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.
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. :-)