The Fastest Christmas Blanket Ever!
If you long to make a Christmas blanket but you just don’t know how on earth you’re going to fit it in, Merion’s got a Christmas blanket for you that is super fast to make and won’t break the bank!
Every year I dream about making a Christmas blanket to curl up under during the holiday season, something to put away every year and bring out with a festive flourish! Well all know that making a blanket takes time – and if you start early enough, you can make anything you like and thoroughly enjoy it – but if you, like me, find yourself at the start of December with no Christmas blanket, you need a fast, festive solution!
I remembered that when I first taught my daughter to crochet, she made a giant granny square in super chunky yarn. This enabled her to see her stitches but also crucially, have super fast results! So I decided to make a giant granny square as a blanket, but this time, in chunky weight yarn with a 6mm hook. To make it fabulously cost effective, I decided to use Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky 5 ball colour packs! Using two packs, one of Evergreen and one of Rose Red, I made a super fast giant granny square with a candy cane edging!
The sky is the limit for this blanket recipe – you can use any range of shades, – combine Pillar Red or Midnight Blue with Champagne White for Scandinavian hygge, or Seafoam Blue and Paper White for a Frozen-inspired blanket, or in a colourway that I have recently been very drawn to, ‘Mid-Century’ vintage – a combination of Washed Teal, Slate Green, Blush Pink, Paper White and Pillar Red – I’d be tempted to sneak some Mustard Yellow or another gold with those, or possibly just sneak something glittery in, add a strand of James C Brett Twinkle DK every few rounds! You can make this blanket any size you like, just keep adding rounds until it’s as big as required.
To make the granny square
You will need:
1 x 5 ball value pack Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Evergreen (Colour A)
1 x 5 ball value pack Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Rose Red (Colour B)
A tapestry needle for sewing in ends.
Using Colour A, ch4, and slip stitch into the first chain to make a circle.
Ch3, and then work 2 trebles (US double crochet) into the circle and ch2.
Work 3 tr (US dc) into the circle, and ch2.
Work 3 tr (US dc) into the circle, and ch2.
Work 3 trebles (US dc) into the circle, and ch2, then slip stitch into the top chain of the beginning ch3. Fasten off the yarn.
Round 2: attach the Colour B yarn into any corner of the square.
Ch3, and work 2 tr (US dc) into the corner space, then ch2, and another 3 tr (US dc) into the same corner space.
Work 3tr, 2ch, 3tr (US 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into each remaining corner space, and then sl st into the top chain of the beginning ch3. Fasten off the yarn.
Round 3: attach the Colour A into a side space.
Ch 3 and work 2 tr (US 2dc) into the side space.
Work 3tr, 2ch, 3tr (US 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into the next corner space, and then 3 tr (US dc) into the next side space. Repeat this all the way around the square until you reach the beg ch3, slip stitch into the top chain and fasten off.
Round 4: attach Colour B into a side space.
Ch3 and work 2 tr (US 2dc) into the side space.
Work 3tr, 2ch, 3tr (US 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into each corner space, and 3 tr (US dc) into each side space. Repeat this all the way around the square until you reach the beg ch3, slip stitch into the top chain and fasten off.
Repeat Round 4 in alternating colours until you reach your desired blanket size.
For a border, work four rounds in one of your shades in preparation for the Candy Cane edging.
Here is a video to show you how to work a Granny Square using US terms:
Candy Cane Edging
Lots of fabulous bloggers have used this wonderful edging, also known as 2 colour chain edging, and it’s a perfect finish for a festive blanket! Be prepared that because you will be switching one yarn over the other for each stitch, your balls of yarn will become a little bit entwined – I found that stopping every six or eight stitches and untangling solved the problem. Just don’t leave it too long before you untangle.
Attach Colour A to any stitch on the side of the blanket.
Ch4, and pull the stitch loop nice and wide.
Attach Colour B to the next stitch, and ch4, opening up the stitch loop so that it is easy to re-hook.
Taking the first stitch chain (in Colour A), lift it over the top of the second, and work a dc (US sc) into the next stitch, ch3 and pull the loop large.
Take the second stitch chain (in Colour B) and repeat – lift it over the previous chain, work a dc (US sc) into the following stitch, ch3 and pull the loop large.
Repeat this process all the way around the blanket, working two stitches into each corner. If you’d like a deeper edging, increase the ch3 to ch4 for each stitch.