As classic as classic gets, granny squares never grow old! Our Fair + Square Blanket turns the motif’s possibilities into a game board of concentric squares in every size and color. The rules aren’t clear, but the outcome is… A very winning blanket, indeed!

Fair + Square Blanket, Crochet Version | Purl Soho

If your preferred equipment is needles rather than hooks, don’t worry, the same free pattern is available for knitters. To cast on, check it out right here!

Fair + Square Blanket, Crochet Version | Purl Soho

Both versions of the Fair + Square Blanket play with permutations of squares within squares, but for us, the game really gets good when color joins the team. Morning‘s world of soft brights are like a fresh day, while its blend of organically grown cotton and yak feels as good as the new day’s sun.

Fair + Square Blanket, Crochet Version | Purl Soho

To get started, pick up a Fair + Square Blanket Bundle, available in sizes Small or Large Throw, and in this Full-Spectrum Palette or in a Four-Color Palette (which uses the same pattern but requires less yarn). Crocheted or knit, the game is the same, same bundle, same fun!

Fair + Square Blanket, Crochet Version | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoFairAndSquareBlanket and #PurlSohoMorning. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Full-Spectrum Palette

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Our Full Spectrum Fair + Square Blanket Bundle includes…

  • 22 (27) skeins of Purl Soho’s Morning, 75% organically grown cotton and 25% yak. Each skein is 191 yards.
    • Main Color: 7 (12) skeins of Heirloom White; approximately 1,190 (2,120) yards required
    • Color A: 1 skein of Winter Pink; approximately 45 (65) yards required
    • Color B: 1 skein of Purple Allium; approximately 30 (50) yards required
    • Color C: 1 skein of Pink Radish; approximately 50 (70) yards required
    • Color D: 1 skein of Pink Lemonade; approximately 60 (85) yards required
    • Color E: 1 skein of Sweet Apricot; approximately 50 (70) yards required
    • Color F: 1 skein of Yellow Apple; approximately 55 (80) yards required
    • Color G: 1 skein of Cucumber Ice; approximately 50 (75) yards required
    • Color H: 1 skein of Tender Green; approximately 45 (55) yards required
    • Color I: 1 skein of Araucana Blue; approximately 40 (50) yards required
    • Color J: 1 skein of Fresh Sky; approximately 70 (95) yards required
    • Color K: 1 skein of Dungarees Blue; approximately 35 (50) yards required
    • Color L: 1 skein of Blue Morning Glory; approximately 30 (40) yards required
    • Color M: 1 skein of Mountain Purple; approximately 40 (60) yards required
    • Color N: 1 skein of Stone Cottage; approximately 40 (60) yards required
    • Color O: 1 skein of Grassland Green; approximately 40 (60) yards required

Four-Color Palettes

Another option is to make the same size blanket using fewer skeins and just four contrast colors. Each of these bundles include…

  • 11 (18) skeins of Purl Soho’s Morning, 75% organically grown cotton and 25% yak. Each skein is 191 yards.

Choose from three palettes…

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LEMONADE

  • Main Color: 7 (12) skeins of Heirloom White; approximately 1,190 (2,120) yards required
    • Color A: 1 (2) skein(s) of Yellow Apple; approximately 191 (360) yards required
    • Color B: 1 (2) skein(s) of Pink Radish; approximately 191 (360) yards required
    • Color C: 1 (1) skein of Pink Lemonade; approximately 125 (191) yards required
    • Color D: 1 (1) skein of Sweet Apricot; approximately 125 (191) yards required
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POOL

  • Main Color: 7 (12) skeins of Heirloom White; approximately 1,190 (2,120) yards required
    • Color A: 1 (2) skein(s) of Fresh Sky; approximately 191 (360) yards required
    • Color B: 1 (2) skein(s) of Araucana Blue; approximately 191 (360) yards required
    • Color C: 1 (1) skein of Cucumber Ice; approximately 125 (191) yards required
    • Color D: 1 (1) skein of Tender Green; approximately 125 (191) yards required
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HYACINTH

  • Main Color: 7 (12) skeins of Heirloom White; approximately 1,190 (2,120) yards required
    • Color A: 1 (2) skein(s) of Purple Allium; approximately 191 (360) yards required
    • Color B: 1 (2) skein(s) of Mountain Purple; approximately 191 (360) yards required
    • Color C: 1 (1) skein of Dungarees Blue; approximately 125 (191) yards required
    • Color D: 1 (1) skein of Blue Morning Glory; approximately 125 (191) yards required

NOTE: For the Large Throw, we only used a little bit of the twelfth skein of the Main Color. If you leave the skein unwound, you can exchange it if you don’t end up needing it (click here for Purl Soho’s return policy). Also, we used full skeins of Colors A + B for the Small Throw and Colors C + D for the Large Throw. To avoid running short, please double check your gauge and be conservative with tails!

You will also need…

Gauge

Small Throw Square: 6 x 6 inches

Large Throw Square: 8 x 8 inches

NOTE: If your square turns out smaller, try a bigger hook, or if your square turns out bigger, try a smaller hook!

Sizes

Small Throw (Large Throw)

Finished Dimensions: 30 inches wide x 42 inches long (40 inches wide x 56 inches long)

Notes

Basic Square

NOTE: New to granny squares? Our Granny Square Blanket Pattern walks you through every step!

Foundation Ring: Chain (ch) 6 and join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), make 2 double crochet (dc) 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. [12 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 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. [24 dc, 4 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 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. [36 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc into that same corner space, [(ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space) 2 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space] 2 times, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of ch 3. [48 dc, 12 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc into that same corner space, [(ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space) 3 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space] 3 times, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of ch 3. [60 dc, 16 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc into that same corner space, [(ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space) 4 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space] 4 times, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of ch 3. [72 dc, 20 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Round 7: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc into that same corner space, [(ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space) 5 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space] 5 times, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of ch 3. [84 dc, 24 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Large Throw Only

Round 8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc into that same corner space, [(ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space) 6 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space] 6 times, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of ch 3. [96 dc, 28 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Round 9: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc into that same corner space, [(ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space) 7 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next corner space] 3 times, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space] 7 times, ch 1, 3 dc into beginning corner space, ch 2, slip stitch into third chain of ch 3. [108 dc, 32 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces]

Both Sizes

Cut yarn leaving a 5-inch tail. Pull the tail through the remaining loop on the hook.

Schematics

Full-Spectrum Palette Schematic

Fair + Square Blanket, Crochet Version | Purl Soho

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Four-Color Schematic

NOTE: Follow the pattern as written, but instead of using the contrast colors indicated in the pattern, refer to the schematic below for which colors to use in which squares.

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Pattern

NOTE: Refer to the Schematics, above, for a visual reference to the following instructions, and if making 4-Color Blanket, use Schematic to determine which contrast color to use throughout pattern.

Row 1

Square 1A

With Color K, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-2 (1-3) of Basic Square (see Notes).

Cut Color K. Join Main Color (MC).

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 3 (4).

Square 1B

With MC, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-3 (1-4) of Basic Square.

Cut MC. Join Color D.

With Color D, work Rounds 4-5 (5-6) of Basic Square.

Cut Color D. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 6 (7).

Square 1C

With MC, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-2 (1-3) of Basic Square.

Cut MC. Join Color M.

With Color M, work Rounds 3-4 (4-5) of Basic Square.

Cut Color M. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 5 (6).

Square 1D

With Color A, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-4 (1-5) of Basic Square.

Cut Color A. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 5 (6).

Square 1E

With MC, work Foundation Ring and Round 1 (1) of Basic Square.

Cut MC. Join Color C.

With Color C, work Rounds 2-5 (2-6) of Basic Square.

Cut Color C. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 6 (7).

Row 2

Square 2A

With Color F, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-5 (1-6) of Basic Square.

Cut Color F. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 6 (7).

Square 2B

Work as for Square 1A, using Color C as contrast color.

Square 2C

With MC, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-4 (1-5) of Basic Square.

Cut MC. Join Color E.

With Color E, work Rounds 5-6 (6-7) of Basic Square.

Cut Color E. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 7 (8).

Square 2D

With MC, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-5 (1-7) of Basic Square.

Cut MC. Join Color H.

With Color H, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 6 (8).

Square 2E

Work as for Square 1A, using Color J as contrast color.

Row 3

Square 3A

With MC, work Foundation Ring and Round 1 (1) of Basic Square.

Cut MC. Join Color E.

With Color E, work Rounds 2-4 (2-5) of Basic Square.

Cut Color E. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 5 (6).

Square 3B

Work as for Square 2D, using Color J as contrast color.

Square 3C

Work as for Square 1D, using Color G as contrast color.

Square 3D

Work as for Square 1B, using Color L as contrast color.

Square 3E

Work as for Square 1D, using Color N as contrast color.

Row 4

Square 4A

Work as for Square 1A, using Color O as contrast color.

Square 4B

Work as for Square 1D, using Color B as contrast color.

Square 4C

Work as for Square 3A, using Color I as contrast color.

Square 4D

Work as for Square 1A, using Color F as contrast color.

Square 4E

Work as for Square 2D, using Color D as contrast color.

Row 5

Square 5A

Work as for Square 1D, using Color D as contrast color.

Square 5B

Work as for Square 1B, using Color H as contrast color.

Square 5C

Work as for Square 1A, using Color L as contrast color.

Square 5D

Work as for Square 2A, using Color O as contrast color.

Square 5E

Work as for Square 1E, using Color M as contrast color.

Row 6

Square 6A

Work as for Square 2D, using Color A as contrast color.

Square 6B

Work as for Square 1A, using Color B as contrast color.

Square 6C

With MC, work Foundation Ring and Rounds 1-2 (1-3) of Basic Square.

Cut MC. Join Color J.

With Color J, work Rounds 3-6 (4-7) of Basic Square.

Cut Color J. Join MC.

With MC, finish Basic Square, starting with Round 7 (8).

Square 6D

Work as for Square 1D, using Color K as contrast color.

Square 6E

Work as for Square 1A, using Color E as contrast color.

Row 7

Square 7A

Work as for Square 2A, using Color G as contrast color.

Square 7B

Work as for Square 1C, using Color N as contrast color.

Square 7C

Work as for Square 2D, using Color F as contrast color.

Square 7D

Work as for Square 3A, using Color C as contrast color.

Square 7E

Work as for Square 1B, using Color I as contrast color.

FINISHING

Sew Together

Use the MC to sew together your squares. We stitched 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 ends and wet block. All done!

Fair + Square Blanket, Crochet Version | Purl Soho
Fair + Square Blanket, Crochet Version | Purl Soho