Peachy Keen Blanket - Free Crochet Tutorial
Looking to mix a bit of modern with nostalgic? This quick little blanket ticked those boxes for me. I didn't use a pattern, but it's simple enough that even an advanced beginner could sort it out for themselves.
I used Scheepjes Catona for this blanket, in three shades of coral/peach for the circles and contrast in the border and light silver for the main colour, and a 3.5mm hook.
To make the center squares I simply did a basic dc, (US terminology), circle starting with 16 dc, and worked it for 3 rounds.
- Start with magic loop
- Round 1: 16dc in loop, join
- Round 2: *2dc in top of next stitch* around, join (32 dc)
- Round 3: *2dc in top of next stitch, dc in top of next stitch* around, join (48 dc)
I then squared it off and did one more round in the traditional granny square style. Rounds 4, 5, & 6 below are the "squaring off" and granny rounds.
- Round 4: Join new colour in top of any stitch, *sc, ch3, skip2* around, join
- Round 5: sl st to ch3 space, *3dc in space x 3, 3tr ch3 3 tr, (corner)* repeat 3 more times, join
- Round 6: work in space between 3dc, 3dc in each space, and 3dc, ch3, 3dc in corner
I used the join as you go method for the nine center squares, but use your favourite method!
Once the nine center squares were joined I worked several rounds alternating between these two rounds:
- Round 1 - sc, ch3 to end join (in a contrast colour) - corners are sc ch3 sc in same space
- Round 2 - 3dc in each ch3 space (in main colour) - corners are 3dc ch2 3 dc in corner ch3 space
For the final border I used the darkest coral colour in what I like to call the faux picot border -- sc, ch2, sc in same stitch, skip 1 repeating to the end. Corners were sc, ch2, sc, ch2, sc.
Easy peasy, and a sweet little baby gift or lap blanket.