Happy New Year!  Let’s hope 2021 will be a better year for everyone.  I know I’m looking forward to a productive year hopefully with a bit of travel adventures thrown in.  But before we set off to parts unknown we may have to spend a bit more time at home.  So I’ve decided to share some crochet projects with you.  Hopefully they’ll inspire!

I’ve been working on lap blankets made of a variety of granny squares.  I love lap blankets because they’re smaller projects that are just as pretty as the large versions and just as comfy on those chilly winter nights when you’re reading, watching TV, or just hanging out.  I love making them with granny squares because I find that making squares is easier (and less boring) than making a big item that gets pretty heavy as it gets larger.  And these days there are so many different types of squares to crochet that it never gets boring!  I get bored when I have to make large projects, I find that making granny squares keeps me interested and the end product pretty unique!

For this Floral Granny Square Lap Blanket I used 2 different styles of Granny Squares, the simple traditional square alternated with the floral granny square.  I’m sharing the Floral Granny Square and simple square patterns below as well as the picot edging I made around the entire blanket.  You can of course make this blanket any size you want, just make more squares for larger blankets.

I used Lion Brand Ice Cream Yarn in Grape and Strawberry for my floral squares. Both are Ombre or variegated colors so each skein will have mixed shades of purple or pink making each flower pretty unique.  To tie it all in I used white yarn for the square frame around each flower and for the regular simple granny square.  I joined the squares with a flat zipper stitch.  See the video below to learn how to do the zipper join.

I like the Floral Granny Square so much that I made a matching bag.  Both the blanket and bag are for my 6 year old granddaughter, the colors and the style are just her style!

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Hook Size: 4mm

Stitches:

CH – Chain

SL – Slip Stitch

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

TC – Treble Crochet

Single Crochet Picot – Click here to learn how to make this Picot Stitch

Floral Granny Square

Round 1:  CH 4, sl st to first ch to form ring

Round 2: CH 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch), *dc, ch in ring* repeat ** 6 times, sl st to 3rd chain at beginning, 8 ch 1 spaces

Round 3: CH 1, work ch 1 space *sc,3dc,sc* repeat ** in rest of ch 1 spaces, sl st in first sc

You will have 8 petals

Round 4: Ch 4, working in back of petals, insert hook with loop from back to front in between 2 sc in previous round(between 2 petals), yo, pull thru and sl st to loop on hook, * ch 3, insert hook back to front between next set of sc of next 2 petals, yo, pull to back and sl st* repeat ** 6 times, sl st the last ch3 into first chain of ch4 in the beginning.

You will have a ch 3 loop behind each petal. Total of 8 ch 3 loops behind petals.

Round 5: CH 1, working in each loop behind petals *sc, 5 dc, sc* , sl st last st into ch 1 at beginning. You will have 8 petals.

Round 6:  This round is worked like round 4 but with longer ch loop behind petals. Ch 5, insert hook back to front between 2 sc (between petal), yo, pull thru, sl st, *ch 4, insert back to front between next petals* repeat ** 6 times, sl st last ch 5 into first chain of ch 5 in the beginning.

Round 7:  CH 1, working in each loop behind petals *sc, 7 dc, sc*, sl st last st into ch 1 at beginning. You will have 8 petals. Fasten off and switch to background color.

Round 8: Join background color between 2 sc (two petals), ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work in same space as joining 2 dc, ch2, 3 dc (first corner), ch 1, *work in space between next 2 petals 3 dc, ch 1*, ** (work in space between next 2 petals 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1)**second corner), repeat **, work third corner by repeating **()** repeat **, work fourth corner by repeating **()**, repeat **, sl st to top of ch 3 at beginning.

Round 9: Ch 4 (counts as first tc), tc in next 2 st, work in ch 2 space * 3 tc, ch2, 3 tc* (corner), *( tc next 3 st, tc in ch 1 space)* , repeat *()*, tc in next 3 st, repeat corner **, repeat *()* 2 times, tc in next 3 st, repeat corner **, repeat *()* 2 times,

Tc in next 3 st, repeat corner **, repeat *()* 2 times, sl st to 3 ch on ch 4 at

Beginning. Fasten off.

Make 24 squares with flowers.

 

Granny Square

Round 1: Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form loop

Round 2: Ch 3(counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in loop, ch 2, *3 dc, ch 2*, repeat ** 2 times, sl st in to top of ch 3 in beginning.

Round 3: Ch 5, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 space in rd 2, ch 2*, repeat ** 2 times, 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in last ch 2 space in rd 2, sl st in third ch in beginning

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat ** 2 times, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 2 so, ch 2, sl st in top of ch 3 in beginning

Round 5: Ch 4, tc in next 2 st, tc in ch 2 sp, tc in next 3 st, (3 tc, ch 2, 3 tc) in ch 2 sp, tc in next 3 st, tc in next ch 2 sp, * tc in next 3 st, tc in next ch 2 sp, tc in next 3 st, (3 tc, ch 2, 3 tc) in next ch 2 sp, tc in next 3 st, tc in ch 2 sp* repeat **, tc in next 3 st, tc in next ch 2 sp, tc in next 3 st, (3 tc, ch 2, 3 tc) in next ch 2 sp, tc in next 3 st, tc in next ch 2 sp, join, fasten off.

Make 24

Edging

Rd. 1. Join and SC in stitches between joins, DC in join, (3sc, ch2, 3sc) in corners

Rd 2. Sc in each st, corners like rd 2

Rd 3. Picot edging see video how to make picot – sc picot, * sc next 3 sts, picot in third sc* repeat ** to corner, work corner (2 sc picot in second sc, sc ), sc next 2 sts, picot in second sc, repeat ** to next corner, etc, end with sc in last 2 st sl st into first sc, fasten off and weave in ends