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Granny Square Afghan

Full of color, the Granny Square Afghan may look like crochet on first glance, but looks will deceive you. This knit afghan pattern features repeating colored squares that resemble simple Granny Squares. Youll find that this cheerful afghan is a versatile home dcor piece that youll love to cuddle up in. Whether you throw this afghan in a nursery or over the back of your couch, children and adults alike are sure to be charmed by the bright colors of this handsome afghan.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

MEASUREMENT
Approx 58" [147.5 cm] square.


GAUGE
19 sts and 25 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.

MATERIALS

  • Patons® Décor™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 208 yds/190 m)
    • Contrast A Aran (87602) 3 balls
    • Contrast B Mimosa (87609) 2 balls
    • Contrast C Pale Oceanside (87104) 3 balls
    • Contrast D Frond (87521) 3 balls
    • Contrast E Mandarin (87700) 2 balls
    • Contrast F Toasty Grey (87670) 2 balls
    • Contrast G Pale Rose (87437) 2 balls
  • Set of 5 size U.S. 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needles 16" [40 cm] and 36" [90 cm] long.
  • 1 stitch marker.


INSTRUCTIONS
Motif
Note: Change to shorter circular needle when appropriate to accommodate sts.

Afghan Construction Diagram

Motif Construction Diagram

Color Key


Beg at center, with Color 1 and pair of double-pointed needles, cast on 4 sts.
1st rnd: (Inc 1 st in next st) 4 times. 8 sts. Divide sts onto 4 needles (2, 2, 2, 2). Join in rnd placing a marker on first st.
2nd rnd: Knit.
3rd rnd: *K1. M1. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
4th rnd: Knit.
5th rnd: *K1 (place marker on last st). M1. K3. M1. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
6th rnd: Knit.
7th rnd: K1. M1. *Knit to next marked st. M1. K1 (marked st). M1. Rep from * around, ending with M1. 32 sts. Break Color 1.
8th rnd: Join Color 2. *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
9th rnd: K1. M1. *Knit to next marked st. M1. K1 (marked st). M1. Rep from * around, ending with M1. 40 sts.
10th rnd: Knit.
11th to 14th rnds: As 9th and 10th rnds twice. 56 sts.
15th rnd: As 9th rnd, breaking Color 2 at end of rnd. 64 sts.
16th rnd: Join Color 3. As 8th rnd.
17th to 23rd rnds: With Color 3, as 9th to 15th rnds, breaking Color 3 at end of 23rd rnd. 96 sts.
24th rnd: With Color 4, as 8th rnd.
25th to 31st rnds: With Color 4, as 9th to 15th rnds, breaking Color 4 at end of 31st rnd. 128 sts.
32nd to 34th rnds: With A, as 8th to 10th rnds. Cast off loosely knitwise. 136 sts.


Motif 1 (make 6)
Work as given for Motif, using A as Color 1, G as Color 2, E as Color 3 and C as Color 4.


Motif 2 (make 6)
Work as given for Motif, using C as Color 1, D as Color 2, A as Color 3 and F as Color 4.


Motif 3 (make 6)
Work as given for Motif, using D as Color 1, C as Color 2, B as Color 3 and E as Color 4.


Motif 4 (make 6)
Work as given for Motif, using F as Color 1, E as Color 2, C as Color 3 and D as Color 4.


Motif 5 (make 6)
Work as given for Motif, using B as Color 1, G as Color 2, F as Color 3 and C as Color 4.

Motif 6 (make 6)
Work as given for Motif, using G as Color 1, F as Color 2, C as Color 3 and B as Color 4.


Sew Motifs tog as shown in diagram


Side edging: With longer circular needle, A and RS facing, beg at bottom right corner, pick up and knit 260 sts across side edge. Knit 6 rows.
Cast off knitwise (WS). Rep along opposite side.


Top and Bottom edging: With longer circular needle, A and RS facing, beg at top left corner, pick up and knit 270 sts along top edge. Knit 6 rows.
Cast off knitwise (WS). Rep along bottom edge.

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This afghan is just stunning! I have crocheted so many afghans for our home and for friends and family but have never knitted one so I am really looking forward to making this one. This pattern is lovely and the colour combinations (which are gorgeous!) are just perfect for our family room. My fingers are itching to get started!

Love the pattern. It's so quick and easy, and uses up my stash ends.

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