Crochet Pattern: Giant Granny Square Blanket with Clusters

By Erin Burger – 9 Comments

Vintage Crochet Pattern Series: Week 3

“That’s the reason they’re called lessons, ” the Gryphon remarked, “because they lesson from day to day.”-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Clusters are a big theme in vintage patterns and this one is no different. It uses the modern and trendy idea of making a blanket like one big granny square, but uses clusters to create a bit more texture. The original handwritten pattern was so vague it was almost impossible to decipher! Instructions went like this: 1,four clusters. 2,increase clusters by x2 each round. 3. make increases each corner 4. add double increase in middle. add border finish off

This pattern calls for three colors but you can change the number of colors or the order of the color changes to make your own unique creation! Not sure how to change colors? See How to Change Colors in Crochet for help!

Giant Granny Square Blanket with Clusterscloseupgrannysquare border

Skill Level: crochet skill level intermediate

Finished Size: 32″(81.28 cm) wide and 32″(81.28 cm) long

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn
350 yrds (7 oz.) of each Color A, B and C
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)

crochet yarn size 2

Gauge: 2 clusters= 1″(2.54 cm)

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart!

Crochet Pattern: Giant Granny Square Blanket with Clusters

Cluster cl: (yo, insert hook into indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop) three times, yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook, ch 1 to close cluster

Round 1: With Color A ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 3, (cl, ch 1) 4 times into ring, join with sl st in beginning ch-3: 4 cl, 4 ch-1

Round 2: ch 3, 2 cl in same sp as sl st from previous row, ch 1, (2 cl, ch 1) in next 3 ch-1 spaces, join with sl st in beginning ch-3, break off Color A, join Color B: 8 cl, 4 ch-1

Round 3: ch 3, (2 cl in next ch-1 space (between previous round’s two cl), ch 1, 1 cl in next space, ch 1) 4 times, join with sl st in beginning ch-3: 12 cl, 8 ch-1

Round 4: ch 3, (2 cl in next ch-1 space (between previous round’s two cl), ch 1, 1 cl in next 2 spaces, ch 1) 4 times, join with sl st in beginning ch-3 Break off Color B, join Color C: 16 cl, 12 ch-1

Rows 5-14: continue on with Round 4 by putting two cls in each corners and one cl in each ch-1 space along each side, changing colors every two rows.

Round 15: With Color B ch 3, 4 cl in next ch-1 space (between previous round’s two clusters), ch 1, 1 cl in next 13 spaces, ch 1) 4 times, join with sl st in beginning ch-3: 6 cl, 60 ch-1

Round 16: ch 3, (cl between previous round’s 2 cl, ch 1, 2 cl in next ch-1 space, ch 1, cl between previous round’s 2 cl, ch 1, cl in next 14 ch-1 spaces, ch 1) 4 times, join with sl st in beginning ch-3, break off Color B and join Color C: 72 cl, 68 ch-1

Round 17: ch 3, cl in next ch-1 space, 2 cl in next ch-1 space(between previous round’s two cls), ch 1, 1 cl in next 17 spaces, ch 1) 4 times, join with sl st in beginning ch-3: 80 cl, 76 ch-1

Round 18-30: continue on with Round 17 by putting two cl in each corner and one cl in each ch-1 space along each side, changing colors every two rows.

Border

Round 31: With Color A ch 2, 3 sc in next ch-1 space, (6 sc between 2 cl, 3 sc in next 31 ch-1 spaces) 4 times, join with sl st in beginning ch-2: 102 sc

Round 32: ch 2, sc in first sc, (ch 1, skip sc, ch1, sc in next sc) around to end, join with sl st in beginning ch-2, break off Color A, join Color B: 51 sc, 51 ch-1

Round 33: ch 2, 2 sc in each ch-1 space around, join with a sl st in beginning ch-2: 102 sc

Round 34: ch 2, sc in first sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, ch 1, sc in next sc) around, join with sl st in beginning ch-2 break off Color B, join Color C: 51 sc, 51 ch-1

Rounds 35 and 36: Repeat Rows 33 and 34, finish off

Weave in all ends, make it pretty!

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9 Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    I still use this blanket at my gramma’s house! =) Thanks so much for the pattern, I’ll be linking to this.

  2. Jackie says:

    What a neat pattern…Thanks…..I am going try and see if i can do this pattern…I am a beginner….would love to try and make a blanket…

  3. wanda says:

    Thanks for the pattern. That is awsome.

  4. Debra says:

    We used to call this a popcorn stitch and we made rugs out of all the scrap skiens leftover.

  5. Michelle says:

    Popcorns and Clusters are made completely different Debra.. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us Rachel. Blessings!

  6. Squirrely Girly says:

    Could you make this without changing colors?

  7. Christina says:

    Yes, just rejoin yarn!

  8. Paula says:

    I started this a while back, and when I got it out to work on it, now I know why I put it away. It bulges in all the wrong places. I’ve put too much work into to discard it. Why did it do that? my stitches too tight? Thinking maybe I’ll crochet a sc back and make it into a throw pillow! Any thoughts from anybody….anyone with a similar problem?

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