How to Crochet an Easy, Granny Square Bedspread for a King Size Bed
A family heirloom at your fingertips
Economy: If you like to crochet and happen to have a crochet hook and dozen or so balls of leftover yarn hanging around the house, here is a free crochet pattern for a warm, Granny Square Bedspread. A conversation piece, it will inevitably become a family heirloom and the best part of all is that it's mainly made of scrap yarn. As the color theme unfolds, you may want to buy more yarn to stick to a blues and greens theme, or let it be completely spontaneous. Most likely, when people see that you know how to crochet and that you have begun crocheting a granny square, they will give you their leftover yarn as well.
Old Sweaters: Old handmade sweaters that haven't been used in an eon or two are also good sources of yarn. It's wise to wash the sweater first in a gentle liquid detergent (just a few drops) then rinse well and hang to dry before unraveling it.
Yarn Composition: A good synthetic with natural fibers yarn is ideal, but in reality, not the most crucial factor. If you were knitting a sweater, then it would be more important for wearability and launder-ability, but this blanket will be washed on the lowest washing machine setting and hung out to dry - so - relax.
Convenience: The beauty of this is it can be done square by square, so you can take it with you to doctor's appointment waiting rooms or any other boring place. It is small, easy to carry around, and quick to complete a square or two. If you feel up to it, you could do four or five squares while watching a movie.
Size: Although you may want to make adjustments, I recommend making each square from a five inch to an eight inch square at the maximum. All this depends on the yarn and the size of your crochet hook, as well as your personal preferences, but eight inches was for me about the "maximum" in visual attractiveness. Bigger than that, the square tends to look "sloppy"
The size of the hook should be medium and the yarn can be medium to thick. The main thing is if you can pull the hook through the yarn loop.
Below are some photos showing how you start the Square. It actually begins as a Circle with four flower petals (north - south - east - west). From there is the beginnings of its Squared off shape.
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How To Crochet a Granny Square
Technique: Make a yarn loop and insert your crochet hook. Make a four to five stitch chain, then join it to make a ring.
First Row: Chain stitch three more stitches (these three are customary from going from one level to the next, think of it as stairs to the next level). Then yarn over, put the needle into the loop, and make the first of three single crochets. Now a corner - again three chain stitches. Again, yarn over the crochet hook, put the needle into the loop, and make three more single crochets. At the end of the first row, you will have twelve single crochets, three on each side of the loop, resembling a four leafed clover.
Second row: Three more chain stitches, which means we are going up to the "second floor" now. Before you start, you may want to change colors for a different look, but it's not necessary. Instead of a four leafed clover, this row will have eight "petals" to your flower. Each corner will again have three chain stitches.
Third row: On the third floor, you will have a twelve petaled flower.
Fourth row: On the fourth level, it will be a sixteen petals, or colorful squares within the Granny Square itself. And so on. No matter how many rows you decide to use, the main thing is to be consistent so they will be the same size and easy to join.
And so on if you want to keep going and going and going.....
Color by Number - Warm and Cuddly
Step by Step Tutorial
- Crochet Granny Square - YouTube
How to start a granny square
A note about creativity. You are the artist - and you can do whatever you like! You have the last say as to which color you like and use. Many times I heard "what are you putting THOSE two colors together for. I would put THESE two..." I always thank people for their suggestions and vested interest in my project. But the bottom line is - it's your creation, and yours alone. Just do whatever you like. In the end, you will be more satisfied, If something simply don't look right, you can always unravel it and do it over. In my experience, I found myself mostly unraveling my "advisors' suggestions" and went back to what I had wanted to do in the first place, which ended up looking better, at least to me. If someone has a better idea, they are always welcome to make their own blanket, kindly refer them to this Hub Page :)
Joining the squares: There are two methods, with a darning needle which is threaded with the same color yarn as the border row, or you can use a crochet hook. The darning method is probably sturdier, the stitches are smaller and harder to pull out. The crochet hook method goes quickly and easier to "deconstruct" if you ever decided to. In my experience, that blanket is probably here to stay.
Be sure to join them on a clean, flat surface, like a large family dining room table top.
Speed of Completion - a few months: If you do a square a day while watching TV or your child's soccer practice, you will rapidly gather enough squares to make a nice bedspread for your bed or cover for the living room couch. At any rate, I never regretted making mine.
I admit, I figured it would be done "someday" so I just casually crocheted a square or two in the beginning of the project. But once it got rolling, I was really looking forward to seeing how it was going to turn out. At one point or another it seemed to get a life of its own, and I was following it, and not calling the shots. Toward the end it was a priority to finish it - and it sure is colorful and fun to look at.
Benefits: Not only is it warm and decorative, it add a touch of hominess to our family circle. Although it's a piece of cake to make, I continue to receive compliments and kudos on what a great domestic goddess I am (LOL).
Color combining: As you can see in the photo, the dark purple bordered center consists of smaller squares - these resemble flowers. (In the purple stage, it was a baby blanket.) Then I added the yellow bordered squares (larger squares) which made the whole bedspread larger, but still not large enough for a king-sized bed, which was the desired size. The photo doesn't do them justice, but the final outside row of squares have grassy-green bordered squares.
After joining all the squares together, you may wish to single crochet around the entire blanket to add a nice border color. It can be a color used in the blanket already or a contrast tone. Or you can break and tie from color to color of scrap yarn as you use each one up or whatever suits your fancy.
This blanket is super easy to make, so even a beginner can learn how to crochet having this be their first among crochet patterns. Warm, attractive and cozy, it adds an element of warmth to your family living room and will be loved for many years to come. So, crochet your own granny square blanket and enjoy!