Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Granny Bobble Blanket



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

4.5mm hook


This pattern is written in American crochet terms.

Abbreviations -

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.



Ch 4 & sl st into first ch to form a ring.


Row 1: Into ring; MFB, ch 4, *MB, ch 4, rep from * 2 times more, sl st into top of ch 3. Fasten off

Row 2: with a new colour join into any of the corner spaces(I start in a corner as it gives me more stitches to work over the end of the new yarn – then I don't need to embroider the end in later).

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.

**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.

Happy crocheting

x

44 comments:

  1. waw its look nice
    i make every day a granny 365 days
    i like your pattern
    monday is a update on mij blog whit 7 granny''s

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  2. I love this variation on the Granny! I will be starting this tonight! When I am done, I will come back and show you. Thanks very much for sharing!

    PS. Love that owl you made in the sidebar too!

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  3. I'm really lovin' your granny bobble - thanks for sharing your pattern. :)

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  4. that's lovely, thanks for sharing!! :)

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  5. Have been looking for a pattern like this . Thanks for sharing . You have an inspiring blog .

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  6. Wow just fantastic I started making one as soon as I saw your pattern I just love it.
    Thanks.
    Georgie x

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  7. KAREN......
    Have you ever been told you are an enabler!?!
    Soooooooo need to get myself to a yarn shop NOW!!!!
    Best wishes and thanks again:)))
    Issyx
    http://hookytime.blogspot.com/

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  8. Yes, I am bobblig along with you!
    You can see the result on my blog: http://demerle.blogspot.com/
    It's in Dutch, but I think you'd like the pictures!
    Best regards,
    Karin

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  9. What a beautiful blanket! The bobbles add such great texture. Thanks for sharing the pattern!
    Cynthia

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  10. i am fairly new to crochet so forgive me if this is a silly question, but what is a magic circle and how do i make one?

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  11. There are lots of magic circle (magic loop) tutorial videos on youtube; one link is
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
    Karen
    xx

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous must make one!

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  13. Ok I googled how to make the magic circle. How many stiches do I need for the magic circle to start this pattern? I really am excited to figure this pattern out.

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    1. Make your 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. There is a lot of stitches, but it works - you then tighten up your magic circle and fasten that off. Continue then with Row 3 above.

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  14. Can you tell me specifically what dk yarn is and exactly what yarn you used for the bobble blanket? I love it! Thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you very much; dk specifies the weight of the yarn - you don't need to use dk yarn, you could use fingering weight or aran weight or even chunky weight, you would just use a bigger or smaller hook that is appropriate to the weight of yarn. What is important is that all the wool used is the same weight.
      This was made using different dk yarn in my stash, but is mainly 'Stylecraft Special DK' yarn.
      Hope that helps
      Karen
      xx

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    2. Thanks so much for your quick response. Totally helpful! Your work is beautiful and I have so many of your patterns on my to do list :)

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    3. This looks yummy! The only thing is-I will have to get some new yarn. Oh-that's a good thing. I love to make Granny square stuff, I usually just keep going, with one square, until it's big enough to put on someone's bed. Can't wait until I can get started.
      I love all your patterns. I'll be back.

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  15. Yummiest colors and sweet, luscious patterns...love it!

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  16. I am along time crocheter, but for the life of me I have no idea what MFB means...lol

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  17. ummm...wow!! how beautiful.
    i bet you smile whenever you look at it ♥

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  18. Just gave 2 of your posts shout outs!
    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/06/crochet-crochet-everywhereespecially-on.html

    Marilyn

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  19. I love the look of this blanket but I have no idea what a MFB or MB is...I also can not find a you tube video of this stitch. This may be a silly question but I can not picture how to do it either...you could help me find the video of this stitch or make one?

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    1. MFB is 'make first bobble' and MB is 'make bobble' as described in the abbreviations. This bobble stitch is also called popcorn stitch - you will find this stitch shown on youtube.
      Karen
      xx

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    2. Your pattern is very easy to understand thank you for sharing, I have this book, One of the proclaimed "bibles" on crochet, it is really nice I like it. It says however that a bobble is the four finished stitches with the last left one pulled back to the first right one and all a made in the same stitch/space, like you have shown. However it also says a popcorn stitch is like a cluster worked in the same stitch/space.so you would start like the bobble but finish all four of the stitches together. Is that right? Does my question make sense?

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  20. Hi Karen I like this. and I would like to make the blanket, I have seen the videos but does not come out. I practice and nothing. that separation is not left between a loop and another. those are my questions. I responded I would like to start doing it. or you could do a step by step point, it would also be great. kisses and now I am his follower, has a very nice blog and stitches.

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    1. Hi Patty; I'm unsure what it is you are doing wrong... I've done a photo tutorial with this stitch on my Granny Bobble Stripe post. I'm not sure that I could describe/show it any clearer than that...
      I can only hope that you can find someone to show you personally.
      Karen
      xx

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  21. Danke für diese super Anleitung.
    Meine Bobbles: http://teativitaet.blogspot.de/2012/07/granny-bobbles.html

    Ich Liebe Sie!
    LG

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    1. Vielen Dank für Ihre schönen Kommentar. Ich liebe deine bobbles ... Als er größer wird jede Zeile dauert eine lange Zeit zu tun - gab ich nach einer Weile! den besten Wünschen Karen xx

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  22. Hi Karen!
    Loved this bobble square blanket so much I made one. My only problem was it was saggy in the center. The bigger the blanket the saggier it got. Almost like a big cone kind of shape. I steamed it when I was finished but it did not help. I did make the revised version. My little grandsons loved it...the colors I made it were so bright-they each want one. Would you have any idea what I coulld have done to make it...saggy?
    Thank you,
    Debbie

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  23. Hi Karen, I LOVE your beautiful colours, I'm going to make one of these for my colleagues daughter.. Just wondering, where do u get ur wool from? The cost of my hobby is spiralling up!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely designs. Fan

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  24. Karen, I wanted to let you know that you are an amazing inspiration to many fiber enthusiasts like myself. Your projects are fun to make and soothing to the soul, not to mention major eye candy! I am very grateful that I have discovered you, and I eagerly look forward to many many MANY hours of enjoyment that your inspiration has provided. Thank you!

    Jamie

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  25. Hola, KAREN. Me encanta este granny bobble.
    Pásate por mi cocina que te he dejado un regalito:
    http://tejiendoenmicocina.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/premio.html
    Besosososososos y a tejer!!!

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  26. The new pattern works marvelously, I am not changing colors, i have a variegated yarn so I am joining with a single crochet (a trick I learned, do one chain short of what's needed before the join and single crochet, instead of slip stitch, makes a less obvious join) and then slip stitching into the corner space and continuing the pattern as is, MFB, ch 4 MB, etc. It's working up so nicely =)

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  27. So gorgeous - so fun!! Thanks for the pattern, I'm bobbling along with you :) Details on Ravelry

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  28. Regarding the issue of it not laying flat... Perhaps some people may pull their bobbles too tight? For those not used to working with bobbles, getting the right tension with them can have a slight learning curve as some may lay be too loose and some to tight, etc. Just a thought. :D Thanks for the pattern though!

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  29. Very pretty, I bet this would make pretty trivets too.

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  30. Just found your site tonight. Lovely work ... love the colors you use. I will be back to try some of your patterns. Thanks

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  31. This is beautiful! Thanks so much for the pattern.

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  32. Thank you! Made it and making more. Following you on Pinterest...love crochet!

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  33. This is such a super cute way of adding a modern touch to a traditional pattern, LUV IT!!!

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