So you have almost 2 weeks until the Spring Blossom CAL starts, plenty of time to sort out your yarn.  But what if your hook is itching and you have a huge stash and want to use it?  Well make some big blocks and make a quick blanket!

By ‘big blocks’ I mean crochet squares that are at least 30cm/12” square and preferably in one colour so there are no stops to change colour and fewer ends to sew in (this makes it even quicker).  For my tension this means a granny square of 9 rounds in aran weight yarn or about 12 rounds in dk yarn.   But everyone’s tension varies, so you may find a 9 round aran granny is 11” or even 13” – if you’re making a blanket using scrap yarn then the tension doesn’t really matter.  What does matter is that 9 rounds (or 12) are pretty quick to hook – so the squares make up quickly.  And you won’t need many for a blanket, so you’ll soon have one.  But why stop at just grannies?   This quick blanket includes 4 of my designs, all roughly same size, they look good in one colour but can be adapted to more than one colour.  Using these you’ll soon have a blanket!

There are lots of these types of square available free on the internet if you look.  In fact have a look at the Friends Around the World CAL here.  The first 2 squares are the 2 that I designed as my contribution to the Friends Around the World CAL, so some of you may find them familiar!

My blanket was made of 16 squares – 4 by 4, and it has a narrow border, so the finished size was 1.2m (4ft) square.  If you want to make a blanket before the CAL starts then  you just need to make 8 squares a week – can you manage that?    Here it is:

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Yarn:  Each square used roughly 85m of aran weight yarn – I used Drops Nepal at 50g/85m per ball and I used 8 colours – 2 balls each of 6 colours and 3 balls each of 2 colours (the ones in the border).  You could use as many colours as you like, but for a blanket of similar size you will need at least 18x50g balls of aran weight.

Hook: 5.0mm (US H/8) crochet hook

The first 2 squares are called Octoghan and Flower Compass, these were used in the CAL last summer.  I made 4 of each and used all 8 colours.  You can find the patterns here and here.  Of course, you could just use a simple granny or some of the other designs from the FATW CAL

Again I made 4 each of the last 2 squares and used all 8 of my colours.  The patterns for these use standard English crochet terms.

The first is Large Agathi. This is based on a square I designed for a CAL over last winter – it has been extended by one round.

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Rounds 1 to 6 are the same as the original Agathi which can be found here 

Round 7: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1ch-sp) twice, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1ch, miss 1 st, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1ch-sp) 3 times, 1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, (1ch, miss 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st) twice, 1ch**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, then from * to ** once, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 8: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each tr along each side (missing all the 1ch-sps and the centre tr of each group of 3tr) and (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in each 2ch-sp on the corner, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 9: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.  Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing or crocheting together later.  You should have 35tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

And the last one:

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Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, 2tr into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, 1ch, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, 1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1 tr in next st, 1ch, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) repeated until next 2ch-sp, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) repeated until first 2ch-sp, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 5: as Round 3
Round 6: as Round 4
Round 7: as Round 3
Round 8: as Round 4
Round 9: as Round 3.  Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 6m for sewing or crocheting together later.  You should have 35tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

Joining the squares:  You can join your squares in any way you choose.  For my sample, I opted for joining through back loops only using slip stitch from the reverse of the blanket.

I had limited yarn left, so I opted for a simple 2 round border.  The first round was slip stitch into back loop all the way around.  The second round was (1dc, 1ch, miss 1 st) repeated around.  Whilst simple this also gives a nice finish.

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So there you have it – a quick blanket with big blocks, and very rewarding.  You have just enough time to make one before the Spring Blossom CAL starts!

Happy crocheting xxx