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Eventually Granny Square Blanket

This is less of a “pattern” and more of a “recipe”. These instructions will show you what you need to know in order to make your granny square blankets just a little bit more interesting. The example blanket is only the beginning of what is possible with this technique. It is the only blanket I’ve made this way so far, but I will be making more, and as I do, I’ll put a link here to the blog post about it. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Start with some graph paper and some coloured markers/pens/pencils. You’re going to want to sketch out some squares and some borders. Make the squares on your graph 2×2 so that the border sections can be 1 square wide; this makes the math easier. You can certainly expand your designs past this, but if you’re a beginner, I don’t recommend it.

Here is my first graph:
EGB graph1

Start in the middle by making a Granny Square (other patterns will work, but pay attention to your dimensions, and make the last round a granny-stitch round for ease of joining).

This pattern calls for 3 squares in the middle, joined at the corners, so go ahead and start the second square, and on the last round, join a corner to a corner on the first square. Do this for the 3rd square. (Here is the joining method used in this pattern for adding squares)

Next is a border round. Work into the sides and outside corners of the squares in the same way you would for a regular Granny Square. For the spots where the squares are joined, and every other “valley” in the blanket, do the following:

yo, insert hook in corner hole of the first square, bring up a loop, yo, pull through two loops (2 loops left on hook).
yo, insert hook in corner hole of the second square, bring up a loop, yo, pull through two loops (3 loops left on hook)
yo and pull through all 3 loops (2dctog decrease made)

close-up of valley decrease stitch

Do exactly as many rounds of border as you did rounds in the squares. This is an absolute must if the next set of squares are laid out in such a way that puts two or more squares side-by-side along the border (as it is in the next step of this pattern). If the remaining squares are only joined on two sides to the border round, you can get away with doing as many rounds as you want on the border round (as I did in this blanket… I was running out of the greens. I did 6 rounds on a square, and 6 rounds on the first border, but the following border sections only have 5 rounds and it worked just fine).

first EGB finished

When doing the border sections you will come across areas where you’re working the Granny Stitch into a series of squares that are side by side. When you have finished the 3dc group in the space before the corner space, work your next 3dc group into the space between the two squares instead of into the corner spaces, then continue on into the next non-corner space of the next square as normal.

3dc group worked between two squares

For the layout used above, the finished size of the blanket would have been equal to 8 times the size of one of the squares in it. It ended up slightly smaller because I ran out of some of the yarn, but it was close!

This is an excellent (and fun!) way to use up scraps. Even with just this layout there are endless possibilities for tweaking… use multiple colours in the squares, or in the borders, or use a different pattern for the squares

Links to my finished blankets:
Blanket 1 – green and pink

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