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.
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
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
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
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
Triangle Square Motif – Second Section
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.
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.
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
Using a press cloth, steam block seams and edging so that they lie ﬂat.
Extracted 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).