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I would like to thank everyone who has visited and those who continue to visit my blog. I want to let you all know that I am going to have to take a hiatus from my blog to focus on my family. I guess that's all part of chasing after that cape, right?
I plan to leave the posts and patterns that I have up, and I hope to continue to post an occasional pattern or recipe or homeschooling idea whenever I get the chance.
TTFN,
Susie

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Granny Stripes Color-Burst Blanket (Free Crochet Pattern)

Finally, as promised, the blanket I made for my daughter!


This is a simple Granny Stripe blanket. I like granny stripes because they are easy to do, and you can use color to make many different patterns. I played around with  color patterns (on paper), until I figured out one that I liked.
My finished blanket measures 50x50 inches. Had I realized that it would end up a perfect square, I probably would have made it narrower, and repeated the color pattern one more time in length. But my daughter is quite happy with hers being square, so I will be too.

Basic Crochet Granny Stripe Instructions:
(SC= Single Crochet, DC=Double Crochet)
Chain: Work desired number of chains. You will need a multiple of three, plus 2 chains.
Foundation Row: SC on second chain from hook, and in each chain across. Turn.
First Row: Chain 3 (this counts as a DC), DC in first SC. [skip 2 SC, 3DC in next SC] to end. Turn. (You will have 2 DC stitches + however many DC clusters you planned with your chain size.)
Second Row: Chain 3 (this counts as a DC), DC in first stitch. [3DC into next space between the DC clusters], repeat across to last space. 2 DC in last space and then 1 DC into the third stitch of chain 3 from the previous row.
Remaining Rows: You will repeat the second row, throughout.

Now that we have the basic instructions, Here's what I did:

Granny Stripes Color-Burst Blanket

Hook Size: H
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn
          Color A: Shocking Pink, 3 skeins
          Color B: Pumpkin, 2 skeins
          Color C: Bright Yellow, 2 skeins


Using Color A, chain 182
Row 1: Work "Foundation Row" (as above).
Row 2: Chain 3, DC in each SC across. Turn.
Row 3: Chain 1, SC in each DC across. Turn.
Row 4: Work "First Row" (as above). This will count as the first row in the color pattern for the first time you complete the color cycle only).
Rows 5-33: Work "Second Row" (as above). You will follow the color pattern (below), switching colors when necessary.
Rows 34-64: Continue working "Second Row", repeating the color pattern.
Rows 65-95: Continue and repeat color pattern.
Rows 96-126:  Continue and repeat color pattern.

Edging:
Using Color A:
Row 127: Chain 1, SC across. Turn.
Row 128: Chain 3 , DC in each SC across. Turn.
Row 129: Chain 1, SC in each DC across. Turn.
Row 130: Chain 1, SC in each DC across. Do not turn.
Pivot work Chain 1, and SC up the side.
Pivot, Chain 1, and SC across the back side of the foundation chain
Pivot work Chain 1, and SC down the other side.
Pivot work, Chain 3, and DC across the bottom.
Pivot work, Chain 3, and DC up the side.
Pivot work, Chain 3, and DC across the top.
Pivot work, Chain 3, and DC down the other side.
Finish off and weave in ends.


Color Pattern: AAABAABBABBBCBBCCBCCCACCAAC
I added an additional AAA at the very end, to make the bottom of the blanket look like the top. :-)






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42 comments:

  1. I absolutely love these colors!! Great job and thanks for the pattern!!

    Katie @ Little Becky Homecky

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  2. Hi! I just wanted to pop in and let you know this printable is featured on this week's Pinteresting Party! Thanks for linking up!

    http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinteresting-party-week-32.html

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  3. Wow! Thank you sooo much!!! You just made my day! :-)

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  4. LOVE the color selection! If I didn't already have a bajillion projects going I would definitely copy this color scheme.

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  5. GREAT colors!! Love it, thx for the pattern!!!!!!

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  6. Love this! The color pattern is so cool!

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  7. I LOVE this blanket/colors. I am somewhat new to crocheting and am attempting this blanket. My biggest issue is that it is curling as I go. Any suggestions to elevate the problem? Thanks so much.

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  8. Hi Korny Karen! Thank you!
    I'm not exactly sure how you mean that it is curling, but I do have a couple of suggestions:

    First, count your stitches/clusters in your first row, and in your last row (maybe a couple rows in between, too). Make sure that you didn't accidentally add an extra cluster or leave one out. (I've done that, and had to take out about 7 rows! Not fun. But the end result is much nicer.)

    Second, make sure you are consistent in your tension. If you tend to crochet tightly, then do that through the whole piece. If you crochet loosely, then continue to work loosely through the piece.

    I hope this helps!
    I would love to see your finished blanket! If you like, you can add a picture to my Facebook page. (The link button is on the right).

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  9. I love the granny stripe. It's just such a pleasure to work on. I especially thank you for sharing your color sequence. I'm doing one in bright blue, lime green and yellow, thinking a boy would like those bright and cheery colors. I see more of these in my future. Thanks again!!!

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  10. Diane, I think your color choices sound great!!! Perfect for a little boy!
    I'd love to see a pic of it when you are finished. :-)
    If you'd like, you can post a pic to my Facebook Page or email me and I will post it to the page. :-)
    https://www.facebook.com/EarningMyCape?sk=wall

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    1. Hi Susie, I posted a picture of my afghan on your FB page. The colors on the picture didn't come out true to life. Think lime green and a brighter blue and you'll have a better idea of what it really looks like. Thanks again for a great pattern.

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    2. Oh Yay!!!! I'm going to go look at it now! Thank you so much for posting it! :-)

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  11. Thank you so much for this pattern I have recently taken up crocheting and stumbled upon your pattern the colors are fantastic. I have decided to try and replicate you color pattern but in a large blanket for a double bed spread will post pictures when finished. Really enjoying this one. Thanks Again!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I look forward to seeing your pics when you are finished! Please feel free to share some on my FB page, as well! :-)

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  12. i love this pattern! its so easy and quick. i have started one of these for my husband (more manly colors of course) i try to do at least 3 or 4 rows a night and it is working up nicely!

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    1. Thank you so much Dena! I'd love to see your finished project! Please feel free to post a pic on my Facebook page. :-)

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  13. great tutorial and an awesome cute blanket. I'm gonna use this pattern to make a blanket for my dad. Hope he likes it.

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  14. Great I finally found a pattern a friend can done who can't get out much and likews to crochet to pass away the time, and guess what he is a 62 year old man

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    1. I love that crochet can be enjoyed by EVERYONE! I hope your friend likes the pattern! :-)

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  15. I love this blanket and plan to make it! It was the colors that caught my eye. They are so bright and cheerful. Thanks for putting it on your site!!
    Leandra

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    1. Thank you! My daughter loves these colors, too. :-)
      I hope you enjoy making it! :-)

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  16. Your colors look beautiful....Am using colors in my home to do this.........Any color looks nice :) Thanks for the great pattern...Love your site.

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    1. Thanks! I've seen the finished product from a few others who have made this is different colors, and I love them! It is so fun seeing all of the different color combinations come together.
      I've even thought of making a Christmas color themed one and an Autumn color themed one... just for fun. :-)

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  17. This blanket is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your pattern and now I have something nice to make out of all the bright colored yarn that I have. It will make nice Christmas gifts for a couple of little girls that I love. thanks again

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    1. Thanks! I hope the girls love it as much as my li'l one does! :-)

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  18. Thank you for posting this afghan. I used a berry and multi color and it looks great thank you.

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    1. Oooh! I would LOVE to see it! Feel free to post a pic on my Facebook Page! :-)
      https://www.facebook.com/EarningMyCape?sk=wall

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  19. Hello, I found your blanket on Ravelry and I love it! I would like to learn if I may sell blankets made from your pattern? Giving you credit as a designer of course. Best regards, Gabriela

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    1. Hi Gabriela. Please click the Contact Me tab on the left of the page & email me. Thanks! :-)

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  20. I just finished this in blues, royal blue and a carolina blue with a variated yarn from red heart called heartfelt. I wasn't sure I would like the variated yarn but the bright colors in that made it look like gumdrops :) My little boy and husband love it cuz it is huge. Going to make a baby blanket next with bright colors (who says babys have to have pastels only) Thanks for this wonderful, easy pattern!!

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  21. Hi....I'm a novice crocheter and came across this beautiful pattern that you've created. I purchased all of the yarn needed to complete it...I love the colors and I'm anxious to get started. I think I'll be okay with the pattern itself but my question is about how to go about changing colors. In previous projects that I've worked on, I have always finished off with a color by tying it off at the end of the row and then starting with the new color. That creates a lot of ends that need to be worked in. Is that how you do it, or do you somehow 'carry' the colors through the rows and use them as you need them (if you know what I mean)? Can you explain the best way to handle changing the colors?
    Thank you and many thanks for the beautiful pattern.
    Cheryl

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    1. Hi Cheryl. When I made this. I tied off the ends, then just folded them across and crocheted over them, hiding them as I went along. It saved a step from weaving them in and made it a bit neater. You can do this when working the new row, or when working the edging.
      I hope that helps! Happy crocheting!

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  22. Thank ou SOOO much for posting this. I tagged it on Facebook as a hint, ok ok not a hint I straight up begged my mother in law to make it and here is the finished product!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151411591746791&set=a.211423561790.142436.548281790&type=1&theater

    Thank you again sooo much!

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  23. Lovely easy stitch, I love the colours on this blanket.

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  24. Hi Susie! I found you via AllFreeCrochet, and I'm so glad I did! :D I had been thinking of making a big granny square blanket in coastal colors - until I saw yours. Now I'm almost bursting with excitement at the prospect of ditching that little plan, and going with yours! WOO HOO. Can't thank you enough.

    On another note, I'd like to subscribe via email but can't find the option to do so. Am I looking in the wrong place? The icons won't permit access for me, so I'm hoping it's nothing to do with my Mac.

    So looking forward to more blanket patterns (hopefully) in the future. Cheers, Hx

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  25. I love this pattern! I am using just one type of yarn, the Tweed Stripes in Luau. It looks gorgeous so far! Quick question though: At the end of Row 2 (2 DC in last space and then 1 DC into the third stitch of chain 3 from the previous row), my corners are starting to get taller than the row. Any suggestions? Or will it eventually even up?

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