I designed this Blooming Granny Square on a recent road trip. As I was looking for signs of an early spring, these charming flowers appeared in my hands.
These Blooming Granny Squares are made of a medium weight cotton yarn, called ‘Love this Cotton’ from Hobby Lobby and it’s my new favorite. (I think we’re going steady!) But of course, you could use any other medium weight yarn that you have on hand.
The pattern I’m sharing with you is perfect for stash-busting and those charming little odds-n-ends of yarn you have laying about. Each square takes just a few yards each. I used five colors as my example in the pattern, you could pare it down to one or take it up to six. The one below is a combo of four colors:
I used a Boye G hook (4.25 mm) to get a six inch square, but you should use whatever size hook it takes to get a six inch square. Alternatively, just use your most comfortable hook in the F-I range and keep the square size consistent. Size consistency and comfort are more important than the number or letter on your hook when blanket making. (Imnsho 😉 ) Here is a chart for the needed number of squares for afghan projects.
The finished squares could be whip-stitched together with a yarn needle, or you could choose from several ways to finish it, keeping in mind that most of them will add 1/2-1″ border to each square. (See the round-up of joining granny squares at Baking Outside the Box.)
This granny square is pretty basic so I threw in the popcorn stitch for the flower petals to spice it up a bit and directions for the popcorn stitch are included in the pattern. If you’ve never made a popcorn stitch here is a short video to show you how:
In the pattern I’ve included pictures to show how each round is formed. As always I’ve done my very best to write clear and accurate instructions. Your comments (and corrections) are welcome. Happy crocheting! — Laura