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This doll blanket is perfect for little girl birthdays, or even baby showers! If you can make a granny square, then you can make the Granny Rose Doll Blanket!

Granny squares are so much fun to make! They’re easy and repetitivewhich means you can make them while watching a movie and sill not miss a beat!

They are also very iconic. In fact, for most people, the granny square is the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the word “crochet.”

I actually think the biggest downside to the granny square is how common it is in the crochet community. Pretty much every crocheter has made granny squares – or at least seen them everywhere. And that doesn’t mean that granny squares aren’t great (because they are), but it does mean that most people see the granny square as something mundane – something they’ve seen every day.

But all this doesn’t mean that granny squares are really mundane, or all the same. A LOT of crocheters have come up with some pretty cool designs using the humble granny square. Things like purses, tote bags, and yes, even shorts!

It was these crocheters and their designs that inspired me to create my own new take on the granny square. I call it… the Granny Rose!

 

What’s New About the Granny Rose…

The granny rose is as easy as a granny square – but with a fun new twist! Here are some fun new techniques that I used in my design:

  • Making a granny square around a flower motif
  • Turning a granny square into a rectangle

Now, some of you may very well have already made a granny square around a flower motif. But I doubt that very many of you have ever made a granny square into a rectangle.

I didn’t even know that it was already being worked on when I decided that I just HAD to make my design into a rectangle. So, I started googling and experimenting until I found the one that worked.

And it is SO cool!!

The Yarn and Hook I Used 

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For this project (and pretty much ALL my projects), I used the yarn and hooks that I bought from an amazing company called KnitPicks. They’re my favorite yarn store for several reasons. Here’s just a few of them:

  • The yarn is great quality (as in AMAZING)
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  • There is a HUGE selection of yarn, hooks, and accessories!

I’ve tried a lot of different yarn over the years, but I’ve never shopped from any craft store that was this consistently great at high quality and low prices. This is my favorite craft store hands down!

I gladly (and highly) recommend them to all my friends and family. Because of how much I love this company, I recently applied (and was approved) to be an affiliate for them. Now, this means that if you click a link from my blog for their yarn, hooks, etc. and make a purchase, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Please know that I only link to the products that I have used myself and truly love!

For this project, I used their Wool of the Andes in worsted weight. The yellow color is called “Semolina” and the pink is called “Rouge.” In this pattern, I refer to Semolina as “color A” and Rouge as “color B.” You can purchase them by either clicking the pink link above or by clicking here.

The hook I used was a size J/10 from their Caspian Wood Interchangeable Hook Set. Unfortunately, this item is currently out of stock but I’ll update this post as soon as I see it back on the website.

This Pattern is Geared Towards Beginners

Let’s face it, crochet patterns can be hard to follow for newbie crocheters. So, for this post, I’ve written out the pattern as clearly and precisely as possible. This means:

  • It is NOT written in crochet “shorthand” which is typically used for crochet patterns
  • It seems a lot longer than it really is too make – because writing each step out takes space

If you are not a beginner (or you just prefer crochet shorthand), skip to the end of this post and you’ll find the crochet shorthand version.

But, if you are a beginner, DO NOT BE ALARMED BY THE LENGTH OF THIS PATTERN. It’s only long because writing any crochet pattern without shorthand or a graph will look very long. It is actually very easy to make. You got this!!

Starting the Rose Motif

For the flower motif, I used the color Semolina – which I’ll refer to as “color A.” Here’s how to make it:

Make a slip knot and chain 8. Join into a ring with a slip stitch into first chain (farthest chain from hook)

Chain 6. *double crochet once into the ring and chain 3.*
Repeat from * to * 6 more times. Slip stitch into 3rd chain from the initial 6 chains at the beginning of this round.

 

Making the Petals… 

Form 1 single crochet, 1 half-double crochet, 3 double crochets, 1 half-double crochet, and 1 single crochet over each 3-chain loop from the previous round.

Working behind the previous row, slip stitch into the slip stitch from step #2 and chain 5.
*Form 1 slip stitch into next double crochet from step #2 and chain 5.*
Repeat from * to * 6 more times. Slip stitch into the first slip stitch to close.

Form 1 single crochet, 1 half-double crochet, 5 double crochets, 1 half-double crochet, and 1 single crochet over each 5-chain loop from the previous round.

Working behind the previous row, slip stitch into first slip stitch from step #4 and chain 7.
*Form 1 slip stitch into next slip stitch from step #4 and chain 7.*
Repeat from * to * 6 more times. Slip stitch into the first slip stitch to close.

Form 1 single crochet, 1 half-double crochet, 7 double crochets, 1 half-double crochet, and 1 single crochet over each 7-chain loop from the previous round.

Working behind the previous row, slip stitch into first slip stitch from step #6 and chain 9.
*Form 1 slip stitch into next slip stitch from step #6 and chain 9.*
Repeat from * to * 6 more times. Slip stitch into the first slip stitch to close.

Form 1 single crochet, 1 half-double crochet, 9 double crochets, 1 half-double crochet, and 1 single crochet over each 9-chain loop from the previous round.

Starting the Granny Rose Square

For the square, I used the color Rouge – which I’ll refer to as “color B.”

Working behind the previous row, insert hook into the first slip stitch from step #8 and grab your color B yarn. Pull your yarn through the stitch and complete your slip stitch like normal (the slip stitch should be still in color A while the loop remaining on your hook should be color B).
Chain 6. *Single crochet into the 5th double crochet in the next cluster (petal) and chain 6. Slip stitch into the next slip stitch from step #8 and chain 6.*
Repeat from * to * 6 more times. Single crochet into 5th double crochet of the last cluster. Chain 6 and slip stitch into first slip stitch to close.

The “Granny Square”

Chain 4 and single crochet 4 times over the first 6-inch loop. Chain 2 and double crochet 5 more times over the same loop.
+*Chain 1 and double crochet 5 times over the next 6-inch loop.*
Repeat from * to * 2 times. Chain 1 and double crochet 5 times over next 6-inch loop. Chain 2 and double crochet 5 times over the same loop.+
Repeat from + to + 2 times. And then repeat from * to * 3 more times. Chain 1 and slip stitch into 4th chain from the beginning of round to close.

Chain 4 and double crochet 2 times into the last 1-chain loop made (will be under your hook at this point). Chain 1, 3 double crochets, 2 chains, and 3 double crochets worked over the next 2-chain loop.
+*Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over next 1-chain loop.*
Repeat from * to * 3 times. Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over next 2-chain. Chain 2 and double crochet 3 times over the same loop.+
Repeat from + to + 2 times. And then repeat from * to * 4 more times. Chain 1 and slip stitch into 4th chain from the beginning of round to close.

Chain 4 and double crochet 2 times into the last 1-chain loop made.
*Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over each 1-chain loop. Chain 1, 3 double crochets, 2 chains, and 3 double crochets over each 2-chain loop. Chain 1 and slip stitch into 4th chain from the beginning of the round to close.*
Repeat from * to * 4 times (4 rows – make sure to start each round with 4 chains and 2 double crochets over the first loop). But when making the last slip stitch of the last round, insert your hook and yarn over with color A instead of color B (the slip stitch should still be in color B, but the loop on your hook should be color A).

Finishing the Granny Rose Doll Blanket

Working with color A, chain 4 and double crochet 2 times over the last 1-chain loop made. *Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over the next 1-chain loop.”
Repeat from * to * 5 times. Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over the 2-chain loop. Chain 2 and double crochet 3 times over the same loop. Repeat from * to * again 10 times. Chain 1 and double crochet 2 times over the 2-chain loop.

 

Turning It Into A Rectangle…

*Flip over the blanket and chain 4. Double crochet 3 times over the last 1-chain space you made. Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times in each 1-chain space across.* Chain 1 and double crochet 2 times over the 2-chain loop.
Repeat from * to * once. Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over the 4 chain loop. Chain 2 and double crochet 3 times over the same loop.

(DO NOT FLIP) *Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over each 1-chain loop to the next corner.* Chain 1, 3 double crochets, 2 chains, and 3 double crochets over the 2-chain loop.
Repeat from * to * once. Chain 1 and double crochet 2 times over the 2-chain loop.

*Flip over the blanket and chain 4. Double crochet 3 times over the last 1-chain space you made. Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times in each 1-chain space across.* Chain 1 and double crochet 2 times over the 2-chain loop.
Repeat from * to * once. Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over the 4 chain loop. Chain 2 and double crochet 3 times over the same loop.

(DO NOT FLIP) *Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over next 1-chain loop.*
Repeat from * to * 3 times. Chain 1 and slip stitch into the 4th chain from the first Semolina (yellow) cluster.

Chain 4 and double crochet 2 times over the last 1-chain loop made.
*Chain 1 and double crochet 3 times over each 1-chain loop. Chain 1, 3 double crochets, 2 chains, and 3 double crochets over each 2-chain loop. Chain 1 and slip stitch into 4th chain from the beginning of the round to close.*
Repeat from * to * 4 times (4 rows – make sure to start each round with 4 chains and 2 double crochets over the first loop). Cut yarn and fasten off – weaving in all the loose yarn ends.

Perfecting Design…

Here is my very first attempt at creating this design (left picture) and the improved version I made for this post (right picture). I love perfecting my designs and being able to track my progress!

The important thing is to always keep moving forward – don’t get held up by your mistakes, but always keep learning and improving!

Granny Rose Doll Blanket

Author: Lydia

Ingredients

  • 1 skein pink worsted weight yarn - 110 yd/50 g (I used Rouge from KnitPicks)
  • 3 skeins yellow worsted weight yarn - 110 yd/50 g each (I used Semolina from KnitPicks)

Instructions

  • Make a slip knot and ch 8. Join into a ring with sl st into 1st ch (farthest ch from hook)
  • Chain 6. *1 dc, ch 3*
    Rep from * to * 6 more times. Sl st into 3rd ch from the initial 6 chs at the beg of this rnd.
  • 1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sc over each 3-ch loop from the prev rnd.
  • Working behind the prev rnd, sl st into the sl st from step #2 and ch 5.
    *1 sl st into next dc from step #2 and ch 5.*
    Rep from * to * 6 more times. Sl st into the 1st sl st to close.
  • 1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sc over each 5-ch loop from the prev rnd.
  • Working behind the prev rnd, sl st into 1st sl st from step #4 and ch 7.
    *1 sl st into next sl st from step #4 and ch 7.*
    Rep from * to * 6 more times. Sl st into the 1st sl st to close.
  • 1 sc, 1 hdc, 7 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sc over each 7-ch loop from the prev rnd.
  • Working behind the prev rnd, sl st into 1st sl st from step #6 and ch 9.
    *1 sl st into next sl st from step #6 and ch 9.*
    Rep from * to * 6 more times. Sl st into the 1st sl st to close.
  • 1 sc, 1 hdc, 9 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sc over each 9-ch loop from the prev rnd.
  • Working behind prev rnd, insert hook into the 1st sl st from step #8 and yo with color B yarn. Pull through the st and complete your sl st like normal (the sl st should be still in color A while the loop remaining on your hook should be color B).
    Ch 6. *Sc into the 5th dc in the next cluster (petal) and ch 6. Sl st into the next sl st from step #8 and ch 6.*
    Rep from * to * 6 more times. Sc into 5th dc of last cluster. Ch 6 and sl st into first sl st to close.
  • Ch 4, 4 sc, ch 2, and 5 dc over the 1st 6-ch loop.
    +*Ch 1, 5 dc over the next 6-ch loop.*
    Rep from * to * 2 times. Ch 1, 5 dc over next 6-ch loop. Ch 2, 5 dc over the same loop.+
    Rep from + to + 2 times. Then rep from * to * 3 more times. Ch 1, sl st into 4th ch from beg of rnd to close.
  • Ch 4, 2 dc over the last 1-ch loop made (will be under your hook at this point). Ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc over the next 2-ch loop.
    +*Ch 1, 3 dc over next 1-ch loop.*
    Rep from * to * 3 times. Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, and 3 dc over next 2-ch.+
    Rep from + to + 2 times. Then rep from * to * 4 times. Ch 1, sl st into 4th ch from beg of rnd to close.
  • Ch 4, 2 dc over the last 1-ch loop made.
    *Ch 1, 3 dc over each 1-ch loop. Ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc over each 2-ch loop. Ch 1, and sl st into 4th ch from beg of rnd to close.*
    Rep from * to * 4 times (4 rows - make sure to start each rnd with 4 ch and 2 dc over the 1st loop). But when making the last sl st of the last rnd, insert your hook and yo with color A instead of color B (the sl st should still be in color B, but the loop on your hook should be color A).
  • With color A, ch 4, 2 dc over the last 1-ch loop made. *Ch 1, 3 dc over the next 1-ch loop."
    Rep from * to * 5 times. Ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc over the 2-chain loop. Rep from * to * 10 times. Ch 1, 2 dc over the 2-ch loop.
  • *Flip over the blanket and ch 4, 3 dc over the last 1-ch space you made. Ch 1, 3 dc in each 1-ch loop across.* Ch 1, 2 dc over the 2-chain loop.
    Rep from * to * once. Ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc over the 4-ch loop.
  • (DO NOT FLIP) *Ch 1, 3 dc over each 1-ch loop to the next corner.* Ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc over the 2-ch loop.
    Rep from * to * once. Ch 1, 2 dc over the 2-ch loop.
  • *Flip over the blanket and ch 4, 3dc over the last 1-ch loop you made. Ch 1, 3 dc over each 1-ch loop across.* Ch 1, 2 dc over the 2-chain loop.
    Rep from * to * once. Ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc over the 4 chain loop.
  • (DO NOT FLIP) *Ch 1, 3 dc over next 1-chain loop.*
    Rep from * to * 3 times. Ch 1, sl st into the 4th ch from 1st Semolina (yellow) cluster.
  • Ch 4, 2 dc over the last 1-ch loop made.
    *Ch 1, 3 dc over each 1-ch loop. Ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, and 3 dc over each 2-chain loop. Ch 1, sl st into 4th ch from beg of rnd to close.*
    Rep from * to * 4 times (4 rows - make sure to start each rnd with 4 ch and 2 dc over the 1st loop). Cut yarn and fasten off - weaving in all the loose yarn ends.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below! I’ll answer any questions as quickly as I can.

Happy DIYing!