Crochet a granny chic pinwheel blanket

The humble granny square is a crochet icon that has stood the test of time, providing many crocheters with endless hours of colourful crochet therapy. However, in the spirit of granny chic style, it is always exciting to find new ways to rejuvenate and refresh a classic, so here I’ve incorporated the granny square into a fabulously pretty pinwheel design. My Granny Chic Pinwheel Blanket is the perfect blend of retro and modern.

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Tools and materials

  • Size 4.5mm (US 7) crochet hook
  • 100g balls (200m/219yd) of Rowan Pure  Wool Worsted, 16 in shade 101/Ivory (yarn A), two each in shades 112/Moonstone (yarn B), 132/Buttercup (yarn C) and  137/Oxygen (yarn D), and one  each in shades 113/Pretty Pink (yarn E), 119/Magenta (yarn F), 131/Mustard  (yarn G), 134/Seville (yarn H), 135/ Papaya (yarn I), 140/Bottle  (yarn J), 144/Mallard (yarn K) and 152/Oats  (yarn L)
  • Stitch holders (small safety pins or scrap yarn)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Yarn substitution Any standard DK (light worsted) weight yarn can easily be substituted for the stated yarn; however, checking your tension carefully beforehand is strongly recommended.

Tension (Gauge) Each  triangle  square motif  should measure 28cm  (111⁄4in) square 5 rnds  of granny square motif worked in tr sts = 10cm  (4in)

Finished size ± 200 cm long x 144 cm wide

PATTERN

The triangle  square motif  is crocheted in two halves:  the first section in one  colour, where the work  is turned at the end  of each round; the second granny square section in multiple  colours, where each round is worked individually in the same direction. It is then crocheted onto the first section and joined at the beginning and end  of each round with slip stitches and  half treble stitches. For step-by-step guidance on where to accurately work  these stitches, see  the Techniques section in Crochet Home.

Triangle Square Motif  – First Section

Make 35.

Foundation ring:  using  yarn  A and 4.5mm hook, ch6,  ss to form  ring

Round 1 (RS): ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1, turn

Round 2: ch3 (counts as first tr), tr into 4th ch from  hook, tr into 2 side sps  (between tr sts of prev  rnd), [2tr, ch2, 2tr] into corner ch-sp, tr into 2 side  sps,  f2tr inc into 3rd of ch3 of prev  rnd,  ch1, turn

Round 3: ch3 (counts as first tr), tr into 4th ch from  hook, tr into 5 side  sps,  [2tr, ch2, 2tr] into corner ch-sp, tr into 5 side  sps,  f2tr inc into 3rd of ch3 of prev  rnd, ch1, turn

Round 4: ch3 (counts as first tr), tr into 4th ch from  hook, tr into 8 side  sps,  [2tr, ch2, 2tr] into corner ch-sp, tr into 8 side  sps,  f2tr inc into 3rd of ch3 of prev  rnd,  ch1, turn

Rounds 5–15: rnds  1–3 set the method for the simple single- colour part  of the pinwheel, rep these rnds  increasing the number of side  sts by 3 in each new  rnd; at the end  of rnd  15 ch2, slip the working loop onto a stitch  holder and  cut a 15cm (6in) tail of yarn

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Triangle Square Motif  – Second Section

Make 35.

The colour placement in the second section of each triangle square motif is worked randomly using yarns A–L. However, one ball of yarn A and half a ball of yarn B should be kept aside to work the joining seams and edging.

Round 1: with RS facing, join yarn in ch st at the end of rnd 1 of first section, ch2, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] into foundation ring of first section, htr into base of f2tr inc of rnd 2 of first section, ch1, fasten off

Round 2: with RS facing, join yarn in base of f2tr inc at the end of rnd 3 of first section, ch2, 3tr shell into ch-sp, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] into corner ch-sp, 3tr shell into ch-sp, htr into ch st the end of rnd 2 of first section, ch1, fasten off

Round 3: with RS facing, join yarn in ch st at the end of rnd 3 of first section, ch2, 3tr shell into ch-sp, 3tr shell into side sp, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] into corner ch-sp, 3tr shell into side sp, 3tr shell into ch-sp, htr into base of f2tr inc of rnd 4 of first section, ch1, fasten off

Round 4: with RS facing, join yarn in base of f2tr inc at the end of rnd 5 of first section, ch2, 3tr shell into ch-sp, 3tr shell into 2 side sps, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] into corner ch-sp, 3tr shell into 2 side sps, 3tr shell into ch-sp, htr into ch st the end of rnd 4 of first section, ch1, fasten off

Rounds 5–14: rnds 3 and 4 set the method for adding the granny square part of the pinwheel. Continue in this way, joining a new colour for each new rnd and increasing the number of 3tr shells along each side by 1 in each time

Round 15: join yarn in first ch-sp of prev rnd, ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same sp, 13 x 3tr shell, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] into corner ch-sp, 14 x 3tr shell, ch2, fasten off invisibly to 3rd of starting ch3 of rnd 15 of first section

 

Finish Triangle Square Motif

Next: using yarn needle, pick up tail of yarn from end of first section and fasten off invisibly to 3rd of starting ch3 of rnd 15 of second section

 

Blocking Triangle Square Motifs Steam block each triangle square motif to approx. 28cm (111⁄4in) square.

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MAKING UP

Joining Triangle Square Motifs

Arrange  the triangle  square motifs face  up in a 5 x 7 grid, as shown in the photograph, to create a pinwheel design.

Using yarn  A, join the motifs  from the back working in rows of dc stitches horizontally then  vertically. Crochet 1 dc  into each corner ch- sp (ch-sp and  side  st where there is a colour change in the corner of the triangle  square motif) and  1 dc into the top  of each side  st. When working the vertical  joining rows, simply  crochet over  the top  of the horizontal rows when you  come to them.

Edging

Round 1: join yarn  A in any  corner ch-sp of blanket, ch3 (counts as first tr), *tr into top  of each st and ch-sp of each triangle  square motif  along  side  of blanket, 5tr into corner ch-sp of blanket* rep  from  * to * to first corner of blanket, 4tr into corner ch-sp, fasten off invisibly

Round 2: join yarn  B in first st before any  5tr corner sts of prev rnd,  ch1, dc  into same sp, *[dc, 2dc  inc into next 3sts, dc] over next 5 corner sts, dc  into each st to next corner* rep  from  * to * to end,  fasten off invisibly

BLOCKING

Using a press cloth,  steam block seams and  edging so that they lie flat.

Crochet Home - Emma Lamb - HRExtracted from Crochet Home © 2015 by Emma Lamb, F&W Media International Ltd, Pynes Hill Court, Pynes Hill, Rydon Lane, Exeter, EX2 5AZ. Distributed in SA by Struik Lifestyle (an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa).