The Mraba Granny Blanket is sure to brighten your day and bring a smile to your face! Made using the classic granny squares and perfect for anyone who’s wondering how to crochet a granny square blanket.
About the Mraba Granny Blanket
Mraba is Swahili for square. I thought it was perfect for this 4o” square blanket made from granny squares. And you know I can never resist a good word play.
Mraba was designed and made with a child in mind. At the time of it’s conception, Mraba was made for a baby. I wanted it to be as bright and vibrant as Unlike the Lexie Hexie Blanket that uses soft autumnal colours, the Mraba Granny Blanket uses bright and vibrant colours reminiscent of light spring.
Shop your stash for this granny blanket.
Shopping your stash is the most enjoyable, convenient and inspiring way to enjoy this project. I know many of us have quite a bit of yarn in our stashes, but it can be a bit hard to see all the potential in all the odds and ends. My first suggestion, and something that will help with this project as well, is to organize the yarn you have by weight.
The Mraba Granny Blanket uses worsted weight yarn in 5 colours. You wil need approximately 485 yards for the squares and 100 yards for the border.
Mraba Granny Blanket pattern
Find the printer-friendly PDF version of Mraba Granny Blanket in my Ravelry shop and on Morine’s Shop Store. PDF version includes a full-colour, 8- page instructions and full worksheet to chart your very own colour scheme.
- Worsted weight yarn in the colours: green, blue, pink, neon pink and yellow
- 5 mm crochet hook
- darning needle
Stitches and terms used:
- ch- chain
- sl st- slip stitch
- sc- single crochet
- dc- double crochet
- dc2tog- double crochet 2 together
- Corner= means work (3dc, ch3, 3 dc) in the indicated space.
- =Ch 3. Locate the front loop and the left leg of the sc at the base of your ch 3.
- =Insert your hook in the front loop of the sc beneath the chs. Then insert your hook in the left leg of the single crochet. You should now have 3 loops on your hook: one from the last chain you made, one from the front loop, and one from the left leg of the single crochet you picked up.
- =Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook.
- =Yo over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. Picot made.
Size: Each square motif is approximately 7.5″. The Mraba Granny Blanket measures 40 by 40 inches when completed.
1). For the join as you go method:
With your worsted weight yarn and 5 mm crochet hook,
1. Make 6 complete rows of the classic granny square using this pattern for the first square.
2. For all other subsequent squares, make 6 complete rows. On the 7th row, work as you normally would until you get to the first corner. Work 3dc and ch 1 into the corner space. With your yarn still on the hook, insert it into the corner space of the adjacent square as shown below.
3. Wrap your yarn around the hook and work a sl st, Ch 1 to secure the corner. 3 dc into the corner space of the previous round.
4. Insert your hook into the ch 1 space from the adjoining square and sl st. Make 3 dcs into the chain space of the first square, as we normally would. Make a joining sl st into the corresponding chain space of the other square.
5. Repeat step 4 all the way until you get to the corner. Join your square to the one diagonal to it. If your square is on the edge in which case they are joined to the square adjacent to them.
Use this tutorial for the join as you go method. I joined my squares from left to right one row at a time using the chart below for reference with colour arrangement.
2). Joining using whip stitch method
Make 7 complete rows of the classic granny square using this pattern. The table below shows the colours I used and the number.
|Colour||Number of squares|
Once you have made the squares, join the using the whip stitch method in the arrangement from the chart in the “join as you go” section.
Rnd 1: Join colour C in any ch-3 corner sp. and ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space- corner made. ch 1. (3dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1) rpt 6 times. You’re next stitch will be worked in the next 2 spaces where the 2 squares intersect. dc2tog in first space 3 loops on your hook) and then dc2tog in the next space. You will now have 5 loops on your hook, Yo and pull through all 5 loops.
Ch 1. Continue working (3 dc, ch 1) in all ch-1 sps, with dc2tog in intersecting squares. Corner in all ch-3 sps. Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.
Rnd 2: Join colour D in any ch-3 corner sp. Work (3dc, ch 1) in all ch-1 spaces and corner in all ch-3 sp. You will join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off.
Rnd 3: Join colour E in any ch-3 corner sp. Work (3dc, ch 1) in all ch-1 spaces and corner in all ch-3 sp. You will join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Do not fasten off
Rnd 4 (Picot rnd): Ch 1, sc in same st. sc in each of the next 2 dc. [(2 sc, picot, 2 sc) in the ch-3 sp. (Sc in each of the next 3 dc, picot) across] rpt throughout the blanket.
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