Friday, September 1, 2017

Granny Panel Blanket

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  I gave this project the nickname of the "Change-Your-Mind Blanket" for three reasons: 1) If you're using scraps and you run out of a yarn, it's easy to keep busting that stash by changing colors. 2) Get bored with the pattern? Multiple panels give you plenty of space to practice different stitches for a sampler afghan. 3) Give up on finishing? (Because we all know that happens sometimes!) If you're working the pattern as written, then the long panels can be up-cycled into scarves for gift-giving, charity donations, or for yourself.

  Oh, and... Just a bonus reason to make this awesomely-easy pattern: Each panel begins with my favorite "chain-less" beginning. This effortless method makes the start of the panels go lightning-fast. Plus, it's so much easier to count the chain spaces instead of individual chains! For help, you can watch this method worked in a video for the Not-So-Mesh scarf which uses the same beginning.

  The version shown is made in four colors, keeping each panel a solid color and using a contrasting color for the seam. You could turn this project into a major stash-buster by changing colors within the rounds of the panels. The pieces are quick to work up with a no-chain beginning and simple "granny" stitch, plus a large hook makes it go even faster.

  If you're interested in some pictures of the panels before they were joined, see the post "Progress in Reverse". (There's a great example of why you should start the seam with a full One-Pound skein unless you want to join new yarn.) And to see the "finished" blanket before the border was added, see the followup post "Forward Progress".

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  **This is my project for September's GrannySpiration Challenge, so don't forget to go see what everyone else has created, too! (Find links at the end of this post.) **


Finished size:
52" (132 cm) wide; 64" (162.5 cm) length

Total yarn weight:
36 oz. / 1020 g
2.25 lbs. / 1 kg

Skill level:
Easy

Materials:
Worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn
I used a combination of Red Heart Super Saver in Light Blue (A) and Light Grey (B), plus Caron One Pound in White (C) and Black (D) 
Hook size N - 9mm
Yarn needle
Stitch markers (optional)

Gauge:
In 4" by 4" (10 cm by 10 cm)
5 rows of 16 double crochet

Notes:
Chain 1 at beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch. Chain 2 to meet the height of the double crochet if necessary.

Panels are worked in the round.

The single crochet stitch is used to join rounds in order to take the place of a chain-1 space.

A stitch diagram is included after the written pattern.

*Personal note about yarns used:
Colors A and D are used the most... I began with full jumbo (16 oz) skeins of each, and had very little left over. Color B came from my stash and worked to complete one panel with less than a 7-oz skein, so you could work with smaller skeins for A, B, and C. Although scraps will work for making the panels, I highly recommend starting with a jumbo skein for the joining (color D), which takes the most yarn. 

Stitches:
(American terms)
Chain
Single crochet
Half double crochet
Double crochet
Slip stitch

Pattern stitch:
(1 chain, 2 double crochet)
Worked just like the classic granny stitch, with one double crochet of the multiple removed.

Instructions for panels:
For pattern shown, make (3) color A, (2) color B,  and (2) color C.

Beginning row:
This chain-less beginning builds upwards to create the first "row" of the pattern. The stitches of the first round will be worked into the chain spaces. Remember you can find help for this beginning row in this video.

Chain 2, half double crochet in the farthest chain from the hook.
*Chain 2, half double crochet in the chain space between the previous chain-2 and half double crochet.*
Repeat from * to * 50 times for a total of 52 chain spaces (64" / 162.5 cm finished length of blanket), or work to desired length... Keep in mind that the remaining rounds and border will add about 6" to each end of the panel. 

Round 1:
Working into the half double crochet side of the spaces...
Chain 1, make 2 double crochet in the last chain space made.
*(1 chain, 2 double crochet) in each space to the end.*
(1 chain, 2 double crochet) twice more in the end space.
Working around into the chain-2 side of the spaces, repeat * to *.
In the last space, (1 chain, 2 double crochet) once more. (3 sets of 2-double crochet in the space.)
Join with a single crochet in the beginning double crochet (counts as chain-1 space).
**Optional** Mark the chain-1's of the corner spaces, found between the double crochet sets in each end space. (The single crochet joining stitch makes one corner of the pattern.)

Round 2:
Chain 1, make 2 double crochet in the single crochet joining space.
*(1 chain, 2 double crochet) in each space up to the corner chain-1.
In corner space, make (2 double crochet, 1 chain, 2 double crochet).*
Chain 1, (2 double crochet, 1 chain, 2 double crochet) in the next corner space.
Repeat * to * up the next long side to remaining corner space.
Chain 1, make 2 double crochet in the single crochet joining space.
Join with a single crochet in the beginning double crochet.

Round 3:
Chain 1, make 2 double crochet in the single crochet joining space.
*(1 chain, 2 double crochet) in each space up to the corner chain-1.
In corner space, make (2 double crochet, 1 chain, 2 double crochet).
(1 chain, 2 double crochet) in the next chain-1.*
(2 double crochet, 1 chain, 2 double crochet) in the next corner space.
Repeat * to *.
Make 2 double crochet in the single crochet joining space.
Chain 1. Bind off, join with a false stitch by weaving the tail through the beginning stitch, back through the top of the last stitch, and through the middle of the false stitch (from bottom to top).


Joining:
**Panels can be joined using any technique you prefer. The following instructions are for a "seamless" continuous join. Click here to see a diagram/map for how to join squares in this method, but don't let it confuse you!.. Joining these long rectangular panels will be like working only one strip of squares (see a photo-tutorial example here). 


First panel:
Begin at the far end of the short side of a panel, using color D.
*Work 3 double crochet in each chain-1 space to corner.*
Make 3 more double crochet in the corner space. (6 total)
Repeat * to * across long side of panel, turn. (Do not complete as a corner!)

For each panel added:
Chain 1, turn.
Make 3 double crochet in the corner space (long side) of the next panel.
Chain 1, remove hook. Insert the hook in the space between the corner double crochet set and the next available set of the previous panel. (Hook should come from behind work and back towards you.) Pick up stitch and chain 1.
*3 double crochet in the next chain-1 of the current panel. Chain 1, remove hook. Insert the hook in the next space available of the previous panel and pick up stitch. Chain 1.*
Repeat from * to * to the corner space.
Make 3 more double crochet in the same space of the current panel.
3 double crochet in each chain-1 across short side to corner; 6 double crochet in the corner space; 3 double crochet in each chain-1 across long side, ending in corner space.

Repeat the step above for each remaining panel.
Complete the corner of the last panel with 3 more double crochet, then continue around the remainder of border with the 3-double-crochet stitch (twice in corners!).
Complete the last corner with 3 more double crochet (6 total). Bind off; join with a false stitch using the tail; weave in ends.

Border:
Using the same 3-double-crochet stitch pattern, work rounds of each color in the following order...
1-B
1-C
1-A
2-D

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Stitch diagram:

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Charts made with Stitch Fiddle

Happy Crocheting!


GrannySpiration Challenge:

  I do apologize for not having the linkup and giveaway available this month! In a fog of insomnia, I deleted my blog's background... And it's possible that I've done worse than that, because I can't get the code for the Challenge to convert - It just stays as code. Let's hope it's just a temporary glitch because I've done everything I can to fix it and I give up. You can still enter the giveaway and linkup (runs from 12 a.m. on Sept. 2nd, 2017 to 12 a.m. Sept. 18th) at EyeLoveKnots, where Alexandra doesn't accidentally delete working parts of her blog. 

And visit everyone else in the Challenge for some awesome granny-inspired projects!






8 comments:

  1. So funny how you give the different options of purposes of this blanket, you're totally right, you have to be creative :-)
    You've written down the pattern very clearly, I understand how it works by just looking at it in a glimpse, so well done ( that is a lot of work! ).
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. 1: I did run out of yarn, and almost changed colors, but bought more yarn in the end. 2: I could see so many different stitches being used in the panels, but decided to keep the pattern simple enough for beginners. And 3: I wasn't sure if I'd finish another big blanket so soon, so I was prepared to write the pattern for a scarf. ;)
      Thank you for understanding what goes into writing the pattern... That took me longer than making the blanket. :O
      Enjoy your weekend, too!

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  2. Already told you before, when you allowed us a glimpse on the blanket: Brilliant!!! Even I would manage a blanket for our king size bed (err... eventually). And I do love the - you can use the panels as a gift - bit. That's such a great idea!
    Writing patterns is pretty time-consuming indeed. Worked 4 weeks on the Henrietta square (right - I wasn't just writing) and FORGOT I still have to translate it all into German - ARGH!!!!!
    Have a lovely evening and a quiet Sunday,
    Marjan

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    1. Oh! I can't imagine how much work you go through to translate your patterns. I wanted to learn German, and thought I could pick some up on my own just through translating software... But computers don't translate German into English very well - It's broken and not everything makes sense. And Dutch - another I wanted to learn - is even worse!
      Although it's meant for a little boy, I made this blanket large because I wanted something he could take from Kindergarten to a college dorm. It's made to fit longways on a twin bed, but plenty wide enough to fit a queen size. I was quite surprised at how fast I was able to finish it!
      Hope you have a peaceful Sunday as well.

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  3. You have chosen wonderful colors for your blanket! =)
    The beginning is very interesting - never tried to do it that way, so I will keep it in mind! =)

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! That beginning is my new obsession - It won't work for solid stitches, but I'm having fun seeing how many ways I can use it.

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  4. I love the idea of a scarf; nicely done on the blanket, it looks awesome draped over the chair vertically.

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  5. I never thought to create strips and join them together, but this is a genius idea! Especially for one of the reasons you have mentioned - many people get bored with the repetition, and give up on big projects with afghans. This this case, it can be made into other projects One panel may even be suitable for a table runner, or rug.
    As mentioned before, I am also in love with the colors and pattern chosen for this afghan. Beautiful project!
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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