Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Giant granny square lap rug - easy peasy!

I promise you, this is the easiest way to crochet a blanket. You don't even have to think after a while, just get in the zone!

If you've made a granny square, you can make this. You just keep going and going and going and ... well, you know.

If you've not made a granny square before, I suggest you check out Meet Me at Mike's - Pip has super-simple step-by-step instructions that will have you twirling the yarn in no time. It really is so easy. If I can learn from the internet, so can you!

So all you have to do really is this:

1. Chain 5, join to form a ring.

2. Chain 3 - this will give you the height of the round. 2dc in ring. Ch 1. 3 dc in ring. Ch 1. 3 dc in ring. Ch 1. 3dc in ring. Ch 1, join with sl st across top of  3dc.

3. Chain 3. 2dc in ch 1 space. Ch 2, 3 dc in same space. This gives you a corner. Continue with *3dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1* in each Ch-1 space around. Join with sl st across top of 3dc.

4. Chain 3. 2dc in ch 1 space. Ch 2, 3dc in same space (do this each time you get to a corner). In between corners, do 3dc, ch 1 in each ch 1 space.

5 to whatever: keep going for as long as you want. Makes a square blanket. I always finish with a nice edging - this one has a simple single-crochet stitch around the edge.

Looks confusing, is easy as pie. AS PIE. Pie with shop-bought crust and canned filling. I PROMISE.

If you are scared, or crochet-averse, I just happen to have donated this one to Cate Bolt's Project 18 Auction for Education. The auction is raising money for children in Indonesia to be able to go to school. Cos a full life with nine kids isn't enough from stopping this woman from creating her own fricken orphanage in Bali! With plans for another, I hear. So get your skates on, bidding starts at 10am today (May 29) and closes tomorrow at 5pm. Check out all the gorgeous things other people have donated and give what you can.

I'll let you know when the next auction is, and you can get busy making your own granny square blanket to donate next time.

Go! Now!


  1. Fussy Eater's MumMay 29, 2012 11:52 AM

    That is fantastic! If only I could crochet! I swear I just can't do it.

    At my recent white elephant sale fundraiser a woman brought in 3 stunning baby blankets like this one. She rolled her eyes and commented that she couldn't believe that she'd been given 3 of these. I couldn't believe it either. They were so lovely and kind. All three sold within 15 minutes.

  2. Oh man, I hate that! Her loss!

  3. maybe as a hopeless beginner I can do this? maybe?

  4. You do make it sound so easy! I just suck at crocheting, I can't seem to get the tension right.

    But that used to be me and knitting too and I managed to figure that out.

    I am going to give this ago as soon as I finish the Kina I am knitting for Miss Mahli.

  5. My mother is the BOSS of these blankets. We had one each growing up, colour coded. In fact she is currently making new, larger sized ones for her only granddaughter and impending grandson. She is the ultimate hipster. :D

  6. i don't think i'm ready for all that yet! it is amazing...

  7. haha its super easy dude. super.

  8. What size hook to you use? Can't wait to try it out!

  9. I like 4mm, 4.5mm or 5mm, but it depends on your yarn ply! Xx

  10. Chamomile TreeJuly 5, 2012 7:41 PM

    Hello Veggie Mama, love love love your site! I am a newbie to crochet, self taught myself off the internet also on how to do a granny square, i am currently making a lap rug like yours, or a never ending granny square i call it, anyhoo, how do i go about changing the colour like you have in this pic, from red to white, do i finish off the red somehow, i know with the normal granny square you do a slip stitch but with a never ending what the???
    your wonderful advice would be most graciously accepted :)

  11. Haha I would just do the same as a granny square! I do three rounds of each colour, tie off the red and add a white. Start the next row with the white. You end up changing colours at the same corner. Does this help?!

  12. This has really helped me! Thank you! I was just wondering how many balls of yarn you used to complete this? I'm new to crochet and I want to make sure I buy enough yarn for a project like this.


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