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PLAID GRANNY BLANKET

FRAZADA GRANNY ESTILO ESCOCÉS



Granny blankets are usually multicolored, and they are certainly very cute.  But this time I wanted to do a little twist to the granny pattern.  Therefore, I designed this blanket made with one-color granny squares arranged to give a plaid look.  Instead of sewing them at the end, the granny squares are joined together as you go.

Las “frazadas granny” son típicamente multicolores, y ciertamente son preciosas.  Pero en esta ocasión yo quería darle un toque más moderno, y a la vez clásico a la frazada granny.  Con ese propósito, diseñé esta frazada de cuadros granny de un solo color, arreglados para dar un estilo escocés.  En lugar de coserlas al final, éstas se van uniendo en el camino.  

Here is my first sample:
Éste es mi primer ejemplar:


These granny squares are made each in one solid color.  Four colors are needed:  One is used for the background, two for the “lines”, and the fourth for the connection point of the two lines. 
Estos cuadros granny se hacen en un solo color cada uno.  Se necesitan 4 colores: uno para el fondo, dos para las líneas, y el cuarto para el punto de conexión entre las dos líneas.

This is the order in which the motifs should be placed in order to make the plaid pattern:
Este es el orden en el cual las aplicaciones deben colocarse para poder formar el patrón escocés:


A
B
A
B
A
B
A
C
D
C
D
C
D
C
A
B
A
B
A
B
A
C
D
C
D
C
D
C
A
B
A
B
A
B
A
C
D
C
D
C
D
C
A
B
A
B
A
B
A


SIZE (tamaño):
Small : 7 x 7 squares
Medium: 9 x 9 squares
Large: 11 x 11 squares

In the sample blanket, I used (Para esta frazada, utilicé):

Needle/ Aguja: 4.5 mm
Yarn / Lana: Worsted (medium) / Mediana

Caron Simply Soft:
A. White
B.  Light Country Blue
C.  Soft Blue
D.  Country Blue

This is the number of squares needed for each color:
Este es el número de cuadros que se necesitan para cada color:

16 - Color A
12 - Color B
12 - Color C
9 - Color D

In case you have never made a “granny square”, here is the graphic pattern. 
En caso que nunca hayan hecho un “cuadro granny”, aquí les dejo el patrón gráfico. 




There is a Video tutorial for the basic granny that you can watch in YouTube: The Art of Crochet by Teresa .  For written instructions, check here.
Hay un video sobre cómo hacer un cuadro granny en YouTube, realizado por: The Art of Crochet by Teresa . 

The granny squares for the PLAID GRANNY SQUARES BLANKET can be made as big or small as you want, as long as you follow the color arrangement and order.  I made mine with 4-row grannies (medium size). 
Los cuadros granny para esta frazada pueden hacerse tan grandes o pequeños como se quieran.  Yo los hice de cuatro hileras (una tamaño mediano).
Other color options (otros coloridos):

There is no limit for creativity…
No hay límite para la creatividad…

JOIN AS YOU GO (UNION)


There are many ways to join granny squares:
* with simple crochet (sc) stitch... but it leaves a bump;
* sewing the pieces together with a needle... but most people that crochet don´t like it;
* there is still another option...

Hay varias maneras de unir los cuadros granny:
*  con medios puntos (punto sencillo)... pero deja un filete saltado;
*  cosiendo las piezas con una aguja...pero a pocas personas les gusta esto;
* hay aún otra opción...

I find the best option for this blanket is to “join as you go along”, which is done on the last row of the motif.
A mi parecer, la mejor opción para esta frazada es la “unión en el camino”, la cual se hace en la última fila de la aplicación).

One of the best techniques I have found to join grannies is the one suggested in the blog ATTIC24.
Me parece que la mejor técnica para unir cuadros granny es la sugerida en el blog ATTIC24.

Here are some pictures I took while joining along...
Aquí hay unas fotos que tomé al "unir en el camino"...

Points where you will join along:
Puntos en los que se hacen las uniones:


How to join-along passing the needle on the top:
(Note: It can also be done from below, as explained in Crochet Cabana, but the outcome is not as neat as this way).
Cómo unir pasando la aguja por arriba:
(Nota:  También se puede unir pasando la aguja por debajo, tal como se explica en "Crochet Cabana", pero no queda tan nítido como por arriba).



How to join in the corner:
After joining in one corner, then you make a chain, and do the opposite corner, before doing the following 3-DC cluster.
Cómo unir las esquinas:
Luego de unir una esquina, se teje una cadena antes de hacer la unión en la esquina opuesta.

 
You can find additional instructions in the following links:
Pueden encontrar explicaciones adicionales en los siguientes enlaces:
Crochet Cabana
Sara London
WEBS Yarn Store (video for a similar joining-along technique)


BORDER/ ORILLA
For the border, I followed the granny pattern all around.  I used all four colors, and made one row of each, finishing with white (or the background color).   Finally, finish off with a row of simple crochet (sc) over each stitch all around,
Para la orilla, seguí el patrón del granny en todo el derredor.  Usé los cuatro colores, haciendo una hilera con cada uno de ellos, terminando con blanco (el color del fondo).  Finalmente, se cierra con una pasada de medio punto (sencillo) en cada puntada, alrededor.  
Are you ready to make one now?...
Ahora ya pueden hacer una...

22 comments:

  1. How beautiful! I've been crocheting for many years, but I never tried granny squares. So I think this would be a project for 2012.
    You have a wonderful blog with so many interesting ideas and projects.

    Happy New Year!

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  2. Thank you, Olga! I encourage you to try the granny. It is so classic, and fun to make.
    You are welcome to visit here any time you want.
    Happy New Year!!!

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  3. That is gorgeous Olga!! Inspiration to get one done myself. You should join Granny-A-Day from this site...
    the blog Hooked..Crochet Addict's Blog with us.

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  4. I completely adore granny squares! And I do love this plaid look. I thought about the join as you go method for Isabels new blanket but... I really like the finished look the single crochet give each square. I may be stuck whip stitching them together to get the look I want. It will be a LONG process. But hopefully worth it! Thanks so much for sharing this link with me. I loved seeing your finished blanket and browsing through the joining methods. So nice! Happy New Year. :)

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  5. Hello!
    Thank you for your sweet words in my blog.
    Your hexagon "Flower on White" blanket is my favorite in your blog!
    And I am looking forward for your new "Ripple of happiness" blanket.
    Olga ☼

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  6. Hello Ana,

    my favorite color is blue. That's why I like the blanket so much.

    Greetings from Germany

    Anke

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  7. What a gorgeous blanket - thank you for the post, I've begun making it for my son. A

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  8. What great additions to the pattern - the different color options are great.

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  9. I have never truly wanted to learn to crochet because I often esteemed it crude in appearance. I happened upon your blanket while looking for a brioche nine patch to knit for my grandson. I am enamored with the look you have achieved. Beautiful!

    I have copied down your instructions and am looking forward to beginning this project even though I must learn to crochet. :-)

    Thank you for well thought-out and displayed instructions.

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments!!!
      I understand what you say about Crochet. I thought the same before, but I have learned to love it, for it is very versatile. And there are modern patterns nowadays. Some things are better knitted, and some crocheted...so it is good to know both. I encourage you to learn it! And let me know if you make the blanket!
      Cheers,
      Ana BC

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  10. I am going to try this in Purple!! So Cool :)

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  11. Love this...so incredibly clever! :)

    Jennifer @ Fiber Flux

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  12. This is really nice! I'm working on my own version right now... But please note that there are only 9 of the color D (dark blue), not 12!

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH for pointing that out!!! I will fix it immediately. Thank for the help, again.

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  13. I keep trying to do granny squares, but they seem to escape me in logical formation. I am willing to try again with this, so my sister can't hold granny squares over my head. lol *it's the one part she's mastered in crochet that i've not... but it just makes no sense. * maybe this will make more sense since they are crocheted together... :D

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  14. Hi Ana,

    I am writing because I found on Etsy someone selling a pattern which looks identical to this. Is someone stealing your work? What amazes me is that people are actually buying it, when tou are generously showing us how to make it for free! I hope I'm wrong about this...
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/115931607/crochet-pattern-baby-blanket-and-rattle?ref=cat_gallery_5

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I want to think the best too!

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  15. How lovely! As my children graduate from high school I always make an afghan as a gift to take with them as they go off to university. This will be for #3 (of 5)--my daughter, Hannah. :)

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  16. How much yarn was needed for this afghan?

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  17. This is a gorgeous Afghan. I can't wait to start this pattern, We have a grand baby due in late August and I have been busy making Many baby blankets ( which is what I plan to do with this pattern )I'm going to use yellow and green baby yarn and create a plaid effect that way . Hopefully the colors will work together nicely.

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  18. I am almost finished with my king size bed spread. I used purple, off white and soft green. I love this pattern and the way you described the joining along! AND I already bought yarn for the next one in ocean colors, for my daughter. I have made so many complicated Afghans, but this one is my relax pattern and it still looks so nice . The best part is- when I am done I AM DONE! No ends to weave in! Thank you so much!

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    1. That is wonderful, Astrid. I agree: this blanket is easy and fun to make ;-) I´d love to see your versions. Good luck with the new one

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