There’s noth­ing tra­di­tional about Mandy O’Sul­li­van’s granny square blan­ket

Mollie Makes - - Con­tents -

The granny square gets a flo­ral makeover


Paint­box Yarns Cot­ton DK, 100% Cot­ton, 50g/125m per ball, three balls in Daf­fodil Yel­low (422) (Yarn A), three balls in Bub­blegum Pink (451) (Yarn B), six balls in Spearmint Green (426) (Yarn C), eight balls in Pa­per White (401) (Yarn D) 4mm (UK 8, US G/6) cro­chet hook Yarn nee­dle


Ten­sion isn’t im­por­tant for this project


st(s) stitch(es) sp(s) space(s) ch chain ch-sp chain space ss slip stitch dc dou­ble cro­chet htr half tre­ble tr tre­ble dtr dou­ble tre­ble rep re­peat beg be­gin­ning prev pre­vi­ous magic ring – hold yarn in your hand and wrap work­ing yarn around fore­fin­ger twice to cre­ate ring, slip ring off your fin­ger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1, then work the nec­es­sary sts for round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end pc pop­corn stitch – 5tr into the stitch, pull up the work­ing yarn from last tr and re­move hook. Insert hook into top of first tr made then re­place work­ing loop onto the hook. Pull this loop back through the first st and pull to­gether un­til the 5tr clus­ter pops up stpc start­ing pop­corn stitch – ch3 (counts as 1tr), 4tr in same st (or sp), pull up the work­ing yarn from the last tr and re­move hook. Insert hook into top of 3rd ch that was made and then re­place the work­ing loop onto the hook. Pull this loop back through the 3rd ch to com­plete your first pop­corn st


Each square is 14 x 14cm (5 x 5 "). Fin­ished blan­ket mea­sures 90 x 132cm (35 x 52") Af­ter a long, dark win­ter, this colour-pop­ping blan­ket is a wel­come ray of sun­shine. Drape it over the back of your sofa for the last of those chilly nights, then as the weather gets warmer and the evenings get lighter, wrap it around you and ven­ture out to the gar­den.

Mandy’s used pop­corn stitch in three shades of yarn to cre­ate the pretty flower-like mo­tifs in the cen­tre of each square. Fol­low the in­struc­tions in the ab­bre­vi­a­tions if you’ve never tried this tech­nique be­fore, and count your stitches at the end of each round to make sure you’ve worked the cor­rect num­ber. Pop­corn square (make 54) Round 1 us­ing Yarn A, start with a magic ring, 6dc into the ring, ss into 1st dc to join, pull ring tight [6dc] Round 2 stpc, ch2, (pc, ch2) into each of the re­main­ing dc around, ss into rear of stpc to join. Break yarn and fas­ten off [6pc and 6 2ch-sps] Round 3 join yarn B in any 2ch-sp,

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