Take advantage of the trendy diagonal look but use fantastic join-as-you-go squares instead of the typical look. Using this self-striping yarn gave this blanket a wonderfully flowing, modern project for baby.
Spun Sugar Blanket
designed by Kim Guzman © June 2017
Technique: Regular Crochet
35″ square but can be made to any size desired
- Premier Yarns “Angel”, US Size 3 Light DK weight, 284 yards per 100g, 100% acrylic, 5 skeins required, color: Day at the Beach
- Crochet Hook Size: 7mm or any size necessary to meet gauge or to make size desired
- Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
One square measures 2″ across after completion
Each square is made separately and the last round is worked in a join-as-you-go to avoid seaming the squares. Although this project is worked diagonally, from one corner to the other, you don’t need to work diagonally. You could also work horizontally, if you desired.
This project is made with the same colorway of yarn throughout. There are no traditional color changes as you would find when working with other colors. The colors you see here are all in the same skein of yarn and are worked as they appear in the skein.
The different colors aren’t made in any particular order. It is completely random. I didn’t do any planning whatsoever. I let the yarn work its magic on its own.
In this photo, the first two rounds of each square are made from one skein of yarn, pulled from the center. The third round of each square is pulled from a different skein, from the outside. This allowed the colors to change in opposite directions. That is where the randomness comes, not from prior planning. You don’t have to do the same thing. You can make all three rounds in the same direction without changing or you could even use a solid color throughout. Completely up to you.
Unlike most square patterns, you will turn after round 1 and round 2 is made on the opposite side, then you turn again to work round 3. Note that round 3 is worked in back loops only, which means the loop furthest away from you as you make the stitch. It isn’t the literal back loop of the stitch.
It’s fairly easy to accidentally work into the slip stitch closing of a round, so be sure to count your stitches. If necessary, mark the slip stitch with a stitch marker or spare piece of contrasting yarn so it’s easier to avoid.
There are a lot of stray ends to weave in with this project and it is recommended that you weave them as your work progresses instead of waiting until the end.
The blanket shown is 17 squares by 17 squares.
Crochet Pattern Instructions
Read the Notes section above before beginning.
Round 1 (RS): Ch 2, sk 1 ch, 8 sc in next ch, sl st to first sc, tighten beginning strand to close up center, turn: 8 sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each sc, sl st to first hdc, fasten off: 16 hdc.
Round 3: With RS facing, join yarn from outside side of skein with sl st to back loop only of any hdc, ch 1, *working in back loops throughout, [sc, ch 3, sc] in hdc, sc in next hdc, ch 1, sk hdc, sc in next hdc, rep from * three times more, sl st to first sc, fasten off.
Rounds 1-2: Rep rounds 1-2 of First Square.
Note: These squares are worked in join-as-you-go fashion. You will replace some chains with slip stitches to the other square in order to join. In the written word, it sounds difficult, but it’s really not. This round will be written in sections to help better understand what is going on.
A: With RS facing, join yarn from outside side of skein with sl st to back loop only of any hdc, ch 1, working in back loops throughout, [sc, ch 3, sc] in hdc, sc, ch 1, sk hdc, sc in next sc (first side of square complete);
B: Bring First Square close to your work, with wrong sides of the squares facing each other and join any corner of First Square as follows: sc in next hdc, ch 1, sl st to ch-3 sp of First Square, ch 1, sc in same hdc of Second Square (corner joined);
C: Sc in next hdc of Second Square, sl st in ch-1 sp of First Square, sk next hdc of Second Square, sc in next hdc of Second Square (sides of the two squares are joined);
D: Sc in next hdc of Second Square, ch 1, sl st to ch-3 sp of First Square, ch 1, sc in same hdc of Second Square (next corner joined);
E: Continue around Second Square normally.
You will see that the squares are joined together at both corners and in one space in the center of the side. When you need to join one square on two sides, you will repeat the same steps except repeat the joining on both sides in the same fashion. You just work back and forth in a sort of zig-zag fashion, replacing chains with slip stitches to the other square. It’s very simple but can look a bit intimidating in the written word. Just do exactly as stated and try not to think about it too much. When you are joining one square to two squares at the corner, you will face two ch-3 spaces. Instead of working into only one of them, you can better center the join by working into the slip stitch that has joined those two prior squares.
Round 1: Join with sl st to any ch-3 space of blanket corner, ch 1, *[sc, ch 3, sc] in ch-3 sp of corner, [ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 3, sc in sl st joining two ch-3 sps] across to next corner, rep from * three times more, sl st to first sc, turn.
Round 2: Sl st into next ch-3 sp, ch 1, *3 hdc in each ch-3 sp to corner, 5 hdc in ch-3 sp of corner, rep from * three times more, sl st to first hdc, turn.
Round 3: Ch 1, working in back loop throughout, sc in each hdc around, sl st to first sc, fasten off.
With yarn needle, weave in all ends securely.