Our Granny Square Blanket in Gentle Giant takes something totally classic and boosts its proportions into something totally modern. We love how this blanket makes us rub our eyes to make sure we’re seeing correctly, such a familiar pattern at such an unfamiliar scale!

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And using our jumbo Gentle Giant means that this Granny Square Blanket is also a lot quicker to finish than we’re used to. Each 10-inch square is accomplished in just three rounds, and the entire blanket is only twelve squares… You do the math!

Granny Square Blanket in Gentle Giant | Purl Soho

Our incredibly soft and cozy Gentle Giant merino comes in a palette of colors that hits nature’s prettiest notes, from Winter Bark to Cowrie Pink. Hook up this 12-color version of the blanket with our Gentle Giant Blanket Bundle in a Dozen Colors, or choose a more limited palette with our 9-skein Bundles that make an equal-size blanket. Either way, your Granny Square Blanket in Gentle Giant will definitely make a giant statement!

Update: Not a crocheter?

DECEMBER 2016

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Check out our Colorful Corner Blanket… It uses the same Gentle Giant Blanket Bundles!

Materials

Granny Square Blanket in Gentle Giant | Purl Soho

We used a Gentle Giant Blanket Bundle in a Dozen Colors. It includes…

  • Contrast Colors (CC): 12 skeins of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool
    • Top Row: Clay Pot, Orange Koi, Cowrie Pink,  Calico Pink, Wolf Brown, and Winter Bark
    • Middle Row: Silver Mauve, Purple Lupine, Elephant Gray, Pigeon Gray, Iceberg Blue, and Mint Ice
  • Main Color (MC): 6 skeins of Gentle Giant in Heirloom White

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Another Option

Our Gentle Giant Blanket Bundles are also available as nine-skein Bundles. They include enough yarn to make the same size blanket as the one you make with the Dozen Colors Bundle, but with only three Contrast Colors instead of twelve. Each one includes…

  • Contrast Colors (CC): 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool
  • Main Color (MC): 6 skeins of Gentle Giant in Heirloom White

You’ll also need…

Choose From Six Palettes

SWEET POTATO

Contrast Colors: Orange Koi, Clay Pot, and White Peppercorn

FOX DEN

Contrast Colors: Clay Pot, Cowrie Pink, and Winter Bark

WILD HEATHER

Contrast Colors: Cowrie Pink, Calico Pink, and Silver Mauve

SEA URCHIN

Contrast Colors: Purple Lupine, Silver Mauve, and Winter Bark

MINT JULEP

Contrast Colors: Pigeon Gray, Iceberg Blue, and Mint Ice

BARN OWL

Contrast Colors: Graphite Gray, Wolf Brown, and Winter Bark

Size

Finished Dimensions of Each Square: 10 x 10 inches

Finished Dimensions of the Blanket: 30 x 40 inches

Gauge

Each finished Granny Square should measure 10 x 10 inches. If yours is smaller, try a bigger hook; and if yours is bigger, try a smaller one!

Pattern

The Granny Square

NOTE: Here we write out how to make a granny square, but if you’re a fist-time crocheter and would like to see every step thoroughly explained and illustrated, our Learn to Crochet a Granny Square Blanket Pattern is a great teacher!

Foundation Ring

With a Contrast Color (CC), ch (chain) 6 and join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1

Still with the CC, ch 3, make 2 dc (double crochet) into the ring, ch 2 (this ch 2, and every ch 2 that follows, forms a “corner space”), [3 dc into the ring, ch 2] 3 times, slip stitch into third chain of the ch 3.

Cut the CC, leaving a 4 or 5-inch tail, and pull the tail through the remaining loop on the hook.

Round 2

Leaving a 4 or 5-inch tail, join the Main Color (MC) to any corner space with a slip stitch.

Ch 3, make 2 dc into that same corner space, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of beginning ch 3.

Round 3

Still with the MC, ch 3, 2 dc into that same corner space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of ch 3.

Cut the MC, leaving a 4 or 5-inch tail, and pull the tail through the remaining loop on the hook.

NOTE: Each skein of MC makes two squares. Cut the tail as described when you’re finishing the first square, but when you finish the second square, leave the remaining length of MC attached so that you can use it later to sew together your blanket!

Continue

Make 11 more squares like this one. If you’re using the Dozen Colors Bundle, start with a different CC for each square; or if you’re using a 9-skein Bundle, make four squares with each CC.

Finish

Arrange

Once you have 12 squares, arrange them in a way that pleases you. Here is how we arranged our 12 colors…

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Sew Together

Use the long tails of MC to sew together your squares. We prefer to sew ours with a whipstitch, and our Sewing Crocheted Squares Together Tutorial has a video that explains exactly how to do it!

Weave in the Ends

Weave in all the remaining ends and you’re done!

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