Crochet Pattern: FourSquare Baby Blanket

By Amy – 6 Comments
I think I have already mentioned how fond I am of returning to the simple crochet basics of granny squares. This new baby blanket pattern is really just a twist on the old but I couldn’t help making it anyway. First you crochet four large granny squares and then put them together for one large, and fun, blanket. And always remember, there is nothing like a handmade baby blanket. Parents will treasure it for a while but a child will treasure it forever. FourSquare Baby Blanket

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 32” (81 cm) square

Materials:
Light Weight Yarn (approximately 420 yards of color A, 300 yards colors B and C)
Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)

Gauge:
14 dc = 4’’
7 rows = 4’’
Gauge Swatch: 4’’w x 4’’h (10 cm x 10 cm) ch 16.
Row 1: dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across: 14 dc
Row 2 – 7: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across: 14 dc
Finish off.

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Striping Pattern: alternate colors every 2 rounds.

Crochet Pattern: Square (make 4, 2 in color A and B, and 2 in color A and C)
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc now and throughout), 2 dc in ring, ch 1, *3 dc in ring, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 12 dc

Round 2: sl st in next 2 sts, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 24 dc

Round 3: sl st in next 2 sts, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 36 dc

Round 4: sl st in next 2 sts, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space across until corner ch-1 space is reached, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next corner ch-1 space, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space across until corner ch-1 space is reached, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 48 dc

Repeat round 4, 13 more times. Each time round 4 is repeated the total stitch count increases by 12 double crochets.
Finish off.

Seam motifs together.

Let me know what you think! And also be sure to tell me if you need any help with this pattern.

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6 Comments

  1. fleurdelis says:

    Amy,
    This is a little piece of heaven! So soft and soothing. I bet a lot of seniors could cuddle up with this pattern as a lapghan.

  2. Collette Griffith says:

    Yes! Our Crochet Club uses variations of this pattern for most of the lap afghans we send to various Veteran’s hospitals, and they really appreciate them! They always request 35″ X 35″, so it is an excellent pattern for that!

  3. Verity says:

    Hi Amy,

    I am new to crocheting, my house mates is having a baby and I would really like to make her a baby rug. I am not sure what you mean by “(counts as 1 dc now and throughout)”.

    I would also love to make one of those zig-zag coloured crochet rugs. Do you think this would be easier?

    Thank you, I am very happy I found your site!

    • Amy says:

      Hello Verity,
      Welcome to the exciting craft of crocheting then!

      When the instructions say “(counts as 1 dc now and throughout)” it refers to the previous instructions to chain 3. The chain 3 represents a double crochet at this point in the pattern and at the beginning of each round.

      As for the zig-zag rug, I can’t say that I am familiar with it. You can ask Rachel (the owner of Crochet Spot) about it and maybe she can help you out.

      Happy Crocheting,
      Amy

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