Hook Size: UK 4.5mm
Stitch markers: (4) optional
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75% merino wool 20% silk 5% cashmere) 116m (127 yards) a blend of merino wool, cashmere and silk, this gentle yarn is kind to sensitive skin, making it a great choice for crocheting baby blankets. Easy to work with and available in contemporary and pastel shades. Machine washable at 30 degrees using the wool wash programme.
Tension: 22 stitches to 28 rows to 10cm 4mm hook
A little goes a long way and this yarn is a dream to work with and is so soft, perfect for a baby blanket. I designed this blanket whilst an ambassador for Woolbox Yarns and chose the colours for a simple yet effective design. The border idea came from the left over colours and wanting to use a few to set off the wide Silvery Moon border
Pattern size of approx. 79cm x 79cm for lap blanket
Please note you can purchase an add free pdf pattern from one of my shops Etsy, LoveCrochet, Ravelry
Yarn quantity and colours (50g ball)
Silvery Moon (306) x 4 50g balls
Little Piglet (300) 1 x 50g
Prince Charming (304) 1 x 50g
Pied Piper (305) 1 x 50g
Pixie Dust (307) 1 x 50g
Bean Stalk (308) 1 x 50g
Goldilocks (311) 1 x 50g
Wash care instructions: machine washable 40deg, cool tumble dry, cool iron, can be dry cleaned
Tips & Notes
One great tip I learnt a few years ago is to flip your work over on each row. This is a great way to keep your granny square, well square and not wonky. It works like magic and since using this method I’ve never looked back. To do this you flip over your square so that the previous row and join are now in the bottom left hand corner of the square (wrong side facing you) and you start the next row in the top right hand corner of the granny square. The border on my blanket uses simple crochet stitches to keep the border square and frame the colours.
On the first and subsequent rounds I chain 2 in the corners between the tr clusters. To keep the stitches closer together, I don’t chain in-between the treble clusters along each side, some people like to ch-1 I find it looks neater.
ch = chain
ss = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
tr = treble
htr = half treble
Gauge: crochet to your own comfortable gauge, it’s a fun, relaxing way to make a fabulous blanket so you need to enjoy it. Grab yourself a coffee and off you go.
Skill Level: beginner
This pattern is written in U.K. terms and we will be using the basic granny square pattern for this blanket. It’s an easy pattern for beginners and loved by experienced crafters too. Making granny squares is very satisfying and when making just one large granny square you can make this simple yet effective blanket. There are many variations of the granny square, this is my method.
Make the foundation round/circle using Silvery Moon Slip knot your yarn and insert onto your 4.5mm hook. Using Silvery Moon Ch4 stitches, insert hook into first chain and slip stitch to first chain to make a circle.
Round one using Silvery Moon ch3 (this will count as your first tr) 2tr, ch-2, *3tr, ch-2* repeat 3 times. Slip stich (ss) to join round You’ve completed your first round.
Round two Flip square. Change to colour Piglet and Ch3 in one of the ch-2 spaces from the previous round (this will count as your first tr) 2tr, ch-2, 3tr (no chain) *(3tr, ch 2, 3tr) in next ch-2 space *repeat 3 times. You should now have 4 corners. SS to join. You’ve completed your second round.
Round three Flip square. Change to colour Silvery Moon and join in right-hand corner ch-2 space (reverse of Round 2) ch3 (this will count as first tr) 2tr, ch-2, 3tr, 3tr (in next 2-ch space=side), 3tr ch-2 3tr in next chain space, 3tr, repeat 3 times then slip stitch to third chain where you started. You have completed round 3.
Continue to add each row using the above method as stated in Round three. Please follow my colour chart for each of the rounds (rows) alternating with Silvery Moon (known as main colour MC). Continue to follow my colour chart until you reach round 25 you are now ready for the border
Colour sequence main
Silvery Moon (main Colour) MC
Pixie Dust (pale blue)
Prince Charming (denim blue)
Colour sequence start of border
1 row of each of the following colours
The border on my blanket is very simple yet stylish, giving a modern twist – the name around the corner because each time you reach a corner you change colour!
Round One: with right side facing crochet 1 row of granny square clusters in Silvery Moon at the end SS to beginning and Ch2, then htr2 Ch2 htr2 at first corner, htr into each stitch until the next corner then htr2 Ch2 htr2 (place first marker in the Ch2 stitch space) continue to add htr into each stitch and at each corner htr2 Ch2 htr, then SS to beginning stitch
Round Two: Ch1 then htr2 Ch2 htr2 into the first corner, htr into each stitch until the next corner then htr2 Ch2 htr2 (place first marker in the Ch2 stitch space) continue to add htr into each stitch and at each corner htr2 Ch2 htr, then SS to beginning stitch
Round Three: Ch1 then htr2 Ch2 htr2 into the first corner, htr into each stitch until the next corner then htr2 Ch2 htr2 (place first marker in the Ch2 stitch space) continue to add htr into each stitch and at each corner htr2 Ch2 htr, then SS to beginning stitch
Border final row
Choose 4 colours from your left-over yarn from the previous main section.
In the first corner C1, dc3 then dc into each stitch. When you reach the second corner change to your next colour when you do your last yarn over, this keeps the colour neat and easy to sew in. With your second colour dc4 into the second corner then dc into each stitch until you reach the third corner. Change colour to third colour on the last yarn over and dc4 then dc into each stitch until you reach the fourth corner, change colour to fourth colour on the last yarn over and dc4 then dc into each stitch, SS to the first stitch – you’ve completed all four sides of your border.
Cut yarn and sew in all ends. Sew in a button/label. Your blanket is now ready to gift.
Weave in ends (although I try to do this as I go along after about 10 rows) you can also crochet over the previous row leaving just one end to cut and one end to sew in). Wash if required using manufacturer’s instructions 30 degrees on wool wash setting
Around the Corner is a simple granny square blanket that uses just ten colours with the perfect colour balance. It’s made up of rows of silver with the contemporary colours plus the border with Silvery Moon and combines four colours on the final round of the border.
It’s easy to make and suitable for a beginner. I’ve combined easy standard crochet stitches, including my favourite half treble (htr) cleverly placed for a non-fussy, functional and perfect blanket for making whilst watching TV.
Pattern and photos by Amanda Hurrell, Eight-by-Six©
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