With the nights drawing in and the evenings getting chillier, this is the perfect time to make blankets! I haven't made a blanket since my granny stripe last winter; I enjoyed making it so much, with each stripe subtly changing the whole and keeping me going until I was quite disappointed to finish it...
I would like to enjoy creating another one in the same way, but I don't really want another striped blanket, nor do I want a blanket made from small squares/hexagons with fiddling bits of colour changes. So my thoughts inevitably took me to a giant granny, but with a twist!
I love bobbles, so this afternoon found me experimenting to create a granny made from bobbles and I am finally happy with the pattern. It is quite a stash buster and uses a lot of yarn, but it makes a wonderfully thick, cosy fabric – perfect for winter. I will be plotting my progress of the blanket on this blog, but in the meantime I share the pattern below.
Granny Bobble Blanket
**EDITED 5 SEPTEMBER 2012**
A FEW PEOPLE FOUND THAT THEIR WORK DID NOT LAY FLAT. I DID REMOVE THE PATTERN FOR A WHILE, BUT HAD MANY REQUESTS TO PUT THE PATTERN BACK UP AGAIN, SO I AM PUBLISHING IT AGAIN - I CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT YOUR WORK WILL LIE FLAT - IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS DO NOT TRY THIS PATTERN.
Oddments of dk yarn
This pattern is written in American crochet terms.
Sl st – slip stitch
ch – chains
dc – double crochet
MFB – Ch 3, 3dc in same stitch/space. Drop loop from hook; insert hook from front to back in top of Chain 3, grab dropped loop and pull through stitch.
MB – 4dc in next stitch. Drop loop from hook; insert hook from front to back in top of 1st dc, grab dropped loop and pull through stitch.
**EDITED, 5th Feb 2012 - As there was a problem with the middle of the blanket not laying flat I have therefore changed the beginning of the pattern. Start with a magic circle and into that work - MFB, ch 4, MB (first corner made), ch 3, *(MB, ch 4, MB) in next space, ch 3; rep from * 2 times more. Sl st into 1st bobble, fasten off. Continue with Row 3 below... Basically I've taken out the first row and the pattern now begins with the second row in a magic circle. I do apologise to any of you who have already started this and found the problem - I was too quick to share! sorry....
Row 3: with a new colour join into any corner space. MFB, ch 4, MB into corner space, ch 3, MB into next space, ch 3, *(MB, ch 4, MB) into corner space, ch 3, MB in next space, ch 3; rep from * 2 times more. Sl st into 1st bobble, fasten off.
Continue in this pattern, doing 4 chains between each corner bobbles and 3 chains between all other side bobbles until the desired size has been reached.
I hope you like this pattern, and I would love to know if you are bobbling along with me.