminder that if you’re using baby yarn, please size down your hook to the recommended hook size. Or this would be awesome in Bernat blanket tiny yarn. Actually, I’m totally going to make another with that yarn.
Ok, now to the pattern. Before you get confused and think I left off half the pattern. This blog post only shows the pattern for the blanket portion. You will have to go purchase the granny square part. It’s only 2 bucks though which I think is fair. Hopefully, you agree with me……
Before you’ve decided on your color scheme and made all your squares, I like to make a graph in either Excell or Google Sheets to see what my layouts might look like. This helps me decide what colors and how many of each to make. You can always change your mind of course.
You can always change your mind of course. I created no less than 5 graphs for these colors before I decided to add in plain white. Just have fun with it. The final layout I used is below and feel free to use it.
It’s not a 100% representation since I have white surrounding all the hearts, but it gives an ok idea. Some of my testers used lots of different colors and inverted them and mixed them all up. The color possibilities are really endless.
Once you’ve made all your squares, you’ll have to join them. There are tons of options when it comes to joining granny squares and if you have a favorite, by all means, use it.
If you’d like to use the one I did for this blanket I used the Mattress Stitch. Sarah, of Repeat Crafter Me has an awesome YouTube tutorial showing you exactly how to do it. I highly suggest watching it if you don’t already know how to do it. After you get the hang, it goes fairly quickly and gives a nice invisible seam.
Now that all your squares are joined, you’ll need to add a nice border around it to pull it all together.
Again, feel free to get creative! But if you’d like to replicate my border, the directions are below.
1: Lay blanket with right side down and attach yarn on the bottom right, 2 sts away from the corner.
2: Attach yarn and ch. 1, hdc around the entire blanket, sl st to first st of the round and ch. 1. Make sure you also hdc into the 3 chains of the 4 corners.
3: Hdc around again. You will 2hdc into the 2 corner stitches, sl st to first st of the round and ch. 1
4: Hdc around for a 3rd time. In each corner, 2hdc into the second st of the first hdc of the previous round (see photo), sl st to first st of the round and ch. 1
-FLIP BLANKET SO RIGHT SIDE IS UP-
5: *Bobble st, sl st, sc, sl st*, repeat around.
And there ya have it!
This blanket can easily be made into any size you want by adding more or less squares. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.
Be sure to tag me @Happily.Yarn.After or use #HYAcrochet so I can see your creations!