Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tammy's Granny Square Lapghan - Free Crochet Pattern



About a month ago, I posted a free crochet pattern on How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square. It has been my most popular post yet, gaining over 500 views in the first month! WOW!

Today, I am back to share with you the rest of the lapghan I made for my boyfriend, Chad's, mom, Tammy for Christmas.

I really wanted to make her a bigger throw blanket, but it took longer than I predicted to work up, and I was short on time. I made sure this lapghan was big enough to cover her lap while sitting, or to wrap across her shoulders.

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Materials:
     - 1650 yards of a light weight Worsted Weight Yarn - I used roughly 1.5 Skeins each of Yarn Bee's Soft Secret in Mushroom, Smoke & 2.25 Skeins of the Bitter Sweet colorway.
     - H8/5mm Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I like to use a #18, or 20
     - How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square, Free Crochet Pattern

Material Notes:
     This pattern will really work with any size yarn, the size will just vary. The Soft Secret yarn is a light weight worsted weight yarn. 

Alternate yarns: Caron's Simply Soft, Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice Yarn, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Lion Brand's Wool Ease, Lion Brand's Cotton Ease, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn.

Using a heavier worsted weight yarn, such as Lily Sugar n Cream, Red Heart's With Love, Red Heart's Super Saver, Caron's One Pound, Bernat's Super Value Yarn or Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn will result in a slightly larger blanket.

Time Spent:
     Each square works up in about 15 minutes for a total of 14.5 hours spent working up the granny squares, plus an 1.5 hours for the joining of the squares, plus 2.75 hours working the border. Total time spent was just about 18.5 hours.

Suggested Daily Crochet Plan found in Pattern Notes section below.

Measurements:
     40" Wide by 45.5" in Length with Border; (38.5" x 44" before the border)

Abbreviations:
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     You will need to make 28 squares in Mushroom, and 28 in Smoke.

     When working the border, don't begin in the corner as there is a lot of pressure and weight from the first stitches. The corners aren't as strong as the rest of the stitches.

Suggested Maximum Daily Crochet Plan for this Afghan:
Day 1 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 2 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 3 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 4 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 5 - Crochet 4 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends (40 mins)

Day 6 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 7 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 8 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 9 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 10 - Crochet 4 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends (40 mins)

Day 11 - 
Crochet Row 5 on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 12 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 13 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 14 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 15 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends

Day 16 - Join Squares in one direction (75 mins)
Day 17 - Join Squares in other direction

Day 18 - Crochet One Round of the Border (45 mins)
Day 19 - Crochet Second Round of the Border (60 mins)
Day 20 - Crochet Third Round of the Border (60 mins)

Since I like to crochet non-stop, I had to limit myself to give myself a break and so I wouldn't get bored so I came up with this Maximum Daily Crochet Plan. 
If you don't have as much time as I do (4 hours-ish a day), but do have about an hour and a half-ish a day, then you will be finished in about 20 days if following the same plan. Sounds crazy long, but blankets take lots of time, especially granny's.

Layout:
Now that you have all of your squares finished,
lay them out exactly how you would like them to look once assembled.

For my lapghan, I began with a Mushroom colored square, and alternated Mushroom colored and Smoke colored squares. I made my lapghan 7 squares wide by 8 squares tall.
Joining Granny Squares - Using the Single Crochet Method:
Lay two squares together, wrong sides facing each other.
You will be working into both layers of the squares.
Attach your yarn in the chain space on the far right, chain one and work two single crochets into the chain space.

Then single crochet in each stitch up to the next chain space.

The single crochet join will create a ridge.
You will crochet one single crochet into the chain space, and the first half of a single crochet decrease. 
Grab your next set of squares - in this case, it is opposite to the first - and work the remaining half of the single crochet decrease followed by a single crochet into the chain space of the next square.


Make sure your squares have the Wrong Sides facing each other, 
and work the single crochet into both layers.
You will have a small gap in the center, but that is okay because when we work the join going in the other direction, the gap will disappear. 
Continue working the single crochet join across. 
For this particular blanket, I worked 7 squares across.
This image shows two sets of square connected horizontally.

Once you have worked to the end of your row, fasten off your yarn. No need to weave the end as your border will hide them.

Go back to the beginning of your join, and move up to the next square. 
Reattach your yarn into the far right chain space and begin again.
Once you've finished your join across, turn your piece, attach your yarn and work in the same manner across as you did before. This time though, you will only work one single crochet at the beginning of each row.

When you approach the chain space, you will work one single crochet into the chain space to the right of the ridge, and one single crochet into the chain space to the left of the ridge. This should sandwich the existing central join.


You can then continue on with the single crochet join.
Here is a closer look at the intersection of four squares.
Border - also worked in Bitter Sweet:
At the end of joining your final row, don't fasten off. You will just turn your piece and begin working around the blanket to complete your blanket. 

To do so, after the final single crochet into the chain space, work a single crochet into the same chain space but only into the top layer and around the outer part of the square.

R1: Work 2 SC into the immediate chain space and in each of the next 15 stitches, [5 SC into the next chain space - to form a corner - (SC in the next 15 stitches, 2 SC in the next chain space, 2 SC in the next chain space - over the tail ends - ) 7-8 times, SC in the next 15 stitches] 3 times. 5 SC into the next chain space - the corner - (SC in the next 15 stitches, 2 SC in the next chain space, 2 SC into the next chain space) 4 times. SC in the next 15 stitches, 2 SC in the next chain space. Join go the first SC.

R2: Chain 1, HDC into the same stitch and in each of the next 18 stitches, (HDC into the center of the previous SC 5 - the corner - HDC in the next 133-152 stitches) 3 times. 5 HDC into the center of the previous SC 5 - the corner - HDC in the next 115-135 stitches. Join to the first HDC. 

R3: Chain 1. Work in the same manner as R2. Join to the first HDC.

Fasten Off. Weave in Ends. 

Enjoy Your New Lapghan!

Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny Square Lapghan using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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6 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful blanket and I love the colors you chose for it!

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    1. Thanks Carrie! My boyfriend's mom (Tammy) really loved it too! :)

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  2. Very nice! I love those colors together!

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    1. Thank you :) I loved the colors so much, it was a little tough to give up hehe

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  3. Great job on your lapghan! I also crochet and I'd love for you to stop by my blog and take a look at my projects. I'm following you on Bloglovin. Over The Apple Tree

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    1. What a neat blog full of such beautiful projects! I am also following you via Bloglovin, and a new fan on Facebook :)

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