DIY Modern, Colorblock Granny Square Baby Blanket Pattern

Crochet and modern are not necessarily two words you associate with each other. However, this colorblock granny square blank modernizes crochet with bold colors and a simple, geometric design. I based my pattern off of Purl Bee’s Rainbow Blanket; using their basic idea with a different inside square pattern and an added outer blanket border. I selected a mix of purples and pinks to create a blanket for our baby girl, but this  blanket would look wonderful in any number of color combinations! Keep reading for the pattern.

Supplies

To make this exact blanket (finished size: 33″ x 38″) you will need:

You can feel free to substitute a different DK weight yarn, just be sure it is washable!

PATTERN

GRANNY SQUARES

GAUGE // 5 double crochet = 1″

FINISHED SIZE WITH BORDER // 4.75″ x 4.75″

INSIDE SQUARES

Round 1 // All stitches made in magic circle. Chain 3, 2 double crochet, *chain 3, 3 double crochet*, repeat two more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, skip stitch and double crochet in next stitch. *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet, skip stitch, double crochet*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 3 // Chain 3, double crochet in next 3 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 3 stitches, chain 1, double crochet in next 3 stitches*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 4 // Chain 3, double crochet in next 5 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 5 stitches, chain 1, double crochet in next 5 stitches*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

OUTER SQUARE BORDERS

Round 1 // Join border color in corner space. Chain 3, double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet in corner space. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner (15 dc), 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet in corner*, repeat two more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, double crochet, *5 double crochet in corner, double crochet in each stitch to next corner (19 dc)*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch. Cut yarn and pull through stitch.

Create 14 squares of each color for a total of 56 squares.

JOINING SQUARES + OUTER BORDER

I assembled my squares with two rows of each color, seven squares in each row. This makes a blanket that is seven by eight squares. Join squares by sewing them together with a darning needle and whip stitch. Catch both of the top chains in whip stitch for solid, flat appearance. The hardest part of this is properly aligning all the squares. Take your time on the first few!

OUTER BLANKET BORDER

FINISHED BLANKET SIZE // 33″ x 38″

Round 1 // Join yarn at corner. Chain 3, 4 double crochet in same stitch. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner, 5 double crochet in third of five corner stitches*, repeat two more times and join with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, double crochet in next stitch, 5 double crochet in next stitch. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner, 5 double crochet in third of five corner stitches*, repeat two more times and join with slip stitch. Cut yarn and pull through. Weave in ends with darning needle.

Block your work and admire!

All images and execution by Kate Myhre

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18 thoughts on “DIY Modern, Colorblock Granny Square Baby Blanket Pattern

  1. Love the colours used, heart lifting to see an old craft keeping up with the times. Haven’t met a new mum yet who didn’t appreciate a beautifully made baby gift. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. hi there, love this blanket! I’ve just taught myself to crochet over the weekend by watching youtube clips. would love to attempt to make your blanket, although i’m finding it a bit hard to follow your written instructions (…because of inexperience haha). is there anywhere online I can see you make a square? thanks :)

    1. Hi Cara,

      I’m so glad you are going to try to make this blanket! I do not have a video of myself crocheting a square, but take a look at this one that is quite similar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLJRfHRMPgU. In this video, the square starts with a chain instead of a magic circle, and the sides are solid instead of skipping a stitch as I do to create the double “X” pattern. I hope this helps!

  3. Hi again Kate. I took along your pattern to a baby/craft group me and my kids go too. The woman who runs it also had a hard time trying to follow your instructions. I think maybe here in nz they write patterns different.. I managed to follow that link you sent me though :) do you have any other advice or hints to attempting to make one of your squares? They were a hit at group by the way, and a few other girls are also keen to try make your gorgeous blanket :)

    1. Hi Cara! I am so glad you and your craft group are making my blanket. Sorry for this late reply, but you might see the comment below this for additional clarification on the pattern. Please send a picture of your completed blankets! :)

  4. This is so beautiful and I adore these squares! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern with us. I’m four squares in to stash-busting a rainbow of colors to make a more spectrum-looking afghan.

    I do have some simple suggestions for clarification of the pattern for the inside squares, if you’re willing to take them. I haven’t tested the outside squares yet. I retyped the pattern for myself and added my clarification points between ^’s.

    Round 1: All stitches made in magic circle. Chain 3, 2 double crochet, *chain 3, 3 double crochet*, repeat two more times, ^chain 3,^ and join to ^third chain of^ first chain ^3^ with slip stitch.

    Round 2: Chain 3, skip stitch and double crochet in next stitch. *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet ^in the next stitch^, skip stitch, double crochet*, repeat three more times and join to ^third chain of^ first chain ^3^ with slip stitch.

    Round 3: Chain 3, double crochet in next 3 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 3 stitches, chain 1, double crochet in next 3 stitches*, repeat three more times, ^double crochet in last two stitches,^ and join to ^third chain of^ first chain ^3^ with slip stitch.

    Round 4: Chain 3, double crochet in next 5 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 5 stitches, chain 1, ^skip chain 1 space from previous row,^ double crochet in next 5 stitches*, repeat three more times and join to ^third chain of^ first chain ^3^ with slip stitch.

    1. Hi Dianne! I am so glad you found my pattern and decided to make a blanket! Thank you for your pattern clarification. This is the first pattern I have written and I think your additions make it much clearer for others to follow. Please send a picture of your completed blanket :)

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